Youngsters compete for county final place

ON THE ATTACK: Alex Pope bowling for Uplands Middle School.
ON THE ATTACK: Alex Pope bowling for Uplands Middle School.

TEAMS from three middle schools did battle at Sudbury Cricket Club in an under-11s Asda Kwik Cricket competition, with Stoke-by-Nayland winning a place in the county final.

Great Cornard, Uplands and Stoke-by-Nayland middle schools all fielded teams in the competition, which is supported by the England Cricket Board (ECB)

As a simplified version of the game, it is fast moving and every player has the opportunity to bowl, field and bat.

Batters work in pairs and face two overs, losing points for wickets and outs, and gaining them for runs. All teams start with 200 points.

The boys/mixed competition was played as a round robin with each team playing each other.

Good, tactical cricket was played, many boundaries were hit and students organised their fielding positions themselves to good effect.

Eventual winners were Stoke-by-Nayland Middle School, who won all three of their matches with Sudbury’s Uplands coming second in the tournament.

Stoke-by-Nayland and Great Cornard both entered a team in the girls competition.

They played one match with two innings each with Stoke-by-Nayland coming out on top.

All matches were umpired and scored by four Young Leaders from Sudbury Upper School and two from Great Cornard Middle School.

Stoke-by-Nayland have now been invited to represent the area at the county finals on June 25 and 26 in Ipswich.