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U13A cricket team through to national final

April 2022

St Helen and St Katharine’s U13A cricket team started Trinity term with an astounding day at Edgbaston, going unrivalled at the Lady Taverners Regional Finals winning the tournament and securing a place in the National Finals. Team player Nicole (8J) breaks down the events of the day.

After a great county finals win last term, our U13A cricket team went off to Edgbaston early Monday morning to compete in the Regional County Finals. It was amazing being given the opportunity to travel and play at one of the best cricket stadiums in the country. 

In our first match we were up against Wolverhampton Grammar School. We won the toss and chose to bowl, and we bowled exceptionally well. The atmosphere was great and we were supporting each other which boosted our confidence. They scored 81 runs off their 8 overs, and when we went in to bat, we were pretty confident. It was a close game, but we scored 96 runs, winning our first game. 

Our second game was against King Edward VI High School where we won the toss again and bowled incredibly well. We bowled them out for only 32 runs which was an amazing group effort – we only had 3 extras all game. We went in strong with our batting and scored a huge total of 135 runs, with four players retiring. With two wins out of our two games we were feeling very confident and ready for what was going to be quite a tough game against Hereford Cathedral School. 

We won the toss and bowled them out for 104 runs, quite a high score to chase but we knew we could do it if we stayed focused. We batted very well, scoring 128 runs with 4 players retiring again. With three wins out of our three games we were buzzing and ready to go for our final game against RGS Dodderfield. 

We batted first and set 135 runs, everyone retiring apart from Poppy who got 14 runs. We then bowled them out for 89 runs, with everyone bowling an over. Winning four of our four games, I think we played incredibly well and stayed focused during our games. We supported our teammates well and cheered each other on, which raised our team spirit. 

The winner was down to which team had scored the most runs. We scored 490 runs overall, which is an amazing score. The team who came in second only got 370, which meant that we were quite far ahead of everyone else. 

We should be very proud of ourselves and how we did, we communicated well and worked together as a team really well. We’d like to thank Mr Herbert for being such a supportive coach and Miss Hawtin for cheering us on. Also, a shout out to Niamh for playing a year up – she did an amazing job. And well done to everyone for having great resilience and positive attitudes, it really makes a difference. Now for nationals at Lord’s!

Nicole, 8J

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