Pupils look at hitting competition for six

William Farr cricket team
William Farr cricket team

Howzat! These talented young cricketers are the only comprehensive school pupils left in a tough national competition.

The under 13s cricket team from William Farr School in Welton last year bowled over all of the competition around Lincolnshire to win the under 12s county cup.

They are now competing against other county winners from across the UK - and are one of only two state schools left out of 24 teams.

The other is a grammar school in Lancashire.

Their latest game against public school King’s College Choir School in Cambridge saw them win the match by a safe 16 runs.

Year eight pupils Tom Gregory, Matthew Ward, Dek Binnington, Elise Keyworth, Sam Newton, Will Bailey, Nick Kimber, Aidan Turner, John Davies, Alex Stapleton, Callum Moore and Jake Griffiths put on an impressive performance.

And team captain Tom Gregory is pleased with how his cricketers have played so far.

He said: “We’re pleased to beat King’s College because they had more facilities than us.

“It was really exciting to be the underdogs and win, especially when we looked like we had lost the match.”

Geography teacher Charles Strange, who coaches and manages the team, is thrilled his pupils have got so far in the competition.

He said: “They’ve all done really well to be the only comprehensive school left.”

He added: “A lot of credit goes to the feeder clubs of Owmby, Scothern, Nettleham and Lindum for their training of the pupils as well.”

The pupils, who live in Middle Rasen, Owmby by Spital, Dunholme, Welton, Scampton, Scothern and Lincoln, are now training for their next game against the Nottinghamshire champions.

Mr Strange said: “It will be a tough match but if they play their best they stand a chance.”