New Zealand Win Mini Champions Trophy
The build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy in Birmingham began in earnest as eight schools took part in a special Under 13s tournament on the main ground at Edgbaston, which hosts the final of the global cricket event in June.
Each of the eight competing schools from around the county adopted the nickname of a country competing in the 18-day, 50-over tournament. Thus Small Heath School, who ran out winners, played as Small Heath Black Caps for the day having drawn New Zealand as their country.
The other schools represented were Baverstock, President Kennedy, Archbishop Illsley, Bournville, Foxford, Lordswood, and Queensbridge. Each of the schools has received a Warwickshire Cricket Board coaching programme as a part of the Chance to Shine Scheme, which delivers cricket into state schools.
The schools all played three games during the course of the day in an 8 over, 8-a-side game, but were also treated to behind the scenes tours of Edgbaston and photo opportunities with the actual ICC Champions Trophy.
Andy Wyles, Cricket Development Office at the Warwickshire Cricket Board, said: “The ICC Champions Trophy is one of the biggest sporting events to take place in 2013, and with Birmingham playing such a major role – by hosting five games – we wanted to give an opportunity for youngsters to get a taste of exciting, tournament cricket at Edgbaston.
“Playing on the main outfield at Edgbaston isn’t something that many of us have the opportunity to do, but the children loved the experience and we hope this is something that we can make an annual event for the Under 13s tournament.”
In terms of the competition, the hard fought day of cricket came down to a final played between Small Heath Black Caps and Queensbridge Blue Shirts (India). The entertaining match went to the last over with Small Heath running out winners by eight runs.
Darren Farmer, Head of PE at Small Heath School, said: “The boys have had a brilliant day – they’ve been given the very rare opportunity to play on one of the world’s most famous cricket grounds and had lots of photos taken with one of the sport’s prestigious trophies. Thanks to everyone for organising such a great event.”