Delph are county champions

DELPH Primary hit their opponents for six to be crowned Lancashire county cricket champions at U11 level.

They defeated Poulton-le-Sands in the final that was hosted by Crosby-based Northern Cricket Club.

It was a magnificent achievement bearing in mind 720 schools started out in the competition and Delph has only 205 pupils in both the juniors and infants.

Delph qualified for the county finals by winning the Oldham schools’ competition.

They took part in an initial group at Northern before the top eight teams then took part in a knockout.

Delph were indebted to Max Lever for their victory against St Michael’s in the last eight.

They needed 30 runs from the last two overs to win and Max produced magic to win the game single-handedly as he smashed six sixes in one over.

Rabia Lees, Delph Primary’s school sports organiser, explained they are lucky that all eight youngsters play club cricket for Delph.

Not only that but Max and Isaac Davis play for Lancashire U11s while they also feature for the Oldham district team alongside Braeden O’Donnell and Archie McKimm.

The other team members were Dylan Reading, Harry Bates, James Hopwood-Kenworthy and Noah Kershaw.

PE teacher James Wainwright and parent Steve McKimm helped with the team in the county finals.

• Delph Primary girls were the winners of the Saddleworth Schools’ Swimming League. Their team was Miranda Lowe, Daisy Gilmore, Jessica Kilmartin, Katie Sheppard and Alice Brooks.

The boys’ swimming team of Harry Bates, Jack Clark, Isaac Davis and Dylan Reading were runners-up in their league.

• Delph were joint winners of the Saddleworth schools’ rounders rally and runners-up in the Saddleworth schools’ netball rally, losing to Greenfield St Mary’s in the final.

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