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Last Updated: Thursday July 30 2009 07:18 GMT

I played cricket at Headingley

Press Packer Alex bats for victory

Press Packer Alex, 10, captained his cricket team all the way to the final of a national competition.

Here's his story of what turned out to be a special day...


"Getting to play at Headingley Cricket Ground, the home of the Yorkshire cricket team, was an amazing experience and I was so lucky to be playing at such a lovely ground.

We were taking part in the 2009 ASDA Kwik Cricket national finals. But to get to the final, we had to win a district competition first - something my school had never done before.

Once we had won the district competition, something the school had never done before, we took part and won the Hertfordshire County Tournament.

An important team talk
An important team talk

After eventually winning the eastern region match, representing our county, it was time to make the trip to Headingley!

On the day of the finals, I wanted to enjoy the occasion. The most difficult game we had was the semi-final of the regional tournament where it went down to the last ball, but we managed to scrape home.

Special day

I was determined that we would give a good account of ourselves, but I was also sad that it was nearly our last day together at my school.

I am going to miss a number of my friends as we go off to different schools in September so I wanted it to be very special day and not to end.

Alex's winning team
Alex's winning team

At the finals, in our group, we played three other schools from across the UK.

We managed to win all three matches, but none of them were easy. We then beat a school from the West Midlands in a very close semi-final.

In the final, we played a school from Derbyshire - and we won! I was very proud to collect the trophy on behalf of the school.

During the day, we also got to meet and play cricket with Adil Rashid, who plays for Yorkshire and England!

Alex, 10, Hertford, England


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