SADDLEWORTH SCHOOL’S year 10 cricket team defeated Hathershaw by 23 runs to secure their first Oldham Schools’ title.
Nathan Jones (33 not out), Danny Jones (20) and Tommy Gallagher (19) impressed with the bat as Saddleworth set a strong total of 128 for eight in their 20 overs.
In reply Hathershaw scored 105 for nine as strong bowling from Gallagher, Harrison Lees, Nathan Jones and Tom Bradnum restricted the opponent’s run rate sufficiently whilst Waseem Shahid and Sammy Ireland also had good stints with the ball.
The year seven cricket team also lifted the Oldham Schools Cup after defeating Crompton House by one wicket in an exciting final staged at Heyside Cricket Club.
Having been set a target of 103 for six by their opponents, the Saddleworth side edged their way towards the required total with some astute batting. Adam Howarth scored 17 runs before being bowled, Joe Ireland was run out for 15 and Guy Hughes registered a quick fire 19. It was then left to Jake Hill (16 not out) to calmly stroke home the winning runs with just eight balls to spare.
Elsewhere, Saddleworth School has savoured further successes at rugby.
The year nine team won the Oldham Schools’ Cup in impressive style for the third consecutive year after defeating Failsworth 48-16 in the final.
Racing into a quickfire 24-0 lead, the victory was assured early in the contest but to their credit Failsworth rallied gamely in the second half.
Try scorers for Saddleworth were Olly Russell (2), Liam Aspin (2), Luke Scarff (2), Daniel Murphy and Josh Fish. All eight of the tries were successfully converted with Aspin (3) and Russell (5) who shared the kicking duties.
The year 10 rugby team registered an impressive 46-22 victory over Newman College to secure the title of Oldham Schools’ Champions for the third time in four years.
A hat-trick of tries from Danny Jones, a brace each for Liam Aspin and player of the match Reece Travis plus a touchdown from Olly Russell put the contest beyond the reach of a spirited Newman side.
Goal-kicking duties were shared between Billy Barnes, Olly Russell and Liam Aspin who kicked seven out of a possible eight conversions on a sweltering evening of flamboyant rugby.
The year eight rugby team failed to make it a hat trick of victories as they were defeated in the final of the Oldham Schools’ Cup 28-18 by a strong Waterhead side.
Team-mates became rivals as members of the SW13 Lions side took each other on at Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC.
A brace of tries from Nathan Roebuck and one Leon Hurley together with three goals from Rob Charles could not prevent the opposition from defending their title.