Junior school pupils demonstrated their sporting prowess with the cricket team winning a tournament and several athletics stars qualifying for a prestigious final.
On Monday 16th May, the U11 cricket team travelled to Manchester Grammar School to play against some of our top local rivals in a sixes tournament. It was a short but successful trip as they won every game to crowned champions!
The day began with our boys being drawn in a group alongside Newcastle-under-Lyme School and St Bede’s.
First up were Newcastle-under-Lyme and some big hitting from openers Josh Patel and Josh Bell set the opposition a target of 77 to win in just five overs. Smart bowling and fielding limited the opposition to 47-2 and saw the boys emerge victorious from their opening game. The school then faced St Bede’s and decided to rearrange the bowling and batting orders for the match. St Bede’s reached 32-1 but it was no match for pupils Patrick Wilkinson and Orly Bonar who cruised to victory with 10 balls to spare.
Having won both group games our cricketers were placed in the top finals group with Manchester Grammar School and Cheadle Hulme for the shield.
All the games in this group were nothing short of thrilling with each going down to the very last over. Playing on the senior wicket, Manchester Grammar opened the batting and scored a challenging 50-0. Our boys lost their first batsman of the competition at the beginning of the second over but some tactical shots in the following two overs meant that only seven runs were needed from the last six balls to win. It went down to the last ball as captain Josh Patel needed a boundary or three runs to secure victory. The boundary didn’t come but some excellent running between the wickets meant that the boys grabbed the three runs they required.
The game between Cheadle Hulme and Manchester Grammar also went down to the last ball with Cheadle just coming out on top. Prepared for a winner-takes-all final showdown our boys bowled and fielded well to restrain Cheadle to under 50 runs and entered the final over needing six runs to win – but having lost a wicket. Some strong bowling ensured the tie had an exciting climax but Patrick Wilkinson kept his nerve to hit the winning runs to win the game and the tournament.
Well done to all the boys for a superb all-round performance throughout the day and congratulations for becoming the inaugural champions of the sixes Shield!
Year 5 and 6 athletes had a fantastic day at Longford stadium when they competed in the IAPS (The Independent Association of Prep Schools) Area 7 Championships.
The aim of the competition is to qualify for the National Finals which take place on 4th July and in the track heats our pupils were very successful with five out of six of them qualifying for Finals.
For those competing in middle distance events the results were just as good. Darcy Breen won the U11 girls’ 1,500m, Dominic Hanson came 2nd in the U11 boys’ 1,500m, Amy Jack came 3rd in the girls’ U12 1,500m, Patrick Wilkinson finished 4th in the U12 boys’ 1,500m, Talia Zelhof finished 5th in the U12 girls’ 800m, as did Oliver Van de Ploeg in the U12 boys’ race.
In the finals of the sprints Annabel Mobley came 1st in the U12 girls’ 100m, Libby Bowden 2nd in the 200m, Holly Williams 3rd in the U11 100m and Harry Williams 2nd in the U12 200m.
Finally, in the team relays our athletes were on form too with the girls winning by a good margin and the boys finishing a close 2nd.