U11 IAPS National Tennis
On Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd May four Year 6 children from King’s Hawford competed in the IAPS National Tennis Competition at the impressive facilities of Rugby School. Ayrton, Charlotte, Cameron and Florence endured two long days of tennis in hot conditions. They worked with great determination throughout the competition and made excellent progress against some very impressive young tennis players from all around the country. The highlights of the event included Florence and Charlotte gaining an excellent victory over Millfield School, as well as Ayrton and Cameron overcoming St George’s School in an epic doubles match that went to a 10-8 tie break. All four children benefitted greatly from the exposure to more competitive tennis and strategies to cope with challenges as they arise on the court.
U8 Cricket vs The Downs
On Tuesday afternoon, 12 of the Year 3 children enjoyed a super fixture on the top field with their peers from The Downs. The match was a brilliant learning experience, with the boys and girls from both schools developing their overarm bowling skills in a semi-competitive environment. The King’s Hawford children made great progress throughout, with particularly impressive performances from Josiah, Elliot and Mary with the ball and Shaan and Luca with the bat.
U10 Cricket vs RGS The Grange
On Wednesday afternoon we once again welcomed RGS The Grange’s U10 cricket team for a rematch of last week’s fixture. This was originally due to be an U10 tournament hosted by RGS, but unfortunately several schools had to withdraw. With the girls all involved in away matches at The Downs, this provided an opportunity for some of our boys to challenge themselves with their first experience of a hardball cricket fixture. They rose to the challenge with great enthusiasm and determination, none more so than Sartaaj, who bowled two lovely overs which went for very few runs. Barnaby also showed confidence and resolve whilst batting and Max D demonstrated super resilience and got off the mark early on with a quick single against a strong bowling attack. In the first innings the pick of the bowlers were Freddie M, Freddie P and Khaleefah, who all bowled with pace and accuracy but just couldn’t quite manage to collect any wickets. Hudson and Max M should also be pleased with the improved accuracy with which they both bowled in comparison with last week’s match, whilst Johnnie continued to look solid behind the stumps with a string of effective stops at wicket-keeper. RGS have several strong cricketers at this age group and were able to hit the occasional boundary four that ensured they attained a challenging total for our batters to attempt to chase down.
U11 Cricket vs Winterfold
The Under 11 hardball cricket side continued their very successful start to the season with another impressive performance at Winterfold. Having been reduced to 2 for 2, Billy T and Will L repaired the damage with a patient stand of 30. When Ned T joined Billy, the scoring rate increased as the two boys put on an impressive 68 off 10 overs. Ned’s mature batting saw Hawford to a score of 114 from our 20 overs. Winterfold were put under immediate pressure by the accuracy of the Hawford opening bowlers and despite a late flurry they were behind the required rate throughout.
U10/U11 Girls Incrediball Cricket v The Downs
The fixture, similar to the hard ball game, was a mix of Years 5 and 6 girls who hadn’t worked as a team before.
King’s Hawford girls batted first. The Downs’ bowling was accurate and quick, leading to several wickets taken against us, however some great batting demonstrated by the our girls, particularly Anya R who scored two 4 runs, ensured that we put up some tough opposition.
Targeted with increasing our power when striking the ball to get it further out into the field rather than close by, limiting our chances to make a run, the girls performed well. Following match teas after the first innings the girls fielded well, with excellent bowling demonstrated by Anya R and Liv O. The girls impressed with excellent communication between team members when passing the ball in the field. Although we didn’t win on this occasion there were plenty of positives to be taken from the fixture and plenty of things upon which we can improve. The Downs awarded bowler of the match to Anya R and batter of the match to Lottie H – congratulations girls!