The Wimbledon Cluster Year 3/4 Kwik Cricket Festival took place on Thursday 17 May with nine Wimbledon schools bringing down eleven teams of enthusiastic cricketers ready to battle their opponents on the field.
There were two groups playing across four pitches with teams playing a minimum of four games each. There were no results recorded on the day to ensure the players were able to concentrate on improving their skills and having as much fun as possible.
Group 1 consisted of Bishop Gilpin A, Dundonald, The Priory, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Chase and Garfield.
Bishop Gilpin got off to a fantastic start with their batters displaying excellent hand-eye co-ordination in scoring plenty of runs to build up a commanding lead. The Priory and Wimbledon Park opened their competitions with an enthralling game; both batting and fielding exceptionally well to mean the result could have went either way until the very last ball. Meanwhile, Dundonald and Wimbledon Chase played out a tense contest with both teams showing a good understanding of the tactics employed in cricket and some incredible boundary shots to get the crowds going. Garfield were well up for the contest and proved be formidable opponents, with some particularly strong fielding on display
Group 2 was made up with Bishop Gilpin B and C teams, All Saints, St Mary’s and Holy Trinity.
St Mary’s started brightly and their opening match produced some high quality cricket, with their batters hitting everything out the park. Holy Trinity started strongly and continued throughout the day with some excellent displays, proving to be a match for all their opponents. While All Saints took the first game to find their range, they saved their best performances for the latter stages of the festival, winning in fine style in their final match of the day. There was an epic game between Bishop Gilpin B and C teams with a great atmosphere provided by all the players and their supporters. Both teams tried to outdo each other, blasting the ball to the boundary to keep the contest on a knife-edge.
It was great to see so many schools attend the event and provide such a fantastic display of skill and enthusiasm. Our REFSPECT winners today were Garfield Primary. They were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic teamwork and effort meant they were a credit to their school
The event could not have run so smoothly if it were not for the officials – Sports Leaders from Rutlish School. A huge thank you must be extended to the members of staff and parents who trained, supported and cheered their teams in preparation for, and during the event.