Bass Rock CC Kwik Cricket Festival
On Sunday 8th August, Bass Rock CC hosted their first ever Kwik Cricket Festival. This was following on from the festival held at Preston Village CC on August 25th and would double as the `East Lothian Kwik Cricket Championship`.
Kwik Cricket has really taken off in East Lothian this summer with the introduction of the East Lothian Cricket Development Officer Nicola Wilson and her work, in conjunction with the volunteers at the clubs, has seen junior playing numbers in the region shoot up and two clubs in the area host their first ever Kwik Cricket festivals.
Up for grabs on the final day of the season was the `East Lothian Kwik Cricket Plate` and the `East Lothian Kwik Cricket Trophy`. With 8 teams entered – 2 teams each from Gifford, Gullane, Tranent and Bass Rock – it was decided that the top team from each club would compete in the `Trophy` competition, and the 4 development teams would compete in the `Plate` competition.
The day dawned gloriously sunny and Bass Rock had the venue well prepared – pitches cut in, boundaries marked, the Bass Rock banner up, and a superb `Baking Stall` that was a hit with everyone who attended!
After the Preston Village festival 2 weeks before all the coaches and parents were well rehearsed in the game and tournament format so games got under way at 9.30am. The teams were playing the standard Kwik Cricket format of 8 overs per side with pairs batting for 2 overs and everyone bowling 1 over each. What followed was a fantastic morning of cricket with kids playing 3 consecutive games and displaying their undoubted skill and talent.
There were some extremely close games which reflected the competitive nature of all the teams and what was also pleasing was the superb sportsmanship shown throughout the day by all teams, coaches and parents.
A special mention must also go to Tranent CC for the smart attire their teams wore during the day. With their full whites and club cap on they definitely looked the part!
The day finished with the presentation event where every participant received a medal, some snacks and drinks, and one member of every team received a `Player of the Day` cricket ball award for a special contribution on the day. In terms of the silverware, the Bass Rock Bears took out the plate, and the Gifford Giants lifted the East Lothian Kwik Cricket Trophy in a tense final match.
The day was a culmination of all the hard work that has gone into junior cricket in the region this year. Nicola Wilson`s input as East Lothian Cricket Development Officer has been integral to the growth of the game at school and club level.
To put the success into perspective, last season there was only Tranent and Gifford offering some Kwik Cricket in the area, and through the excellent work of Nicola and the volunteers at the clubs we can now boast Kwik Cricket sections at Bass Rock, Gullane and Preston Village as well as the growing junior sections at Tranent and Gifford.
There is no doubt that the day was a huge success and everyone involved had a great experience. We would like to thank Bass Rock CC for hosting the day, all the parents and coaches for their support and effort, and Nicola for the outstanding job she did in organising the day. Roll on next season!