On Friday 25th May 2018, MSSP held their annual Girls Kwik Cricket Competition at Old Rutlishians CC. Fifteen schools from across the borough entered, with 1st place going on to represent Merton at the Surrey Schools competition and 2nd place representing the borough at the London Youth Games.

Group 1; St Teresa’s, Poplar, Links, Sacred Heart.

St Teresa’s topped Group 1 after winning all their group games with fantastic displays of fielding, allowing their batting team to go out on the attack to secure the runs needed. Sacred Heart beat Links by 16 runs but narrowly lost out to Poplar by 4 runs to keep the fight alive for a second place finish in the group. Links certainly played their part in keeping group 1 competitive, however results in the close games did not go in their favour. It was Poplar who finally took second place in a tight group by beating Links.

Group 2; St Matthew’s, Wimbledon Park, Liberty, Hollymount.

Group 2 finished in similar fashion to Group 1 with the standout team being St Matthew’s who managed to win all their games to take top spot. The race was on for the other remaining places though and all teams were determined to give it their all. It was Liberty who started stronger with a solid victory over Hollymount, who carried this form against Wimbledon Park and they just got the better of their opponent in a very tight match. It was down to Wimbledon Park and Hollymount for the remaining places, with Wimbledon Park showing their ability in a tremendous batting display to score 270.

Group 3; Wimbledon Chase, Malmesbury, SS Peter and Paul, Joseph Hood.

Malmesbury ran away as the clear winners of group 3 winning all three of their fixtures, each by a margin of 20 runs or more. Wimbledon Chase defeated Joseph Hood and SS Peter and Paul to take the second place finish.  Joseph Hood scored an astonishing 274 runs on their way to recording their only win of the group stage ensuring they finished in third place.

Group 4; Bishop Gilpin, Hatfeild, St John Fisher

A well-drilled Bishop Gilpin team convincingly won their group. This was mainly due to some excellent ground fielding and catching, accompanied by very accurate bowling and also some explosive batting towards the end of their innings in each game. Hatfeild won the deciding fixtures to claim a second place finish recording a win against St John Fisher who secured third place.

Based on their standing within their groups, the afternoon fixtures were organised so that teams finishing first played for 1st – 4th place overall, teams finishing second played for 5th – 8th place overall, teams finishing third played for 9th – 12th place overall, and the three teams that finished fourth would compete for 13th - 16th.

Links secured their first win of the day when they defeated Hollymount by 23 runs and Joseph Hood also followed suit by narrowly beating St John Fisher by 3 runs. SS Peter and Paul went onto beat Links by 16 runs to finish in 13th place.

Sacred Heart and Joseph Hood were successful in their play off fixture meaning they would play each other for 9th place. Sacred Heart ran away as winners from the last few balls of this match meaning they would finish the day in a respectable 9th place. Wimbledon Park and St John Fisher played each other for 11th place and Wimbledon Park narrowly won, by 4 runs.

Wimbledon Chase beat Hatfeild by 29 runs to give them the opportunity to finish in the top 5 where they would play Poplar who defeated Liberty by 20 runs. Ultimately, Wimbledon Chase were victorious in the fifth place play off winning by 15 runs. Liberty also beat Hatfeild to claim 7th place.

St Matthew’s, who’s bowling had been a main factor in their success so far in the day were able to restrict St Teresa’s to a score of 233 which was ultimately 10 run shy of the 244 scored by St Matthew’s, which guaranteed them at least second place. In the second semi final, Group 3 winners, Malmesbury were to face the 2016 winners Bishop Gilpin. Both teams, undefeated so far in the day. The game did not fail to live up to its promise with both teams neck and neck until the last pair. In the end Bishop Gilpin’s economical bowling prevailed and they were able to restrict Malmesbury to 227 vs their own score of 233. The score line was a true reflection of just how tight the game was. Well done to both sides.

Malmesbury defeated St Teresa’s to claim 3rd place whilst, Bishop Gilpin could not keep their crown against St Matthew’s who were able to defend the 229 runs scored in their first innings as Bishop Gilpin scored 216 from their 8 overs. This meant St Matthew’s claimed the crown for themselves as they emerged as the Grirls Cricket Champions.

Final positions:

  1. St Mattew’s

  2. Bishop Gilpin

  3. Malmesbury

  4. St Teresa’s

  5. Wimbledon Chase

  6. Poplar

  7. Liberty

  8. Hatfeild

  9. Sacred Heart

  10. Joseph Hood

  11. Wimbledon Park

  12. St John Fisher

  13. SS Peter and Paul

  14. Links

  15. Hollymount

Thank you to all of the schools who entered and took part so enthusiastically throughout the course of the day. Thanks also to the members of staff who brought their teams down; to the Rutlish leaders who officiated impressively and to Old Ruts CC for the use of their venue.

Well done to Liberty for winning the Refspect award for demonstrating a positive attitude throughout the day and encouraging opposition players as well as their own.

Congratulations to St Matthew’s who will represent the borough at the Surrey Schools competition and to Bishop Gilpin who will be our representatives at the London Youth Games. We wish them both the very best of luck!

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