A short 6-a-side tournament involving Friary, King Edwards and Nether Stowe saw our mixed team strike success with the bat and ball – and saw our mixed team shine with successes for both the boys and girls in it.

The Friary started proceedings batting against King Edwards in the first of their 2 matches. An unfortunate mix up in the opening over meant Friary had to take it cautious with the bat and finished up on 29/2 with Jack Mallender being the stand-out batsman with 17 of 17 balls. Lily McBreen got the Friary off to a great start in the second innings, opening up with a maiden, but unfortunately King Edwards had too much with the bat and knocked off the Friary score.

The Friary’s second match was against Nether Stowe and we won the toss and elected to bowl first. Lily McBreen got the match best figures again of 1 over, 0 wickets and 2 runs and the Friary ended up restricting Nether Stowe to 28. Friary orchestrated a brilliant chase with Aimee Irvine and Lili Crompton getting us off to a steady start ready for Jack Mallender to hit the winning runs in the fifth over.

Sam Foster, Head of Performance & Technologies and team coach, said: “All of the team deserve high praise and it was great to see our mixed team stand up to the competition so well. We are fortunate to have here superb girls – who are well coached by Alrewas and play county cricket as well – and they combined superbly with our boys. The group will only get better as they develop an appreciation of one another’s strengths.”