(Civic Mayor Joyce Bowerman with tournament winners Dowson Primary and staff from New Charter and Total Cricket )

Last week, the annual Hyde schools cricket tournament took place at Total Cricket in Ashton, which ended in a dramatic finish on Wednesday afternoon with a well deserved awards presentation ceremony, hosted by none other than the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman.

Leigh, Dowson, Flowery Field, St. Georges, Bradley Green, Godley, Broadbottom, Hollingworth and Thomas Ashton primary schools all competed in a 2-day Kwik Cricket knock-out tournament held at Total Cricket’s indoor pitches. It eventually came down to Hollingworth Primary and Dowson Primary in the final, with Dowson taking the win by just 15 wickets in 10 overs.

The award presentation took place on Wednesday afternoon, with Cllr Bowerman presenting all teams with medals for participation, the runners up with a plaque and the winners with the coveted trophy. In her speech she congratulated the schools and thanked the event’s various organisers and sponsors.

The annual event is run in partnership between New Charter Homes and Greater Manchester Police, with Neighbourhood Coordinator for the Flowery Fields area Mamun Aziz and PCSO Scott Leach. Dave and Paul from Total Cricket donated the use of their pitches for free, and various sponsors including Morrison’s Hyde, H&T 2nd Hand Jewellers, Action Together and Labour councillor Andrew Kinsey all donating funds and resources to ensure that the event ran smoothly.

Mamun said: “The whole tournament has been absolutely fantastic and all the kids and the teachers have thoroughly enjoyed themselves, – which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all the sponsors and donors whose generosity helped make the event an overwhelming success. We’re really pleased with how it’s gone.”