U11 Boys Football v Green Meadow

This was a superb final, in which BCS conducted themselves maturely, and remained levelheaded and composed throughout. Green Meadow were physical with the ball and applied pressure across all parts of the field. This meant BCS started to play longer balls often giving away possession. When BCS started to play the ball at their feet, they dominated the possession and would quickly breakdown their defense. BCS man-marked the opposition effectively, shutting down the ball quickly forcing their opponents into mistakes. Fundamentally, BCS took their opportunities and created 3 fabulously-worked team goals. This was a well deserved victory and a great way to wrap up the extended Football season.

Result: U11 Harborne District overall winners

U9 Girls Cricket Festival

The U9 girls this week made their way to Bromsgrove School for a Cricket festival. This was a brilliant opportunity for the girls to play lots of cricket, with an emphasis on enjoyment and lots of hitting of the ball. We started the afternoon playing a Kwik cricket style game, where the teachers were bowling. BCS demonstrated excellent batting and fielding skills and the ability to work effectively as a team. As the afternoon progressed, this adapted game enabled the girls to bowl to the opposition and bat as a pair. The BCS girls showed how hard they have been working this term on their bowling, with being able to bowl consistently good balls, demonstrating good line and length. Ending the festival with the traditional after-match tea, the girls had a very enjoyable afternoon. Well done everyone we represented BCS very well, your cricket is coming on leaps and bounds!

Result: No scores recorded

U11 Girls Cricket v U13 Winterfold Girls

This was a fabulous day to be able to observe some spectacular girls hardball cricket being played. We started off fielding, and Sophie set the tone, taking 3 wickets in 2 overs and Aaria taking herself 1. With a steady approach, Rosie only gave away two runs in two overs and Madalen took 1 wicket also. Winterfold played their Country cricketers in the final 8 overs and we did well to take a further two wickets from our bowling keeping the score to 90 from 16 overs. There were moments where we slipped in concentration and a couple of wrong decisions were made, but overall this was a sound start. Feeling positive and attacking their fast bowling, we started with a 22 flowed by a 26 with Rosie hitting a 4. With scoring coming from wides from wide bowling had we had finished on 12 overs we would have won. However, in the final four overs 6 wickets were taken from some outstanding bowling and fielding. Whilst we, lost we stood proud and determined against some very good players who were, in some cases, 3 years older. We learnt so much from playing at this tempo and no doubt the more experience we get at playing hard ball the better we will get.

Result: BCS 68-90 Winterfold

U11 ESCA Warwickshire County Finals

The U11 Boys became the Warwickshire County Champions and qualified through to the U11 ESCA Regional Finals on Monday 19th June at Shrewsbury School, after three victories at Harborne CC. The boys played against Solihull in the first game and were victorious by the close margin of 2 runs. After a good start with accurate bowling from Toby, Vidur, and Hugo, some sloppiness in the field mixed with some powerful striking from a couple of Solihull batters gave the Solihull a final total of 288 in 12 overs. BCS started well with Toby and Tom ticking over the run rate and then Will, Ismaeel, Rohan, and Hugo accelerating the run rate with Hugo striking some impressive boundaries.

The final pair needed 23 off the final three overs, and some great batting from Vidur and Aditya got the team over the line by two runs. In the second game, BCS batted first against Bilton Grange and scored a huge total 352 in 12 overs with some great ball-striking, especially by Aditya who scored 50 in three overs. The team then, despite bowling too short, did a job and were victorious by 90 runs. The team needed to win their final game to qualify for the regional finals and be victorious county champions. Playing against Warwick, the boys produced their best batting display scoring 305 in 12 overs with great batting from all the players, but especially Toby and Hugo who hit a huge six into the Harborne clubhouse. The boys produced their best bowling performance, bowling much better lengths, bowling fuller and restricted Warwick to 245 runs to be victorious by 60 runs. The boys have progressed through to the ESCA U11 Regional Finals at Shrewsbury School on Monday 19th June.

Result: BCS won the county final

U11 Boys Cricket v Solihull

Due to the late arrival of Solihull, it was unfortunate we had to reduce the game to a 10 over game. Despite the delay, the boys maintained focus and discipline and had an extensive and purposeful warmup. BCS opted to bat first and put the pressure on the Solihull batters from the first ball. BCS bowled aggressively and accurately keeping the run rate to a minimum. BCS positioned themselves well in the field, backed up the wickets and didn’t give away any loose runs. A special mention to Oliver who bowled back-to-back wickets. In the bat, BCS protected their wickets very well and looked to run between the wickets at the right times. The game went down to final over in which all scores were tied, thankfully Noah and Toby remained calm and hit two boundaries off the final 6 balls.

Result: BCS win by 16 runs

U11 Boys Cricket v Solihull

Two games were played on the astro on Wednesday, and both teams showed the amazing progress they have made over the term. There was some awesome striking from Ismaeel and Aryaan and some very accurate bowling from Munashe. There was even time for a wonder catch from Ishaan G that Ben Stokes would have been proud of! A wonderful afternoon of cricket played in a good spirit and enjoyed by all!

Result: BCS win by both games