Tonbridge Grammar School Under 13 cricket team travelled to Springfield Cricket Club, Chelmsford to represent Kent (as Kent Champions) at the Under 13 Chance to Compete Regional Girls Cricket Final on Thursday 14thJuly. It was for the Chance to Compete Super Eights Outdoor Softball Competition, in which a Squad of ten Year 7 and 8 cricketers can be entered. The competition was to decide which one team from the South East region would win a place at the National Finals in September. There was one representative school team from the counties of Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex at the competition.
The players from Tonbridge Grammar School competed in the first group stage of the competition against St Ive School, Huntingdonshire and Oakwood School, Surrey, winning both matches comfortably. Tonbridge Grammar scored 64 runs for no wickets against Oakwood to their 42 run for 4 wickets. St Ive scored 45 runs with Tonbridge Grammar taking 5 wickets. Tonbridge Grammar scored 46 runs with no wickets conceded comfortably and did not need to finish all the overs of the game to secure a win.
The players then had a break for lunch, and plenty of time to prepare for their first place play off matches with the winners of the other two groups, Shenfield School form Essex and Farlingaye High School from Suffolk. The girls stepped up their game further, and played exceptionally well in both games. The first game against Shenfield School, a previous winner of the competition was their toughest game and was very close. After Shenfield had batted first and scored 38-3, Tonbridge had scored 37 runs with two balls to go. On the second to last ball, their bowler bowled wide, which in this format of competition, scores two runs, and so Tonbridge clinched the game scoring 39-0 with one ball remaining. Riding high on confidence, the team then went on to score a magnificent 73-3 against the other finalist Farlingaye High School to their 49-5.
The girls played brilliantly throughout the day, displaying excellent teamwork. Captain, Holly and Vice-captain Alice did a great job of guiding and leading the team. There was some exceptional bowling and good all round fielding with important catches from a number of different team members. We saw some fine batting displays particularly from Ryana, our only Year 7 player in the team. Even those off the pitch were supportive of the rest of the team constantly which made a real difference to team morale.
Tonbridge Grammar School finished as regional winners, and go on to represent the region at the National Finals on September 12th at Edgbaston. Shenfield School finished as runners up.
Well done to all students involved. Many thanks to parents for their support at various levels of the competition.