HIGHDOWN SCHOOL ran out winners of a secondary school festival held at Henley Cricket Club on
HIGHDOWN SCHOOL ran out winners of a secondary school festival held at Henley Cricket Club on Tuesday of last week.
Langtree and Gillotts also competed in what is one of a few state secondary festivals around the county.
This festival was the culmination of weeks of cricket coaching in each school sponsored by Henley Cricket Club, Chance to Shine, Invesco Perpetual and Performance Cricket. Chiltern Edge are also part of the programme but were unable to make the date at Henley.
A round robin series of matches led to Highdown defeating Gillotts in the final match.
A thrilling finish saw Gillotts requiring nine runs from three overs but thereafter proceeded to lose five wickets for six runs in 18 balls as Highdown won by a single run. After the tournament Performance Cricket head coach Chris Ellison congratulated all three teams on their hard work throughout the summer term and levels of skill during each game.
Ellison also revealed that the sustainability of the important work in the state secondary sector has been enhanced with sponsorship support for future years secured with The Head Partnership, Handelsbanken and Courtiers. This additional support is on top of the already significant contribution of Invesco Perpetual.
Highdown School now qualify for the county finals at Reading Cricket Club.
Plans are in place for the four schools involved to continue the unique autumn programme of cricket in September and October.