March 2017: Cricketers narrowly miss out on regional final

CRICKETERS from Haslingden High School missed out on a place in the regional finals by just one run.

The U13 girls’ cricket team finished runners’ up in the Lancashire final with Ormskirk School scooping the place in the next round.

Eight teams won through to the Lancashire final at Bolton Arena and when Haslingden High School played Burnley’s Blessed Trinity it ended up another one run nail biter.

Chloe Leftly, 13, was batting facing the last ball, when the Blessed Trinity coach paused the game while he reconfigured all the fielders.

Being left-handed the opposition was unsure where Chloe would hit the ball.

She said: “I was waiting at the wicket while he reorganised. I like to bat and get runs, but I was feeling really nervous.

“I didn’t want to miss it, but then when I hit it over the net and managed to get the run to win the game.”

Beth MacDonald, 12, said: “We came second out of 115 schools and only lost by one run.”

The team is not downhearted at narrowly missing going through to the regional finals and will be back in training for an outdoor competition in June.

Beth said: “I just love the sport and love it when we achieve something like catching someone out or hitting a six.”

Neve Harris, 12, who also plays for Edenfield, said: “Bowling is my favourite because I feel like I am in control.”

Team members Libby Humphreys, 13, also plays cricket for Norden and Abby Clarke, 12, plays for Baxenden and five of the eight-strong team also play for the school football team.