Following the success in the Havering Borough Girls Cricket Competition Clockhouse girls were selected to represent Havering at the London Youth Games. This is only the third time Clockhouse have represented Havering at the youth games.
Clockhouse played three games on the day winning one, loosing one, and drawing one. First up was Walthamstow - Greenleaf School. Clockhouse had a solid performance with the bat but struggled in the field ending up with a 264 draw.
Next up the Clockhouse played eventual finalists Kingston - St Marys. Despite a great performance Clockhouse were unable to win mainly thanks to the bowling of the Kingston girls.
Now unable to qualify from the group stages Clockhouse met Ealing - Little Ealing School. Clockhouse put in a great performance in the field picking up a constant flow of wickets and equally found the boundary frequently while batting. Clocks Glided to a 37 run victory.
Mr Yarrow said 'The school has never been to the youth games for cricket before. This is a massive success and I hope these girls realise the level of what they have achieved. We went to the Havering tournament and didn't really understand how good we were. We knew coming to the London Youth Games required a big step up and I couldn't ask for more from the girls in their dedication to extra training. On that note I would like to thank Miss Cason and Ardleigh Green Cricket Club for giving up time and investing into the girls. Every girl improved her cricketing ability and did the school proud. Thank you and ejoy the memroies I am proud of you all!'
Miss Cason said 'It is great to see the girls understanding of cricket has come on so much. They have improved their cricket skills especially bowling. The girls had a great day and represented the school amazingly. I hope they enjoy their t-shirts & ice cream!'
Squad: Amar K-B (c), Darci L, Katie G, Layla S, Rachel C, Grace D, Emily G, Beth C and Sophie L
Clockhouse entered both their boys and girls sides into the Havering Cricket Tournaments. First up was the boys, with minimal experience in the side the boys managed to reach the quarter finals loosing to a very experienced Oakfield's side made up of hard ball cricketers. On route to the quarter-finals Clockhouse played some great cricket beating St Edwards with a score of 212 for 6 compared to St Edwards posting 206 for 7, Harold Court managed a total of 237 for 5 but were also beaten by the Clockhouse boys who pitched an impressive 265 for 1. Clockhouse the faced Newtons and batted well to win with a score of 288 for 1 compared to 238 for 1 an impressive margin of victory. Clockhouse's final opponent was Elm Park who scored 241 for 4 but were again beaten by a strong Clockhouse batting performance with a score of 275 for 2.
A great achievement considering the boys had minimal practice in preparation for the event.
The girls were next up to represent the school and just like the boys they managed to win their group stages a close up encounter with Nelmes, Clockhouse girls winning by 9 runs after some final ball dramatics. Clockhouse then outscored Langtons by 26 runs to win. Clockhouse then scored 291 without a lost wicket to beat Branfil. Clockhouse again batted well in their final group game posting a score of 288 again without loss to beat St Marys who scored just 223 for 5. In the semi-final Clockhouse met Engayne who are a well established cricket school. A great game finished with Clockhouse winning by 18 runs, both teams only loosing one wicket. In the final Clockhouse met a well drilled James Oglethorpe side who were devastating with the bat and despite some great fielding efforts Clockhouse finished runners up. Despite being a runner up Clockhouse go on to represent Havering at the London Youth Games.
Upon reflection Mr Yarrow said 'I want to praise both the boys and girls that represented the school. Both sides had minimal practise in preparation and to reach the quart final and final was great achievements. The boys were unlucky to come up against a school that regularly plays hard ball cricket and the girls were great to reach the final was a pleasant surprise but it just goes to show what you can do if you believe in yourself!'
The school will represent the whole of Havering at the London Youth Games event in Richmond tomorrow. WELL DONE TEAM CLOCKHOUSE!
Boys Squad: Harrison A (c), Ashley O, Kaylan B, Charlie B, Bobby I, Zach S, Uzzair R, Harvey and Alfie P
Girls Squad: Amar K (c), Katie G, Darci L, Rachel C, Layla S, Emily G, Grace D, Sophie L and Beth C