Local primary schools’ cricket day a hit

The annual Birkenhead Primary Schools cricket day was another big success on March 19 at Birkenhead War Memorial.

Ten teams from Kauri Park, Chelsea, Verran and Beach Haven took part, but Northcote Primary and Birkenhead Primary couldn’t make it this year. They missed out on a fun day!

Teams – boys, girls and mixed – all had five games each and the rain timed itself very nicely to come down just at the lunch break before the skies cleared for the afternoon games.

There was plenty of ability on show, with players ranging from not having played too much cricket before but having a natural bent for the game, to some pretty quality players who we do hope play for or join Birkenhead next season!

But it wasn’t all about the cricket of course – there was plenty of additional fun going on, from the girls walking round taking photos of the game, to the kids testing their skills in the trees and even a spot of dancing on the sideline. These kids knew how to fill in the time while waiting to bat! And there was plenty of support from parents and teachers which was great to see.

The games were a version of Kiwi cricket where players bat in pairs for a set number of overs, and fielding players all rotate and each has a turn to bowl.

Games were umpired by senior players from Birkenhead Cricket Club Jaycob Curtling, Akash Christian, Rudi Botadra and Nic Montgomery.

At the end of the day there had to be winners, and the mixed/girls team winners were the Chelsea Aces, while Kauri Park Black was the winner of the boys’ section. Willow Park were the boys’ runners up. The girls’ MVP was Brooke Te Wake from Willow Park and the boys’ MVP was Dominic Hawkins from Kauri Park.

We didn’t manage to get the children’s names for all the pictures – and yes there are lots of pictures, but some are best viewed in a sequence. If you’d like to have your name added to a picture either comment below or just email montywrites@vodafone.co.nz and we’ll get them put on. And let us know if there’s anything you’d like to add about the day.

AND if you loved the day and would like to play cricket for the best local club Birkenhead City Cricket Club, enrolments take place in September so keep an eye on this website or the street signs that usual go up about then. Or email office@birkenheadcricket.co.nz We also put notices on our Facebook page so click like on that and you can keep up that way.

Thanks also go to Niki Wallace BCCC club manager and Javeed Ali, coaching and development manager, for their help in organising this day.




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