U11 Girls IAPS Hardball Cricket
On Friday 26 May, 10 Year 6 girls travelled to the IAPS Hardball Cricket Championship. It was a beautiful sunny day with some quality cricket being observed from all of the U11 Girls Hardball playing teams across England which had entered. BCS looked well organised throughout the tournament, and in every match, wickets were taken from tremendous bowling which ultimately won us the tournament.
The team fielded well together looking to back each other up and get the ball into the wicket keeper efficiently.
When batting, we were strong in communication, concentrating on where the ball was, and calling quickly if teammates needed to run.
Throughout the whole day, the team conducted themselves well and continued to help and guide each other through the matches. To finish champions was exciting and unexpected, but for this group of girls, nothing is impossible as the cohesion between them is a powerful force which is unstoppable at times. Well done girls!
Result: BCS Winners
U10 A Cricket v Solihull
The U10 cricket team played in an entertaining fixture versus Solihull on Monday 5 June.
Electing to bat first, the team displayed some powerful ball striking getting up to a total of 290. This was shown by Ben and Noah who constantly peppered the boundary for 4’s and 6’s with the rest of the team demonstrating some excellent running between the wickets against a strong Solihull bowling attack.
After learning from the first innings, the BCS team knew they had to bowl full or yorker lengths as on the playing surface, anything a good length was sitting up and getting hit for 4 or 6. The team executed this plan excellently with Jasper, Noah, Rayan, and Dhruv all bowling to the plan excellently.
This was supported by some excellent fielding with Freddie and Noah taking some great catches and stopping any quick singles from the opposition. Needing 18 off the last over, James bowled a skillful final over, bowling 6 yorkers in a row and limiting the opposition to singles off his deliveries when they needed boundaries.
Result: BCS win by 13 runs
Player of the Match: Noah Jordan
U10 B Cricket v Solihull
On Monday 5 June, BCS elected to bat first in their match against Solihull.
They faced a strong bowling side, but BCS looked after their wickets well and looked to run between the wickets where possible.
A flurry of boundaries came from Finn who managed to successfully find gaps down his leg side.
In the field, BCS positioned themselves deep, successfully preventing potential boundary shots with some heroic fielding. Solihull were a bit more aggressive with the bat and develop a good rhythm, striking the ball well and running well. This was ultimately the main difference between the two teams but a great effort by the BCS U10 B Cricket Team.
Result: Solihull win
Player of the Match: Finn Burrell
U10 C/D Cricket v West House
The U10 C and D’s played two competitive matches against West House on Monday 5 June.
In the C team game, West House batted first and scored a total of 326 in their allotted 20 overs. This was an excellent total but BCS did well to rack up 295 in reply.
Aydin bowled reasonably and struck the ball well, as did James. In the other game, Jerry struck the ball well whilst Judah and Rees bowled very well, helping the team to a narrow victory, well done all!
Result: 1 win apiece
Player of the Match: Judah Hughes & Aydin Khan
U9A/B v Solihull
Both BCS teams produced a mature performance to comfortably win both games on Wednesday 7 June, with one game winning by over 70 runs. BCS elected to bowl first and quickly put Solihull under pressure. BCS bowled aggressively and accurately, forcing Solihull to play very defensively. Within the bat, the focus over the last week is to back up, looking to score singles at every opportunity. Therefore, it was great to see the batsmen put so much pressure on Solihull’s fielders, often resulting in overthrows. Overall, these were two solid performances and much deserved wins.
Result: BCS win both
Player of the Match: Jovan Aeitan & Noah Barnes
U9 C/D v Solihull
On Wednesday 7 June, BCS played Solihull in two mixed ability games which proved a great success with both teams having good games. The BCS bowling was accurate in both games and some of the striking was excellent. Jacob, George and Samson all played some excellent shots. What was really pleasing was the running between the wickets, as the boys put pressure on the opposition and made lots of runs by being positive and running early. Overall two pleasing performances, well done!
Result: BCS win both
Player of the Match: Samson Isola & Raj Tripathi
U8 Girls Kwik Cricket Festival
With two schools dropping out, the afternoon turned into a round robin festival and even our own three teams at the event got to play one another.
With an underarm bowl, all three teams at times did some excellent batting with Gracie, Ree and Adeline in particular smashing the ball to the fence enclosure. When we started to throw the ball back to the bowler rather than run it, we realised we could get the opposition out more quickly and some great stops were made by Nina and Jaiya. All of the girls really enjoyed themselves and had lots of fun.
U9B Girls Cricket v Kings Hawford
With Hannah choosing to field first in their match against Kings Hawford on Tuesday 6 June, Mrs Bennett was really impressed by the whole team’s bowling. They mostly had straight arms and with some adjustments made, were able to bowl good strong balls.
Our bowling was far superior in strength and depth in comparison which somewhat was frustrating when we went into bat for our team. Some singles were scored and Brooke scored a 4 which nearly sailed over the whole School site it was hit with such gusto! A sound win for the team who should all be really pleased with their cricket development over the Trinity Term. I look forward to our next match against RGS.
Result: BCS 312-234 Kings Hawford
Player of the Match: Brooke
U11 Boys’ RGS Cricket Tournament
Sport can be cruel sometimes. You can do everything right and still come up just short.
On Thursday 8 June, the day started against RGS 2s who opted to bat first. BCS bowled aggressively and kept their total to 31, with Jai getting 1 wicket and losing only 3 runs.
In bat, BCS scored a respectable 57, clinching the bonus point for making 50.
The second game against King Hawford was very similar to the first. We kept Kings Hawford to 35 and put an impressive 67 on the scoreboard resulting in another bonus point.
Our last game of the group was Monmouth School, a must win game to go through the group as overall winners. BCS were obviously pumped up for the game as they bowled the whole team out for a total of 10 runs – Tom Hodges collecting 3 wickets in one over. To rub salt in the wound, BCS scored 71 in bat with Tom scoring 26 and retiring. The convincing win meant BCS topped the group and faced RGS 1s in the final.
RGS batted extremely well, finding space effectively and losing only 1 wicket. BCS kept them to a total of 49 runs. Aditya and Toby opened the bat, with Toby facing most of the balls. Toby reached 28 and retired. This game came down to the last ball. BCS needing 2 runs to draw and 3 to win. Despite their best effort Aditya and William were run out on their way for their second run.
It wasn’t the result they wanted but all the boys’ should be proud of their maturity and discipline on and off the pitch throughout the day.
Result: BCS Runners Up
Player of the Match: Toby Williams
U9A Girls Cricket
This week, the U9s played Kings Hawford in a pairs cricket match. Playing for the first time on the main square, the girls were very excited. They had a brilliant win and won 223 to 279. Ava-Mae did some amazing batting, getting many boundaries. Also, she won batter of the match! Emily bowled 2 outstanding wickets, winning bowler of the match. The girls caught many people out, and Lana especially did some great fielding. They tried their hardest off and on the pitch. Beating king’s Hawford by 56 points. They showed great teamwork and sportsmanship, overall, an amazing match.
Result: BCS Won
Player of the Match: Emily Newman (Bowler) & Ava Mae Crouch (Batter)