First County Kwik Cricket title for Kingsley CPS

KINGSLEY Community Primary School swept to their first County Kwik Cricket title earlier this month, beating Kelsall Primary School in the tournament decider at Warrington Cricket Club.

The school had recently visited Lord's and played on the world famous outfield, met the England women's team and toured the iconic venue. Suitably inspired, the boys' team went through the whole competition unbeaten to secure the county title, supported by Chance to Shine.

Head teacher Sarah Harrison said the success "capped a fantastic year of sporting achievement at the school" and praised the squad for their "high levels of commitment, teamwork and sportsmanship".

The finals day saw the best Kwik Cricket teams from more than 200 Cheshire schools assemble at Warrington Cricket Club. Kingsley won their group stage in the Mixed event without losing a game and then held their nerve in a tense knock-out match against Upton Priory before defeating Kelsall Primary in the final.

Earlier in the week the Kingsley Girls team reached the semi-final stage of the county finals, which was jointly won by Saughall All Saints from Chester and Black Firs from Congleton.

There was also a fun-filled competition for pupils with special educational needs, the competitors split into two sections - MLD (Moderate Learning Difficulties) and SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties).

Cheshire Cricket Board Marketing and Communications Manager Gareth Moorhouse praised the skill and sportsmanship of all the players who took part.

He said: "It was another brilliant few days at the County Kwik Cricket Finals, which is always one of the highlights in the cricket calendar.

"The standard of cricket was as high as I can ever remember, and all matches were played in fantastic spirit which is testament to the players and their teachers.

"Congratulations to our County winners, and to all those who represented their schools with distinction across the three festivals."

Gareth added: "Special thanks must go to our hosts Warrington CC, and in particular head groundsman Paul Agar who works tirelessly to get all the pitches ready for action."

COMPETING SCHOOLS

Girls finalists (22 schools)
Vale Royal - Sandiway Primary, Hartford Primary, Kingsmead Primary
Halton - St Bertilines CE Primary (2 teams), Simms Cross Primary
Stockport - Moorfield Primary
Trafford - Bowdon CE School, St Vincent's Primary
Ellesmere Port/Frodsham - Kingsley Community Primary, Weaver Vale Primary
Crewe/Nantwich - Wrenbury Primary, Stapeley Broad Lane Primary
Wirral - Riverside Primary, Greasby Primary
Congleton - Black Firs Primary, Mossley Primary
Warrington - Ravenbank Primary, Broomfields Junior School
Chester - Saughall All Saints, Christleton Primary
Macclesfield - Marlborough Primary, Alderley Edge Primary

Mixed Finalists (32 schools)
Stockport - Romiley Primary, Moorfield Primary, Worth Primary, Ladybrook Primary
Wirral - Birkenhead St Josephs, St Peter's Heswall
Warrington - Broomfields Junior School, Ravenbank Primary
Tameside - Gee Cross Holy Trinity, Silver Springs Academy
Congleton - Marlfields Primary, Scholar Green Primary, Black Firs Primary
Macclesfield - Ashdene Primary, Upton Priory Primary
Ellesmere Port/Frodsham - Kingsley Community Primary, Helsby Hillside Primary
Chester - Kelsall Primary, Saughall All Saints
Crewe/Nantwich - Sound and District Primary, Elworth Primary School, Stapeley Broad Lane Primary, Underwood West Primary
Halton - St Bertilines CE Primary, St Basils Catholic Primary, St Marys CE Primary
Trafford - Stamford Park Primary, Bowdon CE Primary
Mid-Cheshire - Hartford Manor Primary, Davenham Primary, Hartford Primary, Lostock Gralam CE Primary

Special schools (8 schools)
MLD - Samuel Laycock (Tameside), West Kirby Residential (Wirral), Hebden Green (Winsford), Greenbank (Northwich)
SLD - Dee Banks (Chester), Green Lane (Warrington), Russett (Weaverham) , Springfield (Crewe)

COMMENTS FROM TEACHERS

"We were so proud to be a part of such a wonderful day's cricket. The girls got so much enjoyment and pleasure from competing at such an idyllic venue. They only have a small bit of grass and a yard to hone their skills at school! Thank you to all involved in the organisation of the tournament." John Walsh, Riverside School

"I had the pleasure of attending both the boys and girls County Finals with my two school cricket teams and enjoyed two fantastic days of summer sport! I was very impressed with the level of talent across the county and was delighted that my girls cricket team were undefeated on the day to become County Champions for the second year on the run! Here's hoping we make it a hat-trick in 2016!" Gemma Cook, Deputy Headteacher Saughall All Saints Primary School

"We absolutely loved participating in the Kwik Cricket Finals and would like to pass on our thanks at how brilliantly organised they were. We were lucky enough to win a day at Lord's a couple of weeks before the tournament with 'Chance to Shine' and I really feel this inspired both the boys and girls teams. Many thanks." Mandy Dorrell, PE co-ordinator, Kingsley Community Primary

"We had a great day out, won five games and lost the last one. The coaches, umpires were all fantastic, the cricket played was excellent across all the pitches we played on. Thanks to everyone." Steve Hamblett, Bowdon Church School

"We had a lovely day at the cricket match at Warrington today. The students thoroughly enjoyed playing against other teams and meeting new people. I thought the organisation was superb, and the officials were welcoming and very professional. Sorry we couldn't stay to the end but please pass my sentiments on to all involved." Andy Oakes, Springfield School, Crewe