Infant School Achievement Assembly
June 16th 2017
Achievement Assembly – Junior School Assembly
Friday, June 16th 2017
Jake G 1st in 150m, Thomas B 1st in 600m, Zain K 1st in 75m, Arnav S 1st in the high jump, Joshua L winning the shot put, Callum D 2nd in the discus and Phoebe F winning the 600m
Brilliant results – Well done to all the team.
NHIJS win by 5 wickets
At the end of play, parents privileged enough to witness this closely-matched, pulsating encounter with Birkdale were singing the pupils’ praises as they recalled the multitude of highlights from a wonderful afternoon of cricket.
Undaunted by the clash with the golf tournament, and the subsequent absence of a number of key players, those pupils participating simply saw it as an opportunity to further stake their claim for a place in future starting line-ups.
A confident Birkdale team batted strongly, scoring 10 boundaries and, after also finding a frighteningly large number of near-impossible singles, posted a highly impressive total of 106. Raw data, however, paints only a partial picture and this takes no account of the precision of our bowling, our teamwork in the field and the flashes of individual brilliance that illuminated both innings.
The mark of a good team is its ability to react positively to setbacks and thus it was heartening to witness this resilience across the board. Having taken a wicket off his second ball, Marcus S was then hit for 14 off his first over. Undeterred, he proceeded to bowl a maiden over and then took a flurry of 4 wickets off his final 5 deliveries! Similarly, Ashley H recovered quickly from a high-scoring first over to take 2 wickets off his next, including a ‘caught and bowled’. Facing some technically gifted batsmen, it was also pleasing to see the perseverance of Arnav S, Naveen B and Zain K rewarded with a wicket apiece. Luca V’s highly-polished performance as stand-in wicketkeeper was crucial in restricting the opposition’s tally; in the field, Rayan M and Thomas B’s focus was commendable whilst Jagpal S and Mohintan A enjoyed the opportunity to move up from the B’s.
When Marcus S elegantly edged 3 successive boundaries off the first 3 deliveries and Krrish M progressed swiftly to 5 runs, it seemed that their highly effective partnership would set the tone for the second innings but, with sport mirroring life, disaster was lurking around the corner and it struck when Krrish M was given out lbw to an innocuous delivery. Realising that our defences now needed bolstering, Ashley H and Naveen B battled intelligently to steady the ship and their partnership of 15 included 2 boundaries from the latter. With Luca V adding 10 to the total, we were mirroring Birkdale’s innings but we knew that at some juncture we would need to increase the run rate. Enter Arnav S! A glorious 6 off his first ball, followed by 2 boundaries and a succession of intelligently run singles with Luca V saw the tide shift in our favour. Requiring only 2 runs off the final 2 overs, Zain K wasted no time and sealed our victory with a well-judged boundary off his first ball.
Despite scoring only 70 runs to Birkdale’s 94, it was our accuracy in bowling that again proved the difference. Our 3 wides and 1 no ball, compared to the 8 wides and 11 no balls of the opposition tells its own story. An outstanding display of which all players can feel justifiably proud.
Mrs R Slater
We wish our swimmers (Joshua L, Luca V, Phoebe F and Taylor B) good luck when they participate in the ESSA (English Schools Swimming Association) National Finals at Ponds Forge, Sheffield tomorrow.
Stuart H for his excellent shape poem about a Sunflower.
The whole of Year 6 for their outstanding performance of ‘Super Stan’