U9 County Cricket Tournament on Tuesday 4th July
Winners – CKJS!
On Tuesday 4th July, following their success at Hatherley and Reddings a few weeks earlier, nine Y4 boys had earned the right to participate in the county cricket finals for their age group. This was held at Wycliffe College.
We were drawn in a tough group with Almondsbury and Cold Aston with only the winners guaranteed a place in the semi-finals.
In our first match against Almondsbury, we won the toss and put them in to bat first. We only managed to take one wicket, James B catching off Sam's bowling and Almondsbury finished on 246. Shaunak and Freddie opened the batting and put on a partnership of 28, including three sixes in three balls from Shaunak. It was close towards the end but careful batting from James B and Henry meant we finished on 249 and won by three runs.
In our second match we won the toss and put Cold Aston in to bat first. Finlay took a wicket in the second over, Freddie bowled their batsman out in the sixth over and James B took a wicket with four balls remaining meaning they finished on 234. A few boundaries from Shuanak and Brody, followed by a steady partnership from James K and Edwyn, meant we were on 236 after four overs. As Cold Aston brought on their strongest bowlers, we lost four wickets and were on 225 with one over left. Two boundaries from James B; one six and one four, put the match back in our favour as we finished on 236 and won by two runs.
Our semi-final opponents were a strong Henley side who we put into bat first. James K took a wicket in the first over as he caught the batsman out off his own bowling before Shaunak took two wickets in two balls in seventh over. James B, again, bowled extremely well and took a wicket in the final over as they finished on 235. With James K, James B and Shaunak all hitting sixes we finished on 246 and progressed through to the final, to face North Nibley.
The final was extremely close with two independent umpires and plenty of nervous energy! We lost the toss and were put into bat first, scoring our highest total of the tournament with 254. As every bowler bowled their over, North Nibley were edging closer to our score but always needed a boundary or two to be in with a real chance. They ended up needing a six off the final ball and calm, sensible fielding from Brody meant they didn't get the runs required and finished on 251, meaning we won by three runs.
All nine boys deserve a huge amount of credit for playing in both competitions, happily sharing the batting and bowling and coming out victorious. Being the top school in the county (including schools from Bristol) is a credit to their hard work and desire to improve their game. Very, very well done.
A massive thank you to all the parents who joined us at Wycliffe to support the children, especially Mr Burton for his expert technical coaching and encouragement to the squad.
There are certainly worse ways to finish the cricket season!