28 Feb A force to reckon with….
Every year capital kids cricket run a London wide cricket competition for primary schools. The competition runs like this: Borough Stage, Regional Finals and Grand Finals (at Lords) The winners of the Borough stage progress to Regional Finals where the top 2 boroughs from the groups go through to The Grand Final (8 schools in total)
Just before half term the Gillespie cricket team set off to Lords to play in the Islington round of the British Land cricket competition. Only 4 schools were selected to take part in this stage and our opponents on the day were Pakeman, Laycock and New End (Camden.) As New End were from Camden if they won on the day, the second place team would also progress to the Regional Finals.
We played really well in all 3 matches getting wins against both Laycock and Pakemam but lost to New End who were a very strong team. This meant that we were through to The Regional Finals which were to take part just after half term (Thursday 23rd February.)
So last Thursday, Andy Grinham and Sue took the team to the Regional Finals at the Play On Centre in Whitechapel. The level of play on the day from all the finalists was outstanding.We won our first game and batted really well in our second where we scored a huge 94 runs but our opponents were strong and scored 120 runs. We played each team twice and waited nervously to find out which 2 teams would progress to the Grand Finals. Excitingly, due to our massive score in the second game, Gillespie finished second in the group and are now through to the Grand Finals on Friday 17th March.
I wasn’t there on the day but Andy said ‘the team played out of their skin and were phenomenal.’ We are now doing some intense training on Wednesdays to prepare them for the next (and final) stage of the competition. It’s an amazing achievement to get this far and I couldn’t be prouder of every single one of the team.
Well done; Zac (captain), Daniel, Maddy, Lara, Naomi, Freddie, Ethan, Rufus, Lukas.