This years County Mixed and Girls Kwik Cricket finals saw a contrast in weather fortunes with a battle against sun burn at Ashby Hastings CC and a race against lightning at Uppingham Town CC.
Year 6 Mixed – Ashby Hastings CC
Ashby Hastings Cricket Club provided a fantastic setting on Wednesday June 18th for 9 schools from across the county: Kibworth Primary (Blaby & Harborough), Shepshed High (North Charnwood), Rothley Primary (South Charnwood), Ratby Primary (Hinckley & Bosworth), Abbey Primary (East Leicester), Glebelands Primary (West Leicester), Redmile Primary (Melton), Willesley Primary (North West Leicestershire) and Uppingham C of E (Rutland)
The runs flowed as the schools posted early big scores in the hunt for the 3 places in the ‘Winners Pool’ later in the day. The skills shown on the day was great to see, athletic dives, one handed catches and skillful bowling were also among the big shots over the rope! One highlight of the day was a player from Ratby Primary who managed not only to hit a six over mid-on but landed it in the winners trophy!
Shepshed High, Ratby Primary and Abbey Primary were the three schools who made it through to the winners pool to fight for 1st place. The three schools provided a perfect conclusion with a tie after the pool games were completed, with the result to be decided by total runs scored. Abbey Primary’s high score in their last game proved to be their most important innings as they too the title with 535 runs, ahead of Shepshed High’s 512 and Ratby’s 488.
Many thanks to Neil Johnson and Ashby Hastings CC for hosting the day and to Tammy Beaumont (England and Kent Women) who helped umpire and score throughout the day and presented the awards. Thanks also to LRC and LRS volunteers who helped with various jobs on the day.
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Year 6 Girls – Uppingham Town CC
The Girls competition was part of the LRS Summer Championships and a huge thank you must first go to the Uppingham Town CC groundsman Pop Cox who had the ground in great condition following some fairly heavy down pours before and during the day and to Chairman Charlie Scott for helping with some organisation of the day.
Like the Mixed finals there were 9 schools competing on the day: Red Hill Field (Blaby & Harborough), Hall Orchard (North Charnwood), Riverside (South Charnwood), Elizabeth Woodville (Hinckley & Bosworth), Abbey Primary (East Leicester), Braunstone Primary (West Leicester), Frisby C of E (Melton), Sir John Moore (North West Leicestershire) and Brooke Hill (Rutland)
Just as the introductions ended and the schools and young leaders headed out to start their games, the heavens opened and credit must be given to all the girls, teachers and officials who did not seem phased and just carried on as if the sun was beating down! Luckily the rain stopped by the time the first games were done and the rest of the tournament was played under grey skies. Once again high skill levels were on show, proving the future is bright for girls cricket in Leicestershire & Rutland.
The three schools making it to the winners pool were Red Hill Field, Hall Orchard and Frisby C of E. Unfortunately during the last round of games the rain returned accompanied by thunder and lightning which put an end to the finals a little earlier than planned. However, Frisby had won their 2 group games and were clear winners of the competition remaining unbeaten throughout the competition – worthy winners! The remaining places mainly went down to runs scored, with Hall Orchard placed 2nd with 208 just pipping 3rd placed Red Hill Field (201 runs)
A very special thank you must go to Richard Haffenden and his young leaders from Belvoir High who battled tough scoring and umpiring conditions to make sure the games ran smoothly.
Lastly, many thanks to Joe Steel (ECB) Paul Taylor, Claire Jarvis and Katie Marron (Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport) who helped support both competitions and provided medals and trophies.
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