Cricket: Bede’s U11s Win Eastbourne College Schools Tournament
The triumphant U11s with ex-England Coach Andy Flower.
Bede's U11s won the invitational Eastbourne College Schools Cricket tournament earlier this week, besting local rivals including DCPS, St Andrew's and Ashdown House.
The first match saw Bede's take on DCPS, with the U11s scoring 65-0 in 5 overs (Aiden scored 32 not out and Archie scored 27 not out).
DCPS returned 26-2, with wickets taken by Messrs Sudan (1-8) and Hinchon (1-8) paving the way for a 43 run victory.
The disciplined bowling, excellent fielding and sharpness on the ball demonstrated by the U11s in this opening match was repeated in the second game against Yardley Court; Bede's won by 26 runs, with the Bedians scoring 46-3 to Yardley Court's 20-4.
In the semi-final match, Bede's took on St Andrew's, who batted first and scored 38-2. In reply, Bede's scored 39-1 and won by 5 wickets, which guaranteed the U11s a place in the final against Ashdown House.
Some early outstanding batting against Ashdown House saw Bede's accumulating a score-line of 50-2 (including 30 runs not out from Archie), and Ashdown House responded with an innings of 31-4.
With wickets going to Messrs Hinchon (1-6) and Lenham (1-12) alongside 2 run-outs, Bede's won by a comfortable 19 runs and duly impressed by ex-England Coach Andy Flower, who was amongst the spectators.
Neil Lenham, Head of Cricket at Bede's Prep School, said of the team's performance, "Vital to the U11s success was their focus.
"They backed up every throw, supported one another and emphasised the importance of the collective team effort. They played superbly, and their attitude and demonstration of superb technique bodes very well for the rest of the Summer."