King’s 1st XI Round off Season with Woodard Festival Win

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During their last week of term, the King’s College first XI rounded off their season by winning the Woodard Cricket Festival.

This four-day event saw King's players compete against teams from Hurstpierpoint College, Bloxham School and Worksop College.

King’s successfully won each of their three matches and were eventually crowned Woodard Cricket Festival champions.

Director of Cricket, Rob Woodman said: “It was a good competition with some strong opposition, and a nice way to end the school term – being away and playing three games in three days.”

In their first match against Workshop College, Sam Wyatt hit 94, after which Luke Oldknow won the game for King’s off the penultimate ball.

Rob said: “That created some momentum for the rest of the tournament and it lifted the spirits and set the tone going forward.”

The following day, the team won the toss, batting first against Hurstpierpoint and posting 330. Jacques Banton contributed 94 in reply, to which their opponents were bowled out for 160; Max Mazjvier claiming five wickets as a result.

On the final day, it was Bloxham who batted first, scoring 165. Ed Middleton took five wickets, before King’s hit the runs off in 15 overs, with Jordan Hean hitting 59.

Reflecting over the season, Rob, who has just completed his first season as Director of Cricket, said: “The season has been successful overall and the younger age groups have been very good, with the Under 15s being notably exceptional. The Under 14s have also done well and only slipped up in two matches, as did the first XI, while the girls have played more cricket than ever this year.”

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