Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019 8:06am
The Tonbridge and Malling Kwik Cricket Festival, which was hosted by Kings Hill Sports Park on Wednesday 4th July on a scorching hot summer’s day, was won by a specially invited school from the Maidstone District, Roseacre Primary School.
Roseacre beat Leybourne Primary School’s team in a hard-fought final to claim the champions’ trophy.
Around 250 young cricketers made up 23 teams from 14 primary schools across the borough this year with 20 matches played in the Round Robin four pool stage. The festival was organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council in partnership with Kent Community Cricket as part of a national programme held every year to encourage more schools to offer cricket as part of the PE curriculum and provide a platform for pupils to showcase their cricketing skills.
Wateringbury Primary School won the Most Sporting Team Award for their positive sporting behaviour and considerations towards others throughout the competition.
Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Pam Bates came to watch the teams playing in the early afternoon and presented trophies to the winning teams on the day.
A team from Ightham Primary School will go on to represent Tonbridge and Malling in the county final on Wednesday 11 July in Canterbury as neither Leybourne nor Roseacre are able to attend the county event.
Seven 14 to 16 year olds who are currently taking part in a Young Cricket Leaders Programme, as well as some of the borough’s Community Cricket Coaches, also attended the event to help out with scoring and umpiring of all the matches, proving invaluable to many of the schools.
Mayor, Cllr Pam Bates, says: “Congratulations to Roseacre Primary School for their most impressive win. It has been an excellent afternoon and it has been such a pleasure to watch these potentially great cricketers of the future playing with such enthusiasm. I would like to thank all the young cricket leaders and the coaches involved for their exceptional scoring and umpiring efforts and the staff at Kings Hill Sports Park for hosting such a fabulous event again this year. The very best of luck to the young players of Ightham Primary School at the County finals on the 11 July in Canterbury!”