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Pakefield HS and East Point Academy impress on cricket scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:25 12 July 2012

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Last week saw Pakefield High School and East Point Academy play cricket matches in the year 7 age group following the work that both schools have been doing as part of the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine scheme.

The scheme was delivered by Lowestoft Cricket Club coach Jim Keeble and was the first time that cricket has been delivered in the High Schools in conjunction with the cricket club.

The first match was between the boys teams with Pakefield looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of East Point two weeks earlier. East Point batted first with Simon top scoring and some excellent bowling especially from Jake and Josh. Adam at wicket-keeper saved a lot of running with an accomplished performance with the gloves. East Point finished on a score of 250 having lost four wickets.

Pakefield, batting second, lost a couple of early wickets, but steadied the ship and accumulated runs with some excellent running between the wickets. Simon at wicket-keeper matched Adam and again gave an excellent display with the gloves. Louis was again the pick of the home batsmen and he successfully brought his team home for a one run victory, scoring 251, and then defending resolutely for the last over.

On Thursday it was the turn of the girls who had never played each other before at cricket, but still had plenty of rivalry as a lot of them had been to middle school together.

East Point batted first with Charlotte putting in an excellent display of attacking shots, however they were undone by hitting in the air, and Abby took a magnificent 4 catches keeping the total down to 222 for the loss of seven wickets.

When Pakefield batted the top partnership was Beth and Jade who showed some excellent power hitting, while Lucy and Emma both bowled really well to take a total of five wickets. However they really needed one more wicket in the final over and Pakefield ran out winners with a total of 236 for five wickets.

Both schools have really embraced cricket in their schools and have entered an inter school competition in 2013 so will continue to work with the Cricket Club to develop their young players.

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