On Wednesday, a team of nine Year 6s travelled to Newport Free Grammar School to take part in a multi-school rounders tournament. Having seen that over twenty teams were taking part, we were all really excited to get stuck in!
The morning sessions were played in five leagues, where the top team from each league would go through to the afternoon play offs for the tournament winners. KSJS were up against stiff opposition. In our group were: Debden, Great Chesterford and Friends school. Concentrating on technique and - in particular - fielding, the team got stuck in. At the end of the morning's games, their results were:
KSJS (8 1/2) beat Debden (2 1/2)
KSJS (8 1/2) beat Great Chesterford (1 1/2)
KSJS (7) beat Friends school (4)
Played 3, won 3! This meant we were top of the group and into the play offs against all the other group winners! Clearly, the afternoon was going to be hard work...
The other group winners through to the the play offs were: Manuden, Felsted, Howe Green and Henham & Ugley. The first game was against Manuden which was extremely close! It finished with the scores tied - each team managing 5 1/2. However, KSJS had got more of their players out than they had ours and so we won.
Next was Felsted. In another very close game Felsted inflicted our first defeat by only one run. The final score was Felsted (5) v KSJS (4).
Howe Green were our next opponents. They had some very big hitters and eventually defeated KSJS by 8 1/2 runs to 4.
We had one game left and that would be against Henham & Ugley. KSJS batted well and scored 5 1/2. A good score but not a huge score and meant that our fielding would have to be very tight to defend it. After 14 balls (out of an innings of 18) Henham & Ugley had scored 5 - only 1/2 a rounder behind with 4 chances to score remaining..! What happened next was amazing. KSJS caught their last 4 batters out in 4 balls! Mason at first base took two high catches with textbook technique, Callum, playing at backstop, took one over his head while running back words and Aimee - on 3rd base - plucked an absolute rocket out of the air with a fabulous instinctive catch. The final score remained KSJS (5 1/2) v H&U (5).
At the presentation we learned that the play off results of played 4, won 2 meant we finished 4th overall - out of almost 25 teams - the school's best ever result at that tournament. Mr Lloyd, Miss Sladen and the supporting parents were incredibly proud of the skills displayed and the way the children represented KSJS. Well done to all the pupils. Please enjoy the photos of the team in action.