U11 Boys IAPS Cricket
Ten U11 Boys went to Millfield School to participate in a very competitive Cricket Festival.
KSA were drawn against New College, Oxford, Millfield and Clifton College in the group stages. KSA won all 3 matches progressing to the Final to play against Kings Hall, Taunton, where they fell 16 runs short.
Naturally, there were many highlights throughout the day: The win against Millfiled was simply superb; Charlie. C bowling a hat-trick in the Final(!); Henry's quick bowling; Hassan's vast improvement as a bowler; and the whole team's fielding, including their teamwork.
To come the 2nd best school in the South West region is very pleasing. However, we're more proud of the boys, then where we've ended up.
U11 Boys Cricket v Bromsgrove
Having elected to bat, Bromsgrove made 114-8 off 20 overs on a warm sunny day. KSA responded by chasing the score down, within 16 overs, and winning by 4 wickets, which included 2 debut wickets for Freddie F.
Seth carried his bat through to a very fine 43 not out and contributed to a brutal 5 overs, with Henry, where they hit 50 runs, making it very difficult for Bromsgrove to have much, if any, control of the game.
A encouraging batting performance and result.
U8 Girls Cricket v The Downs Malvern
On Tuesday our U8 girls enjoyed their pairs cricket match, in the sun, against The Downs School. It is a relatively new sport for the girls and although there were some pre-match nerves they soon had smiles on their faces. Eleanor won the toss and elected to field first. Everyone had a go at bowling and well done to Immie, Anoop and Sydney who all got wickets.
I was very pleased with the batting from all the girls. One of our targets was to talk to our partner and call when the run was on. This improved as they gained a little confidence and Eleanor received the prize for her positive calling and running. The highest scoring partnership was our final batters, Immie and Mia. They scored 16 off their two overs and did not concede a wicket.
Sydney was awarded 'Player of the Match'. A well deserved award as she was consistent with her bowling and batting throughout the match.
This was a fantastic advert for girls' school cricket and I feel excited for the future of cricket in the school.
U10 Girls Rounders v Bromsgrove
The girls were a little apprehensive about playing rounders on Wednesday as they obviously haven't played since last year. They chose to field first and they took a little time to remember what to do but they soon got into the swing of things. Our batting was pleasing with a number of girls hitting the ball well. The game ended up being very close, with us only losing 14 to 15.5. Well done to Ava for scoring 3.5 rounders and Arabella for her accurate bowling.
The Downs Aquathlon 2019
Last Saturday we participated in one of my highlights of the year, The Downs Aquathlon. This is a very hard event combining the competitors swimming and running skills. There were 12 schools competing in the U11 event, 38 boys and 44 girls. Yet again we were overwhelmed by the performance of all of our children. Henry came 1st in the boys event with a time of 5.35 and Seth came 3rd. In total St Alban's had four 1st placed, two 2nd placed and two 3rd placed in the heats. This put us, in conjunction with the senior school, in 2nd place in the event overall.
I look forward to seeing the St Alban's children continuing this success on into the senior school next year.