Hadleigh heading to Edgbaston

COUNTY CHAMPIONS: Suffolk Kwik Cricket champions Hadleigh Community Primary School
COUNTY CHAMPIONS: Suffolk Kwik Cricket champions Hadleigh Community Primary School
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Suffolk Kwik Cricket champions Hadleigh Primary School are on their way to Edgbaston to compete in the national Kwik Cricket finals.

Hadleigh will represent the county at the venue that hosted this year’s ICC Champions Trophy final on Tuesday.

The school were one of around 300 nationwide entries and will be one of 14 representatives in the finals.

Headteacher Neil Jackson said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’ and added: “The whole school are working together to make it a real experience for the nine Year 6 boys involved.”

The competition started out in a regionalised format with the school one of eight in the Hadleigh area that met in the first stage.

They progressed as winners into the next knockout tournament, where they made it to the final, beating Ipswich-based The Oaks Primary School.

This afforded the school entry into the 15-team Suffolk Championships, which were held on June 24 at Ipswich Cricket Club’s Chantry Park.

Three groups of five teams played each other in a round robin format.

The winners of each group — of which Hadleigh were one — as well as the best runner-up, made it through to the semi-finals.

To reach the county stage was an achievement in itself, but the school went a step further.

Against Stowmarket Middle School in the final, a tense affair ensued, with Hadleigh sufficiently restricting their opponents to secure a seven-run victory.

The school do not yet know their opponents on the day, but will be hoping to emulate the Indian national side’s victory at Edgbaston two weeks ago.