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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle

With the Y8 and Y10 teams being successful the evening before, there was high expectation on the Y7 team to follow suit. However, this added pressure did not faze them and they ended up winning the tournament with relative ease.

This was down to a combination of excellent teamwork and skill with both bat and ball. The team in total played against four schools winning all four, in the process scoring 39½ rounders and only conceding 6½ rounders.

In the first game QEGS were up against KEVIS Spilsby, team captain Aaron Mankertz won the toss and decided to field first. The team set the tone for the rest of the tournament. The fielding was superb and limited KEVIS Spilsby to only 2 rounders from 20 balls. When QEGS went into bat it didn’t take them long to exceed this score. After 20 balls QEGS achieved 8 rounders, winning the game quite comfortable. This gave the team encouragement and confidence going into their next game

In the second game against Monks’ Dyke, QEGS were put into bat first and managed to set an impressive score of 8 rounders from 20 balls. Monks’ Dyke knew that if they score 8 ½ rounders or more they would win the game. From 20 balls they didn’t register any rounders; this was down to brilliant fielding from QEGS.

QEGS’s third game was against close rivals Banovallum. This time QEGS did win the toss and put the opposition into bat first. QEGS didn’t field as well as they did in the first two games and gave away 3 avoidable rounders. Therefore QEGS had a target of 3½ rounders to win their third straight game. It didn’t take long, as Will Cheer, Mattie Hunter, Will Coveley and Jamie Cull all managed to score off their first balls. QEGS started to relax and ended up scoring an impressive 14 rounders from 20 ball. This was a statement of intent going into their final game.

So QEGS knew if they won their last game, they would win the tournament. The team was full of confidence and rightly so after seeing off their previous three games with relative ease. Their final game was against the host school, Cordeaux Academy. Once again it was a one sided game, QEGS were too strong for their opposition, despite Jonny Caswell leaving early due to a County cricket match. The final result was a 9-2½ win to QEGS.

A huge congratulations to everyone in the rounders team. Mathew Hunter was nominated best batter. George Spencer was voted best fielder after taking several good catches in deep field. QEGS had two fantastic bowlers who made it difficult for the opposition to score; Adam Zarien and Will Coveley. Finally, Will Cheer was voted best player.

The team consisted of 11 players who were: Aaron Mankertz (Captian), Will Coveley, Adam Zarien, Will Daft, Will Cheer, Jonny Caswell, Jamie Cull, Callum Kiss, Mathew Hunter, George Spencer and Cam Ball.

Lastly the team would like to say a big thank you to 6th form students Hugo Finley and Ioan Clark who gave up their own time to train and manage the team. If it wasn’t for their organisation, encouragement and hard work the team would not have been as successful.