Poole youngsters victorious at Lord's

8th Jul 2013
Poole youngsters victorious at Lord's

The Home of Cricket played host to the 2013 Macquarie National Table Cricket finals last week (5 July) where Victoria Education and Sports College (Poole) were crowned national champions.

Held at the iconic Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, the competition saw over 70 young people from around the country each representing their region to challenge for the national title.

Victoria topped their group, winning all four of their group matches and scoring 1,157 runs and taking 29 wickets. Fellow finalists Portland College also won all four of their group matches, amassing 907 runs and taking 32 wickets en route to the final.

Portland set Victoria a target of 205, having lost 7 wickets in their innings, but Victoria’s batting line-up was too strong for the Portland bowlers, scoring 295 runs and losing just a single wicket.

The competition is now in its 15th year with the finals being the climax to a series of regional heats which have featured nearly 700 youngsters with disabilities and special needs from across the UK.

Table cricket, which is played on a table tennis surface with specially designed bats and balls, enables young people with disabilities and special needs the chance to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis.

Victoria captain, Jon Kirkpatrick, playing in his last finals, said: “It has been such a fantastic day at Lord’s, the team did me, themselves and everyone from Victoria proud. The standard of opposition was really high but I was still confident the whole day that we could win and I was so happy that we did! I’m already looking forward to cheering the team on at next year’s finals.”

Raj Khatri, Senior Managing Director, Macquarie Capital, said: “We are very pleased to support this competition with premier cricket organisation The Lord's Taverners as it exemplifies Macquarie's approach of supporting community initiatives through both staff volunteering and financial assistance. The competition is an innovative way of enabling young people with disabilities to engage in an enjoyable, active contest as well as an opportunity for Macquarie staff to serve alongside them.”

Paul Robin, chief executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that all young people should have access to sport and recreation, particularly those with disabilities and special needs. Macquarie’s support for this competition has enabled even more young people to enjoy the benefits of playing competitive cricket and representing their schools at iconic venues like Lord’s. Congratulations to Victoria Education and Sports College on their success and we look forward to seeing them try to defend their crown at next year's finals!”

The final standings for the 2013 competition were as follows:

1.    Victoria Education & Sports College – Poole, Dorset
2.    Portland College – Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
3.    Ralph Thoresby High School – Leeds, Yorkshire
4.    South Gloucester ‘A’ – Gloucestershire
5.    Oxclose Community Academy – Washington, Tyne & Wear
6.    Thomas Wolsey School – Ipswich, Suffolk
7.    Penn Hall School – Penn, Wolverhampton
8.    Lonsdale School – Stevenage, Hertfordshire
9.    New Bridge School – Oldham, Greater Manchester
10.  Treloar Trust – Alton, Hampshire

To view photos from the Table Cricket finals please visit our Facebook page.

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