Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School was delighted to welcome 80 Year 5 and 6 primary school pupils to take part in its annual Kwik Cricket Festival in Crosby.
Kwik cricket is a high-speed version of cricket aimed at encouraging children to take part in the main sport. Many of the rules are adapted from cricket and can be altered so that virtually any number of children can play in the time available. For this festival each school brought 10 players – with 8 per team on the pitch at one time and each team played 4 games and had a great day of cricket.
The festival winners were St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Little Crosby. Rachael Webb, who brought the victorious team, commented that “the pupils were absolutely thrilled to win. For some of them, it was the first thing they have ever won with school”. Thomas from Year 5 said “it was amazing! We’ve never done a cricket tournament before, or even really played cricket, so it was really great to win! It’s one of my favourite memories ever from school.” It was the first time the pupils from Little Crosby had visited Merchant Taylors’ which made the victory even more special for them.
David Cook, Headmaster at Merchant Taylors’, was delighted to welcome so many enthusiastic cricketers to school. “Currently we have 8 boys from various year groups who have been selected for Lancashire cricket teams. One of our pupils, George Lavelle, captained the England Under 16 team in 2016 and has been selected to play for the full Lancashire 2nd XI in several games already this season. Another of our 1st team players, Tom Hartley represented MCC Schools at Lords last year and we are celebrating our Under 15 team recently becoming North of England champions in the ESCA Cup. It is excellent to see so many boys and girls taking part in today’s festival and that the future of the sport looks to be in safe hands”.