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Beccles in Kwik battles

PUBLISHED: 11:05 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:31 01 August 2010

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BECCLES Middle Year 6 Kwik Cricket team reached the East of England semi-finals this week after an amazing run of results.

They began the season by staying unbeaten at the North Suffolk Tournament at Lowestoft.

BECCLES Middle Year 6 Kwik Cricket team reached the East of England semi-finals this week after an amazing run of results.

They began the season by staying unbeaten at the North Suffolk Tournament at Lowestoft.

The young Beccles side - six of whom can play again next year - beat Kirkley by 90 runs, Foxborough by 30 runs and Harris by 89 runs.

This gave them a chance at the Suffolk county final at Woolpit. Drawn in a tough group, Beccles beat Breckland by 81 runs, Framlingham by 16 runs and Lothingland by 36 runs and then tied with Halesworth after Alex hit a six on the last ball.

The only game they lost was to St Louis, by 27 runs.

Beccles finished second in the groups. In the semi-finals Beccles played the more-fancied Ranelagh Primary School from Ipswich. Beccles bowled extremely well, restricting their opponents to just 218. Beccles cruised home to gain a place in the final against St Louis.

In front of ex-England player Nick Knight, Beccles set a competitive total of 258 with Aiden hitting four sixes in one over, but St Louis overcame this to win the final.

Both schools qualified for the East of England finals at Mildenhall CC.

Beccles started with a four-run win against William Austin the Bedfordshire champions. Bradley took three wickets in one over. Next up was St Thomas More (Norwich), who inflicted a six-run defeat on Beccles.

Beccles knew that they needed to beat Fulbridge (Peterborough) to reach the quarter-finals. The boys turned in a good performance, and with Bobby and Sam leading the way, won a close encounter by four runs.

A quarter-final with Essex side RA Butler (Saffron Walden) beckoned. The Beccles boys turned in their best performance of the competition, keeping RA Butler to 235-3. Beccles battled sensibly and won by two runs.

George B, George R, George M

and Luke P produced mature batting and bowling.

In the semi-final against Elmhurst (Newham), Beccles found the finger spin difficult to play and set a below-par 224. Elmhurst battled carefully and won the game by only two runs.

The Beccles boys can be proud of their achievement and look forward to going one better next year.

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