On Wednesday 12th June 2019, MSSP held their annual Girls Kwik Cricket Competition at Old Rutlishians CC. Twelve schools from across the borough entered, with 1st and 2nd places going on to represent Merton at the Surrey Cricket County Finals Day and the London Youth Games.

Group 1; Poplar, Links, Bishop Gilpin and Aragon

Bishop Gilpin 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. Aragon beat Links by 23 runs but lost out to Poplar by 34 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, Joseph Hood and St Teresa’s.

Group 2 finished in similar fashion to Group 1 with the standout team being Joseph Hood 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 St Matthew’s who started stronger with a solid victory over St Teresa’s, 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 St Teresa’s and Wimbledon Park for the remaining places, with St Teresa’s showing their ability in a tremendous batting display to score 244.

Group 3; Wimbledon Chase, Malmesbury, Hillcross and Garfield.

Wimbledon Chase emerged as the winners of group 3 in the tightest group of the morning. Garfield defeated Hillcross and Malmesbury to take the second place finish.  Malmesbury scored an astonishing 244 runs on their way to recording their only win of the group stage ensuring they finished in third place which meant Hillcross could not quite get the win their play deserved..

Based on their standing within their groups, the afternoon fixtures were organised so that teams finishing first played for 1st – 3th place overall, teams finishing second played for 4th – 6th place overall, teams finishing third played for 7th – 9th place overall, and the three teams that finished fourth would compete for 10th - 12th.

 

Links secured their first win of the day when they defeated Wimbledon Park by 13 runs and Hillcross also followed suit by narrowly beating Links by 3 runs to take 10th place. Aragon were successful in their play off fixtures against Malmesbury and St Teresa’s meaning they would take 7th place. Malmesbury ran away as winners from the last few balls of this match meaning they would finish the day in a respectable 8th place.

Poplar, who’s bowling had been a main factor in their success so far in the day were able to restrict St Matthew’s to a score of 214 which was allowed their batting team to smash a score of 238, which guaranteed them at least 4th place. In the second semi final, Group 2 winners, Joseph Hood were to face Bishop Gilpin. Both teams, undefeated so far in the day, were keen not to give up their winning streak. The game did not fail to live up to its promise with both teams showing tremendous skills and amazing shot being played. In the end Bishop Gilpin’s economical bowling prevailed and they were able to restrict Malmesbury to 206 vs their own score of 222. The score line was a true reflection of just how tight the game was. Well done to both sides.

Bishop Gilpin and Wimbledon Chase were playing for the top spot and it wasn’t long before the teams were smashing the ball for sixes as the runs racked up. Ultimately, it was the batting performance from Bishop Gilpin that prevailed and meant they emerged as the Girls Cricket Champions.

Final positions:

  1. Bishop Gilpin
  2. Wimbledon Chase
  3. Joseph Hood
  4. Poplar
  5. Garfield
  6. St Matthew’s
  7. Aragon
  8. Malmesbury
  9. St Teresa’s

10. Hillcross

11. Links

12. Wimbledon Park

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 St Matthew’s for winning the Refspect award for demonstrating a positive attitude throughout the day and encouraging opposition players as well as their own.

Congratulations to Bishop Gilpin and Wimbledon Chase who will represent the borough at the Surrey Schools competition and London Youth Games. We wish them both the very best of luck!

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