Nail-biting triumph for Prep cricket team in IAPS tournament
6 Jun 2018
The Perse Prep U11 girls’ cricket team could not have asked for a more nail-biting outcome as they narrowly prevailed in the IAPS East of England tournament at Framlingham College.
They topped their pool by beating St Cedd’s School 249-238, Old Buckenham Hall 242-204 and Framlingham’s A team 217-216.
The team went on to win 245-228 against Ipswich School in the semi-finals to set up another meeting with Framlingham A in what turned out to be an even closer game between the two sides in the final.
Batting first, the Prep set a target of 228. Framlingham overtook that figure in their fifth over only to drop behind after being penalised 10 runs for losing two wickets.
Going into the eighth and final over, Framlingham were level on 228 and they crept ahead by one run off the first ball.
Framlingham were reduced to 224 after the Prep took a wicket off the second ball. The Perse girls held the home side to scoring one run off each of their remaining four balls as the sides tied 228-228.
It meant it all came down to the number of wickets taken during the match to decide the champions. The scorecard showed the Prep team had claimed three to Framlingham’s two, so a single wicket proved enough to take the title.
Prep Head of Girls’ Cricket Jaime Edwards said: “It was the most exciting game of cricket I’ve ever witnessed!
“Framlingham A were understandably terribly disappointed and had been an excellent side to face. The Perse Prep girls were elated and their calm performance under so much pressure was so impressive. We are so proud of them.”