These photographs have been provided by Ed Duguid, Saltaire Cricket Club.
Ed Duguid writes: A great day was had by all! Seven schools eventually participated (Saltaire First was unable to attend, as a result of school priorities). As usual the array of colour from the T-shirts, which had been sponsored by the Co-op, was a wonderful sight across Roberts Park with three games going on concurrently throughout the afternoon.
The day was of course scorchingly hot, so there were lots of huddles of kids, teachers and parents in the shade in between innings! However, both the Co-op (the events sponsors) and ASDA, the national Kwik Cricket sponsors, set up stalls, and provided free bottles of water, fruit juice and, the case of the Co-op also free fresh fruit. This made for a more carnival atmosphere, which added to the proceedings
The event was eventually won by St Walburgas, who beat Hoyle Court, previous winners of the event, convincingly in an exciting final, scoring 251 for 3 wicket to the challengers 203 for 6. St Francis pipped St Cuthberts in the All Saints third place play-off.
So the Cup goes to a new school in St Walburgas for 2006. Everyone went away with free T-shirts and every participant received a medal and certificate signed by "Freddie" Flintoff, the current England captain, which will be awarded at the school assembly before the end of term.
Sport and the kids are the winners, and hopefully the Festival will again have done a little to encourage more participation, and of course in cricket in particular!
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