Team: Kester Gander (C), Michael Barry, Maddy Hughes, Ellen Doherty, Owen Elliot, James O’Hagan
On Thursday 9th May Angmering travelled to the K2 in Crawley to compete in the Regional Finals for Table cricket. The day consisted of a round robin tournament where we played against 5 teams from across the region.
In the first game Angmering got off to a great start against Downsview with both Ellen and Owen each scoring 22 runs in 6 balls to give us an early lead. The team went onto field well in the first couple of overs which made it hard for the opposition to score runs. Angmering won the first game by 6 runs to secure their first victory of the competition.
In our second game we faced Valence. Having been put into field we struggled to keep a hold on the oppositions run rate which left us with 258 runs to chase going into bat. The team gave it their best shot with two good performances of 14 runs scored from Kester and Michael. However this was not quite enough and Angmering fell 14 runs short of the oppositions score.
Going into the third game against Northease the team lost a bit of focus and struggled to score runs. This proved costly going into field as the opposition wasted no time in scoring some quick runs in the first 4 overs to secure a lead of 20 runs to win the game.
After a tactical team chat Angmering were feeling optimistic going into their fourth game against Oaklodge. A fantastic performance from the team’s captain Kester Gander left the opposition 3 wickets down at the end of the over. As the game progressed Oakloadge found their form and went onto score 253-5. The team started strong when put into bat but some unexpected wickets left Angmering trailing by 15 runs going into the last over of the game. In true fine form Kester Gander lead by example and scored 24 runs in the final over to win the game by 9 runs.
Our final game saw Angmering reduce St Georges to 232-7 runs which based on the days performance should have been a comfortable win. However it was clear that St Georges were not going down without a fight. The final innings of the tournament saw Angmering lose 7 wickets which was a huge blow for the team. Luckily the team remained resilient and managed to narrowly overtake the opposition to win the game by just 3 runs.
Overall the tournament was a huge success and all students contributed well to the team’s success. The team finished in a respectable third place in the competition.
A special mention goes to Angmering’s very own captain Kester Gander who received the ‘spirit of cricket award’ in recognition of his sportsmanship conduct throughout the tournament. Kester was selected by event organisers for this award from a pool of over 30 students which is a fantastic achievement. Well done Kester!
Angmering vs Downsview. 260-4. 254-6. Ang win by 6 runs
Angmering vs Valence 244-2 258-4. Valence win by 14 runs
Angmering vs Northease252-2. 27203 Northease won by 20runs
Angmering Vs Oaklodge 253-5. 244-6. Angmering win by 9 runs.
Angmering vs St Georges 232-7. 229-7. Angmering win by 3 runs