Table cricket regional finals start
For young table cricketers in Yorkshire and Lancashire, the road to Lord's continued last week as regional finals took place at Emerald Headingley and the Emirates Old Trafford respectively.
A day of competition was held at the iconic Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, on 18 April, with eight Yorkshire-based schools taking part. Teams from Ralph Thoresby, St Marys, Kettlethorpe, Sirius Academy, Oakfield Park, Kingsmill, Hoyland Common Primary and Maltby Hilltop schools battled it out to become champions of Yorkshire. St Mary's School from Hull took that honour after defeating Oakfield Park in the final and emerging victorious on a highly competitive day of table cricket action, with their rivals including 2016 national champions Ralph Thoresby who finished third.
The North West regional competition took place at another Test match venue, and the scene of many famous England cricket matches, Old Trafford in Manchester. Another eight teams from schools in the North West of England competed on the day, with over 60 disabled young people enjoying a day of sport.
Teams from Clare Mount Sports College, Redwood, Green Bank, Sandfield Park, Castle Hill, New Bridge and Melland High schools took each other on for the chance to be North West champions. It was the team from Castle Hill school in Stockport who ended the day as the victors, beating Clare Mount in the final and ended the day unbeaten having taken on all challengers, including 2013 national finalists New Bridge who finished fifth.
The road to Lord's now turns north to Durham (24 April), before making its way south in the coming weeks.
This year's national finals take place at the home of cricket, Lord's Cricket Ground on 21 June.
*Photo credit: Jack Bird Photography