The school cricket team spent an enjoyable day in the glorious sunshine at Sefton Park Cricket Club. They were there for the finals of the Asda Kwik Cricket Tournament. The boys had come through a qualifying round at Alder Cricket Club to reach the finals. Seven schools were in contention and St. Austin’s had been placed in a group of four along with Holy Family, King David and Emmaus. Their first game, against Holy Family, was hotly contested and the outcome was in doubt with only a few more balls left to bowl, but Holy Family finally won out.
Not an ideal start, but in their next game the team really showed what they were made of by winning comfortably against Emmaus. It now all hinged on their final game against King David who, ominously, had comfortably won their two previous matches. This was another tense match but in the final over, three quick wickets for St. Austin’s finally settled it in our favour. We were through to the next round.
After such a morale boosting win, everyone was highly optimistic about the team’s chances in their quarter final against Lister Juniors. The game started well for St. Austin’s, but some spectacular fielding from the opposition made the difference and it was Lister who made it through to the semi-finals.
The day wasn’t over for the team though, as there were placings to play for. The team now went into a round robin with Holy Family and Emmaus to decide which teams would come 5th, 6th and 7th overall. The day finished on a high, with St. Austin’s winning both their games to finish in 5th place.
Altogether it was a great day out and all the games were played in a spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. The eventual winners were St. Christopher’s from Speke, who defeated King David in the final.
The team are now looking forward to the LDCSA cricket tournament which takes place on Thursday, 4th July at St. Francis Xavier’s school.