Youngsters Kwik to make cricket gains at Cambridge School Sports Partnership event
Fulbourn and William Westley do battle in final
Cambridge SSP Kwik Cricket, Whittlesford CC, The Lawn, Whittlesford. Picture: Keith Heppell
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Speed was of the essence for primary schools taking part in the Cambridge School Sports Partnership Year 3/4 Kwick Cricket competition at Whittlesford.
William Westley, Fulbourn, Shirley, Milton Road, St Philip’s, The Grove, St Laurence, Orchard Park, Park Street and St Matthew’s competed at the event.
The teams were split into four groups and each player had to bowl one over per match and bat for two overs, as well as fulfil fielding duties.
The winners of the four pools were Fulbourn A, William Westley, St Matthew’s and Shirley, and they progressed to the semi-finals which saw some good batting, bowling and fielding, including some flying catches.
William Westley, who were bidding to win the competition for a third year in a row, faced Fulbourn A in the final, and it was the latter who prevailed in a closely-fought match, earning the gold medal.
St Matthew’s took the bronze medals after Shirley were unable to contest the play-off as they had to return to school.
The day proved to be a hit for the schools, and St Philips’s Mary Cotton said: “Our team have really enjoyed the competition. It’s not often they get to play Kwik Cricket and the facilities are wonderful.”
And John Reynolds, from hosts Whittlesford Cricket Club, said: “It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying the game of cricket.
“As I was umpiring I found it very inspiring to see all the children confident and willing to try. They also had a great respect for the umpire and each other thoughout.”