MSSP hosted the Girls Cricket Festival on Friday 12th July at Old Ruts Cricket Club. Eleven teams from throughout the borough came together to celebrate girls cricket and bask in the sunshine as the school’s sports events calendar ended. All schools played a minimum of six matches to make sure they developed as the event went on and we had some young coaches from Rutlish High School who were providing coaching clinics in the new cricket nets at Old Ruts.
There was a lot of energy as schools arrived and this built up as the opening matches got underway with some big hits scoring sixes early on. Schools were keen to show off their skills, performing some precision bowling and agile fielding. Although the event was in a festival format, the competition was still fierce as the girls battled for every run they could.
Bishop Gilpin A got off to a fantastic start with their batters displaying excellent hand-eye co-ordination in scoring plenty of runs. Pelham and Lonesome displayed their intentions with an enthralling game; both batting and fielding exceptionally well to mean the result could have went either way until the very last ball. Meanwhile, Hatfeild and Links played out a tense contest with both teams showing a good understanding of the tactics employed in cricket and some incredible boundary shots to get the crowds going. Aragon and St Matthew’s played in a great spirit and both were well up for the contest and proved to be formidable opponents, with some particularly strong fielding on display
St Mary’s opening match produced some high quality cricket, with their batters hitting everything out the park. The Sherwood also started strongly and continued throughout the day with some excellent displays, proving to be a match for all their opponents. Merton Park took the first game to find their range, they saved their best performances for the latter stages of the festival, showing off fine batting skills as they hit six after six. There was an epic game between St Matthew’s and Pelham with a great atmosphere provided by all the players and their supporters. Both teams tried to outdo each other, blasting the ball to the boundary to keep the contest on a knife-edge. Bishop Gilpin B were battling hard against all their opponents and their efforts were worthwhile as they continued to prove to be formidable force in their bating and bowling attacks.
It was great to see so many schools attend the event and provide such a fantastic display of skill and enthusiasm. Although always competitive, there was a respectful atmosphere throughout the event today and every game was played in a spirit that embodies the sporting values we promote at all MSSP events. Our REFSPECT winners today were Lonesome Primary. They were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic teamwork and effort meant they were a credit to their school.
A huge thanks to our hosts, Old Ruts Cricket Club for allowing us to use such a fantastic facility. Please take the time to visit https://oldrutscricket.co.uk/ to find out more about the amazing opportunities and offers for girls to develop their interest in cricket. Lastly, thanks you to the amazing sport leaders from Rutlish High School, who made sure the event was enjoyed by all and gave lots of guidance and support throughout todays event.