The day had finally arrived for eight Year 6 boys to represent the school at the Borough Kwik Cricket Finals. Read on for a full account of the afternoon.
On Tuesday 22nd May 2018, eight year 6 boys (see photograph) represented the school in the prestigious Kwik Cricket Borough Finals at Kingston Grammar School’s Playing Fields. Following weeks of after-school training sessions focusing on key skills including: overarm bowling, fielding and batting, the team were looking forward to competing.
The twenty-four competing schools were separated into eight groups. In their opening group encounter, O.L.I came up against King Athelstan. Following the coin toss O.L.I took to the field and limited their opponents to a total of 66 runs and in the process took three wickets in the 8-over innings. At the half-way stage, the boys were happy and knew the result was in the balance. O.L.I started the innings well with several boundaries (fours or sixes) in the first few overs. Despite keeping the scoreboard ticking over, O.L.I did concede a total of seven wickets; this was key with each wicket resulting in losing five runs. Unfortunately, O.L.I lost the match by a narrow margin of 17 runs.
After having a lunch break, O.L.I were next playing an experienced and skilful Lovelace team. Initially, Lovelace posted a very impressive score of over 100 runs in their innings. In the second half of the match, O.L.I batted admirably and recorded a better total than their previous encounter with a score of 64-6. Despite losing this match against Lovelace, who would eventually go through to the final four of the competition, the team would not let this effect their confidence and were looking forward to transferring their evident skills into victories.
Following the group stage, O.L.I next played SASM and batted well posting 62 runs which included five sixes. However, it was the bowling and fielding display that was most impressive as the boys restricted their opponents to a mere 17 runs while taking five wickets. Fresh from this well-deserved victory, O.L.I came-up against Tolworth Juniors. Again O.L.I were batting first and again the boys performed brilliantly. Scoring a massively impressive 14 boundaries, the team posted a score of 74-3 and the boys were confident of defending this lead. O.L.I’s confidence was well founded as the team went on to win by 13 runs courtesy of accurate bowling and some fantastic catches in the field. With two wins from four matches, the team finished the competition in fine style. It was a pleasure to lead the children at this event and witness the excellent teamwork and fair play that was displayed by each team member throughout.
Congratulations to the team for their excellent performances during the afternoon. Please go on the school website to view a range of photographs of the boys in action. Finally, I would like to pass on my thanks to the parents and carers for providing transport with travelling to the venue
Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Primary School
Our Lady Immaculate, located in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, is a welcoming two-form entry Catholic primary school.