St Mary’s College were one of two teams representing the Yorkshire region in the Lord’s Taverner’s National Table Cricket Finals at the home of cricket, Lord’s. 8000 students had taken part in this national competition in 38 counties across England and Wales. Ten other teams took part in the competition as teams were split up into two groups of 6. St Mary’s College were places in Group A.
After an inspirational pre-tournament speech from captain Josh Coates, St Mary’s got off to a flying start with a comfortable win against Greenfield School, Merthyr Tydfil as they won 264-239. Bobby Stather batted well scoring 20 runs in an over. Unfortunately, the next two games saw St Mary’s play against two of the strongest teams in the competition. They were narrowly beaten by Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, Ipswich 241-255 with Lauren-Mae Sewell’s effort of taking four wickets in an over not being enough to secure the victory. In the third round of matches, St Mary’s College played the eventual winners Ralph Thoresby, Leeds whom they had beaten to take the Yorkshire title. Unfortunately, despite Bradley Weichardt’s excellent batting, St Mary’s were comprehensively beaten.
St Mary’s bounced back against Northease Manor, Sussex accumulating with Sewell again the star after batting superbly. However, despite the efforts of accumulating 252 runs, the Sussex team surpassed their total in a tense final over. In the final group game, with Sky Sport’s Marcus Buckland commentating on the match, St Mary’s suffered another defeat demonstrating the high calibre of each team who reached the final.
As the day drew to a close, St Mary’s College played Denbigh High School, Luton for ninth and tenth position. St Mary’s demonstrated bouncebackability after a superb batting performance with Connor Hill, Nieve Johnson and Josh Coates batting really well, finding the gaps to keep the scoreboard ticking over with fours and sixes. The highest total of the day of 289 was too high for the Bedfordshire School to chase down.
Any schools who are interested in playing Table Cricket can access information via the Lord’s Taverner’s http://www.lordstaverners.org/table-cricket or Hull Active Schools http://www.hullactiveschools.co.uk or via the School Games website http://www.yourschoolgames.com