St Sampson's and Broadchalke through to ASDA Kwik Cricket Finals
St Sampson’s will represent Wiltshire in the regional finals of the ASDA Kwik Cricket competition after they beat rival school Saint Edmund’s at Trowbridge Cricket Club to become county winners.
The County Finals Day followed on from the District Festivals that took place throughout the county during the week of June 4-8 with the top two teams from each district progressing through to the final. For the first time, girls only teams were also competing for a regional finals place with Broadchalke emerging as the strongest team.
Despite heavy rain throughout the day, both the Girls and the Mixed competitions managed to reach their conclusions due to the sheer determination of all the schools to get play underway.
In the Girls tournament, schools from North Wilts, West Wilts and Salisbury were represented. The teams were split into two groups from which the winners went on to play each other in the final.
Following tough competition from St Mary’s of Chippenham and Winsley Primary School, Broadchalke and Wilton and Barford from the Salisbury District went on to meet each other in the final. After a tense final full of clever bowling and some excellent shots, Broadchalke ran out winners by just one run which summed up how fiercely competitive the girls tournament had been.
Unfortunately, due to the longer nature of the mixed festival, the tournament suffered more at the hands of the late afternoon showers that swept through Trowbridge. However, following a crucial group decider between Saint Edmund’s of Calne and Ruskin from Swindon, Saint Edmund’s went through to the final to play St Sampson’s of Cricklade.
In the final full of top class cricket, played in fantastic spirit from both sides, Saint Edmund’s batted first and scored 274 runs.
However, some quick and accurate bowling from St Sampson’s attack accounted for seven wickets which as a result caused Saint Edmund’s to lose 35 runs from their total, finishing on 239.
In reply, St Sampson’s batted sensibly taking few risks to reach a total of 256 for the loss of just one wicket which was enough to earn them a coveted victory and the title of county winners.
They, along with Broadchalke of the Girls will now go through to represent Wiltshire in the Regional Finals of the competition taking place in July.