Annual stoolball event: EPJS staff vs EP stooball team
East Preston Stoolball Club 164 v 151 East Preston Junior staff
The now-traditional event of the East Preston Festival week saw a bumper crowd gathered to enjoy the spectacle.
The East Preston Stoolball team, dressed in their traditional purple colours, lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The EPJS team, made up of staff from the school were dressed in blue. They were clearly excited to be playing against the more experienced stoolball players, and the prospect of winning the trophy for this annual fixture.
The game began with a flurry of activity, as both teams worked hard to gain an advantage. The stoolball team showed their experience, with precise batting late on to counter EPJS early successes with their impressive speed and agility in the field.
As the sun set behind the trees, the crowd cheered their respective teams on, every catch and hit met with applause. Both sides fought hard, but it was the stoolball team who eventually emerged victorious. The players congratulated their opponents on a well-contested game, and joined the crowd in a post-match gathering, enjoying refreshments and a prize draw raising funds for both the school and the stoolball club
As the evening drew to a close, everyone left with smiles on their faces, already looking forward to next year's game.
We would like to thank everyone involved in arranging the game: East Preston Cricket club for the beautiful venue, East Preston Stoolball club for the fabulous spirit in which the game was contested, the umpires, scorers and of course everybody behind the scenes that made this occasion happen - particularly our own Mrs McRae who is the driving force behind this annual fixture. We would also like to say a big thank you to the spectators - both children and adults - that cheered both teams along.