So we end the year with a fantastic final inter-house competition, starring our KCM cricketing stars. Last Tuesday, we had the heats with Churchill playing Cervantes and Gaudi versus Newton. After some fantastic fielding and batting by all teams, we ended the morning with a play off between Newton and Cervantes and a final between Gaudi and Churchill. This was carried over a week, building up the tension of which house would win the final competition of the year and steal those all important house points.

We started the morning with the play off, where Cervantes won the toss and elected to field first. Newton came into bat and batted very steadily grabbing singles here and there and some fantastic shots were played by Ruben and Elliot. They ended their innings with 225 for 6 wickets, playing by the rules whereby each teams starts with 200 runs and lose 5 runs for every wicket conceded. After 10 overs were bowled, in came Cervantes with a 225 total to chase. They batted extremely well, hitting many 4s and 6s around the ground and stand out performances were from Ciaran, Toby and David. In the end, they reached a final total of 252 runs for just 1 wicket, a fantastic achievement. The difference in wickets conceded proved to be the main factor in the result, highlighting the importance of not losing wickets in pairs cricket! So Cervantes ended in third place and Newton in fourth overall.

Now it was time for that all important final. Churchill won the toss and elected to field first. The Foy sisters opened the batting together for Gaudi and put on 14 runs without losing a wicket. There was some big hitting by Juan-Luis and Pepe, helping Gaudi to a grand total of 246 to defend after losing just 1 wicket. In came Churchill to bat with their eyes on preventing Gaudi from running away with yet another Inter-house win this year. They did not have the best start, losing 2 wickets in the first over, but then in came the big year 10 hitters, Jose and Juan-Luis, to try and get their total back in the positive. They succeeded, with Jose hitting many huge 4s and 6s around the ground with Juan-Luis supporting him nicely. In the end, it all came down to the final two overs. It was all down to Ines and Laura P to score those important runs, without losing wickets, to claim the win for Churchill. They started off very well scoring 6 runs for no wickets in the first over. It was the final over of the match, Churchill needed just 11 runs to win now. Stepping up to the challenge of bowling the final over was Gaudi’s captain Anna James. First ball of the over, Ines hits it up in the air, was it going for a 6 or was it going to be caught?? Thankfully for Gaudi it went straight into the hands of our ‘Player of the Season’ Miguel Ruiz, who took the catch of the match, sending Churchill’s score toppling by 5 runs and unfortunately a narrow loss in sight. Gaudi stole the competition as winners yet again, what a year they have had in sport!

I would like to say a big well done and congratulations to all students involved, so many of you wanted to play in this competition, some who had never picked up a cricket bat before, and this was very touching to see. I hope to see more students joining our lunch time cricket club next year!

Miss Purcell