Schools champions determined to retain crown

St John’s Church of England Academy School youngsters in Worksop showed they are determined to retain their Bassetlaw Primary Schools title.

The young cricketers began the defence of their championship in fine style.

St John’s defeated Sparken Hill Academy , Worksop,and close rivals Redlands Primary, Worksop.

In a game of good cricket, Redlands bowled excellently but could not match St John’s with the bat.

St John’s edged through as 180-176 winners to move into the semi-finals of the tournament for primary schools after topping their group.

They will be joined in the last four by Norbridge Academy.

The Worksop youngsters had wins over Ordsall and St John’s B.

Ramsden Primary School, Carlton, took their successful football-winning form into the summer game.

They qualified for the next stage with victories over Priory Church of England Primary, Worksop, by 147-10 and Redlands B by 15-122.

Redlands finished second in the group with a 155–141 win against Priory.

The three schools who qualified will now meet in the next round.

Smaller-sized schools again also showed that they were able to play the game at a high level and compete with those schools that have larger numbers of pupils to draw on.

The 2013 Champion of Champions, Everton, and Misson both had victories along with Blyth in a group that eventually saw Blyth emerge as winners on run difference.

The final semi-final place was claimed by 2014 champions Gamston, who defeated previous champions Haggonfields but were run very close by the talented St John’s girls’ team.