16 Oct British Land Cricket Competition
It is days like Wednesday (14th October) that make me so proud. One of my aims at Gillespie was to introduce cricket to the school and get all year groups playing it. I knew last year that we had a strong group in year 5 so…
It is days like Wednesday (14th October) that make me so proud. One of my aims at Gillespie was to introduce cricket to the school and get all year groups playing it. I knew last year that we had a strong group in year 5 so I put a team together, and along with Andy Grinham have coached and trained them since April. They are now in year 6 and at the competition yesterday proved what a strong team they are.
Our first match was against Montem and our batters showed their strength and got an amazing 111 runs (we won by more than 60.) Our second game was against Ashmount, who are always a strong side, but we worked together well and won the game.
We then had a long wait for our second two games (thankfully Andy kept the team busy by doing some catching and batting drills!) Our third game was against Robert Blair where, once again, we were victorious.
Our final match was against Sacred Heart. We knew to go through automatically we had to win as Ashmount had won 3 games and lost 1. It was hard fought and Sacred Heart batted well. It was a tense last few balls when we were batting – we needed 12 runs off 8 balls. James got a 6 and was retired, which left it up to Sammy and Hetty to get the final runs (by which time there weren’t many balls left) But they dug deep and we won with 3 balls to spare. It really was nail biting stuff at the end.
We now go on to play in the semi finals in February. If that goes well then the finals will be at the home of cricket on 24th March…here’s hoping!
Well done to the team; James (captain), Sammy, Luca, Tyler, Malik, Hetty, Asmaa, Aisha, Jake & Idil. And a huge thank you to Andy Grinham for his time, dedication and passion for cricket.
And now it’s time for tea!