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Girls Cricket Tour to the Isle Of Wight

During the Easter holidays, 30 Lower School pupils embarked on a fun-filled girls cricket tour to the Isle Of Wight.

Whilst the first day was spent travelling, on arrival, the pupils had the chance to take in the beauty of the Isle of Wight with a trip to the beach and a paddle in the sea, before enjoying a fun quiz in the evening.

The next day, although the weather wasn’t the sunniest, both teams, the Hearts and the Wings, were able to play an outdoor T10 match. Both teams came up just short but it was a great experience for the players to be back outside and getting a feel for cricket again. Flo was the leader for the Wings team taking 2 wickets in 2 balls and Chloe starring with the bat. For the Hearts team, Marina shone brightly in her debut as keeper. After the first two matches, the pupils headed in for lunch just in time before the heavens opened.
Luckily, the teams were a able to finish off the afternoon with some indoor cricket and it was fantastic to see the girls getting into it with some sharp fielding and building their general awareness. The Wings played first and came to a stomping victory with everyone chipping in either with the bat and ball. The Hearts played in another stellar match with Milly retiring and some expert bowling from Rebecca. It fell on Isis & Liv, however, to bring it home but unfortunately, despite a tremendous effort, the girls came up just short in an epic run chase. Once the pupils had returned to the hotel, it was time for some recovery and aqua aerobics, led by the wonder team of Bella, Molly, Sienna and Emilia.
The following day, the pupils headed to the Needles, the famous rock formation rising out of the sea, followed by a visit to a Donkey Sanctuary, where the girls enjoyed meeting the resident donkeys. After the morning tour of the Island, the pupils headed to an Indoor Centre where they played an internal Indoor Tournament.
Thursday started off with revision club, which the  girls threw themselves into ahead of their Lower School exams. The Wings then headed out to play a match against Ropley Cricket Club and the Hearts played against The Island Free School.  Harriet & Lucy shone with the ball against Ropley, however, a very strong bowling attack got the better of The Wings in their final match of tour.
It was a busy week during which the pupils learnt a lot and displayed fantastic team morale throughout, all of which will stand them in good stead ahead of the school cricket season, but above all, they had a wonderful time!
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