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Schools' Cricket Festival Success


Hethersett and Tas Valley’s first ever schools cricket festival proved a tremendous success with eight schools and over 60 budding stars of the future taking part. 

A day of competition and fun featured boys and girls from Aslacton Primary, Forncett St Mary Primary, Hapton Primary, Newton Flotman Primary, Preston Primary at Tasburgh, Saxlingham Primary and St Mary’s Junior School from Long Stratton. 

The youngsters were randomly mixed up to create eight teams with eight players in each. This gave them the opportunity not only to enjoy Kwik cricket but also to make new friends from other schools. Each team had different coloured T Shirts along with the name of either a former or present day international cricketer. It resulted in a final between current England capatain Alistair Cook and former England legend Ian Botham with Cook’s Oranges defeating Botham’s Greys by just four runs in a match that was undecided until the last ball of the last over. 

Kwik cricket puts the emphasis on involving all players in both batting and bowling with each team starting with 200 runs and being deducted five runs for each wicket lost. 

“It was lovely to bring the schools together and see youngsters enjoying themselves and being involved in cricket. It is our aim at Hethersett and Tas Valley to introduce youngsters to cricket and this festival illustrates our commitment to the players of the future,” said club chairman Tony Smith. 

The event was organised by club member Sarah Worley: “It was very gratifying to see the event so well supported by so many of our local schools and it gave youngsters the chance to play cricket and have fun on one of the best cricket grounds in the county,” she said. 

It is likely that the schools’ cricket festival will become at least an annual event in the club’s calendar and plans are already being formulated to increase the number of schools taking part. The day was fully supported by teachers, helpers, members of Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club and sports leaders from Long Stratton High School who helped to umpire. The club is looking to set up a partnership with the Long Stratton school to give it the opportunity of playing school matches at its Flordon headquarters. 

Hethersett and Tas Valley has a thriving junior section and caters for youngsters from the age of six. More information is available by e-mail from Sara Worley by clicking here.

On the left are winners Cook's Oranges and on the right runners-up Botham's Greys. Also in the picture are Hethersett and Tas Valley Cricket Club chairman Tony Smith and event organiser Sara Worley