The Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Best Team Kwik Cricket Competition took place on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. All 11 Raynes Park schools were greeted with sublime conditions and bright sunshine that was perfect for all players to showcase their batting and bowling prowess.
Teams were split into two groups and played their matches across 4 pitches. At the end of the group stages, the top two teams would qualify for the Borough Finals on Friday June 8th 2018 before battling it out to see who would be this year’s Kwik Cricket Cluster Champions of 2018.
In group 1, the standard of cricket was superb from the off with all teams demonstrating some pin point accurate bowling and strong batting performances. Poplar’s best performance came in the hotly contested match against Joseph Hood, narrowly winning this match by 4 runs. Both teams scored some great runs but it was Poplar’s bowling performance in the latter innings that secured the victory. Although Joseph Hood did not record a win, their performances dramatically improved throughout the day with bat and ball and they gave a very credible account of themselves.
Sacred Heart were another team that grew in confidence and performance as the competition progressed. Their standout performance came against Poplar where they won this game by 20 runs. This was due to some well hit boundary shots from their batting team. Aragon also played some lovely cricket and were particularly effective in the field, making some great catches as well as taking some lovely wickets with their bowling attack. Their best performance came against Sacred Heart, winning this match by 18 runs.
Both Hatfeild and St Matthew’s were the most consistent teams in Group 1, and the matched between them proved to be the decider to who took the top spot in the group. Both teams were extremely accurate in the field, taking some great wickets with their bowling team, but it was St Matthew’s who took control of the match with the bat. St Matthew’s ran out winners by a total of 61 runs.
Group 1 Results
- St Matthew’s
- Sacred Heart
- Joseph Hood
In group 2, the standard of cricket on display was equally impressive. West Wimbledon recorded two well deserved victories with their standout performance coming against St John Fisher. Through some aggressive batting they were able to win this match by 29 runs. St John fisher were equally tenacious, especially with their bowlers and earned a well-deserved victory against Hollymount. Hollymount were unlucky not to come away with a win, especially as they worked so hard in the field and with the bat.
The two most consistent teams in group 2 however were Merton Park and Hillcross. As with the top two teams in Group 1, the contest between these two schools were extremely close and the match between them decided who took top spot in Group 2. Merton Park started extremely well with both the bat and in the field, but the bowling attack and quick run making from the batting pairs proved to be the difference and Hillcross won this match by 34 runs.
Group 2 Results
- Merton Park
- West Wimbledon
- St John Fisher
At the end of the group stages, the top 4 teams in each group played one more match against each other to decide their final finishing places. 7th place was secured by Sacred Heart in their hard fought victory over St John Fisher. 5th Place was awarded to Aragon with their win over West Wimbledon. 3rd Place was gained by Merton Park in their very close victory over Hatfield and 1st place was secured by St Matthews in their victory over Hillcross. Both teams must be commended for their final performances where they displayed some extremely high quality cricket.
Good luck to St Mathew’s, Hillcross, Merton Park and Hatfeild who all go one to represent the Raynes Park Cluster at the Borough Finals next month.
In addition to St Matthew’s winning the competition, they were also voted by the rest of the schools as the team that demonstrated the most sportsmanship and respect to their opponents, and were therefore awarded the Refspect award. Well done guys!
A special mention must be given to Old Ruts CC for the use of their fantastic facilities, as well as a big thankyou to the Sports Leadership boys from Rutlish High School. Thank you all for your efforts!