It has been an amazing half term for our Cricket Teams! The journey for our year 6 Boy’s and Girl’s teams began at the Kingston Borough Sports Partnerships tournaments. Both teams managed to reach the finals of these competitions, which meant qualification to represent Kingston at the London Youth Games.
On Tuesday 20th June, our girls travelled to Old Actonian’s Cricket Club to compete in the Year 5/6 Girls tournament. It was a very hot day and a long journey on the train but once we had arrived the team were raring to go! The girls played brilliantly to win their first game comfortably and took this momentum into their second group game, winning again with a great batting performance. The team faced Westminster in their final group game, who had also won their previous two matches. In a close contest, the girl’s unfortunately lost which meant that they did not qualify from their group. Although disappointed, the team were happy with their performance – and even happier when they got an ice – lolly on the way home!
The following day, it was the boy’s turn. After another very hot and busy train journey the team arrived determined to perform well. A determination that would serve them well throughout the day!
In the opening group game, the team ran out comfortable winners, scoring 295 runs and putting in an excellent bowling performance to limit the opponent’s opportunities to score runs. Confidence was high and the boys eased through their next two group matches, scoring 326 runs in one match – their highest total for the rest of the day. Having won all three matches, the team had progressed to the quarter finals and a match against Ealing awaited them. Once again the boys batted superbly and nullified the opposition when fielding. The weather was hotting up even more and so was the competition!
In the semi-finals, the boy’s faced a team representing Hillingdon. It was a frustrating batting innings as the Hillingdon team bowled brilliantly, leaving the boy’s with their lowest run total of the day – 252. After some words of encouragement from Mr Clark, heads did not drop and with one over to go Hillingdon were left needing 2 runs from the final ball. Dinel kept his composure and bowled at pace straight towards to the middle stump; all the batsman could do was block the ball meaning the team had qualified for the final!
After cooling down and calming down from the excitement of the semi-final victory, the team learnt that they would play Richmond in the final. The boys were to bat first and posted a total of 245 runs. Although wishing for a higher total, the team were not deterred after their semi-final performance and were brilliant in the field. Great catches from Joe frustrated Richmond as the team’s consistent bowling meant that they were restricted to 232 runs and Corpus Christi, representing Kingston were the winners of the London Youth Games 2017.
A very excited Mr Clark and a very proud (and hot) Mr Sheehan watched on as the team collected their medals and the London Youth Games Winners Trophy.
Congratulations to both teams
Girls: Imogen, Francesca, Nicole, Nicola, Vanessa, Ava, Jasmine and Lucy.
Boys: Liam, Archie, George, Joe, James, Piers, Mussawir and Dinel