U10 Mixed Girls’ Cricket v King’s Hawford (H)
Result: BCS won against both teams
After a slightly delayed start and losing our captain to illness I was unsure how the team were going to focus. There was no need for concern though, as the team’s attitude and the progress being made in girls cricket was plain to see. The girls bowled with great line and length with both Madalen and Sinai bowling two wickets each. With only three wides bowled between both teams it was clear to see our girls were far more advanced technically with their bowling than the opposition. The batting, although frustrating at times with no balls being bowled, was exciting to see. Boundaries were scored and Sophie and Aaria made their usual quick, decisive runs between the stumps. Both teams played really well. A big thank you goes to Serena and Shreya who stepped in at the last minute to play and did not look out of place with Shreya also taking a great catch. Well done all!
U10 Boys’ Cricket v Warwick Prep (A)
Result: BCS won by 70 runs
Players of the Match: William Almond and Aditya Solanki
The U10A cricket team put in a polished performance against their Warwick counterparts. After winning the toss and fielding, Warwick learnt from the last time they played BCS and batted sensibly looking not to lose any wickets. Despite this, runs were difficult to score against some accurate bowling from Toby and Aaryan with both picking up a well deserved wicket. This theme continued into the second batting pair with Hugo and Vidur making run scoring very difficult by bowling with accuracy and with a good length. Into the third pair and despite not taking a wicket, Tom beat the bat with some lovely spin bowling. Bowling showed good pace and flight beating the bat on several occasions and at the opposite end Willam bowled accurately and took a wicket maiden for the team. Seb and Ismaeel continued this theme, both bowling wicket maidens and only 4 runs scored off their 4 overs bowling in tandem. The final bowling change brought Jai into the attack and again he bowled with accuracy limiting the runs scored off the Warwick bat.
A final total of 245 for the U10A team to achieve, which could have been a little less as the fielding was not its usual high standard. Into bat, Toby and Jai strode out with a purpose. Toby played some great shots off the backfoot on the offside. This coupled with Jai always looking for singles and putting the bad ball on the legside away for runs gave the team a positive start. This continued with the second pair with Hugo striking some great boundaries square of the wicket and Ismaeel punishing anything down the ground that was slightly overpitched. Tom and Seb played solidly against some tight and accurate Warwick bowling demonstrating some excellent placement and running between the wickets. Will and Aaryan continued this, Will playing with the full face of the bat and punishing the bad ball and Aaryan punishing anything down the legside. Into the final batting pair the BCS team were well on top and then blew their Warwick counterparts away from the competition with some brutal boundary hitting by Aditya who managed to score 4 huge sixes and a couple of boundaries supported by some clever running between the wickets by Vidur. The final total was up to 314 resulting in a win for BCS by 70 runs.
U10 Boys’ Cricket v Warwick Prep (A)
Result: BCS won by 18 runs
Player of the Match: Dan Tyler
This was a highly competitive game which went down to the last few overs. Blue Coat opted to bat first with Oliver and Arron opening. Unfortunately, the bowling from Warwick meant we couldn’t build any real rhythm, with many bowls bowled wide. Despite this, BCS still managed a good target of 295. A special mention to Dan and Xander who achieved the highest score of 28 runs. Xander was able to strike the ball extremely well, whilst Dan played very tactically, constantly looking for quick runs. BCS bowled accurately, giving away far fewer easy runs than Warwick did. In the field, we remained alert and backed up the wicket effectively. Warwick ran between the wickets effectively and protected their wickets well in the bat. We only took 5 wickets in the whole innings. A special mention to Sam who was able to get a wicket in both of his bowling innings.
U8A Boys’ Cricket v West House (H)
Result: BCS won by 35 runs
Player of the Match: Kavidh Biswas
The U8As braved difficult conditions in the rain to put in a fantastic performance against West House where their “brilliant basics” policy came to the fore. As a side they bowled very accurately with Kavidh bowling very straight and gaining a number of wickets. The team’s fielding was good and they did the basics of backing up the thrower very well, restricting West House to a score of 213.
