18th Dec, 2017

Crackley Hall youngsters hit new heights to win rounders’ event

Leamington Editorial 4th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A TEAM of under-11 pupils from Crackley Hall showed their hitting power after winning the ISA Midlands Rounders’ tournament which was held in Market Bosworth on June 25.

The Kenilworth-based school continued it sporting success by coming away from Dixie Grammer School as Midland champions after a fine team performance.

The group stage saw each school play four games and after progressing in second position, Crackley Hall came up against the hosts Dixie in a semi-final showdown.

Skipper Lucy Gribben bowled superbly and Ava McCormack also showed her potential throughout the tournament by playing some outstanding rounders as Crackley dominated the semi-final.

They scored a whopping five-and-a-half rounders and only allowed their opposition to score half a rounder in the process as they progressed to the final where they faced Stafford Prep.

Having lost out to the same side in the group stage, Crackley were out for revenge and a renewed confidence gave the girls confidence.

With Lorenza Chapman scoring the required half a rounder to take Crackley into the lead, it was plain sailing from there on as Crackley produced a fine batting display to win by two-and-a-half rounders.

An additional feather in Crackley Hall’s sporting cap came from an officiating Umpire and England Selector at the tournament who tipped Gribben for future England selection.

“What you want from a competition like this is for the team to realise their potential and that’s what our girls did,” said Crackley Hall’s PE teacher Kat Vaughan.

“They dipped a bit in the second game of the pool after an initial easy win but after some serious soul searching picked it up to emerge victorious.”

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