Old Buckenham Head to Headingley After Nervy Conclusion

Old Buckenham Head to Headingley After Nervy Conclusion

ASDA Girls Kwik Cricket Finals20th June 2013

Fakenham CC

Following a nervous last minute check on the weather forecast, the Girls County Kwik Cricket Finals went ahead, the promised rain staying away just long enough to allow a really good, competitive day of Kwik Cricket.

8 teams from around Norfolk, who had each won through at their local qualifying competitions, came together at Fakenham CC to compete for the honour of representing Norfolk at the National Girls Kwik Cricket Finals at Headingley.

In Group 1 were Mundesley, Old Buckenham, Martham and St Martha’s whilst in Group 2 St Williams, Attleborough, Cringleford and Robert Kett were drawn together. In the morning’s group stage, there were some really hotly contested games.

In group 1 Old Buckenham proved to be the strongest, winning all 3 of their matches.  In 2nd place and also progressing to the semi-finals of the main competition were Mundesley.

In Group 2, a very well drilled Attleborough side also won all of their matches, their closest match being against Robert Kett who finished 2nd in the group. After lunch, with the skies slowly darkening, the knockout stages were held.

The plate competition semi-finals were between St Marthas and Martham with St Marthas winning through to the plate finals.  St Williams sadly had to leave after the mornings play and this left Cringleford to take on St Marthas in the final.

It was a good final, played in great spirit and the eventual winners of the plate competition were St Martha’s by 266 runs to 203.

In the main competition, the first semi-final was between Old Buckenham and Robert Kett.  This was an extremely close match right until the very end.  The winners were Old Buckenham by 261 to 248, the difference being some lovely sixes from the Old Buckenham girls. In the other semi-final, Attleborough played Mundesley. Both teams work really hard at their cricket and this was another extremely close match with Mundesley emerging victorious – the winning margin, just 4 runs!

The much awaited final between Old Buckenham and Mundesley was not a disappointment.  With the smell of rain in the air, both teams treated the spectators to displays of quick fielding and great batting.  At the end of the match, an obviously delighted Old Buckenham team were the worthy winners by 261 runs to 251.

Congratulations to Old Buckenham who will now represent Norfolk at Headingley on July 12th.

Many thanks to all at Fakenham CC for making us all so welcome and to all of the volunteers who came forward and made the day possible.

 

Angela Murgatroyd subsequently updated how they got on at Headingley :

 

The Y6 girls from Old Buckenham Community Primary School did really well at Headingley.  They won both their group games, meaning they went through to the semi-final.  In the semi-final they lost by only 16 runs to the team who were the eventual overall winnners, meaning we came joint 3rd overall.  It was a fantastic day and a great experience for the girls.  Please pass on my thanks and congratulations for a successful day to all the organisers.

 

 



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