Ipswich Preparatory School clinch cricket tournament title

Ipswich Preparatory School won the annual Ipswich School U10 cricket tournament on Friday (14 June) for the first time since 2006, after overcoming Barnardiston Hall, Holmwood House and South Lee in the round robin event.
 
In an exciting morning’s cricket, the first game between South Lee and Holmwood House ended in a thrilling tie, with both sides scoring 36 from their allotted overs, while Ipswich got off to a winning start when they beat Barnardiston by 11 runs. 
 
Holmwood House, who won the tournament in both 2010 and 2011, suffered back to back defeats against Barnardiston and Ipswich, while South Lee suffered exactly the same fate. Barnardiston had bounced back incredibly well from their opening defeat to win their final two fixtures, but the defeat to Ipswich proved to be vital in the final standings.
 
The tournament was decided when Ipswich, chasing 29 to win their final game, secured victory in style by smashing a four and a huge six from consecutive deliveries. The winning team each received a miniature bat signed by the Essex Eagles team and presented by Ipswich School’s Director of Sport David Hacker, while all other players each received a medal to reward their impressive performances.
 
Mike Smethurst, Head of Cricket at Ipswich School, and the tournament organiser, said: “The 2013 tournament was a fantastic success. We had good weather, excellent cricket and a group of boys who played the game in a great spirit. It was very pleasing to see Ipswich win the tournament for the first time since 2006 and I look forward to seeing the boys defend the title in 2014.”

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