On Tuesday 17th May 2022, Mr Sheppard took a girls’ and a boys’ team of year 5 and 6 pupils for a Newham Kwik Cricket tournament at West Ham Park. It was a great day for cricket, with the sun shining and so everyone was in high spirits.
The girls won their two group games against Sandringham and St Winefrides to qualify in first place however, this would not be the last time Elmhurst came up against Sandringham. In the semi-final Elmhurst scored 226 runs to comfortably beat the 194 posted by Upton Cross. Excitement was at fever-pitch in the camp and confidence was high as the opponents were Sandringham who we had beaten in the very first game. Sadly, it was not to be, Sandringham had clearly improved as the tournament progressed and posted a huge 239 score and despite a valiant effort Elmhurst could not match this total. Congratulations to Sandringham. Our girls played brilliantly all day and the second place finish means they have now qualified for the London Youth Games later in the year.
The boys flew out of the blocks by beating Portway by almost 100 runs however they faced a much tighter match against Upton Cross, narrowly beating them with a score of 255 runs to 230. With two wins out of two they qualified from their group in first place and went into the knockout stages. Elmhurst comfortably beat Tollgate before a close shave in the semi-finals which saw us just beating Sandringham. This match required some fantastically accurate bowling in the last two overs from Megh Patel and Crivey Patel to steer us into the final. Hartley batted first and posted a score of 215 however some wonderful batting and some big sixes meant Elmhurst finished with 251 to become Newham’s Kwik cricket champions. The boys played wonderfully well and were deserved winners. We have now qualified for the Essex County finals later in the year.