U11B Cricket v KES U12C 
Wednesday 7 June
Blue Coat 52-10  –  53-3 KES
Most Valued Player: Junayd Butt

The U11B team came up against a strong KES side last Wednesday. The KES bowling, coupled with some loose shots, left the team reeling after 5 overs but some good batting by Junayd Butt and Noah Mohmand saw the team to a respectable total. The team bowl very well, with all bowlers bowling well. We managed to whittle out 3 of their players in reply.

MR PROTHEROUGH

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U11A Cricket v Hallfield (A)
Monday 12 June
Blue Coat 246 – 8 Hallfield 256 – 5
Most Valued Players: Oliver Poole and Benito Pagliuca ran very well between the wickets. The team fielded and bowled very well to restrict Hallfield.

Blue Coat fielded and bowled well to restrict Hallfield to 256 off their allotted 16 overs. In response, Blue Coat, batted sensibly and picked up the singles and hit the bad ball for 4 to reach the Hallfield total by 12 overs. The match was not finished as wickets cost the team 5 runs. Sadly the final pair lost several wickets and, as a result, Blue Coat lost the match by 10 runs. In the 3rd/4th place play-off, Blue Coat played Woodhouse Primary School. Blue Coat were untroubled and won the game comfortably whilst Bablake went on to beat Hallfield convincingly in the final.

MR DAVIES

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U10B Cricket v Hallfield (A)
Monday 12 June
Result: Blue Coat 190-8, Hallfield 2
Most Valued Players: Elias Papaioannou and Bradley Roberts batted most positively.

A lesson learnt from these cricketers at Hallfield – losing 8 wickets to accurate bowling unfortunately gave us a negative total.  We opened their innings well, keeping them to only 10 runs for the first pair but the second pairing opened up their shoulders and played some wonderful shots. We managed to take two wickets and improved our extras count.

MR HARRISON

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U10A Rounders v Eversfield (H)
Monday 12 June
Blue Coat 19.5 – 6 Eversfield
Most Valued Players: Skye Henshaw- consistent batting and bowling. Prisyn Pagliuca – excellent fielding
An eventful match and a strong win.  Blue Coat got off to a strong start batting well, running hard between the posts and making the right decisions on when to take risks. In the field we were quick to the ball, accurate with our throws and Prisyn got a great catch out in the deep field.

Midway through the half we had a head collision on the field with both Gracie and Sareena eager to get the catch. The girls acted very responsibly and although they struggled to regain focus, they were able to comfortably secure the win. Both girls were very brave and and I think all the girls have learnt an important lesson of putting your name on the catch.
Scorers: Skye Henshaw (3), Gracie Wynne (2), Poppy Couzens (2)

MISS CREWS

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U10B Rounders v Eversfield (H)
Monday 12 June
Blue Coat 17 – 6.5 Eversfield
Most Valued Player: Anne-Laure Kavanagh, Rebecca Broome

The team started off steady whilst fielding, with some consistent bowling from Shalu and accurate throws from deep field. We went in to bat with 5 to beat and Rebecca started off the proceedings with the first full rounder. We managed to score some half rounders from Melissa, Pia and Kiran and then Rebecca scored another solid rounder closely followed by an angled strike from Pia. We were leading at half time 11 rounders to 5. In the second inning our confidence was brimming and we had got out 6 players within the first 9 balls, with Anne Laure being fierce at second post. With only 3 players left in, Eversfield were all out for 13 bowls and 6.5 rounders total. This was a fantastic achievement for the team and the Eversfield teacher commented how much better our game understanding was. We went in to bat and as we had already won before we had our second bat, Mrs Bennett set the girls a challenge about tactical placement. It was fantastic to see the girls use the second innings to play with such determination to be better players and try to learn new skills. We won the match very comfortably 17 rounders to 6.5.
Scorers: Melissa Carson (3), Anne-Laure Kavanagh (2.5), Rebecca Broome (2.5), Kiran Dhillon (2), Pia Grewal (2.5)

MRS BENNETT

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U11 RGS The Grange Cricket 6’s
Wednesday 14 June

The Blue Coat School were placed in a pool with Bablake, King’s Hawford and Moor Park. Blue Coat began against Moor Park.

Moor Park 44 – 3 Blue Coat 43 – 0 Lost by 1 run
Blue Coat fielded first and did well to restrict Moor Park to 44 runs as they came to terms with the format of the game and the size of the pitch. In reply, Blue Coat were progressing nicely to the total but stuttered towards the end of the innings, failing to find the necessary boundaries to ease the pressure. As a result, 2 runs were required off the last ball to tie the game but sadly Blue Coat only managed 1 run and thus lost by 1 run.

Blue Coat 32 – 4 Bablake 50 – 1 Lost by 4 wickets
Bablake went on to win the pool and the festival. They were a very good side with a varied bowling attack and some good strikers of the ball. Blue Coat batted first and struggled to hit boundaries, picking up singles. A regular fall of wickets didn’t allow any momentum to be gained. In reply, Blue Coat began by restricting the opposition to singles but one loose over proved costly and Bablake reached the required runs within 5 overs and went on to score 50 to gain a bonus point.

Blue Coat 67 – 2 King’s Hawford 27 -2
With a determination not to finish bottom of our pool Blue Coat produced arguably their best performance of the afternoon. The team hit the ball to all parts of the ground, aided by a number of wides and no balls from the opposition, ensuring an extra ball in the over. In reply, Blue Coat conceded only one wide in their 5 overs and won comfortably.

Blue Coat finished 3rd in their group and played King’s St Alban’s who were third in their pool. Again, Blue Coat put in a fantastic bowling and fielding display to restrict KSA to 27 runs from their overs. In response, Blue Coat smashed 30 runs off 12 balls to win the game comfortably.

Well done, to all the boys who showed a real improvement throughout the afternoon despite the disappointment of their first game defeat.

MR DAVIES

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U11C  Cricket v King’s Hawford (A)
Wednesday 14 June
Blue Coat 264-6, Kings Hawford 267-3
Most Valued Players: Ben Woodward and Ashwin Chandar batted positively, and Eesaa Gafar took two wickets in an over.

King’s Hawford put Blue Coat in to bat. Their bowling was not very accurate, with our runs coming from their wides. Straighter bowling may have generated more runs off the bat, however losing 6 wickets proved costly. Our bowling was steady, King’s Hawford took advantage in one over with five 4s hit, which set them up for the win. Eesaa Gafar then took two wickets in the penultimate over to set up a Blue Coat win, but we just couldn’t see the game out. Valiant effort from all the players in the heat.

MR HARRISON