Cricket Competition Debut
After the increased interest in cricket last season, which saw us able to field both a boys and girls team at the Purbeck Competitions, I decided we should try some indoor cricket this year.
The school now has a fantastic link with Swanage Cricket Club and their coach Tim Ives has been into school to work with both the staff and children already this year. I am pretty sure I know which group he found the easiest to work with from these two cohorts!
The entry form arrived for the Girl’s Dorset Indoor Cricket event, arrived before Christmas, so I immediately contacted Tim who fortunately agreed to coach the team.
Tim coached the girls for 5 x sessions after school in the build up to the event and when I attended the final practice I was very impressed with the all- round progress they had made with their skills, especially their over-arm bowling. After our staff training I can now appreciate fully how hard this is to master!
Our match took place in Hamworthy against St Josephs from Poole, on Tuesday 27th February. Their school was able to field 2 x teams so a round robin event was organised.
During indoor cricket each player stays in until caught, bowled out or they have scored 15 runs, after which they have to ‘retire.’ During our first match against St Joseph’s B Team, Bethany comfortably scored her 15 runs and so had to sit out the rest of the innings. We won this match and then had a break while the A and B Teams played each other.
We changed the batting order for our second match and this saw Lily & Caitlyn combine to make a great opening pair. They scored off most bowls until Lily was run out. Our fielding was superb, Caitlyn taking a catch and as a team we took 3 x wickets. Martha’s bowling was accurate and powerful for both her overs, and all the girls played with increased confidence as the event went on.
Unfortunately, we lost the match, we think due to some no -balls, but we will learn from this, ready for the outdoor season.
We are very grateful to Tim for all the time he has donated to the school and hope this season to see more of our pupils joining the local club. An open day is going to be arranged at the club, more details will be sent home in the near future.