County success for Clayesmore’s cricketers

13 County Cricket Champs

Clayesmore Prep has had two bits of excellent cricket news this week: Our First XI held on to the U13 County Cup with a dramatic win over Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), and the next day the U13 girls were runners up in their county tournament.

The U13 First team had a roller-coaster ride throughout the tournament beating Highcliffe, St Michael’s Middle (by 2 runs) and Poole Grammar (on the last ball) in the semi-final, when they were inspired by some words of encouragement from Old Clayesmorian and Hampshire player, Lewis McManus. Lewis told them, “Good luck today, enjoy the challenge and fight right until the end. Cricket is a funny game and it’s never over until the last run is scored! Enjoy playing with your mates and support each other the whole way through!”

Head of Boys’ Games in the Prep School, Mr Tom Manley writes:

“In the final it looked like the game was slipping away from Clayesmore however the team showed plenty of character to keep going and it eventually paid off with some excellent bowling and fielding. The following should be very proud of themselves: Edward R, Austin A, Fabian A, Tilly T, Firouz H, Jasper L, Henry D, Toby B, Oliver F-P, Charley P, Ben C and James G.”

Mrs Debbie Spokes, Head of Girls’ Games, writes about the girls’ cricketing success:

“As North Dorset Champions the U13 Girls played in the County Finals at the Dorset School Games held at Bryanston on Wednesday. The girls beat Glenmoor and lost to St Michael’s in the pool round which ended up as a tie between all three schools. We went through to the finals on runs and wickets taken, and played Twynham for the gold medal. We took to the field first and held them to just 58 runs from 7 overs. Tilly got us off to a good start scoring 23 before retiring, Tasmin came into bat in the penultimate over and going into the final over we needed 13 runs to win. Lily was batting well (15 not out), it was a big ask but possible as Tasmin fired a cracker over the boundary for the first 6 of the game. We had a couple of singles, a lucky no ball for two extra runs and an extra ball, but we needed a four or more off the last ball. The delivery was good and we only managed a single which left us three short of victory! It was a great experience and the whole team performed tremendously well: Hope C, Lareina G, Eliza J, Tasmin J, Kitty T, Tilly T, Lily W and Helena W.”

Clayesmore’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength. Once again this year we were included in The Cricketer Magazine’s top 100 schools guide, with editor and analyst, Simon Hughes, commenting that Clayesmore is “a great place to play cricket” – we couldn’t agree more.

Clayesmore U13 Girls cricketers only lost the County title by 3 runs.