The Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Cricket Competition took place on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at Old Ruts Cricket Ground. The 10 competing schools were greeted with sublime summer conditions which set the tone for a brilliant day of cricket.
Teams were split into two groups of 5, with all teams playing each other in a round robin format in their group. The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stages would qualify to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at the Borough Finals in a few weeks’ time.
The quality of cricket on display right from the early matches was superb, and it was clear that all teams had been training hard to develop their batting, bowling and fielding. At the end of the group stages the final standings were as follows:
Group 1 Group 2
1st St Matthew’s 1st Aragon
2nd Poplar 2nd St John Fisher
3rd Hillcross 3rd West Wimbledon
4th Joseph Hood 4th Merton Park
5th Hollymount 5th Hatfeild
Once the group matches were completed, Teams would then play a final match to determine their final finishing positions. 9th place was secured by Hatfield with a narrow 240-226 run win over an equally committed Hollymount side. 7th place was won by Merton Park who narrowly edged out Joseph Hood to win this match by 10 runs. Both teams must be commended however on some excellent batting performances. 5th place was secured by Hillcross in their hard fort win over West Wimbledon. 3rd Place was snatched by St John fisher over an equally impressive Poplar side. In this game both teams demonstrated some excellent bowling and individual batting performances.
The final and battle for 1st place was contested by the two most consistent teams in the competition. Going into this final game, both St Matthew’s and Aragon had won all of their group matches and had dominated with both the bat and ball. This match was an extremely tense affair with both teams posting some impressive batting scores. But it was St Matthew’s who managed to score the vital 6 extra runs to beat Aragon 236 runs to 230. Aragon must be given enormous credit however for their performances throughout the tournament as well as the level of sportsmanship shown at the end of the final, despite obviously being very disappointed not to get the win.
A huge congratulations to St Matthew’s, Aragon, Poplar and St John Fisher who will all go on to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at this year’s Borough Finals. A big thank you to Old Ruts for the use of their fantastic facilities again and another huge thank you to the sports leaders of Rutlish school who umpired the matches superbly – well done boys!