Kings U11 cricketers remained unbeaten
all season as they clinched a final victory in a sizzling cup final on Friday
against Manchester Grammar School. In a nail-biting game at King’s
Cumberland Street site, it was team Captain, Christian Smith, who took
the last three wickets to see King’s win the AJIS Under 11 Cup by a single run.
MGS had seemingly been cruising to
victory on 74 – 0 chasing 102, when the King’s bowlers began to snaffle wickets
courtesy of accurate line and length and supportive fielding.
James Waters set up the win with an
incisive spell but Christian Smith finished the job with three quick wickets to
take the silverware by a single run.
After opting to bat first, King's had
amassed a defendable total of 102-4 from their 16 overs, with Charlie Kaye
(19), Christian Smith (27 ret) and Joe Moores (28 ret) the main
King’s Coach Nick Barker said: “This was
a fantastic performance from all of the boys and they deserve great credit
for their outstanding efforts through the season. They finish the season
unbeaten, which is an incredible achievement, with great promise as they move
into the Senior School in September.”
From left to right are Joseph
Bailey-Heald, Zac Farrer, Charlie Kaye, Christian Smith,
Joe Moores, Simon Shadwell, Sam Booth, Callum Richardson and James Waters.