On Thursday 7 July, Year 7, 8 and 9 girls participated in the Cricket County Finals at Clare College, Cambridge.
There was strong competition from all competing schools: Linton Village College, Cromwell Community College, St Faith’s School, the Perse School, North Cambridge Academy and Stephen Perse. The students from Neale-Wade Academy showed excellent team work, communication and all students were determined to achieve their very best.
The Year 7 students participated in their first competitive tournament. They were against North Cambridge Academy and Linton Village College, where they achieved one win and one loss. Despite this loss, the students qualified for the semi-final, which was an exceptional achievement. The semi-final was against St Faith’s School. The girls worked extremely hard against a very strong opposition. However, their sportsmanship and encouragement towards their fellow peers was admirable. Georgia Runacres and Leah Bass demonstrated fantastic batting, whilst Caitlyn Baker was exceptional in deep field, where she demonstrated several accurate throws at the wickets to get the opposing team out. The team also included Abby Bird, Jade Hollis, Isabelle Smethurst, Sophie Hunt, Isabel Stimson, and Ella Mason.
The Year 8 girls beat Linton and Perse B but lost to Perse A and Stephen Perse. Therefore they came 3rd overall and top state school in the County! Best bowler wasMegan Tombs, batters Rebecca Moy and Libby Band,and fielder Ellie Timbrell.
The Year 9 students had their county final match against Linton Village College. All students demonstrated excellent determination and focus right to the end. They continued to show tremendous individual success, whilst successfully collaborating together. As a result, the Year 9 students won the county final which was well deserved. A very well done to the Year 9 girls cricket team, made up of: Laura Spies, Amey Wilson, Holly Newell, Georgia Clarke, Shayla Nicholson, Sophie Tanner, Millie Clarke and Charley Mulliner.
The students were absolutely fantastic today and were a credit to the Academy. The coach driver even commented on what a lovely group of students they were, having never driven any of Neale-Wade Academy students before!