Andover Cricket Club was the sunny venue for the 2014 Andover and District Girlsâ€™ Kwik Cricket Tournament. Organised and run by Harrow Way Community School, in association with Hampshire Cricket, eight girlsâ€™ teams enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of bowling, batting and boundaries.
Portway Junior, Kimpton, Balksbury, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Wallop and Shipton Bellinger were joined by two teams from Anton Junior School. Each team played three games in their pools, with Anton A and Portway winning every one of their matches. Every other team won a game each making the final positions in the pools so close, run difference was taken into account!
The Plate competition saw Hurstbourne Tarrant meeting Shipton Bellinger in the final. So close was this game that both teams ended up with 229 runs each. However medals were presented to Hurstbourne Tarrant due to the girls taking two more wickets.
Into the Cup competition went Portway, Anton A, Anton B and Balksbury, with the eventual finalists being Portway and Anton A. An exciting and skilful final saw Portway collect the winnersâ€™ medals. Both teams were excellent representatives of Andover and District at the Girlsâ€™ County Final, played at the Ageas Bowl.
Simon Hammond, Hampshire Cricket, and Rhonda Salmon, Harrow Way Community School Primary Sports Coordinator, congratulated all the teams on a tournament played in such a lovely spirit and with such obvious enjoyment. The girls were also praised for the progress they had made with their batting, bowling and team play. Simon commented: â€˜It is brilliant to see the girls improve so much over the course of one afternoon and want to continue playing when they get back to school, especially since for some of them it was the first time they had played a full game. I hope that all of them take up the offer from Andover Cricket Club to join their girlsâ€™ sessions on a Friday evening.â€™
For more information on Andover Cricket Club please check their website.