As England battle it out with their Aussie rivals for the Ashes, a Leeds school was embarking on its own international cricket contest.
Pupils at Lawnswood School padded up for the U13s challenge against youngsters from the Desert Cubs Cricket Academy in Dubai.
The 25-over match, at the Old Modernians Sports Club in Cookridge, started off in dramatic fashion when Lawnswood’s fast-bowler Aadam Hussain sent the bails flying with his very first delivery. The contest ended with a nail-biting last over as Lawnswood managed four runs off the last ball to draw the game.
“This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to shine on an international stage,” said Lawnswood head teacher Simon White. “It’s yet another example of how our students are expanding their horizons.”
The cricketers from Dubai were on a two-week tour which also took in Cardiff and London. Rovine Chandrasekera, whose two sons play for the Dubai club, said: “We have had a great time in Yorkshire.”