King's St Alban's

12 May

Sports Roundup: Adapting to a new game.

U11 ESCA Cricket Tournament

The King’s St Alban’s U11 boys travelled over to Bromsgrove for their English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) regional tournament on Thursday afternoon. We faced Abberley School first. Our bowling and fielding showed massive improvement from Monday and we kept the score down to 46 runs off 12 overs. Sam C (7 runs and 1 wicket off 2 overs) and Lex (6 runs off 2 overs) enjoyed some impressive bowling figures. Aiden A showed athleticism and composure to pull off a remarkable catch. King’s St Alban’s scored a solid 76, with Harry N (23 runs, five 4s) and Tommy (17 runs, two 4s) showing their batting ability with some excellent shots.

The next match of the afternoon was against a very strong Bromsgrove side. The Bromsgrove captain won the toss and put his team in to bat. They ran well between the wickets and scored an solid 68 off 8 overs.

The boys knew this was a very tough target, with the required run rate of 8.6 runs per over. Ralphie opened the batting and hit a few good shots against a very quick and direct bowler. Lex came in with two overs to go and knew he had to score quickly. He hit a number of big boundaries to keep King’s St Alban’s in contention but unfortunately we fell short by 8 runs. Well done to both wicket-keepers, Jack and Guy, who demonstrated bravery and commitment to dive and get their bodies in the way.

This was a good afternoon of cricket with a lot learnt and some aspects of their cricket to work on in the coming weeks.

 

U11A v King’s Hawford

The U11A team took on a strong King’s Hawford side on Monday afternoon. Lex M won the toss and decided to bowl. We started off slowly and made a number of mistakes in the field leading to us conceding runs and boundaries. King’s Hawford set an impressive 181 for King’s St Alban’s to chase. The pick of the bowling figures was Tommy (12 runs, 1 wicket off 4 overs) and Sam (18 runs,1 wicket off 3 overs).

Unfortunately we fell short with our batting and gave our wickets away too easily. Lex (49* off 35 balls, 10 x 4s) and Eddie U (24* off 20 balls, 5 x 4s) were brilliant with the bat and hit 14 of King’s St Alban’s 17 boundaries between them.

 

U11 B v King’s Hawford

We had a very tight game against King’s Hawford on Monday. For many of our players this was their first experience of playing hard ball cricket and I was impressed with how well they adapted to the game. We won the toss and chose to field first. Jack T wicket kept for the team and did extremely well. Our bowling averages are improving with each game and we gave away very few extras. Elin had the best bowling stats with only 1 run being made off her over. Our batting is improving but we still need to chase and hit some of the loose balls. Olivia and Lilly-Mae were the best batting pair. They hit the ball well and ran quickly between the wickets. There were only 4 runs between us but we lost more wickets which gave them the win.

 

U11C v King’s Hawford

Well done to the U11 C team who displayed a good performance against King’s Hawford at this week’s cricket fixture. King’s St Alban’s were put into bat first and each pair worked well in their two overs of batting, only losing two wickets. Adil and Barnaby were the most effective batting pair, achieving sixteen runs between them.

When it was King’s St Alban’s turn to bowl, the team worked well in the field to retrieve any hit balls and started to back each other up in case of any miss fields. Evie and Ivy displayed good bowling skills, taking the only wickets of the game and Flo delivered an excellent maiden over coming very close to getting a wicket. King’s St Alban’s just lost by seven runs in the last over of the game.