Leicestershire’s Crown Hills Community College travelled to the picturesque Mosley Cricket Club in Birmingham to take on 3 other schools in the National Final of the Cricket Foundation’s secondary school competition, Chance to Compete.
On arrival the squad were warmed up by England Women’s Cricket Ambassador Caroline Atkins, who also passed on some useful advice to take into their first game, against Brine Leas from Cheshire.
Batting first the Crown Hills boys posted 48 from their 8 overs, they did well after losing a few early wickets, and were able to up the run rate in the last few overs. However it became apparent that 48 was a below par score and the Brine Leas openers made good use of the short boundaries to knock off the 49 runs in just 4 overs.
So on to the 3rd & 4th place play off against Surrey’s Southborough High and again Crown Hills were asked to bat first. The talk at lunch from PE teacher James Giling seemed to work as they went out at a far better run rate than their first effort. Adam Dakri smashed 23* including a sublime 6 over mid off to help his side reach 77-5. It was a tense 8 overs, as Crown Hills started their bowling performance well, but Southborough fought back and scraped home with just balls to spare.
It was a spirited performance by the boys, many of whom had not played in such a big competition before. They were certainly up against some very talented cricketers, and they competed very well against them and held their own. They should be very proud of getting to the finals day, and were a great advertisement for schools cricket in Leicestershire.