Wednesday 23rd May saw twelve teams from all eleven Wimbledon schools take part in the Cluster Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket competition held at Old Ruts CC. The crowds came out to support their schools and they were not disappointed, as there was some high quality performances on show. The schools were split into two pools, playing two mini-leagues before they faced off against the school in their respective position from the other league.

Group 1 games being incredibly even right up until the final ball was bowled. Dundonald and Holy Trinity both started strongly, scoring freely during their batting innings while Dundonald also displayed great discipline with their bowling. The Priory kept their nerve in a tight match against Bishop Gilpin ‘B’, claiming a victory by just 18 runs in a dramatic finish. Dundonald continued their winning ways with an aggressive batting approach regularly paying dividends as they hit a succession of sixes. Elsewhere, St Mary’s rallied to produce their best performance of the day against The Priory, finally managing to get the victory their play deserved. Merton Abbey recorded their first win early on as their batters found their range, combining clean hitting with assiduous defence. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ battled to the very last and although they could not sneak a win, they were determined in their positive play and scored some terrific run totals to keep games on a knife-edge. The final round in Group 1 saw the race for the top two culminate in some fierce attacking cricket. Holy Trinitys batting managed to score the highest runs total of the day to secure second spot and a place at the Borough finals. While Dundonald continued their dominance and take top spot with victory over Bishop Gilpin ‘B’.

Group 1

  1. Dundonald

  2. Holy Trinity

  3. St Mary’s

  4. The Priory

  5. Merton Abbey

  6. Bishop Gilpin ‘B’

Group 2 was also full of teams demonstrating great bowling, batting and fielding skills. Bishop Gilpin ‘A’ got off to a strong start against Wimbledon Chase, their accurate bowling and sharp running between the wickets showed their understanding of the game was of the highest order. Meanwhile, Wimbledon Park and Garfield faced each other with Wimbledon Park showing good judgement when batting and demonstrating secure hands in the field to secure victory by a close margin. In their next game, some big hitting from a couple of Wimbledon Park batters helped them to reach their target, while their teammates batted sensibly to avoid losing wickets against the All Saints bowling attack. Pelham found form early on in the rounds, against Garfield and Wimbledon Park, in what was well-deserved wins as a result of fine team performances. After losing their first game, Wimbledon Chase came back strongly to win their next couple of games and keep their fight for second place. Bishop Gilpin finished with another win to maintain their 100% record in a very exciting match against Pelham where some of the cricket on display was of the highest order. In a tense conclusion to the competition, with schools awaiting the final results, it was Pelham who took second spot thanks to a victory over Wimbledon Chase by only 3 runs.

Group 2

  1. Bishop Gilpin ‘A’

  2. Pelham

  3. Wimbledon Chase

  4.  Wimbledon Park

  5. Garfield

  6. All Saints

The final round of fixtures brought some extremely close matches as teams played against similar ability levels and provided some very tense finishes.

Final Positions after the finals fixtures round were as follows;

  1. Bishop Gilpin ‘A’

  2. Dundonald

  3. Pelham

  4. Holy Trinity

  5. Wimbledon Chase

  6. St Mary’s

  7. Wimbledon Park

  8. The Priory

  9. Garfield

  10. Merton Abbey

  11. = All Saints/Bishop Gilpin ‘B’

It was fantastic to hold the competition at Old Ruts CC – a great venue! We were fortunate to have 10 superb Rutlish leaders who officiated all matches confidently and knowledgably. Finally, it was wonderful to see all players and managers play/watch the game with the right attitude – always shaking hands after matches, supporting one another and enjoying what they were doing. Our REFSPECT winners today were Holy Trinity for the team award. 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 team work and effort meant they were a credit to their school. Well done to everyone involved.

We wish our four Wimbledon representatives the very best of luck at the Borough Finals on Friday 8th June at Old Ruts CC!

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