On Friday 10th June, fifteen schools from across Merton competed in the Year 5/6 Best Team Kwik Cricket Finals held at Old Ruts Sports Ground. Each team had qualified from their cluster and had the opportunity to become Merton Champions and represent Merton at the Surrey Kwik Cricket Finals or at the London Youth Games.

Each school was drawn in a group based on their cluster and where they finished in their cluster events.

Pool A

Pool A consisted of Lonesome, Morden, Bishop Gilpin and Abbotsbury. The first game demonstrated how close this pool was as Bishop Gilpin and Morden both put on superb fielding displays. Bishop Gilpin batting was just too strong as they claimed victory. Bishop Gilpin carried this throughout and seemed to be the big hitters of the group scoring the most runs over their three matches, hitting an incredible 76 runs from 32 balls. The bowling from Abbotsbury troubled opposing batsman and Lonesome fielding displays kept them in each match they played.

The pool finished as follows:

1st Bishop gilpin

2nd Morden

3rd Abbotsbury

4th Lonesome

Pool B

Pool B consisted of Dundonald, The Sherwood and St Teresas. Outstanding batting and fielding ensured Dundonald had the best start to Pool B by overcoming The Sherwood in the first game of the group. St Teresas then went on to score big in both their next fixtures to ensure they finished second in the group. The Sherwood battled in each game and only narrowly lost in their match after hitting some big shots. 

The pool finished as follows:

1st Dundonald

2nd St Teresas

3rd The Sherwood

Pool C

Pool C consisted of Malmesbury, Links, Hillcross and Holy Trinity. Malmesbury and Links opened the group in what was an incredibly close match and both teams played superbly to give us a taste of the excitement that was to follow. It was Malmesbury who took the most wickets though to claim victory by just 1 run. Hillcross then matched this great bowling display to defeat Holy Trinity in another tight contest. Holy Trinity batted excellently scoring some nice boundaries to take their score to 231 against Links to win by an impressive 25 runs. Hillcross continued their solid early form to win all 3 of their matches to guarantee top spot.

The pool finished as follows:

1st Hillcross

2nd Holy Trinity

3rd Malmesbury

4th Links

Pool D

Pool D consisted of Pelham, St Peter & St Paul, St John Fisher and St Marks. St John Fisher and Pelham played out a tremendous opening match with both fielding teams restricting the batters to a few runs. In the end St John Fisher came out on top by 4 runs. St peter & Paul and St Marks had a very close match where wickets tumbled. A strong batting display from both sides kept the match close but it was St Peter & Paul who emerged victorious.  Pelham fought hard in each match and produced moments of quality in their games, earning another impressive win over St peter & Paul this time with 217-207 score. St John Fisher were continuing to play well and their batting came to the fore against St Peter & Paul, which proved decisive in the group standings as they scored 241 which took them to first place in the group.

1st St John Fisher

2nd Pelham

3rd St Peter & Paul

4th St Marks

The afternoon saw the winner of each pool compete for places 1st-4th; second in each pool compete for 5th-8th; third in each pool compete for 9th-12th and fourth in each pool compete for 13th-16th. As each game was played you could see the standard of cricket rising. Bigger sixes were being struck; stunning catches were being taken and accurate bowling saw wickets tumble. Games were thrilling for the spectators, none more so than the final between Bishop Gilpin and St John Fisher. Some nice boundaries then put St John Fisher back on track but every time it looked like they were going to get ahead, Bishop Gilpin pinned them back by taking a wicket. By the end of the innings though they had managed to record a score of 211, which gave them something to hold on to. In contrast Bishop Gilpin had a solid start scoring consistently and managed to defend their wicket superbly. At the end of the innings they had scored an impressive 237 to be crowned Merton Borough Champions

Well done to Bishop Gilpin for winning the event and they will now go on to represent Merton at the Surrey Cricket County Finals competition. Also well done to St John Fisher.

  1. Bishop Gilpin
  2. St John Fisher
  3. Hillcross
  4. Dundonald
  5. Pelham
  6. St Teresas
  7. Holy Trinity
  8. Morden 
  9. Malmesbury
  10. Abbotsbury
  11. St Peter & St Paul
  12. St Marks
  13. Links
  14. Lonesome
  15. The Sherwood

It was fantastic to hold the competition at Old Ruts CC – a great venue! We were fortunate to have 12 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 Hillcross and St Marks 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.

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