Cleve girls cricketers are the state’s best | PHOTOS

Cleve Area School can now boast the best year 6/7 girls’ cricket team in South Australia after winning the 2017 Milo T20 Blast School Cup at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

The school also had a boys’ team in the competition, which came sixth out of 23 teams.

Cleve Area School won the regional competition against Lock, Cowell and Kimba, which sent them through to Adelaide.

The competition saw 30 schools take part, with 10 schools entering a boys and girls team.

Games were a simple, modified format of 45 minutes each, with limited batting time for each pair and every student having the opportunity to bat, bowl and field.

Teams were ranked on winning percentage, with a play-off taking place at the end of the day for the ultimate prize between the two highest-ranked teams in each division.

The Cleve girls won all of their games, which were played against Port Elliot, Salisbury Park, Golden Grove and St Gabriel’s before playing Colonel Light Gardens in the final playoff.

The boys’ team won their first three games against Golden Grove, Memorial Oval and Angaston but lost to Tenison Woods and St Augustines.

South Australian Cricket Association market development coordinator Ellie Robinson was thrilled to see more than 370 children take part in the event.

“It was fantastic to see so many kids here, having the opportunity to play on Adelaide Oval where the Ashes Test match will take place in just a couple of weeks’ time,” Ms Robinson said.

“The school cup is always a really fun day that allows kids to engage in fun and friendly competition, while further developing their cricket skills.”

As winners, the girls will get to be part of the Next Gen On-Ground Experience for the first Adelaide Strikers home game against the Brisbane Heat.