On Wednesday 13th July, a ‘staff v students’ cricket match took place on the lower site fields.

The year 12s and 13s set up the charity cricket match, with the help of Mr Singh, for Haven House. Haven House is a charity that supports young kids and provides a healthy, safe environment for kids with terminal illnesses. They continue to support families during hard times and it’s a charity that Beal enjoys supporting.

On the 13th July, with temperatures exceeding 25°C, over 15 teachers and students gathered to play an 11-over game of cricket afterschool. The staff team won the toss and decided to bat first, although a few youngsters joined their team in order to even up the numbers, the teachers put in a tremendous amount of effort and managed to score 81 runs whilst the students’ team bowled all of them out (including myself!)

During the second innings, the students needed 82 runs to win. Unfortunately, they scored 81 and were all out, thanks to Mr Matheson’s insane bowling, although they seem to think differently. We finished the match around 17:10 and then congregated to take pictures. For the whole 2 hour or so, all players and viewers kept their spirits up. The aspect I enjoyed the most was being surrounded by different parts of the Beal community, including drama, geography, and maths teachers and different year groups alongside the sixth form team. I hope to continue to raise money and keep the spirit of our year group up and next year hope for an even larger crowd!

Just to add, thank you to all of the teachers and students involved in organising the event, especially Mr Singh who has continued to spread his love for the game, we cannot wait to play again!

Navya Dwivedi 12AD