Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014 on 6:53 pm

Southmere Primary looking to smash sixes in West Yorkshire finals

Southmere Primary Cricketers

The team from Southmere Primary School

Southmere Primary Cricketers

Farhan Hussain has gone on to play for Yorkshire

Southmere Primary CricketersSouthmere Primary Cricketers

Young cricketers from Bradford’s Southmere Primary School are all set to play in the West Yorkshire finals tomorrow.

Consisting of the school’s year 5 and year 6 pupils, the team will be competing against schools across the county at the Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club in Leeds.

The team has already achieved a streak of wins in the Bradford finals, and is now looking forward for the next series of matches.

Shazad Bashir, PE coordinator at the school, told the Yorkshire Standard: “The team, now in the West Yorkshire finals, hope to get through to the Yorkshire finals. The kids have been absolutely brilliant and have been training hard.

“Myself, the staff and headteacher Hayley Marshall are proud of them all. I hope some of them even make a career out of it in the future.”

Deputy headteacher Delyth Roberts, added: “We’re really proud of the achievements of the team and it’s an aspect that the school wants to continue to raise in terms of the achievements of pupils. We really want them to win.”

Some of the youngsters have been so passionate about cricket they have been playing it during their breaks and dinner-times.

Farhan Hussain, 10, has even gone on to play for Yorkshire and has already played four games.

He said: “I got through by doing trials and there were no challenges for me. My dad plays cricket and I think I’ll be good at it too. Everyone at school and at home has given me a lot of support.”

Southmere Primary School, located in Great Horton, was recently crowned semi-finalist after competing against over 40 Bradford schools as part of a football competition.

Pupils have also taken part in a Mini World Cup.

The cricketing team includes: Sufyaan Junaid (c), Abdullah Rashad, Christopher Yeadon, Shahzaib Kousar, Kaleem Malik, Adam Rauf, Ethan Greenhough, Fezaan Malik, Esha Hussain, and Sharone Parducci.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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