On Sunday 19th May, Kings Hill hosted an Under 11 Girls Kwik Cricket Festival, organised by legendary Kent U11 coach, David Sear MBE, and the Kent Women & Girls committee. The festival is one of four which are played over the summer each year and it caters for girls in years 3 to 6.
The ethos and spirit of the event is to get girls to enjoy playing cricket in a competitive environment and generally to just have fun. Families are encouraged to come along with their picnic hampers and parents are involved in umpiring and scoring the matches. Kings Hill has produced three Kent girls players over the last three years and all started their playing careers in these Kwik Cricket Festivals. As David says, on any given Festival Sunday, there is a future Kent captain and England player on the field.
Sunday was no different as we had more than 100 girls playing cricket at any given time. Twelve teams participated representing ten clubs from all over the County. Teams were split into three groups of four teams, which all played each other. The teams then moved on to a semi-final and final match for three trophies on offer.
It was very good to see 17 of our own girls representing two Kings Hill Tiger Moths teams. The older Tiger Moths team played some very closely contested matches and were narrowly defeated in the group stages by Bells Yew Green and then St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue before gaining a successful win over Sevenoaks Vine. Moving onto the next stage, the senior Tiger Moths Team managed a victory over Dulwich to reach the final which they unfortunately lost to St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue. St Lawrence and Highland Court Kestrels Blue are a very good side and they won the match with three spectacular wickets.
The younger Tiger Moths has fun too and narrowly lost to our friends Town Malling in the last match of the day by one run.
Well done to Bexley who enthralled the crowd and were worthy Champions of the day.
There were many highlights including Emily Hodgson’s caught and bowled, Ava Moger’s six runs which had to be run to be scored and Ava Miller’s spectacular keeping in the younger Tiger Moths Team. Overall, our girls are no slouches when it comes to batting and judging from the performance on Sunday, we have some future big hitters in our midst. We have some brilliant bowlers and fielders too and perhaps even a future England keeper in our ranks.
Overall, the day was a huge success and such success can only be attained thanks to those club members and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Special mention and thanks to groundsman, Peter Robinson, for his wizardry, to Betty McGeorge for scoring all day and keeping the younger girls enthused, to Leoni and Toby Ellis for managing and umpiring matches and to Dave, Sonja and the bar staff for ensuring everyone was well hydrated. A big thank you to Millie Ellis for skippering the Tiger Moths and for leading her team with dignity and humility.
There are three more festivals to go. We hope to see you all at the next one at Marden Cricket Club on the 9th of June.