Churchill Academy

Cricket trip to the County Ground

Last Sunday, 28th April, saw eight lucky students from Years 7-10 watch live professional cricket between Gloucestershire and Somerset at the County Ground in Bristol.  Taking the short minibus trip into Bristol we arrived early to choose the best seats in the house ready for the 11am start.  Whilst watching both teams warm up on the perfect green outfield we took a short walk around the stands to familiarise ourselves with the ground and facilities.  As keen cricket fans we were also keen to play some cricket as well as watch it so we found a perfect area next to the car park and played some pairs street cricket for some extra batting, bowling and fielding practice.

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat first on a cloudy overcast day.  We were mostly supporting Somerset as most of us live in the county. Unfortunately they started their innings slowly and lost wickets at regular intervals.  We were lucky enough to witness several huge sixes hit over the boundary rope into the car park or above our heads. Somerset finished on a low score of 242 for 9 wickets.

During the lunch interval we found an alley way to play some more street cricket ourselves - great fun.

Gloucestershire got their batting innings underway and started slowly going along at a similar run rate to that of the Somerset innings.  The Somerset bowlers kept chipping away and taking the odd wicket here and there to keep themselves in the game.  As the game went on it got extremely close and really tense, turning it into a wonderful game to watch.  With ten overs left and then five overs it was a real nail biter - 18 runs were needed from 12 balls.  Higgins of Gloucestershire struck a massive six and then a four wide of long off before striking the winning boundary with just four balls remaining.

The Churchill minibus headed back to North Somerset with lots of tired and sun tanned faces on board.
Students are reminded that after school cricket practice takes place every Tuesday until 4:30pm.

We have many soft ball and hard ball matches against local school coming up this term and after May half term.  Practise, practise, practise.

Mr Doel and Oscar Hall, Year 7