2015 champions Christ Church Downend and Hanham Abbotts retained their Gloucestershire Primary Kwik Cricket crowns at county finals day at Cheltenham College.
Christ Church Downend – who have now taken home silverware in each of the last 11 years – continued their dominance by beating Great Rissington in the “open” final, while Hanham Abbotts made it two titles in two years with victory over Cam Everlands in the girls’ competition.
The winners will go on to compete in the South West regional finals.
In total 190 children from 19 teams – 12 in the open competition (for boys and girls) and seven in the girls – took to the famous College Ground after winning local festivals staged around the county.
The open finals featured three groups of four teams, with the winners going through to the semi-finals automatically along with the best runner-up.
In group one Charlton Kings Junior School reached the last four after winning all three of their games. But they were unable to beat Great Rissington who finished top of their group after outscoring Christ Church Downend who qualified as lucky losers.
The other open semi-finalist was St Helen’s C of E school from Alveston who had a 100% record before losing to Christchurch Downend in the semis.
In the girls’ tournament the top two went through to the semi-finals. Eventual finalists Hanham Abbotts and Cam Everlands both qualified from group one while Oak Hill (Alderton) and Charlton Kings Junior School (human pyramid photo) made it through from group two.
Hanham Abbotts were the only team from either competition to go through the day unbeaten with Christ Church Downend having lost to Great Rissington in the group stage.
Chris Munden, projects and programmes manager at the Gloucestershire Cricket Board – who organise the event – said: “Kwik Cricket Finals Day is one of the highlights of the year. To see so many children having the opportunity to play competitive matches at the famous College Ground, Cheltenham is always a wonderful sight.
“Many of these children have received coaching through the GCB’s schools programme or through the Chance to Shine progamme and for them to be able to put their skills into practice is the icing on the cake.
“Hopefully it will inspire them to keep playing cricket and develop a lifelong love of the game.”
The finalists were made up of 15 different schools from across the county (for a full list see below).
The event was also boosted by students from Cheltenham College and Winterbourne CC pair Ben and Tom Parker who helped umpire and score on the day.
Next up for Gloucestershire’s schools is the Year 3 and 4 Kwik Cricket competition.
Winners: Christ Church Downend
Runners Up: Great Rissington
Group winners/ beaten semi-finalists: Charlton Kings Junior School, St Helens (Alveston)
Group runners-up: St Lawrence (Lechlade), Leonard Stanley
Group third placed: Cam Everlands, Highnam, Hanham Abbotts
Group fourth placed: Gretton, Mangotsfield, Hartpury
Winners: Hanham Abbotts
Runners Up: Cam Everlands
Beaten semi-finalists: Charlton Kings Junior School, Oak Hill
Group third placed: Great Rissington, Chalford Hill
Group fourth placed: Great Rissington, Elmlea Junior School (Bristol)