School Sport: Langtons lift Kwik Cricket title
PUBLISHED: 10:30 13 June 2014
Havering schoolgirls impress at Rainham
Langtons Primary were crowned Havering’s Girls Kwik Cricket champions after a fine tournament at Rainham’s Spring Farm Park ground last week.
A total of 10 teams took part, in two groups of five, with the winners meeting in the grand final.
Langtons beat Engayne by two runs in one of the most exciting matches of the group phase, with excellent fielding from the final ball preventing a matchwinning boundary.
They also beat Parsonage Farm, Broadford and Scargill to top the group, while Upminster beat Ardleigh Green, Newtons, Whybridge and Scotts to win group two.
Upminster batted first in the final and lost a wicket to the very first ball.
But they recovered well and their fourth batting pair put on 45 runs without losing a wicket.
Good bowling from the last Langtons pair saw three wickets fall, reducing Upminster’s net total to 246, but Langtons lost a wicket in the first over of their reply.
It proved to be their only setback, though, as each partnership gradually built up the total to 263 to clinch the title.
Ardleigh Green beat Engayne in the third-place play-off, while the seventh-place play-off proved to be a thriller, with Broadford holding off Whybridge by a single run.
Langtons will now represent Havering in the Essex finals, while Upminster compete on behalf of the borough at the London Youth Games finals.
Chris Green, from the Havering Sports Collective, said: “This is the best attended girls Kwik Cricket tournament we have had and the standard is getting better each year.”
Graham Smith, of the Essex County Cricket Board, presented the trophies and added: “I have been to three different Kwik Cricket tournaments and this one has been the best, with the standard of cricket from the girls being exceptional.
“Congratulation to both finalists Upminster and Langtons for providing us with an entertaining final.”
Sharon Phillips, from the Havering Sports Collective, said: “We would like to thank Rainham Cricket Club for hosting the Havering boys and girls Kwik Cricket tournaments this year and would like them to host the tournaments again in 2015.”
Thanks were also paid to sports leaders from Campion and Emerson Park Schools who carried out umpiring duties and kept track of all scores on the day.
Results, group one: Langtons 274 Parsonage Farm 227; Scargill 193 Engayne 317; Langtons 281 Scargill 211; Engayne 298 Broadford 213; Langtons 252 Engayne 250; Parsonage Farm 243 Broadford 217; Langtons 248 Broadford 201; Parsonage Farm 247 Scargill 219; Parsonage Farm 211 Engayne 267; Scargill 203 Broadford 208. Standings: Langtons 12 points; Engayne 9; Parsonage Farm 6; Broadford 3; Scargill 0.
Group two: Upminster 284 Scotts 188; Ardleigh Green 272 Newtons 220; Upminster 278 Ardleigh Green 240; Newtons 261 Whybridge 222; Upminster 248 Newtons 233; Scotts 223 Whybridge 245; Upminster 288 Whybridge 242; Scotts 216 Ardleigh Green 251; Scotts 226 Newtons 236; Ardleigh Green 255 Whybridge 226. Standings: Upminster 12; Ardleigh Green 9; Newtons 6; Whybridge 3; Scotts 0.
Play-offs: Broadford 246 Whybridge 245; Parsonage Farm 234 Newtons 247; Engayne 234 Ardleigh Green 251; Upminster 246 Langtons 263.
Rankings: 1 Langtons; 2 Upminster; 3 Ardleigh Green; 4 Engayne; 5 Newtons; 6 Parsonage Farm; 7 Broadford; 8 Whybridge; 9 Scotts; 10 Scargill.