A school cricket team is to be recognised at an annual dinner held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

Year 13 students from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Blackburn, have been named as the North-West winner of the Forty Club award, one of twelve teams selected nationally.

Captain, Qasim Shah, and Head of Physical Education and Sport, Dr Butler, will attend the event, held in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on November 15, following recognition from the Forty Club, a cricket team that inspires cricketers to a lifelong love of cricket.

Dr Butler, who has managed cricket at QEGS for over 30 years, said: "We are incredibly proud to be being celebrated at a national event with so much prestige.

"At QEGS, sport is a fundamental pillar of school life and it is fantastic to see our dedication to cricket commended. "In our recent Good OFSTED inspection, the report highlighted this invitation and the ‘stunning range of opportunities’ that we have at QEGS to enhance the pupil experience.

"We are thoroughly looking forward to what promises to be a memorable evening at Lord’s and continuing our success in sport for years to come."

The award is given to teams who scored highly in the categories of ‘spirit of cricket’ and 'playing skills' in their game against the club this season.

District winners are selected based on total marks given, along with consideration of the match manager’s own report and umpire’s report.

The award also recognises QEGS continued commitment to the playing of cricket at all levels across the school.

Dr Butler and QEGS’ Cricket XI Captain, Qasim, will collect the North-West shield from the President of MCC, Kumar Sangakkara on November 15.