Tuesday 24th May saw all eleven Raynes Park schools take part in the Cluster Year 5/6 Best Team Kwik Cricket competition held at Old Rutlishians Cricket Club. Conditions were near perfect for some high scoring cricket with the venue bathed in sunshine and this clearly rubbed off on the attitudes of the enthusiastic competitors. The schools were split into two pools, playing two mini-leagues.

Group 1 consisted of six teams, with all teams demonstrating some great play when batting and fielding. Hillcross and Hatfeild both started strongly, scoring freely during their batting innings while Aragon also displayed some accurate bowling. Joseph Hood held their nerve to win a nail biting match against St John Fisher by a single run. St John Fisher to their credit regrouped superbly to beat a battling West Wimbledon side by thirty two runs. West Wimbledon although unable to record a victory during the group stages, must be commended for their efforts and excellent individual displays with both bat and ball. Hillcross ended the group stages with an imposing undefeated record with their standout performance coming against Hatfeild who were equally as impressive as they came a narrow 2nd place. Aragon battled to 3rd place winning three of their five fixtures.   

1.       Hillcross: 15 points

2.       Hatfeild: 12 points

3.       Aragon: 9 points

4.       Joseph Hood: 6 points

5.       St John Fisher: 3 points

6.       West Wimbledon: 0 points

Group 2 was comprised of 5 teams that demonstrated some strong batting and bowling skills. Hollymount and St Matthew’s both started the tournament strongly by winning their opening rounds of fixtures. In addition to this it was clear that Poplar had prepared well for the tournament with their equally impressive run of results. Their standout performance during the initial group stages came against Sacred Heart where they batted superbly to win the match by sixty nine runs. Sacred Heart were also unlucky to register a victory during the group matches, however they did put together an impressive performance against title challenges Hollymount, scoring some well taken runs. Hollymount topped the group by narrowly defeating St Matthew’s in the final fixture of the round. At the changeover, the scores were extremely close but it was Hollymount’s clinical and accurate bowling that produced the vital winning margin.    

1.       Hollymount: 12 points

2.       St Matthew’s: 9 points

3.       Poplar: 6 points

4.       Merton Park: 3 points

5.       Sacred Heart: 0 points

 

After a short lunch break teams played-off against one another to determine final positions. St John Fisher put everything into their last game to beat an improving Sacred Heart side to take 9th place. Joseph Hood played their best match of the tournament to beat Merton Park into 7th place by a fine margin of 10 runs. Poplar stepped up to take 5th place by putting in a clinical batting display to beat a determined Aragon side. St Matthew’s and Hatfeild contested for 3rd place with both teams putting in a strong performance. However St Matthew’s were very well organised in the field and this was telling with a winning margin of 42 runs. The final match and thus the title of Raynes Park Cluster Champions was between the two form teams of the competition Hillcross and Hollymount. Both teams came into this match with an impressive un-defeated record. Both Hillcross and Hollymount demonstrated some accurate and effective bowling but Hillcross just edged Hollymont when it was their turn to bat by scoring a plethora of fours and sixes in the final few overs. Therefore Hillcross were crowned Cluster champions for 2016. Credit must be given to all competing teams who represented their schools with pride- well done!

1.       Hillcross

2.       Hollymount

3.       St Matthew’s

4.       Hatfeild

5.       Poplar

6.       Aragon

7.       Joseph Hood

8.       Merton Park

9.       St John Fisher 

10.     Sacred Heart

11.     West Wimbledon

It was great to hold the competition yet again at Old Rutlishians Cricket Club so a big thank you must be given to them for hosting the competition. In addition to this we were fortunate to have 9 superb Rutlish School leaders who officiated all matches confidently and knowledgably. Finally, it was wonderful to see all players and managers play and spectate the game with the right attitude – always shaking hands after matches, supporting one another and enjoying what they were doing.

We wish our four Raynes Park representatives the very best of luck at the Borough Finals on Thursday 16th June back at the familiar stomping ground of Old Ruts CC!

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