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Priory and Garth pupils in cricket tournament

Teams from the Priory and Garth schools were on form for the third annual Spalding Special Schools Cricket Day.

The tournament came about following an idea from Alan Porter, who was until recently the chairman of The Cricket Society Trust, so youngsters gained the perfect introduction to the sport.

The honours on the day went to a team from the Priory, who will face a Peterborough winning outfit in a regional final to be held on July 3.

Alan watched the day unfold, keeping an expert eye on play, and said a highlight was a glorious boundary.

“A girl just clunked it and it went for six,” said Alan.

There were medals for the teams, even the losing semi-finalists, and Alan says the youngsters are very proud of their achievements on the field.

He said: “One boy actually turned up at school the following day still wearing his medal.

"Priory School won - they won last year - and they get to keep the shield."

Priory School cricket, SpaldingCaught! (2469914)
Priory School cricket, SpaldingCaught! (2469914)

Alan says the pupils have improved year on year, and they are really getting into the sport.

He said: "It gets them exercising and they use their brain a little bit and they just enjoy it. They are very appreciative of what you do for them."

Alan has been a life-long devotee of cricket and although he's stepped down as chairman of The Cricket Society Trust he remains a trustee of the body.

Spalding umpire Alan Porter keeps tally.
Spalding umpire Alan Porter keeps tally.

He is a life member of Lincolnshire CCC, a patron member of Nottinghamshire CCC and a member of Surrey CCC.

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