The cricket season is well and truly underway at Clifton Community School, with some impressive displays by our various teams over the past two weeks! Here’s a round-up:.
The Year 7 team started off with a win against a very good Swinton side. The match was reduced to 16 overs and Clifton won the toss and elected to field.
The boys restricted Swinton to 72 for 4, with 42 wides and no balls. Ashley Hambleton was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 14 off 3 overs. Clifton’s innings followed a similar theme to Swinton’s with 56 of the 73 runs coming in wides and no balls, the innings was tense and thrilling going down to the last over with two needed. Clifton got over the line with 2 bye’s of the penultimate ball.
The Y8 Cricket boys kicked off their season with a victory away at St Pius. They put St Pius into bat and our team bowled really well; restricting the opposition to 57 runs. Amaan Ghani took a hat trick! The boys went into bat and set about the total, getting themselves over the line for the loss of only 1 wicket (a comedy stumping of Hassan Ali). Josh Woodcock managed an unbeaten 22 runs!
Following their victory at St Pius, the team played a tense game at Maltby Academy. The bowling attack was particularly impressive as debutant Arman Zaheri took a wicket with only his second ball. We restricted Maltby to 77 for 3. A superb knock by Hassan Ali (34) brought us into contention but once he was removed our run rate slowed considerably. We ended our innings at 71 for 6 which left us 7 runs short of victory.
At both games, the boys were an absolute credit to the school and represented Clifton with passion and pride.
The Year 10 Cricket team represented the school with great distinction against Swinton last week. Some of the bowling was truly excellent, though the fielding fell short of our usual standard and as a result we allowed Swinton to score 109 from their allotted 18 overs. Brandon and Jack and then Lewis did their best to rebuild the innings but we were always behind the rate and finished 40 runs short. It was a lovely evening and the boy’s behaviour was excellent.