St Cedd’s School Boys’ Cricket Team Best in Region
St Cedd’s School’s U11 Boys’ Cricket Team took part in the annual Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) South Region Tournament on 13 June and won the event in an incredibly dramatic and tense fashion. The squad of eight boys, made up of three Year 5 pupils and five Year 6 pupils, competed against 12 local schools in the tournament which took place at Ashford Prep School in Kent.
The St Cedd’s School boys overcame their first challenge of setting a field for a six-a-side competition and took the challenges that followed in their stride as well. In order to decide who would progress into the semi-final, a bowl-off was played and won by St Cedd’s School. Unbelievably, the semi-final match came down to a bowl-off too, which St Cedd’s School also won, taking them through to the final.
The team kept their nerve and played exceptionally well in the final, including penultimate ball and final ball wins; they needed two from two balls to win and managed to finish by hitting a four on the second-last ball, scooping them the title of Regional Champions.
Mr Tom Whaley, Director of Sport at Chelmsford’s St Cedd’s School, says, “The boys performed exceptionally well against some of the best prep schools in the South East of England. All their hard work during nets sessions and PE lessons showed on the pitch with outstanding bowling and aggressive batting on display. The boys showed excellent tactical skills with a six-a-side format, adapting the field accordingly and ensuring the oppositions’ run rates could be kept to a minimum. A fantastic achievement and thoroughly deserved!”