We took 40 U8/9 children over to The Elms on Tuesday and had a lovely afternoon of pairs cricket. It was great to have match-play after all of the skills practices they have done in games lessons. We have lots to learn about the tactical game, positioning and how and when to run between the wickets. A couple of highlights included Rueben hitting a brilliantly timed six and Tommy getting a wicket with his first delivery. We were also very impressed with the consistency of the bowling throughout, as it is a very difficult cricketing skill to master.
It was an early start for the boys on Tuesday morning as we travelled down to Millfield to compete in the U11 IAPS Tournament held at Millfield Prep. We started with a game against the hosts; after winning the toss we put Millfield in to bat. There was a brilliant start to the bowling, with three overs from Lex, Tommy and Harry only conceding eight runs, with Tommy taking two wickets. Aiden also showed his consistency with his bowling and bowled six brilliant deliveries, only going for three runs and picking up a wicket. They set us 38 to win. The team’s target all year has been to look after their wickets and wait patiently for the balls from which to attack and score. We were so proud of the boys; they didn’t lose a single wicket and scored a solid 53.
In the next game they played the eventual runners up of the IAPS cup, Farleigh school. They batted first and scored an impressive 57 on a very big pitch and a slow outfield. Lex and Sam picked up the only wickets of this innings. We started off our batting innings by losing a wicket first ball to make the task even harder. Lex hit a beautiful six over the head of deep-mid-wicket. Tommy also scored 11 runs off his two overs hitting two fours. We fell quite a bit short scoring 18 due to losing four wickets.
Following our results in the group, we were put into the semi-final of the plate against The Elms. With some brilliant bowling and fielding we kept the The Elms down to a score of 34. The stand-out bowlers were Eamon and Harry B, who both picked up a wicket and only conceded a few runs each. We knew this was a very achievable score if we batted sensibly and how we know we can. We started off brilliantly scoring 20 off the first three overs, not conceding a wicket. We then had complete collapse in the batting, with silly run-outs and making the wrong decisions with shot choice, losing seven wickets.
We were then through to the last game of the day in a play-off against West Hill Park. King’s St Alban’s won the toss and decided on a change of tactic by batting first. Harry N scored a solid nine runs and Lex scored 13. We ran a lot better between the wickets and started playing good shots to the right balls. We scored 41 but we were confident we could bowl and field well and keep their score down to win the game. Lex started us off nicely giving away only two runs from his over. Harry N and Harry B also bowled well and the opposition struggled to score from their good length and line. Ralphie bowled a brilliant over where he took two wickets and only went for two runs. Lex bowled the last over of the match, taking another two wickets. King’s St Alban’s won by 26 runs.
This was a brilliant day out, where we took on very strong opposition and played exceptionally well. It was a good learning experience in their last cricket IAPS tournament before they move to the Senior School.
We had a long journey to Millfield on Thursday for the IAPS tournament. In our first match against Redmaids, losing the toss we batted first. The girls made a slow start and found it very difficult to score due to the long boundaries. Our bowling also let us down in the match; the rule in this tournament was three runs per wide and no ball. The extras in this match cost us the game and we lost by around 20 runs.
Our next game was against Stroud, where we won the toss and decided to bowl first. Our bowling was more consistent and didn’t give as many runs away with extras, however our batting sold us short, as we didn’t bat positively enough. It was a tight game and it went down to the last over; we lost two wickets and lost the match by nine runs. These results took us through to the Bowl Competition, where we played Taunton School. We fielded first; although our bowling showed good length and line, Taunton’s batting was exceptional and they scored 88 runs, making the most of the shorter boundary. This was a massive target to chase; although our girls gave it a really good go, they lost too many wickets and fell short.
In our last game we had the delight of playing our local rivals, RGS The Grange. It was a lovely game to finish the day and it was played in great spirits. The girls showed significant improvement in their bowling, batting and fielding as they relaxed and enjoyed the game. We enjoyed amazing batting from Daisy, who scored four fours in one over. Lara and Mea showed some mature and intelligent play in the last two overs, to protect their wickets as they knew we were ahead. This meant we won narrowly by 10 runs!
This was another great experience in their last IAPS Tournament for King’s St Alban’s.