On Monday morning it was fantastic to wake up to bright sunshine and blue skies; as it meant the cricket was definitely on! The children arrived at school in traditional ‘cricket whites’ and were very excited for the day ahead!
After registration, we enthusiastically strode out the yards along Westoe Road towards South Shields Cricket Club. When we arrived, the children were keen to warm up as they practised their bowling and fielding before playing a short practise match.
Soon the games got underway, with the A team winning all three of their morning games. Convincing winning margins against East Boldon (81 runs), Ashley (68 runs) and Marine Park (29 runs) meant the team sailed into the semi-finals. Meanwhile, the B team made a solid start to the day with a win, an exciting draw and a narrow defeat in a morning which saw them play some excellent cricket. The B team went on to play two further friendlies in the afternoon. They achieved another win to complete an excellent day’s cricket. I’m sure the experience for the younger players in year 4 and 5 will help them to develop their cricket in the future. The girls involved played very well and are starting to run into some good form for their girls tournament at Whitburn CC on June 5th.
Meanwhile, the A side were drawn against Whitburn Village in the semi-final. We started a little shakily as we lost two wickets in the first ten balls of the contest. However, we soon steadily began to accumulate runs without the loss of any further wickets. We blocked the good balls but attacked anything wayward and managed to reach 233 by the end of our innings. In reply, Whitburn got off to our poor start when we struck with the third ball of the match. The opposition occasionally threatened to chase down our score, but every time a batsmen got any momentum we forced a wicket. The accurate St. Bede’s bowling was brilliantly supported with some superb catching. Whitburn finished on 218, giving us a hard fought 15 run victory.
Amazingly, we had reached the District final for the thirteenth consecutive season. But what would happen next, would it be a 10th District title or a fourth final defeat? One thing was for certain, it would be difficult against a strong Mortimer side, who similarly to ourselves had stormed to the final!
We started the final in explosive fashion after winning the toss and electing to bat. The runs flowed in the opening overs, before we gradually got pegged back as we lost a few wickets. The Mortimer bowling became increasingly accurate which restricted our progress, but Mortimer still found wickets hard to come by. At the end of our innings we posted a competitive 224 runs. In reply, Mortimer initially stuttered as we picked up an early wicket. However, they began chipping away at our total and batted very well to finish on 237, to record a 13 run victory in a gripping final.
After enthusiastically attending training in the build up to the tournament, both teams performed superbly and achieved many excellent results. The players were all cheered on by brilliant family support, as St. Bede’s were once again the best supported school at an event! All the players received certificates, while the A side were presented with deserved runners up medals after an exciting run to the final! It was great day, which meant my sunburnt forehead was well worth it!