Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup - West Regional Qualifier
Titwood (Clydesdale CC) hosted the West Regional Qualifying Tournament in the 2016 Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup, on Monday 16th May 2016. The competition, based around a modified (and shortened) format of the sport, was played using a windball and saw 83 pupils from seven different schools participate. The tournament format was a round robin, with the winner of each group qualifying for National Finals’ Day.
Group A featured Barrhead High School (East Renfrewshire), Holyrood Secondary School (Glasgow), team 1 from Kyle Academy (South Ayrshire) and Woodfarm High School (East Renfrewshire). Both Barrhead and Woodfarm won their first two matches, to set up a winner takes all final group game. Batting first, Eastwood scored 183 – a score which proved too much for Williamwood who finished on 149.
The four schools in Group B were: Eastwood High School (East Renfrewshire), team 2 from Kyle Academy (South Ayrshire), St Ninian’s High School (East Renfrewshire) and Williamwood High School (East Renfrewshire). It was St Ninian’s who finished with a perfect record of played three, won three.
The afternoon featured placement matches, with the highlight being the final between St Ninian’s and Woodfarm. St Ninian’s batted first and scored 162. The match, and tournament, came down to the very last over with Woodfarm needing 13 to win. A 12 off the first delivery set them up for a 4-run victory. However, both schools will go on to represent the West Region at Finals’ Day, in Perth, in June.
The final standings on the day were:
1) Woodfarm High School
2) St Ninian’s High School
3) Barrhead High School
4) Eastwood High School
5) Williamwood High School
6) Kyle Academy (Team 1)
7) Kyle Academy (Team 2)
8) Holyrood Secondary School
The day would not have been possible without the support of Clydesdale CC (and particularly of Groundsman Cyril McLatchie), the staff from each school and the effort and enthusiasm from all the pupils. Thanks must go to all for ensuring such a successful day of cricket.