Year 8 and Year 10 excel in cricket
Two teams competed at the annual Calypso cricket tournament against a number of schools from the local area. The competition involves a team of six players all contributing by batting, bowling and fielding. A number of girls in the Year 8 team were competing in the competition for the first time, while the Year 10 team were hoping to win back the title their won two years ago.
Year 10 Competition
In the first match the team beat Simon Balle by just two runs, thanks to some excellent batting from Grace Neville and Emily Finch. In the second match, a dominant batting display ensured the team were victorious, beating Sele by 30 runs. In their third game the girls played Chauncy and fielded first. Some excellent bowling from Gemma Biggadike, Becky Thomas and Grace Neville led to Chauncy being limited to 23 runs in 5 overs. Grace Neville and Emily Finch managed to reach Chauncy’s total in the first over.
In the fourth match against John Warner B team, excellent wicket keeping from Lois Walker meant they beat John Warner B team by 25 runs, before going on to beat their A team by 15 runs. In the final match of the day the team scored 71 runs off 5 overs with Grace Neville scoring three 6's in a row. Both Grace and Emily Finch retired on 25 leaving the rest of the team to bat out the innings. When fielding, the team kept it tight ensuring Freeman College didn't manage to make the runs they needed to win, ensuring Broxbourne came out as undisputed winners for the tournament.
Team - Georgia Sargent, Emily Finch, Gemma Biggadike, Becky Thomas, Grace Neville, Lois Walker
Year 8 Competition
In the group stages, the Year 8 team comprehensively beat Sele, John Warner A team and Chauncy. In the toughest of the group matches they came up against Simon Balle who they lost to by 25 runs. The team finished 2nd in the group, progressing to the cup competition semi-finals where they met John Warner B team. In the semi-final they won the toss and chose to field first. Abbie Clarke and Laura Dynia linked up with wicket keeper Courtney Cable to keep the number of runs scored by John Warner to a minimum. When it came to batting the girls demonstrated some great determination, eventually winning with the last ball of the game to progress to the final.
In the final the team played Simon Balle again and after winning the toss chose to field first. The girls fielded well with excellent bowling from Heidi Bishop and Megan Thomas. This was followed by some brilliant batting from Ellie Godsave and Megan Thomas which put them right back in the match. Eventually Simon Balle proved too strong and they lost by 10 runs to finish runners-up.
Team - Laura Dynia, Heidi Bishop, Abbey Clark, Courtney Cable, Megan Thomas, Ellie Godsave