Gallery: Cricket festival receives Hertsmere cash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009

Cuffley take on Oakmere

Cuffley take on Oakmere

THE success of the annual Potters Bar Primary Schools Cricket Festival has not gone unnoticed, with Hertsmere Council getting on board this year. A grant from the borough council has been kindly donated towards the festival, which has meant that all 12 pa

Oakmere at the crease

THE success of the annual Potters Bar Primary Schools Cricket Festival has not gone unnoticed, with Hertsmere Council getting on board this year.

A grant from the borough council has been kindly donated towards the festival, which has meant that all 12 participating teams have been able to perform in personalised shirts.

The teams involved in this year's competition come from eight different schools in the area, with the aim of the event to maintain healthy competition, mixed with a lot of fun.

Players from Cranborne, Oakmere, Cuffley, St Giles, Pope Paul, Little Heath, Brookmans Park and Sunny Bank schools all had their turn with the bat and ball.

The rules of the competition are simple enough for the children to understand; 10 overs a side, no bowler to have more than 10 overs, and batters to retire at 15 being the basic guidelines.

This enables all team members to get involved, and feel a key part of the team.

And it is this community aspect that prompted the council to get involved.

Catherine Feast, Hertsmere Council communications officer said: "To qualify for a grant you have to apply for the funding, and for this kind of event there has to be some kind of healthy living or community aspect to what is taking place.

"We saw this as a great opportunity for kids to get involved.

"As well as being linked to healthy living, they had the opportunity to learn key teamwork and responsibility skills along the way.

"We assessed the merits and were delighted to be a part of the festival."

With all the kids recognisable by their coloured and named T-shirts, it seemed to add an air of professionalism to the event.

Tournament organiser Christina Knight was suitably delighted that the council had got involved, and believed it only heightened the enjoyment the children experienced.

She said: "It's great having team shirts this year, and I would like to thank Hertsmere Council for getting involved.

"You can see the kids are happy with the team shirts, and I think they will keep them as a reminder of the fun day they had."

Little Heath I are the defending champions for the past two years, and will be looking to make it a hat-trick as they enter into the Henry Tilly Trophy finals that take place at Potters Bar Cricket Club on Tuesday, July 1.

Other teams contesting the trophy are Oakmere 1, St Giles and Sunny Bank, who all won their respective groups like Little Heath I.

The Shield finals, for all the teams who finished second in their respective groups, will take place next Tuesday (June 24).

Competing will be Cranborne, Pope Paul I, Brookmans Park and Cuffley I.

The Plate finals were due to take place yesterday (Tuesday), with Cuffley II, Oakmere II, Pope Paul II and Little Heath II contesting the final.

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