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Manor Longbridge school take home borough cricket crown

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It all got a bit competitive last week as a number of primary schools took part in the William Greaves cricket competition. 


This is the first time Barking and Dagenham has taken part in the competition and eight of the borough’s primary schools got involved.


The competition took place in the sports hall at Sydney Russell school where pupils from Eastbury Community Primary, Warren Junior, Manor Longbridge, William Bellamy, George Carey CofE,  Ripple Primary, Manor Junior and St Peter’s Catholic Primary Schools went up against each other to see who would be crowned borough winner. 


Congratulations to all for taking part


The competition consisted of two groups of four teams followed by a one-off final at the end.  Squads were made up of 10 players with each team batting and bowling for eight overs.


Mrs Rose, a teacher at William Bellamy Primary School said: “It has been an absolutely incredible experience for myself and the children.


“It’s the first time we have played indoor cricket.  We normally play outdoor cricket and it has had a really nice atmosphere. All the schools are getting along, helping each other and we have actually seen a really good standard of cricket.”


Manor Longbridge and George Carey CofE Primary Schools won their groups and battled it out in the final with Manor Longbridge snatching the win. 


The young cricketers will now be representing the borough in the east London round.


Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement, said: “Extra-curricular activities, such as sport, are an important part of a child’s education as they help with their social skills, competitiveness and fitness.


“Congratulations to all for taking part, especially to the pupils from Manor Longbridge for winning.  Good luck for the next round: I am sure you will do us proud.”



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