On Wednesday 16th May, Katherine Semar Juniors began their cricket season with a fixture against R. A. Butler. The squad have been practising with Mr. Haralambous on Friday afternoons and 11 children were selected for the first fixture. For some children it was their first ever competitive cricket match.
RAB batted first and recorded an impressive 322 but KSJ will regret some dropped catches which could have kept the score under 300. With a large total to reach the team were given a good start by pairs Harry and Amber and Jack and Corey. Unfortunately, RAB did not drop many catches and picked up many wickets this way. The team were given a boost by the final pair with Callum C hitting three sixes on his first over.
The final score was 322 to RAB and 277 to KSJ. Many thanks to all the parents and children who came down to support the team and to Mr. Haralambous for coaching the players.
'On Wednesday 23rd May, Katherine Semar Juniors played Dame Bradburys at kwik-cricket. Many of the players were already warmed up having spent the afternoon at a rounders festival.
KSJS fielded first and after a couple of impressive overs from the opening batsmen the team began to field extremely well. All of the bowlers were consistently accurate and silly runs were rarely given away. The main improvements from last week's game was the catching and the work in the outfield. Excellent catches were being demonstrated all around the team and this encouraged the players to work extra hard to prevent boundaries being scored. Dame Bradbury's posted an impressive 319 but this could have been much more if it wasn't for excellent fielding and captaincy by George.
The players knew how many runs they needed to win and the team were given an excellent start by the Year 5 opening partnership of Anton and Corey. Quick running between the wickets and some impressive boundaries meant that the large run chase seemed possible. Unfortunately, the players were unable to build upon the foundations that the opening pair had set. However, the players did not give away their wicket cheaply and although this reduced the number of minus scores, it did mean that the run rate began to fall below what was necessary to win. Once again, in the final few overs, with a largest total in sight, Callum C did not disappoint and managed to plunder 36 from just 7 deliveries.
Overall, the team made huge improvements from last week and will be looking to pick up a much deserved first win against Radwinter on 20th June. Many thanks to Mr. Haralambous for coaching the team and to all the parents who once again came down and supported the team superbly throughout the match.'