Howzat for Dowson Primary

DOWSON Primary hit the opposition for six to win the annual Hyde Inter-School Cricket Tournament.

They were unbeaten in nine matches played over two days at Flowery Field Cricket Club to be crowned worthy champions.

There was a lower turnout than normal when 16 primary schools enter with a clash with transition day meaning a number were absent this year.

Those attending enjoyed the event which was put on by the police with local PCSOs Scott Leach and Hannah Simmons the main organisers.

The police have staged the tournament for many years to help community engagement.

And this year there was also a talk to children by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute on water safety, something which highlighted the dangers of bathing in open water in hot weather.

Chief Supt Neil Evans, commander for Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside, attended the tournament.

“It is a really important event with the big objective engaging with the community. And there is no better way than through sport,” he said.

Ch Supt Evans added it was not simply about policing pointing to the talk on water safety explaining it was important with lots of reservoirs and open water in the borough.

“We have had tragedies in Tameside in the past and only recently one on Bury,” he explained.


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