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ECB Kwik Cricket competitions reach their conclusion as ex England cricketer makes appearance!
Wiltshire Cricket / ECB Kwik Cricket County Finals – July 2017
Following on from a partly disrupted qualifying programme, 27 schools came together to decide the winners of the 2017 Wiltshire primary schools softball cricket events. Run over two days, the competition brings together six weeks of qualifying matches to leave just one school to represent Wiltshire in the regional finals.
Mixed Kwik Cricket Finals Day
Monday saw the winners of the Mixed competition resolved. With schools representing Swindon, Salisbury, Kennet, West Wilts and North Wilts areas, competition was fierce throughout. The 18 schools were grouped into four pools with only the pool winners progressing to the semi final stage.
Pool A was dominated by Ramsbury School, who beat challengers St Peters of Chippenham and Broadchalke School in their first two matches to settle things reasonably early in the day. Pool B was a closer event, despite Greentrees School finishing unbeaten, Wanborough, Keevil and Great Bedwyn Schools all won two and lost two matches to finish up co-runners up.
Pool C saw Mere School end as runaway winners with St Marys Swindon winning their two remaining games to finish in second place. Pool D was an equally emphatic win for Fitzmaurice School from Bradford on Avon. Fitzmaurice were to go on to score 100 runs more than their Pool D rivals.
Fitzmaurice School continued their dominance in their Semi Final against Mere School. Hard hitting from the Bradford school meant that they cruised into the final with a 91 run win. The second Semi-Final was a closer affair with Greentrees and Ramsbury meeting as the winners of Pool A and B. The Greentrees team, who had quietly progressed to the semi, posted 262 runs that was to prove more than Ramsbury were able to match and the Salisbury side finished winners by 14 runs.
Fitzmaurice School were not to be beaten on the day, despite Greentrees domination of the other half of the draw. Handy fielding in the early overs meant that Greentrees were struggling to set a target high enough to put pressure on the Bradford on Avon side. In the end, some lusty blows from the final pair of batters pushed Fitzmaurice well beyond the target set by Greentrees and claimed the title of Wiltshire’s top primary school team.
Girls Only Kwik Cricket Finals Day
Wiltshire Cricket were lucky to have ex-England Captain Charlotte Edwards in attendance for the Girls Only Finals Day at Trowbridge Cricket Club. Charlotte was acting in her role as Chance to Shine Ambassador, as part of two visits to Wiltshire clubs on the day.
Charlotte spent time with the children from the nine schools who were in attendance at the finals day. Then later on in the evening, she visited Royal Wootton Bassett Cricket Club to take part in their All Stars Cricket session for children aged 5 to 8 years old.
The Girls County finals were a fiercely contested competition with the majority of teams still in with a chance of winning up until the last round of matches.
In Pool A, Even Swindon and Broadchalke both qualified for the Semi Finals with their last round wins against Fynamore School and Paxcroft Schools respectively. In Pool B, it was tighter still with three teams ending up level on points after three rounds of matches.
With runs scored being the deciding factor, eventually there were only ten runs difference between the first and third placed schools. Bitham Brook and Frogwell Schools won out though this tiebreaker route, leaving Ramsbury the unlucky losers to miss out at this stage.
The Semi Finals were equally strong games with both of the group runners up proving to be too strong for the group winners. Frogwell were too strong for Even Swindon and went on to win by 20 runs. While Broadchalke made it through to the final by beating the previously high scoring Bitham Brook School from Westbury.
The final itself was a close as any of the other matches seen during the day. With the sun beating down and an ex-England cricketer part of the watching audience, the pressure was on both teams. However Broadchalke ended the day being the cooler of the two teams, eventually running out winners over the Chippenham side.
Both the Mixed and Girls Only County winners will now proceed to the Regional Finals taking place on Thursday 13th July at Clifton College.