Isle of Wight Cricket

Island Waste Kwik Cricket Cup 2009

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For the second year the IOW primaries had the opportunity to compete in two different Island Waste Kwik Cricket competitions.

The 14 fun festivals that were organised incorporated 42 primary schools and had an emphasis on inclusion, coaching, learning and fun. Young leaders from Sandown, Cowes and Carisbrooke High Schools, as well as Forelands, Ventnor, West Wight and Bishop Lovett Middle Schools supported these competitions.

All schools were offered coaching prior to the competitions from the IWCB, funded by the IWCB through Island Waste and the Chance to Shine scheme. This was found to be an invaluable resource and yet again to a high standard.

The Competitive Cup Tournament took place after the Kwik Cricket Festivals in four competitions across the Island, and involved 29 of the Islands Primary Schools. The winning team of each of the area competitions came together at Newclose County Cricket Ground to play the Semi Finals and the Finals.

In general, the weather had been kind (there were a few exceptions though) and this was true for the final. The rain stayed away until after the presentations and the atmosphere was electric with emotions running high as the excitement of the games increased with the standard of play.

In the semi finals, Arreton and St. Marys beat Wooton and Gatten & Lake into the final. The eventual winners were Arreton Primary School, both teams scored 265 runs, however St Mary’s Primary lost more wickets.

Coach, Mrs Fry stated, “Wonderful experience, and facilities, which made it a very special occasion – made even more so by winning!”

Sam from the winning team declared “I can’t believe we got to the final but winning was even better, we won because everyone worked as a team!”

Many thanks go to the sponsors, all the staff at the venues and transport companies that have supported the competitions. It was fantastic to see the standard of sport at that age, and this competition has show cased this very well, but it could not have taken place without all the support in the background.

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