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Gloucestershire County U15 Cricket Champions and England Schools' Cricket Association South West of England finalists 2016
U15s reach South-West of England cricket finals!

A superb season for the Chipping Campden School U15 cricket team culminated with the team reaching the England Schools' Cricket Association South West of England Finals on 30 June.

The cup run started in mid-April with convincing wins against Farmor's School from Fairford and Deer Park School from Cirencester. This got Chipping Campden to the county semi-final stage where they met Pate's Grammar School from Cheltenham.

Excellent batting performances from George Kirby, James Icke and Ryan Theron saw Campden post 132 off 20 overs, a total Pates were unable to match. This was also thanks to a solid bowling display, especially from Jamie Chinn-Brown with three wickets and flawless fielding.

A low scoring final then followed against Crypt Grammar School, with Campden scoring 80. This was due in no small part to a useful cameo from number eight Alex Jeffcock. Superb bowling, however, from Icke and Kirby - three wickets apiece - saw Campden home as the Gloucestershire U15 County Cricket Champions!

Following the Gloucestershire phase of the competition, Campden had to play the winners of the Wiltshire competition, Marlborough College, for a place in the regional finals. Surely this was a bridge too far! Campden batted first and were outstanding; scoring a massive 170, largely due to a belligerent 88 not out from Icke.

Marlborough College were well on track until captain Harry Sunderland entered the fray, taking five wickets and dismissing Marlborough College for 143. Jubilation followed and a stop at KFC on the way home added to the enjoyment!

The regional final held under leaden skies at Frocester cricket club was a little disappointing. Against opponents Canford School from Dorset and Abingdon School from Oxfordshire, Campden adopted their usual strategy of batting first. The tactic that had served so well during the previous five rounds, however, unfortunately failed on this occasion. With insufficient runs on the board, Campden were unable to place their opponents under any pressure and both games resulted in heavy defeats.

Despite the Frocester disappointment, making the South-West of England regional finals in a sport dominated by the far better resourced independent schools sector is a fantastic achievement, and one that the U15 boys from Chipping Campden can be justifiably very proud!

Mr Graham, Head of PE

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