The cricket season has been a busy one, with a total of 204 matches being played. Pleasingly, it has also been a very successful one. We have seen no less than eight hundreds, 29 half-centuries and four five-wicket hauls.
After a disappointing season last year, the 1st and 2nd XI have played some excellent cricket and won the vast majority of their matches. A highlight of the season for the 1st XI was their extended run in the National T20, making it to the regional semi-finals after wins against Dean Close, RGS and Warwick. Their victory over RGS in their annual 50 over match was also as complete a performance as anyone could hope for. The 3rd XI have also thoroughly enjoyed their season, playing a record seven matches and bringing enthusiasm and energy to all fixtures.
The 1st team also managed to finish the season by winning silverware at the KES Stratford 6s tournament. After a shaky start and a loss to the hosts, it was clear that we were the standout team on the day. We had good wins against QMGS Wallsall and Bablake in the group and the semi-final and faced Wycliffe in the final. A solid batting performance allowed us to reach an insurmountable target and we eventually ran out comfortable winners.
There has also been lots of success throughout the age groups. Our U15 and U13 boys’ teams made it to the county cup final, with unfortunately both losing narrowly. The U14s were able to go one better and defeat Bromsgrove, thanks to a stunning innings from Henry H. The win qualifies them for the National Competition as U15s next year.
The U15 girls made it through to the last 16 of the National Cup and to the regional finals of the Lady Taverners Indoor Competition. A highlight of their National Cup run was the 128* scored by Bryony G (LR) against Bromsgrove. Girls’ cricket continues to go from strength to strength and there has been a significant increase in numbers at training and involved in matches. The introduction of a second hardball team has been wonderful to see and this is set to increase next year.
The U17s have been exceptional and have now progressed through to the semi-final of the National Plate competition after superb victories against Queen Mary’s Wallsall, Wirral Grammar School and Queen Ethelburga’s. Captain Cam J (L6) scored his Maiden ton against Wirral GS and the quarter-final against Queen Ethelburga’s saw a magnificent 170* from George T (L6). His innings included 12 fours and 12 sixes and is a new school record for the highest individual score by a King’s pupil. They now face Stowe School, in a match due to be played in September.
However, the biggest success is the number of pupils who are playing and enjoying their cricket. To be able regularly to field 13 teams on a Saturday and have 30 pupils train in some year groups each week is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm that is put in each week by all of the age group coaches.
Read here about the U17 enjoying a record breaking week.