In reply the opening partnership of Arya Veer and Tom set about the bowling with dedication. This platform allowed a few crazy run outs not to matter and in the end BCS won comfortably. What was really pleasing though was to see the intent with which the boys played the game, with the running between the wickets being really positive too. A great result for a team that promises much in the future.
U8B Boys’ Cricket v West House (A)
Result: BCS lost by 15 runs
Player of the Match: Ben White
The U8B cricket team took part in their first ever cricket fixture representing BCS in difficult conditions which included a half an hour break for rain stopping play. BCS batted first and started cautiously. Early on in the innings Ben struck a lovely boundary through square leg but the slippery and damp conditions made run scoring difficult. All batters looked solid and composed but found it difficult to pierce through the West House fielders. BCS finished with a total of 236 and needed to work hard in the field to defend this total.
BCS started bowling well with Kunal and Hari looking dangerous with their pace and spin but the West House batters kept them out. This was the theme of the innings with Raj, Samuel, and Ben all looking threatening when bowling but not quite getting through the batters’ defences. BCS did get a wicket through a smart run out by player of the match Ben, but West House hit a few boundaries and finished on a total of 251 to win by 15 runs.
U8 Cricket v Solihull (A)
Result: BCS won by 30 runs and lost by 19 runs (2 games)
Players of the match: Alex Stacey, Aiden Ho
Typically, just as we arrived, the heavens opened for the boys’ first game of Cricket of the year. The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits though. The format was pairs cricket in which two batters faced 3 overs each and then rotated out. BCS batted first and didn’t waste any time getting going. At times, the spectators were in danger, especially with Alex striking the ball over the boundary on several occasions! BCS collated a score of 188 on one match and 246 on the other. The second innings gave each pupil an opportunity to bowl, wicket keep and field. The aim was to keep Solihull’s runs down as best they could. Some great bowling action and tenacious fielding put every bit of pressure on to the Solihull batters. As a result, the games ended with 1 win for both teams – a fair result! The boys conducted themselves brilliantly on the pitch and should be proud of what they achieved.
U8A and U8B Girls’ Cricket v RGS The Grange (A)
Result: BCS A team lost by 4 runs and B team by 2 runs
Players of the match: Emily Newman, Brooke Bushell
With some fabulous batting and great communication both Y3 teams started to gain runs and steal some nice singles when RGS misfielded. Our batting pairs looked impressive with Louisa and Summer scoring 14, Sonam and Kara 8, Kitty and Emily 20 and Alice and Pippa 15. Both teams were ahead on runs scored from their batting innings. However rather than minus 5 for wickets we decided to plus 5 to a team which gained a wicket. With several wickets being taken from great RGS catches this pushed them ahead of our girls to take both matches. Both Mr Wood and myself were really pleased with the girls’ bowling which was far superior to any bowling we saw from the opposition and this gives us great momentum going forwards with girls’ cricket in the future.
U11 Harborne District Cup Football Final vs Our Lady of Fatima at Lordswood Boys School
Result: BCS 4 – 1 Our Lady of Fatima
Player of the Match – Arjun Gill
The U11 Football team travelled to Lordswood Boys School for the final of the U11 Harborne District Cup Final. The team had not played for a few months but this did not stop them and they played some scintillating football which their opponents could not compete with. BCS took the lead early and quickly doubled this with some smart finishes by the clinical Arjun set up by Jonty and Robert. This was soon 3-0 with Jonty finishing in bottom corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. The team continued to play some great passing football with Remy and James commanding at the back switching the play to wingers Milo, Silas, and Robert who always provided quality balls into the box for the predator Arjun who was in the mood for goals. This continued when substitutes were made with Krish and Nihal providing composure on the ball and helping the team keep possession and start attacks. The game soon became 4-0 with a brilliant goal from Robert that started with Remy at right back delivering the ball to Silas at right wing who put in a pacey cross and Robert performed a back heel flick into the bottom corner that was unstoppable, a great goal that would be on highlights reels for months on Match of the Day. The opposition did get a consolation goal but soon after the team lifted the cup in front of the travelling crowd to become the Harborne District Cup Champions. Another piece of silverware to add to a fantastic year from all players involved who are a credit to BCS!