Samuel Laycock Double Diamonds at Lancashire Cricket Finals
Students from Samuel Laycock School in Ashton became County Champions for Greater Manchester in Kwik Cricket hosted by Middleton Cricket Club.
On Tuesday at the MLD event the opponents from Redwood (Rochdale) put up stiff opposition with a few star players punishing inaccurate bowling and it seemed they might be victorious but better bowling dismissed players for few runs and Laycock went ahead for a tense finish. The final was decided in the last two overs with particularly memorable fielding .
On Thursday at the MLD event the early games were dominated by some good batting by our open batsman standing out for his numerous boundaries mostly on the leg side. Not to be outdone is batting partner produced some excellent shots to cruise through the second round. However it looked like all was lost against Mellands when they were leading midway through the last over. With two balls to go Jamie Gardiner juggled with a catch and managed to hold on. They needed five to win off the last ball but only managed two to give Laycock what had seemed an unlikely victory.
Lancashire Cricket club organise these events annually providing opportunities for Disability Cricketers to experience the game. Without these tournaments there would be no such opportunity for pupils with learning difficulties. Kwik cricket is a simplified version of the game which only lasts for 16 overs. It is an ideal introduction to the game for those starting out. The next step would be coaching at one of the sixteen very good clubs in Tameside.