Table cricket road to Lord's continues
The table cricket road to Lord's has completed its third week with regional heats in Derby and Stoke Mandeville. Teams from 15 schools took part, with Denbigh School in Luton, and Birkett House School in Leicester winning their respective competitions.
On Tuesday (1 May), teams from seven schools in the London and Thames Valley region met at the birthplace of the Paralympics, for the first Lord's Taverners table cricket heat to be staged at this historic stadium. Teams from Bardwell, Belmont, Billing Brook, Denbigh, Endeavour, The Avenue and The Vale Schools competed on the day to be named regional champion.
A series of high scoring matches took place with the 300 run mark being crossed on four occasions, before the final between Denbigh and Billing Brook. It was the Luton based team from Denbigh School who emerged victorious, and were worthy winners having remained unbeaten all day, and ending up as the top run scorers.
The 3AAA County Ground in Derby acted as host for the East Midlands regional heat on Thursday (3 May), with eight teams taking part. Teams from Alfreton Park, Ashgate Croft, Bennerley Fields, Birkett House, West Gate, Linkage, Beech Academy and Fountaindale Schools all battled it out for the chance to play at Lord's in the national final. After three rounds of competition, a tense final took place between Birkett House and West Gate, with the former triumphing and being named this year's East Midlands champions.
Just two regional heats remain, to complete the line-up for the national finals day at Lord's on 21 June. The road to Lord's makes its final two stops next week in Newmarket and Crawley.