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Chaucer's Kwik Cricket teams finally bounced into competitive action this week at a series of Erewash SSP competitions.

Following a number of weeks' worth of preparation, Chaucer's Kwik Cricket teams finally bounced into competitive action this week at a series of Erewash SSP competitions.

The Y5/6 Girls' team (Emma East, Emily Knighton, Macie Lees-Vince, Iris Castro, Aaliyah Proctor, Katelyn Hanson, Evie Sisson [c], Emily Pickering [v/c] and Martyna Kluch) was the first to get a run out, as they visited Sandiacre CC on Monday for the Erewash Finals. After a decidedly unfocused pre-game warm-up, the girls were able to get into the swing of things during their first match against Ockbrook. Emma East was able to take a couple of wickets, while Pickering, Sisson and Proctor caught the eye with some powerful batting, which drove Chaucer on to win the 8-over match by 20 runs.

Chaucer's 2nd opponents were Cloudside Juniors. Opening the batting, Kluch pulled off some impressive shots to give the team a good start. But momentum was lost as East and Castro gave away their wickets cheaply. Fortunately, Pickering and Sisson provided a prolific two-over blast at the end of the innings - adding 43 runs to the team's score!

Cloudside made a positive beginning to their run-chase, hitting several boundaries and receiving a high number of extra runs from no balls and wides to put them in with a decent chance of overhauling Chaucer's total with 3 overs to go. However, in stepped Emily Knighton, who bowled a maiden over, full of precision deliveries. Sisson and Pickering backed up Knighton's stingy bowling. Evie allowed just 2 runs off her over. Pickering followed suit by conceding only 2 as well. This anemic ending to Cloudside's innings gave Chaucer another handy win by 32 runs.

The other group consisted of Shardlow, Sawley and Stanley St Andrews but none of these teams were able to outscore the teams in Chaucer's group.

The results meant that Chaucer were crowned Erewash Champions for Girls Kwik Cricket in 2015, retaining the title we claimed in 2014 (click here to see our Sporting Roll of Honour). The school has also qualified for the Derbyshire County Finals, which will take place on Friday 3rd July at Denby CC, Denby Village.

The Mixed Y5/6 team (Liam Flitter, Alfie Robinson, Tyler Place, Louise Villeza [v/c], Kyle Spurr, Katelyn Hanson, Emily Pickering [co-captain], Billy Lynch [co-captain], Edward Moss and Oliver Burrows) had to wait until Wednesday to make an appearance.

The Erewash North Schools competition at White Rose CC was attended by 6 local schools. Chaucer were put into a tough group with Ockbrook and, last year's winners, St Thomas. Scargill were put with Stanley Common and Hallam Fields.

Chaucer's first game was against St Thomas. It was a very close match. Place, Villeza and Lynch starred for Chaucer with the bat, while Moss' made an impact due to his deadly aim with the ball. Chaucer won by 12 runs.

Gaining in confidence, Chaucer produced a dazzling display against Ockbrook. Chaucer fielded first and Hanson's accuracy in the bowling attack caught a number of the Ockbrook batsmen by surprise. Pickering and Lynch picked up further wickets, which limited Ockbrook's output. When Chaucer batted, the shackles were off. 4s and 6s flowed effortlessly from the bats of Place, Hanson, Burrows and Flitter before Ockbrook's best player came up to bowl. He and his teammates looked on in disbelief as Emily Pickering smashed him over the boundary for several 6s! He knew it wasn't to be his day, when Chaucer's batsmen changed ends and Lynch continued the onslaught. Chaucer won the contest handsomely.

The scores from the day's matches resulted in Scargill and Chaucer making it through to the Erewash Finals at White Rose CC on Thursday, where they were joined by Firfield and Cloudside.

Unfortunately, Chaucer never really got going in their first match, against Scargill. Scargill batted first and compiled a good total. They made the most of some dropped catches and sloppy fielding mistakes and added a number of big shots for boundaries. However, it was a fast outfield and a great, even pitch for batting on, so Chaucer were not unduly worried about the size of the total at the onset of their chase. The problem was Chaucer's batsmen seemed completely unable to hit the ball cleanly for the duration of the innings - often missing perfectly straight bowling. As well as feeding Scargill some simple catching-practise, Chaucer threw in several suicidal run-outs for good measure. We never got anywhere near matching the Scargill score and lost 278 - 221.

Knowing they hadn't really done themselves justice in the opening game, Chaucer rediscovered their edge and improved alot in the next fixture against Firfield. Robinson came back into the line-up after sitting out the previous match and made an outstanding contribution, launching several shots out of the ground. Burrows also made a fine impression with some pinpoint bowling after his spell as a reserve. Lynch and Pickering, as always, anchored the team superbly with opportunistic run-grabbing and tight bowling at the death. Chaucer won 264 - 225.

Our last fixture came against Cloudside. After winning the toss (actually it was a game of rock, paper scissors!) Pickering made the decision to field first. It worked out quite well, as Chaucer's fielding suddenly came alight. Pickering, Robinson, Lynch and Flitter all made terrific catches to take wickets. One of Pickering's catches - a spectacular effort where she grasped the ball, one-handed, high above her head as she ran backwards - drew gasps of appreciation from around the field! Chaucer took 7 wickets overall but Cloudside still made a respectable total of 245 thanks to a succession of 6s in the middle overs. In response, Place, Flitter and Villeza were the pick of the batsmen as Chaucer whacked 275 to claim victory.

To determine the overall winner, each team's scores were combined. Scargill emerged worthy winners with a grand total of 785 runs from their 3 games. Chaucer came in 2nd, just 25 runs short, with 760. Firfield finished on 652 while Cloudside scored 647.

All the children involved should be extremely proud of the way they have played this week. They were awesome. The girls are going to have to keep on practising up until the County Finals but the boys can now relax...or enjoy a change of pace as the school turns its attention towards District Sports, Quad Kids Athletics, Sports Day and Cyclo-Cross Racing over the next few weeks!

Many thanks to Mrs Proctor, Mrs Branderick, Mrs Wheeldon and the Lynch family for their help at and getting to the events.

For more photos please click here for the Girls or here for the Mixed.

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