The annual Year 5 and 6 Kwik Cricket Festival for the BGN Family of Primary Schools took place on Thursday 6th June at Banbury Cricket Club. One hundred and forty-two children from six schools took part including Bishop Loveday, Cropredy, Hardwick, Orchard Fields, St. John’s and William Morris.
Sixteen teams were divided into three separate competitions. Six teams competed in the Boys’ Cup (A teams) and another six teams entered the Boys’ Plate (B and C teams). Finally four teams took part in the Girls’ competition. In a busy day, 40 matches took place across eight pitches at Banbury Cricket Club and Bodicote playing fields. These matches were expertly umpired and scored by fifteen Key Stage 3 student leaders from Blessed George Napier.
On a beautiful and dry day, teams demonstrated an impressive array of fielding, bowling and batting skills. Also teams respected their opposition by shaking hands at end of each match and thanking the umpires.
Following a series of round-matches in the morning, the Girls’ Competition culminated in play-off games in the afternoon. Hardwick beat by Cropredy by just 7 runs to take third spot. In an exciting final Bishop Loveday edged out Ochard fields in the final two overs to win by 12 runs.
A dominant and skilled Bishop Loveday team won all five of their matches to win the Boys’ Cup Competition. Cropredy took runners-up spot by winning four matches and recording only one defeat to the eventual winners, Bishop Loveday. Hardwick finished with three wins and two defeats to take third spot. St. John’s were fourth, Orchard Fields fifth and William Morris sixth.
In the Boys’ Plate Competition, Bishop Loveday C, a team comprising of all Year 5 children, won all of their matches to pip their nearest challenges Bishop Loveday B to first place. Cropredy B and Hardwick B both finished with two wins and level on points. With Cropredy B winning the round-robin game between the teams, they took third place and Hardwick B fourth. Both Orchard Fields B and Orchard C also finished level on points. Orchard Fields B had beaten Orchard Fields C so finished above them in fifth place.
Congratulations to all our three winners: Bishop Loveday Girls, Bishop Loveday Boys A and Bishop Loveday Boys C who will represent the BGN family at the Level 3 County Kwik Cricket finals.
During the event, the Spirit of the Games value of honesty was a key focus area. A player from each team was selected and presented with a special certificate in recognition of this value throughout the festival.
Thank you to both Banbury and Bodicote Cricket Clubs for hosting the event and thank you the young leaders from Blessed George Napier Catholic School who ensured the event was an enjoyable experience for all involved
“It is fantastic to see so many children having a go at playing cricket today!
Hopefully they will be inspired to join their local cricket club in the near future”
(Oxford County Cricket Board)
“The event was well organised and the BGN student leaders were very friendly with good subject knowledge.” (PE Coordinator at St. John’s))
“It was good,” “Really fun,” “Better than I expected it to be.” (Children at St. John’s)
“Well organised, something to do all the time. Children were encouraged by the young leaders really well. We are going to take kwik cricket back to William Morris and teach the younger years.” (Teacher at William Morris)
“It was perfect, “The best “It was really enjoyable even though we lost all our games. It was about taking part.” (Children at William Morris)
“Well organised and everyone enjoyed the day” (Teacher at Cropredy)
“Organised well. Games umpired very well by most student leaders. Brilliant day. Thank you” (PE Coordinator at Bishop Loveday)
“We really enjoyed playing against other schools.” (Children at Bishop Loveday)
“There was lots of participation for all.” (Teacher at Orchard Fields)
“Well organised, kept on time (Teacher at Hardwick)
Mr Mawn (SSCo)