Winning Day of Cricket
Today proved to be a winning day for cricket at Bede’s with the Boys U14s winning the County Championship and the Girls U15s winning the Quarter Finals of the National Schools Competition.
Bede’s U14 boys beat Blatchington Mill in the finals of the County Cup which leads to next year’s National Cup. 1,100 schools enter the competition and Bede’s is now down to the last group of county champions remaining in the competition. Bede’s restricted Blatchington Mill to 68 for the loss of 10 wickets off 20 overs. The bowlers all bowled accurately, backed up by a superb fielding display led well by their captain, Freddie Freeman. Henry Olliff and Harry Gutteridge proceeded to knock off the total in 5 overs without losing a wicket.
The U15 Girls also won the Quarter Final of the national schools competition, bowling out Reigate Grammar School for 39 runs. Freya Kemp, Matilda Collins and Mary Taylor took 3 wickets each. Izzy Atherton had a great run out, Lizzie Morgan took a great catch and Maddie Smith kept well. Freya and Mary chased down the total without loss. All the girls were alert and sharp and played well. We now look forward to the semi-finals and finals which will be played on the same day in early September.
Hot on the heels of the Girls U15s and Boys U14s victories, the U17s gained a dramatic victory against Millfield.
After a slightly under par performance with the bat, Bede's U17s battled hard with the ball, the spinners bowling tightly in the middle. Millfield requiring 2 to win with three wickets in hand then succumbed to an incredible piece of bowling from the captain Joe Sarro who claimed a hat trick to seal victory by 1 run.
Bede's Cricket Coach, James Kirtley comments, “I’m sure memories of this moment will live long with this highly talented group of players.”