William Ransom claim the county double

The young cricketers from William Ransom Primary School have won the county double. The Hitchin school won the county finals of the ASDA kwik cricket tournament at Shenley Cricket Club on Monday. Three of the girls from the successful girls team were com

The young cricketers from William Ransom Primary School have won the county double.

The Hitchin school won the county finals of the ASDA kwik cricket tournament at Shenley Cricket Club on Monday.

Three of the girls from the successful girls' team were competing again along with seven boys.

The first of the morning's group games was against St Joseph's which saw Laura Mumford and Elizabeth Hodge carry on their great form from the girls' tournament. They scored 35 runs from their two overs and that set the tone for a 98-run win.

Game two was against Long Marston. Two wickets in the last over from the captain and county cricketer Sebastian Walton-Adams produced a 52-run win.

Sebastian followed this up with a three-wicket haul and 30 runs with the bat to produce a 115-run victory over Little Hallingbury.

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After a lunchtime talk from former England and Essex cricketer Ronnie Irani, who was there to show his support for the tournament, and refreshments from the local ASDA store, William Ransom played the final against the only other unbeaten team from the morning's session, Almond Hill from Stevenage.

William Ransom bowled first and having taken 10 wickets, they limited Almond Hill to 26 runs.

Solid batting throughout, and in particular by Tyler Reading, produced another victory and another county title for the school in the space of six days.

The team will now travel to Suffolk to play in the East Region finals, with one eye on another national final which will be played in Leicester in a couple of weeks.

Steve Mills, assistant head and PE teacher, said: "The whole team performed, and what was particularly pleasing was the quality of the fielding.

"Sebastian captained the team superbly, and demonstrated his talent with both bat and ball. I am looking forward to the next round."

This followed on from the William Ransom girls winning their county finals last Tuesday.

This was the first time that the school had entered a team into this competition which was played at Letchworth Cricket Club.

The girls had three group games in the morning session.

The first was against Sandon and with Elizabeth Hodge leading the way with her bowling, they won this by 39 runs.

Game two was against Wilbury, and again, it was the bowling that proved to be the winning factor for William Ransom. Laura Mumford and Serena Brooker were both very accurate with their overs and 92 was the margin in this game.

That set up the final group game against Lordship Farm and another great display from Laura saw the girls through to the final.

This final was against Wilbury again, and with Laura and Elizabeth now showing their ability with the bat, the result was the same.

PE teacher Ann Light said: "I am really pleased.

"We have lots of girls, many of them Year Five, wanting to play cricket and showing particular aptitude for the sport. They thoroughly deserved their victory."

This meant that the girls represented the county at the Eastern Region Finals in St Ives on Tuesday.

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