Harrogate A win cricket knockout

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More than 150 children from across the Harrogate District took to Ashville College’s sports fields for a one-day knockout cricket tournament recently.

A total of ten U9 teams played in the event, the second year running the independent school has played host, which was run in conjunction with Follifoot Cricket Club.

Harrogate A, last year’s champions, once again proved invincible, and, after the last ball had been bowled, were presented with the Ashville Cup by Headmaster, Mark Lauder.

Nathan Pettit from Follifoot Cricket Club, said: “I would like to thank Ashville College for once again hosting this tournament, which I’m delighted to say is now a firm fixture on the district’s junior cricketing calendar.

“It was a great day’s cricket with some brilliant young players demonstrating their batting, bowling and fielding skills.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Ashville’s grounds keeping team, led by Kevin Whorely, who were at work from 6am ensuring the eight pitches we required were in tip top condition.”

Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder said: “We were delighted to host this festival and it was particularly encouraging to see so many youngsters – boys and girls - playing cricket at such a high level.

“Sport is a key element of the Ashville curriculum, and we are fortunate to have such wonderful facilities, including an all-weather pitch, swimming pool, sports centre and extensive grounds, where a wide variety of sports are taught by a host of fantastic coaches.”