Cricket Success for Baldersby St James C of E Primary
A big day for our year 3/4 cricketers today. They turned up to take part in this year’s cluster tournament. Arriving at the ground at Thirsk high school, the conditions were overcast suggesting success for the spinners. Our first match, against Alanbrooke, was a close affair. 4’s and 6’s from Libby Mackay enabled the team to lead the way as the other batters found their way, feeling their way into the game. It was the fielding that unfortunately told in this match with the only highlight being a smart catch from Hermione Helliwell at deep square leg. Baldersby lost this game by 5 runs. On to our second game against Knayton. The team were really beginning to find their form. A great knock by both Rex Briggs and Joseph Little, 18 and 25 respectively ensures that the team had a fighting chance in the field. This time the star of the fielding was Macy Wilson who took a fantastic reflex catch and was instrumental in orchestrating a run out. Her work in the field ensured that we won this game by 10 runs. Our third game was against our local neighbours, Queen Mary’s. After losing the toss we were put into bat and our batting side did not let us down. A combination of great knocks from Macy Wilson, Libby Mackay, Joseph Little and Rex Briggs set a challenging target for the opposition. A well set field, tight bowling from 6 of our 8 bowlers made it look like we were going to run away with the match. A big push from the final Queen Mary's batting pair coupled with some shaky fielding made this a tense match, but the team got over the line by 2 runs.
Our forth match was against Carlton Minot. A tough start to this game as our batters faced the toughest bowling so far in the competition. This reduced our runs to singles or 2’s. However, our fielders were equally as dogged so this became a game for the fielding sides. Stand out performances from Christopher Traves with a brilliant run out. Smart catches from Rex Briggs and Josh Horewell set the tone for our response to then be followed up by great bowling from Toby Carter and to top things off, a smart wicket from Charlotte Oakes meant that we won this game by 1 run. Amazing! As another game won by a fine margin means that we went into our final game with all to play for. The final game was against South Kilvington and set things up for a grand finale, but it was one step too far. The team were tired and playing a side that were well drilled. Fighting spirit from Toby Carter as he chalked 12 runs with the bat. Unfortunately, not other batter could match the patience and skill of Toby and so the run chase was easily chalked off. The sum total of our children’s efforts were as follows:
1st - South Kilvington
2nd - Alanbrooke
3rd - Baldersby St James
4th - Carlton Miniot
5th - Queen Mary’s
6th - Topcliffe
7th - Knayton
I am sure you will all join with me in congratulating our year 3/4 children in a fantastic effort - Well done!