Bassetts Farm Primary School a big hit in rounders
PUBLISHED: 10:39 17 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:39 17 June 2015
Bassett Farm Primary School rounder’s team are on their way to the Devon Finals to be held on June 24.
After narrowly qualifying for the East Devon Finals, the team, comprising of Kyle Pearcey, Joel Evans, Keiran Richardson, Igor Opilowski, Ashley Drake, Naomi Moyle, Rachel Stone, Emma Churchyard and Eleanor Messom were in terrific form as they won the East Devon Championship.
In the county finals they will join two other sporting teams from the school, Quad Kids Athletics and Tennis.
The team, led by captain Kyle Pearcey, were exemplary in the field as they limited their opponents to low scores. Pearcey organised and encouraged the team well so that everyone was motivated from start to end. Rachel Stone bowled superbly, not conceding a single rounder from no balls – a remarkable achievement. Elsewhere, clinical catching and throwing between fielders demonstrated Bassetts overall commitment to working together as a team.
With the bat, Bassetts were also clinical – Evans, Drake, Pearcey and Moyle regularly hitting rounders, whilst the rest of the team kept the score board ticking with half-rounders (full rounders at times too!)
In the group stages Bassetts beat Sidbury 8-2, Uffculme 8-7 and All saints 8-4.
That set up a semi-final against Clyst Hydon and, in a close contest, hits from every team member together with double hits from Moyle and Drake saw them win 10-7.
The final was also a tight encounter. Bassetts were restricted to six – their lowest score in the tournament. However, a tight, well-organised field made scoring very difficult for Upottery, who were limited to just two rounders to see Bassetts to the top honour.
Bassett Farm Primary School PE coordinator Andy Empson said: “It was a richly deserved victory for the team. They all worked very hard to overcome some tricky opponents. They now go on to the Devon Finals, where they will face the other top seven schools in Devon! If they manage to topple the other schools, it would send Bassetts into a national competition against the best schools in England! Well done, everybody.”