Western Table Cricket Regional Finals 2014
On 3 April, the Regional Table Cricket was held once again for schools across South Gloucester, BANES and North Somerset at the prestigious venue of UWE sports complex. We were able to use the new table cricket equipment, giving the pupils the best opportunity to field and bat successfully. The sports hall was set up by 8.30am for the arrival of nine teams anxious to play cricket. New Siblands, Briarwood, Claremont and Warmley Park Special Schools were to compete for a trophy on the day. Representing North Somerset were pupils from Baytree and Ravenswood Special Schools, representing South Gloucestershire was South Glos A and B teams, pupils from Brimsham Green, Culverhill and Bradley Stoke Secondary Schools and New Siblands Special School, BANES was represented by a team from Three Ways school. Unfortunately a team from Filton College failed to turn up on the day. These teams were classified and the winning team would not only win a trophy but also the chance to represent this Region at the National Finals at Lord’s in June.
The competition was very fierce throughout the day, and the official umpires who looked very professional in their ‘whites’ had a difficult time making the decision for runs, or a wicket. The games were also supported by Ralph Hardwick, cricket coach from Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground, and a team of volunteers from BT who helped run the day. Their support is much appreciated; helping with teams, setting up the tables, and helping with any issues that arise on the day.
Students from The Castle School also supported the event. As young leaders they umpired, scored all matches, helped with the running of the event and collected information from the teams, and running the scores table. They did a fantastic job both around the tables and generally helping with the pupils; the professional manner in which they worked all day is a credit to their school and teacher Mrs Fletcher, who is always so willing to help at this event and works so hard to ensure all runs smoothly.
The matches were well contested and there was only a difference of 49 runs between 1st and 3rd places in the Regional Tournament, but at the end of the third match South Glos team A were the outright winners, just beating BANES by 13 runs. BANES were a fantastic team, and can be commended for their determination in both batting and fielding. In the tournament again, there was only a difference of 21 runs between 1st and 4th position. Congratulations to Claremont School for winning with a total of 745 runs.
Congratulations to all teams for showing such tremendous team spirit throughout the day. Many thanks to Ralph Hardwick for supporting this event, to all the umpires who have volunteered their time to help every year and whose umpiring expertise we totally rely upon. Thank you also to John Sullivan and Les Rawlinson, representing the Lord’s Taverners who totally fund the event, Mrs Fletcher for organising the students from the Castle School, and finally to staff at all schools for enabling their pupils the chance to compete. Best wishes to South Gloucestership A team at the final in June.
Jane Hawkes, 2014
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