The Gad’s Under 11 Kwik cricket squad championed over 14 local schools at the annual Gravesham Kwik Cricket Tournament.

Gad’s games teacher Ray Jelfs said:  “The victory was a fantastic result and all the players contributed to the win.

“I am proud not only of their success but also their enthusiasm and determination and above all else their sportsmanship, demonstrated by their impeccable manners and humility in victory.”

Read Mr Jelfs’ match reports:

The Gad’s Hill Under 11 Kwik Cricket team took part in the Gravesham Kwik Cricket Tournament, hosted by Gravesham Council and Gravesend Cricket Club at the Bat and Ball Cricket Ground, Gravesend on Thursday 9th June.

Kwik Cricket is the `soft ball’ version of the game and, for this competition, comprised eight players two of which must be girls.

Each player must bowl and over and batsmen bat in pairs each pair facing two overs. There are no boundaries so field placing and throwing into the stumps accurately is vital.

Each team starts with 200 runs and can add runs by running between the wickets or by receiving wide or no balls. Players lose five runs for each time they are out, but carry on batting.

The tournament pitched 15 local primary and independent schools against each other in three pools of five schools.

In the pool stage all teams play each other and the winning school progress into a straight final if their average run score is among the top two.

In our pool, the Gad’s team faced Bronte, St.John’s, Cecil Road and Singlewell.

Gad’s vs Bronte.  Gad’s batted first and performed well with the bat losing only one wicket.  The team scored well, but the last pair of Mac and Cody  put on 15 runs in their eight balls with Mac top scoring with 11 runs. Gad’s posted a total of 229 runs. Our bowling and fielding was particularly tight with Rebecca, William and Carter all taking catches. The best bowler in this match was Holly with an aggregate score of -2 runs having taken a wicket. Bronte scored 216 runs, so Gad’s won the match by 15 runs.

Gad’s vs Cecil Road. This time Gad’s won the toss and put Cecil road into bat. Again Holly proved the best of the bowlers taking two wickets off her four balls, catching both herself in successive ball. Cecil Road ended on 216 runs. This time Gad’s gave their wickets away three times meaning that they had to score runs freely to surpass the required total. With Mac again top scoring, Gad’s won the match by five runs scoring 221 runs.

Gad’s vs Singlewell. Singlewell batted first but the Gad’s bowlers in this game gave away too may wide balls, gifting Singlewell runs. The best bowler in this game maintaining the `girl power’ story was Eadie who achieved a wicket maiden. Singlewell managed a total of 226 runs. Batting Gad’s were quick between the wickets and often turned wide ball into three runs by taking chances to the fielder’s arm. Gad’s final score of 236 gave them a 10 run victory.

Gad’s vs St. John’s. In our final pool game we knew that a high score might be required to progress to the final. St. John’s batted first and struggled against the tight Gad’s bowling. Mac took a wicket in the final over but did not match the two wickets by Rebecca and William who ended with a -7 and -9 score respectively. St. John’s ended on 199 runs. Knowing that a high average run score was important, the Gad’s players knew that it was important to score highly and take chances. Despite losing three wickets, the Gad’s team ended on 232 runs and hoped that they had done enough.

The announcement of the group winners showed that the recent winning schools were still at the top of their game with Gad’s Hill, Chantry and Wrotham Road all toping their groups. We were especially pleased to hear that Gad’s had secured the best run average of the day winning them a place in the final against an old adversary, Chantry.

We unfortunately lost the toss and were put into bat. Wanting to set a good target to defend, things did not go our way. We lost four wickets in the innings securing a meagre score of 206 runs and it looked like we may have to settle for the runner up award. However, the Gad’s bowlers had none of it and Rebecca bowling the first over completed a double wicket maiden reducing Chantry to 190 runs 10 less than they started with.

The rest of the early bowler continued in this mould and managed to keep the score under 200 runs. However going into the last over Chantry needed only four runs to secure victory. They scored from four of the first five balls and had a two run lead before the last ball. An excellent delivery by Fin tempted the Chantry batsman to flash at the ball, get an edge and Cody caught a fantastic catch to win the final by three runs.

This victory was a fantastic effort by the team and all the players played their part. The Gad’s players played the game in a great spirit with great enthusiasm and determination, but always remembering the importance of sportsmanship by shaking hands after the matches, having humility in victory and always thanking the officials.

The team were well supported by their parents who were vocal and encouraging. I was very proud of them all. The presentation was made by the Mayor of Gravesend, along with representatives of the Kent Cricket Board.

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