Published on Thursday, 14 December 2017, 10:45 a.m. Print Article

On a very hot Christchurch day Cotswold School were the big winners as they took out the Red and Black Sections of the CJCA Superstar Cricket Mixed competition recently.

The highly popular format which saw nearly 50 teams of 10 players from schools all over Christchurch compete on Friday afternoons after lunch during Term 4 to find the finalists came to a conclusion with 16 teams from 14 different schools doing battle in three sudden death 10 over-a-side matches.  As well as featuring many players for whom Cricket is their main sport it provides an opportunity for other children to experience cricket in a fun short format, played at their or opposing schools.  Each team must feature at least 2 girls with many featuring more than their required number.  A girls only 12 over-a-side version of the competition will run in term 1 of 2018 with 8-a-side Girls teams participating.

The competition was very close with plenty of margins of less than 10 runs as the schools tried to win all 3 matches to take the titles.

In the top Red section Cotswold had victories over Thorrington and St Albans to make the final where they met Sumner who had beaten Russley and Hillview Christian School to claim their spot.  Cotswold managed to snare 9 Sumner wickets which gave them an extra 27 bonus runs and that proved to be the difference as both teams scored similar runs with the bat but Sumner were only able to gain 3 Cotswold wickets giving them the title 91-66. 

The Cotswold B team also took the spoils in the Black grade which features free-hits off cones for wides and no-balls.  Cotswold defeated Redcliffs and St Albans on their way to the final where they clashed with Marshlands.  The teams had faced each other the week before in pool play and despite closing the gap Cotswold were again too strong and took the win by a similar margin to their top team.

The Red grade plays for one of the oldest Primary School Trophies in Christchurch with Sydenham School (closed in 2000) being the first winners of the Shield back in 1899.  This is the 2nd time that Cotswold have won the event previously winning back in 2012.