Match reports from an exciting week of cricket
1ST XI CRICKET – A WEEK OF T20S BY ROBBIE
Last Wednesday the 1st XI had the first T20 game of the season against Ibstock Place school. We batted first and got off to a great start with Nancy scoring the first 50 of the season and Will sticking with her to score 36. Some tight bowling from Ibstock to finish the innings meant that we reached 149 after our 20 overs. Although we got off to a similarly good start, Ibstock pulled the game close as their top order stuck in. However, a crucial wicket was delivered by Sacha coupled with some good death bowling which secured our victory by 8 runs. Although our Saturday fixture was cancelled, the weather held enough for Sunday’s HMC National T20 competition to go through. Whitgift were our first fixture of the day after an early start and proved themselves to be a top outfit. Despite some solid bowling from Sinan and Zac , Whitgift reached 207 at the end of their overs. Unfortunately, Whitgift proved equally as good with the ball and despite some resilient battling from Shahab and Will we reached 71 for 5 after our 20, 130 runs short of our target. Following a quick stint off the field we were back on for our second game against Epsom College. A solid opening partnership between Sinan and Nancy got our innings off to a good start but we stumbled again with the bat, and only reached 91 from our allotted overs. Epsom got off to a hot start in the powerplay which allowed them to take minimal risks in the latter part of their innings. However, we stuck at it and took a few wickets before Epsom could knock the runs off with 6 over remaining. Although it was a tough day against strong opposition, we took some positives away and hopefully we can raise our game to a similar level in our remaining games.
1ST XI v WORTH SCHOOL FINAL SCORE: LOST BY 6 WICKETS BY SINAN
It was a 35 over game. Captain Robbie won the toss, putting us into bat first. After a tricky first period, we found ourselves 50-4 when Will and Zac came to the crease. An excellent 50 partnership saw us recover well in the middle phase of the innings, posting a final total of 119 with Zac reaching 39. At the halfway point we understood that we needed a perfect fielding and bowling performance to defend our own total. We came out into the field with huge enthusiasm and energy and were able to keep the run rate down, whilst taking an early wicket during the first 15 overs. Despite our early success, an excellent partnership meant that Worth reached our total in 26 overs for 4 wickets. Although our fielding was excellent, we didn’t have enough runs on the board to give ourselves a good chance at winning the game.
U14A v WORTH SCHOOL FINAL SCORE: WON BY 23 RUNS BY WILL
This was a 30 over per innings match and the winning margin of 23, in the end, looks a relatively easy victory. At a few points it seemed as if we were going to lose, but our bowlers really saved the day. Emanuel batted first and faced a side that fielded extremely tightly. Their positioning was great and their throwing at the stumps was very accurate. Their opening bowlers were very consistent and hard to score quickly off. After an early wicket fell, Anthony and Luke recovered well with a very important partnership, both hitting sixes. Anthony’s was so big; it was fielded by the wicket keeper on the next pitch. Anthony unluckily fell just before his 50, ending up with 48. Shortly after this Luke scored our first 50 of the season. Once again Matthew came in playing strongly on the off side, got us to 152-3. If Worth’s batting was as strong as their fielding, then we were probably 30 runs short. Anthony struck early, removing one of their openers cheaply. But then they dug in and were only one wicket down for 50. Our luck turned again when we took three wickets in two overs – another mid-innings vital breakthrough by Matthew and leg spinner, Aajan - one bowling, one stumping. But suddenly Worth’s score speeded up with their huge hitting No 6 – 18 off one over. Worth had a big advantage until Anthony came back on and removed him and then destroyed the remaining batsmen, ending with two wickets off the final two balls, leaving him on a hat trick. However, our fielding needs a big improvement for our next match against Alleyn’s
U13A v LATYMER UPPER FINAL SCORE: WON BY 162 RUNS BY JACOB
We won the toss and chose to bat and achieved a good score on the board. Tom and Ollie gave us a slow steady start and got a 50 partnership for the first wicket. Ollie fell to a good catch scoring a respectable 21. Then Jacob came to the wicket and the run rate went up, with Tom then reaching his 50, a well worked innings. With Tom retired Matthew came in and shortly after Jacob passed fifty too. Then Hal came in and he left promptly after being run out for nine. The inning finished with a few more wickets falling but Andrew, Max and Hughie pulled us through to a score of 198-7 off our 20 overs. Our bowlers came out aggressively and Ben and Emily took five wickets between them in the first six overs and left them in a hole. Max and Zach came on first change and maintained the pressure and kept the runs down. Jacob and Matthew came in and took three quick wickets before Tom and Ollie took the final two with great spin bowling. Our fielding was sharp. They were all out for 36. A good day out and we look to improve.