On Wednesday Year 7 attended the local schools 6-a-side cricket tournament. With 8 teams in attendance Southam were drawn in a group with Myton, Kineton and Campion. The first game against Campion saw Southam batting first with Charlie Parsons and Tom Hill finding the boundary on several occasions as Southam totalled 49-1 after their 4 overs. Some precision bowling by Charlie Cherington helped to reduce Campion to 22-4 giving Southam their first win.
Game two against Kineton followed suit with Southam losing the toss but winning convincingly. Charlie Cherington this time scoring fast, with wickets shared around the bowlers. Southam finished 43-3 with Kineton 27-3.
With two wins from the first two games a win against Myton would be enough to make the final as they had lost earlier in the group. A loss and the game would finish with a bowl off. Southam again batting first, consistently scored across the overs and only lost one wicket to post a total of 44-1. Myton responded well despite losing a wicket early in the second over. The batting then held firm as the bowlers couldn’t find the breakthrough. With 11 needed off the final over, 5 balls in and 2 runs were needed from the last ball. Myton got bat to ball but only managed to scramble one run bringing the scores level and giving Southam the place in the final against North Leamington.
Southam won their first toss and elected to bowl. After observing Leamington scoring through some big shots in their earlier games a mixed first over saw 16 runs and 2 wickets. This rate then slowed as the score ended 39-3. Having surpassed 40 runs in each game so far with the bat the total was definitely achievable. Very fast bowling at Southam made it hard to score runs which showed at the halfway point with the score 9-1. Southam picked up the run rate but needing 23 runs over the final over proved too much. Two boundaries were found but the score ended 27-2 meaning Southam finished runners up.
This was a brilliant achievement for those involved so early in the season. All players worked hard for each other and deserved the success they had. Everyone played an important part scoring runs, saving runs and taking wickets. Man of the tournament is awarded to Charlie Cherington for his fantastic bowling and skill with the bat.