The summer term brings the start of our summer cricket season and cricket is a very popular sport in the school. Improved running skills, batting skills, hand-eye co-ordination, catching skills and pace – these are just some of the benefits that this very enjoyable game brings.

Last year, Year 3 started the season promisingly against WCCS, with the four matches resulting in an overall draw. The A team received a bit of a wake-up call, as, despite exceptionally good bowling, the batsmen conceded too many wickets and not enough boundaries were found. This was soon corrected with plenty of practice.

There has been great enthusiasm and improvement in PE and games sessions, and the after-school cricket club has been well attended. Not surprisingly, hand-eye coordination skills improved, and all teams played tactically well, remembering to call and creep.

Much more thought and care was applied in ensuring bowlers applied themselves to length and line, and the number of wides and no-balls fell significantly in Year 3 after half term. This resulted in a terrific result in the Garden House match, with our A, B and C Year 3 teams winning fairly comprehensively.

However, Year 2 performances against Eaton House The Manor were a little disappointing, losing five out of the seven matches in the last three weeks of term. We were somewhat out-bowled and when batting there were too many bad calls leading to run-outs. As a result, there was a strong advice sent out to the boys to practise overarm bowling drills over the summer, before next season. We will be reminding the boys to do this as spring approaches and they will doubtless attack the task with their usual determination and goodwill, yielding even better results.