Table Cricket Stars

Congratulations to Andrew Kyle (captain), Jake Thorburn, Sarah Wallace, Archie Wood, Samuel Kileen-McGuirk, Eve Palmer and Liam Collins who represented William Howard School at the National Table Cricket Final at Lord’s last Friday. They placed 5th in the country – a fabulous result. The level of competition was very high and they were one of the youngest teams there. They played their socks off and couldn’t have done any more. They were a real credit to the school and should be incredibly proud of themselves and their achievement.

A special mention needs to go to Jake Thorburn who won the title best batter of the competition and to Andrew Kyle who led the team and whose fielding skills were phenomenal and noticed and commented on by many people watching.

Full Report

On Thursday morning last week, an excited William Howard School Table Cricket team assembled early at the front of school ready to embark on the trip to London for their National Table Cricket final at Lord’s. For some students, this was their first time away from home and their first trip to London – a big occasion.

They arrived in London at around three o’clock and spent the next three hours in Hyde Park wandering around, taking in the sights and stopping for a much-needed ice-cream. It was considerably warmer in London than back in Cumbria!

After a good night’s sleep and a huge breakfast, the next morning they headed to Lord’s.

At Lord’s Nursery Pavilion the atmosphere was buzzing. They had arrived early but many of the teams taking part had had the same idea and so the venue was already busy. The teams were given time to get some practice in and then Sky Sports Reporter, Marcus Buckland, announced the beginning of the competition.

The ten teams taking part from England and Wales were divided into two groups for the ‘group’ matches. William Howard School’s first match was against Beech Academy from Nottingham. Our team played a stunning match and won, no nerves in sight. Their next match was against Abingdon and Whitney from Oxfordshire. This was a close fought match and was fully commentated by Marcus Buckland. The team played well but couldn’t quite match the batting score of their opponents and they lost by just a few runs. They bounced back for their third match against Brimsham Green from Gloucestershire and won with ease.

It was then time for lunch before the final group matches. During lunch, the students were able to watch the Indian Cricket team training on the Nursery Pavilion cricket ground and then everyone was introduced to England cricketers, Ben Foakes and Georgia Adams who spent the rest of the afternoon at the event, talking to students. The atmosphere was wonderful.

Unfortunately, the team we were due to play in our final group match after lunch had to leave and so our team were given a bye for this match. We were given the same score as the previous team that had played them and this meant we won the match. The team weren’t sure whether to be relieved or disappointed. The score of that match, had it been played, could have been very decisive in determining what happened next.

At the end of the group stage, three teams in our group were all on the same points having won three matches and lost one. They then had to look at runs for and against for each team, and by the tiniest of margins the William Howard team were placed third in the group which meant playing in a fifth/sixth play-off match against Bradley Stoke from Gloucestershire. It was another close fought match with everything coming down to the score of our final batter, captain, Andrew Kyle. He played a brilliant over and our team came away with the win.

Beech Academy, who we had played and beaten in our first group match, won the competition. Our team was the only one to beat them during the day.

Well done to all the members of the team. They were superb!

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