The P.E department were lucky enough to be able to secure tickets for an international 50 over game as part of ICC World Championships which are being hosted in England and Wales this summer. The department saw this an opportunity to reward Friary cricketers from Year 8 & 9 who regularly represent the school and attend cricket nets every lunchtime to be able to see the game played at the highest level.

A mixture of 20 students from both years, Mr Foster & Mr Hickman attended South Africa vs Pakistan, hosted at Edgbaston on Wednesday as part of the group stages of the competition.

South Africa, who boast one of the best batting line ups in the world, were the strong favourites going into the game but were upset by Pakistan who took the victory by the DLS method as rain affected the last few overs.

A bus of tired students arrived back at 9:00pm on the evening having thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the game at the highest level and were all very keen to practice what they had learnt in the nets the next day!

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “We are looking to become ever more creative on rewards for students so the PE Department’s work in securing these tickets was too good an opportunity to miss. It was a fantastic day and we were delighted that the dedicated young cricketers go to watch a top-level game.”