The William Greaves Trophy
Little Ealing Primary Retain Their Crown!
The William Greaves Trophy, formerly the British Land Kids Cricket League, came to an exciting finale at the MCC Academy, Lord's, on Wednesday, 2nd May 2018.
Following months of hard fought competition, across 14 London boroughs, the final came down to Elmhurst Primary, 2016 champions, from Newham and Little Ealing Primary, 2017 champions, from Ealing.
Little Ealing batted first and got off to a steady start as they took 17 runs from the first 3 overs with Cala the only batter to have fallen. Tight bowling in the middle overs from Viret, Aaliyah and Ahsan ensured Little Ealing could not score freely, but, with Salma and Billy (who would both make 15 not out) at the crease, they managed to keep a steady run rate.
With two overs to go, Elmhurst had restricted Little Ealing to 41 runs, but, with wickets in hand, Connie and Christian could afford to hit out and finished with 9 runs each as they set Elmhurst 59 to win.
Now with the ball in hand and a good score on the board, the defending champions got straight into their work as Connie and Billy, having already starred with the bat, reduced Elmhurst to 4 for 4 from the opening two overs.
Left with a mountain to climb, Elmhurt's middle order tried to rescue the game, but with further tight bowling from Alec (4 runs) and Salma (2 runs and a wicket), Little Ealing proved to be just too good on the day as they bowled Elmhurst out for 30 and retained their title!
Third Place Playoff
In the third place playoff, Middle Park (Greenwich) went up against 2017's beaten finalists, Rhodes Avenue Primary (Haringey).
Rhodes Avenue were the first to bat and got off to a great start with Hannah, winner of the competition's "Best Female Player" award, hitting a quickfire 15. However, Middle Park, with some great bowling from Shem and Marshal, fought back in the middle overs as 4 wickets fell for just 15 runs.
With Joe, playing in his second finals day, still at the crease and aided by the lower order, Rhodes Avenue managed to post a competitive total of 57 for 6 from their 8 overs.
Middle Park, in response, got off to a flying start as they took 19 from their first two overs and, when Clive hit the last ball of the third over for six, it looked as though Middle Park might cruise to victory. Following Clive's retirement, having reached a total of 18 with his six, Rhodes Avenue were able to steady the ship.
In the fifth over, Lemara bowled a brilliant maiden and Solene increased the pressure in the sixth as Middle Park lost their fourth wicket and could only manage 3 runs.
With one over to go, Middle Park required 9 to win, but were left disappointed as Hannah produced another fantastic over for Rhodes Avenue and conceded just 6 runs.