Rawdon Lift Drax Cup Title
awdon St Peters were crowned 2016 Drax Cup Champions after a dramatic finale at Headingley.
Rawdon held their nerve to claim a one-run win over a brave South Milford side (143-142) and received the cup from the competition’s Ambassador and Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes, who posed for photographs with all four participating teams.
The school, representing West Yorkshire, saw off stiff competition from over 650 other schools around the county to lift the much-coveted cup. Over 6500 school children took part in this year’s event, 1300 of which were girls, playing in over 40 festival events, school partnerships and area finals.
Dunnington edged out Greenhill (147-140) to claim an impressive third place as the competition reached its conclusion in the build-up to Yorkshire Vikings NatWest T20 Blast fixture against Birmingham Bears.
Earlier in the day, Rawdon saw of the challenge of Greenhill (134-126) and South Milford beat Dunnington (162-148) in the semi-finals.
Ross Atkinson, Drax Cup Manager, said: “The Drax Cup is the biggest Under 9’s competition in the North of England. In its 10th Year, the competition has seen its biggest numbers yet, reaching 650 schools across the county and engaging in over 40 local and sports partnership competitions.
“The opportunity to represent your school and play on the famous turf at Headingley in a fantastic prize to play for and we hope to see even more schools taking part in years to come.”
The Drax Cup is sponsored by Drax and organised by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club in conjunction with The Yorkshire Cricket Board, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and The Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association.