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PUBLISHED: 10:42 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 11 May 2010

TAKING GUARD: Coach David Cattley puts the youngsters through their paces

TAKING GUARD: Coach David Cattley puts the youngsters through their paces

TEN weeks of hard work and play came to fruition at Cokenach Cricket Club, with Barkway, Barley, Reed, and Therfield primary schools competing for the annual Cokenach Kwik Cricket Trophy. The cricket club had been visiting the schools and giving coachin

TEN weeks of hard work and play came to fruition at Cokenach Cricket Club, with Barkway, Barley, Reed, and Therfield primary schools competing for the annual Cokenach Kwik Cricket Trophy.

The cricket club had been visiting the schools and giving coaching sessions to pupils in Years 2 to 4.

Each team played two matches, with points awarded for a win and bonus points for the number of wickets taken.

In the first round of matches Therfield Reds had a convincing 58-run win over Barley Bulldogs, while the Therfield Blues ran up 190 to defeat Barkway Bees who finished on 110. Barkway Hot Bats narrowly overcame Reed Racers by seven runs.

The Therfield teams continued to impress, winning their second games, before Barley Bulldogs defeated the Bees.

With the Therfield teams both winning their second matches the title was decided by the number of wickets taken, with the Blues pipping the Reds by 27 points to 25.

It was the third consecutive tournament win for Therfield, with Kirsten Sparks of the North Herts District Council Community Sports Development presenting the trophy.

Coach and organiser David Cattley said: "The children had a great deal of fun learning cricket skills, and you could really tell that they had taken on board what they had learned.

"They've worked extremely hard and I am very pleased with their progress. Their batting, bowling, and fielding has improved, and they've shown that they are a very talented bunch.

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