Derbyshire students bowled over with cricket in the sun

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Students at Matlock’s All Saints Junior School are celebrating after finding out they will compete in the Kwik Cricket county finals next month.

The RDSSP hosted its Kwik Cricket semi-final competition on Wednesday 10 June at Darley Dale Cricket Club.

The contest saw All Saints Junior pupils come together with Curbar Primary School, Parkside Junior School in Ashbourne and Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School.

The sun shone as youngsters enjoyed games on two Kwik Cricket pitches – they faced each other before an ultimate game to determine the overall winner. After a very final game; coming down to the last two balls of the final over, Curbar came out victorious with All Saints Junior School in silver medal winning position. In a twist of fate, it has been announced that Curbar students are unable to attend the county finals in July due to being on school residential trip, so All Saints Junior pupils will take their place.

All Saints Junior School Teaching Assistant, Rachel Sergeant said: “It is fantastic to see the children working together and enjoying team work. It also gives them the opportunity to try different sports in school and try something new – they love taking part!”

Parent, Carla Eyre was there on the day to support students from All Saints Junior School. She said: “Events like these are really good fun and it is great for the children to have support from the sidelines. They are also really important – not all children have the opportunity to play in competitions like this, so it gives them great chances to get involved.”

Curbar Head Teacher, Anthony Tierney said: It is great to take part in competitions and festivals like this because we’re a small, rural school so it’s good for the children to mix with youngsters from other schools. It’s also good that there is a nice mix girls and boys here, as they all help each other.”

11 year old Charlie Kennedy from Kirk Ireton said: “I love playing team sports with my friends. I sometimes get to see my friends from other sports that I play outside of school including water polo, tennis, hockey and cricket.”

Fellow Kirk Ireton pupil, Edie Neville, also 11, said: “You get to meet lots of different people from different schools and make lots of friends. You can also meet people who are going to the same high school as you and get to know them.”

10 year old Isaac Woody Harrington from Parkside said: “I have enjoyed the batting and fielding.”

11 year old Luke Griffiths also from Parkside said: “I like to try and enjoy new sports. It’s healthy and active to get out and enjoy sports and also working together with my friends. Sometime we fall out but we always resolve in the end and that’s good.”

All Saints Junior School will now go on to the Kwik Cricket county finals which are due to be held at Denby Cricket Club on Thursday 2 July. We wish them the very best of luck!