Thursday 19th May 2022
Wellington Lions entered the Primary Cricket Festival at the Wellington Academy on Thursday 19th may 2022. It is widely known that the best cricket is played in the best weather and this was no different. Despite the weathers, best efforts to dampen the event, we were incredibly lucky to have had such wonderful weather.
7 teams entered the tournament, which shows the growing popularity of the sport and the desire to get outside and take part. The children from all the schools that took place showed tremendous understanding and application to the recently introduced ‘Dynamos’ game. A newly designed game format by the ECB to move away from the former primary school game of ‘Kwik’ Cricket and bridge the gap between school and club cricket. You would have been accepting of some teething issues but the standard of cricket was brilliant.
In classic tournament fashion, everyone played everyone and the engagement levels from all, throughout the day, was fantastic. With a squad of 10 children taken to represent the school, the Lions team started the day off with their ‘bye’ round. Therefore, this meant that their following six games were all played back to back. Through the combination of the weather and the effort demonstrated in the games made the day hard work. The outcome of which was an incredibly positive one for the Lions squad as they ended up collecting a winners medal and certificate to cap the day off. The team’s success was of course pleasing and just reward for their effort throughout the day. So huge congratulations.
Special mention to all the Lions squad who stepped up when called upon to help another school through the event, who were sadly hit with illnesses on the day. Due to the rotation of the team throughout the tournament different members of our squad, not involved in that particular game, volunteered their services to play for the school hit with illnesses to fulfill their fixtures. This act of sportsmanship demonstrated the schools values embedded in our young sports stars. Sometimes when representing or playing for another school you may hold back and not be your best because it is not your school but that was certainly not the case. Everyone embraced the other schools playing style and did not change the way they played. Still running, catching, hitting and bowling as though they were playing for their own school. Which are fantastic characteristics demonstrated by our squad.