On Thursday 25th May 2017, MSSP held their annual Girls Kwik Cricket Competition at Old Rutlishians CC. Sixteen 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, Wimbledon Chase, Dundonald, Sacred Heart.

Dundonald topped Group 1 after convincing wins against Wimbledon Chase and Sacred Heart and also gaining what turned out to be a crucial point when they were up against St Teresa’s in a match that finished remarkably with both teams level on runs scored and wickets taken. Sacred Heart beat Wimbledon Chase by 16 runs and beat St Teresa’s with the final ball of the match, by 1 run, to secure their second place finish in the group. St Teresa’s certainly played their part in keeping group 1 competitive, however results in the close games did not go in their favour.

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

Only runs scored could split the top and bottom teams’ in-group 2. Both St Matthew’s and Liberty finished the group stage on 6 points after 2 wins and 1 loss each, however it was St Matthew’s who scored 28 more runs than Liberty which saw them progress as group winners. Third and Fouth place finishes were also decided on runs scored with Merton Park also scoring 28 more runs than their competitors Wimbledon Park.

Group 3; Pelham, Malmesbury, Hillcross, 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. Hillcross defeated Joseph Hood and Pelham to take the second place finish. Pelham scored an astonishing 274 runs vs Joseph Hood on their way to recording their only win of the group stage ensuring they finished in third place.

Group 4; Bishop Gilpin, Hatfeild, The Priory, 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. The Priory won two out of their three fixtures to claim a second place finish with Hatfeild recording a win vs St John Fisher to secure 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.

Wimbledon Chase secured their first win of the day when they defeated Wimbledon Park by 23 runs and St John Fisher also followed suit by narrowly beating Joseph Hood by 3 runs. Wimbledon Chase also beat St John Fisher by 16 runs to finish in 13th place.

Pelham and Merton Park were successful in their play off fixture meaning they would play each other for 9th place. Merton Park ran away as winners from the last few balls of this match meaning they would finish the day in a respectable 9th place. St Teresa’s and Hatfeild played each other for 11th place and Hatfeild narrowly won, by 4 runs.

Hillcross beat The Priory by 29 runs to give them the opportunity to finish in the top 5 where they would play Sacred Heart who defeated Liberty by 20 runs. Ultimately, Hillcross were victorious in the fifth place play off winning by 15 runs. Liberty also beat The Priory 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 Dundonald to a score of 233 which was ultimately 1 run shy of the 234 scored by St Matthew’s, which guaranteed them at least second place. In the second semi final, Group 3 winners, Malmesubry 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 221 vs their own score of 249. The scoreline did not truly reflect the tight nature of the game. Well done to both sides.

Malmesbury defeated Dundonald to claim 3rd place whilst, Bishop Gilpin completed a convincing victory over St Matthew’s who were not able to defend the 219 runs scored in their first innings as Bishop Gilpin scored 247 from their 8 overs to crown themselves as overall winners for the third year running.

Final positions:

  1. Bishop Gilpin
  2. St Matthew’s
  3. Malmesbury
  4. Dundonald
  5. Hillcross
  6. Sacred Heart
  7. Liberty
  8. The Priory
  9. Merton Park
  10. Pelham
  11. Hatfeild
  12. St Teresa’s
  13. Wimbledon Chase
  14. St John Fisher
  15. Wimbledon Park
  16. Joseph Hood

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

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