Altofts beat Australian side to take Junior Ashes glory

Altofts Cricket Club hosting a Junior Ashes cricket match involving juniors from Freeston High School and St Wilfred's High School.
Altofts Cricket Club hosting a Junior Ashes cricket match involving juniors from Freeston High School and St Wilfred's High School.

Altofts Cricket Club celebrated the start of the Ashes last week with a friendly match against a team all the way from Australia.

Youngsters from Altofts, along with local high schools Freeston and St Wilfred’s, took on tourists Mornington Glory from Melbourne on Wednesday, Jilt 10, the same day the Ashes got underway at Trent Bridge.

And as England were working their way towards a dramatic win, Altofts secured another victory for the country as they won by five wickets.

Playing for their own version of the Ashes trophy, national bragging rights were on the line as both teams set about playing some top-quality cricket.

The Australian side batted first, and reached an impressive total of 179-6 in their 40 overs, meaning Altofts would need a great display of batting to claim the win.

However, inspired by the senior England team, the hosts raced toward the winning total, sealing the win with just four overs remaining, having lost five wickets.

The match was just part of a series of events the club is hosting to celebrate the Ashes series this summer.

Last weekend, the club held an open day to introduce locals to the facilities, as well as broadcasting the final two days of the first Test live on Sky Sports at the clubhouse.

Altofts U13s also tasted victory this week as they beat Hartshead Moor by nine wickets to reach Heavy Woollen Cup Finals Day on Sunday, September 8.

Elsewhere, Wakefield Thornes CC will be holding cricket coaching courses throughout the summer.

With cricket fever sweeping the nation, the club is keen to encourage more youngsters to get into the sport.

The courses are aimed at youngsters between the age of six and 13, and will be taught by the club’s team of qualified coaches, led by Sri Lankan bowler Tharindu Perera.

Children can choose between a half or full day of coaching, with no pre-booked required and registration available on the day.

The courses will kick off at Newton Hill CC on Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, before taking place at Wakefield CC the following week.

Two courses will also be run at Pledwick CC and Carlton CC between August 12-16.

A full day’s coaching costs £4, while a half day is £2.

Food and drinks will be provided but those attending for a full day are encouraged to bring a packed lunch.

For more information please contact Chris Froggett on 07974 940892.