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Friday 1st July
Today our girls cricket team played their County Finals Tournament at the Ageas Bowl. They had previously qualified by winning a competition at Hursley Park. The competing teams were split into two groups with every one playing every other school in their pool. The top two would then play the semi final. Fair Oak began with a fifteen run win against Springhill which was then followed up by another win, this time by fourteen runs against South Farnborough. Four Marks were our next opponents and unfortunately they won the match by eleven runs. This put the pressure on our girls in the next fixture against a strong Abbotswood team but Fair Oak won again, this time by just one run! In our final group game we played Marchwood who proved just too strong for our girls and went on to win by nineteen runs. This meant that Fair Oak had a nervous wait to see whether or not they had qualified for the semis. In the end, Four Marks won the group but second place could only be decided by wickets taken and it was Fair Oak that made it through to play the winners of the other group, Bosmere. In that match, our girls played really well and won by fourteen runs to book their place in the final where they would meet Four Marks again who had won their semi final. In a tough match, Fair Oak batted first and made 197 for 5. Unfortunately this was not quite enough and it was Four Marks who won by forty nine runs to be crowned County Champions. The Fair Oak girls really enjoyed the day and are looking forward to playing much more cricket in the future. Well done girls!
Tuesday 5th July
Our rounders team travelled to Hamble College today to play a tournament against other local schools. The tournament was a league format with every school playing every other school. Fair Oak began with a fixture against Wellstead and in a close game, lost two one. Next up were Netley Abbey who were soundly beaten by Fair Oak by a score of six and a half to nil. The final fixture was against Berrywood and again, Fair Oak proved too strong for the opposition and won four nil. This meant that Fair Oak finished in second place overall. Well done to our fabulous rounders players!
Year three also played a rounders tournament today against their year two counterparts from the infant school. The friendly competition was held on our school field and was for many, the first tournament they had played in. Every pupil played brilliantly and enjoyed their afternoon. It looks like we have a lot of sporting talent for the future!
Tuesday 5th July
The boys cricket team played their next Hampshire Cup match today away to Marchwood. The home side won the toss and put Fair Oak in to bat. In an uncharacteristic display, Fair Oak struggled to a total of 209 for 11. In response, the Fair Oak bowling effort was very good and we were in the match at the half way stage but unfortunately the hosts pulled away in the second half of their innings to end on 246 for 6. Well done to the team for their efforts in the Hampshire Cup this year!
Thursday 7th July
This afternoon some of our Year 6 Dance Leaders worked with 3L and 3H in the Wyvern Dance Studio to teach them a dance routine that our Year 6 pupils had been learning during the morning. This was an excellent leadership opportunity for our Dance Leaders and the quality of the routines that were produced were amazing. Well done to all of the Year 3 pupils involved and particularly to our Dance Leaders who worked brilliantly with their young dancers!
Today our boys cricket team played their County Finals Tournament at St Cross Cricket Club. Just like the girls, they had previously qualified by winning a competition at Hursley Park. The competing teams were split into groups with every one playing every other school in their pool with the most successful teams making it through to the quarter finals. Fair Oak began with a narrow one run victory against Craneswater. Our next match against Hordle was again close but ended in another Fair Oak win by nine runs. Two rather more convincing Fair Oak wins then came, first against St Marys by twenty eight runs and then against Great Binfields by seventy five runs! These results put our boys top of their group and meant that they would play St Michaels in the quarters. Fair Oak won this match once by twenty two runs to book a semi final place and a match against Chawton. In this fixture, Fair Oak looked comfortable throughout and won by thirteen runs. Abbotswood, who were our opponents in the final, won the toss and put Fair Oak into bat. Our boys batted solidly to post a score of 224 for 2 and then followed this up with some really tight bowling. With two overs left Fair Oak were fourteen runs ahead but unfortunately some superb batting from Abbostwood saw them home to win by nineteen runs. Our boys should be proud of their efforts today in finishing as County Runners Up. Well done boys!
Thursday 14th July
Today was the last of our dance workshops and for 3BS and 3M it was performance day! Just as before, our Year 6 Dance Leaders worked with our Year 3 pupils in the Wyvern Dance studio to teach them an Olympic dance which they then performed to the rest of their year group. The theme of the Olympics was used to try to inspire our Year 3 pupils and it certainly worked as they produced some fantastic performances! Well done to all the pupils involved.
Our cricket season ended in spectacular fashion with a win for our boys year 5 team in the County Cup at West Park School in Tichfield! The team had won a previous tournament at Lapstone Park to reach this stage of the competition that included the other best year 5 teams in Hampshire. Fair Oak began with a comprehensive victory against North Baddesley by seventy six runs and followed that up with an even bigger win against Bosmere, this time by eighty six runs! A game against St Peters followed and another win also came for Fair Oak by fifty three runs. This meant that Fair Oak won their group and would play Marchwood in the semi final. Fair Oak lost the toss and were put in to bat reaching a solid total of 255 for 1. Marchwood never looked like getting the runs needed for victory and ended with 226 for 3 to send Fair Oak into the final where a tough Droxford side awaited. Again Fair Oak lost the toss and were put into bat. Some tight Droxford bowling restricted our boys to 218 for 4 but some quite brilliant bowling and fielding from Fair Oak, resulted in Droxford only being able to make 209 for 4 which meant that Fair Oak are year 5 county champions! Well done to all the boys who represented our school so well.