Our Cricket league squad have so far played three games, with all going down to the final over. Against St Marys, an excellent bowling performance, including two wickets from Zara P and a wonder catch from Sam T, limited the opposition to 229 runs. Our chase started promisingly, though we found runs hard to come by in the middle overs. Going into the final over, we needed 6 runs to win, though naggingly accurate bowling from the opposition limited us to only 3, meaning we finished on 226 from our 12 overs.
We then played a double header against St Marks and Clare House. In the first game against St Marks, we batted first, with Shivali and Zara P plundering an impressive 12 runs off their 2 overs. We continued to bat well throughout our innings, though late wickets did cost us, resulting in us setting St Marks a testing 219 to win. Our defense of our total started in the best possible fashion, with Liam G taking 3 wickets for the concession of only 1 run from his opening over. From this platform, we were able to manage the St Marks chase, eventually restricting them to 216 from their 8 overs for a much deserved victory.
We then played against a very tough Clare House side, featuring several club and district players. We bowled first this time, and were on track to limit Clare House to a low total, before their final pair hit out, boosting their total to a challenging 231. Our batsman were watchful throughout our innnings and, though we never got ahead of the run rate, it was pleasing to note that we didn't concede any wickets in our batting innings. We eventually fell 5 runs short in our chase, a fantastic performance against one of the strongest sides in the borough. Our next fixture is against Balgowan at home after half term.
On Tuesday 7th May, Highfield hosted the inaugural Highfield Relays event, with Parish, Wickham Common and Balgowan the other schools in attendance. The event itself consisted of a series of relay races, with teams scoring points based on their finishing positions. Every race was fiercely contested, with a number of very close finishes. A particular highlight was the Boys 4 x 1 lap relay, in which a strong anchor leg lap from Oliver S ensured a dominant Highfield victory. Overall, the finishing positions were as follows:
1st: Wickham Common
Congratulations to Wickham Common for winning the inaugural trophy and to all the children who took part.