The schools were selected by sportswear provider, Kukri Sports to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Kukri have also been the official kit supplier to Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC) for several years.
The tournament started with Denstone College proving too strong for a spirited Merchant Taylors School, securing a place in the final. Next, AKS successfully chased the score posted by Bury Grammar School, with just two balls left to spare.
The sun was shining on Emirates Old Trafford when Denstone College posted an incredible 167 before bowling AKS out for 78 in the final to be crowned Kukri T20 Cup Champions. Left-arm spinner, Andrew Billington was presented with the Player of the Tournament award by Ashley Giles, in part thanks to his heroics in the semi-final, where he took three wickets in a single over.
Danielle Jordan-Taft, Sales Director at Kukri Sports, said: “We were delighted to give these young people the opportunity to play at such an incredible venue. Up-and-coming cricketers dream of playing on the famous Old Trafford pitch and thanks to our partnership with Lancashire County Cricket Club, we made those dreams a reality.”
AKS Lytham, Denstone College, Merchant Taylors’ School and Bury Grammar School all brought under 15s teams to the tournament where LCCC Head Coach and Cricket Director, Ashley Giles, answered a range of questions about his cricket career.
Kukri are looking for applications for next year’s tournament. If you are interested in giving your pupils a chance to play at the iconic venue, email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.