Bradley Stroke crowned 2018 table cricket champs

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Bradley Stoke Community School triumphed at the Gloucestershire Table Cricket Finals day, beating Brimsham Green a repeat of last year’s final.

In the first couple of group games the two eventual finalists emerged as favourites with some impressive performances. Both teams had players with previous tournament experience and this proved a useful asset. When the lunch break came both Bradley Stoke and Brimsham Green had won their first two games convincingly setting up a deciding game post lunch.

Table cricket is played on a table tennis table (or similar surface) with side panels and sliding fielders, a ball launcher, weighted plastic ball and wooden bat. The game is designed to enable young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive basis. The county finals day is run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) in partnership with the Lord’s Taverners charity.

In the final Bradley Stoke batted first and were in control from the first ball. They only lost one wicket resulting in a huge score of 323 from their six overs – including 32 of one over. In response Brimsham never got going and Bradley Stoke kept up the pressure with good control of their fielders. Brimsham finish on 170 from their six overs giving Bradley Stoke (pictured) the comfortable victory.

To finish the day off players took part in a mixed game – Brimsham and Warmley Park versus Bradley Stoke and New Siblands – to ensure a positive end to the day.

GCB Growth Development Officer Scott Tremain said:

“It has been a great day to see the schools come together and build on the Lord’s Taverners program that has been running in the build up to this competition. Congratulations to Bradley Stoke on the victory today.  It was also really pleasing to see the schools coming together and working as a team.” - Scott Tremain
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