On Friday 10th June, high from our successful qualifying in the Bexley tournament the previous day, our Year 5 and 6 cricket team went to compete in the ISA London South Kwik Cricket tournament at Virgo Fidelis.
Despite it being a very sunny and hot day, the children were in high spirits and ready for the cricket matches ahead. Our first match was against Elmhurst. West Lodge drew to field first and produced some very good on target bowling. West Lodge played well but Elmhurst were the stronger team who won 264 runs to203.
West Lodge then played Virgo Fidelis B team. We batted first and were taking a lot more risks to run if we hit the ball. We also scored some good 4s and even some 6s! It was then our turn to bowl which was accurate, on target and very rarely wide or a no ball! The team fielded well, catching some of the other team out, and West Lodge won 260 runs to 206.
We then found out our final match was for us to place third overall. We were up against Oakfield B team. Despite already playing 2 matches the team were still as energetic as they were at the start and drew to field first. Again, West Lodge proved their skill with some quick bowling but Oakfield did still manage to hit a lot of 4s and 6s. West Lodge were then up to bat, and quickly matched the amount of 4s and 6s hit. In the last over it could very much go either way. West Lodge kept calm and produced some accurate hits and good calling, and we won 280 runs to 272, a very close match.
West Lodge therefore came third overall in the tournament. The teams played wonderfully and enjoyed their day. Thank you to Miss Ayling for accompanying the team and to Mr Pring for driving the minibus and also supporting the team.
On Wednesday 15th June our Year 5 and 6 cricket team went up to Sidcup Cricket Club ready for the Bexley District Finals with 15 other schools competing. We were given our group and found out we were to play St Stephens, Fosters and Barnehurst.
At 1pm the games began. After a pep talk from Mr McCabe and some warm up bowling and throwing on target West Lodge were ready and eager to win. They performed some brilliant and strategic batting and managed to bowl and catch some of the other team out. West Lodge won the first game 239 runs to 189. We then played our second game against Fosters primary. Again, the children worked brilliantly as a team with some strong bowling. Credit must go to Walton who made the most outstanding catch from 3 ft off the ground and with one hand fully outstretched! West Lodge won 251 runs to 216. We then found out we were up against some of the favourites to win, Barnehurst. West Lodge fought hard but their team was very strong and unfortunately we lost 201 runs to 238.
We then found out we came second overall in our group so were then moved onto a different pitch to play our last two matches. We were up against St Olaves, who we have played in a variety of sports. Both teams were equally eager and equally matched for this game, it was incredibly close and hard to tell. West Lodge just managed to pull ahead with 216 runs to 211, only a 5 run difference. West Lodge then found out they were playing for 5th place overall. We played Mayplace, who were a very strong team again. Unfortunately, our team were starting to tire by this point. We kept working hard on making our bowling on target and by working together to field, but Mayplace did beat us with 225 runs to 200. They made some very good wickets and catches which lost us runs.
Overall, West Lodge placed 6th out of 16 schools which was a fantastic achievement, and was definitely down to all the hard work the team have put in this term and all their practice in previous qualifying heats and tournaments. Special thanks must go to Mr McCabe for coaching the team and to Miss Ayling for support the team.