On Monday 12th September 2016, Tonbridge Grammar School Under 13 cricket squad travelled with great anticipation to the famous Edgbaston cricket ground, the fourth-largest cricketing venue in the United Kingdom, for the “Chance to Compete” National Cricket Final.
The ‘Chance to Compete’ charity aims to provide a robust transition from school to local cricket clubs, helping them develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork and cooperation. These skills help the students to become role models in their local community and seek to inspire younger children to take up the game.
The finals saw schools battle it out for four national titles over an intense day of cricket. The charity believe that competition is a key motivation for young people in secondary schools, coming up with the Chance to Compete cup; featuring fast-moving eight-a-side matches.
In total the team played three rounds of competition to get to this stage, having won the area, County and regional finals.
Holly, our captain and Alice (vice-captain) wrote:
When we got to Birmingham, the team players were proud to receive some cricket trousers and a playing shirt with the school badge on the front and our individual surnames on the back. Once we were at the ground, we had to play two matches - one as a semi-final qualifier and the other as either a 3rd and 4th place final and or a 2nd and 1st place final.
We did extremely well, winning the first game against Charlton School from Telford, winning the game 42-2, putting us through to the 1st and 2nd's place play off final.
In the final, South Dartmoor Community College from Devon, one of the leading cricketing schools in England, batted first getting a high score of 61-5, setting the bar high for us to bat. Our batting started off slowly, but we picked up as the game progressed. In the very last over of the match we were chasing just 6 runs to win, and on the very last ball we needed 2 runs off the very final ball to win, with Captain Holly facing. As the ball was bowled, she hit it hard, closely missing a fielder's hand and going straight across the boundary for a 4, meaning we had won as with a score of 63-1. We had won the national final! This gave us the title of best Under 13 girl’s school team in the country! Well played everyone! Thank you for the support from the parents who travelled with us too!
Holly, Alice, Flora, Sophia, Lucy, Jessie, Jade, Lucy, Flora, and Ryana