7 May 2012
The Under 12A cricket team got their season off to a start with a tricky county cup match against a talented Taverham Hall side.We put them in to bat and managed to restrict them to 103 for 3 off their 20 overs thanks to some good ground fielding and economical bowling from Oscar Binny (4 overs for 7 runs) and Tom Williams (4 overs for 15 runs). In reply we made a steady start through Will Peirson and Max Scrivner, before Binny gave us some much needed momentum in the middle overs. With the game in the balance, it was an invaluable partnership between Will Pierson and Sam Walker that proved decisive. Pierson was out for 36 in the penultimate ove,r but Walker carried his bat and scored an unbeaten 17 and the game was won with 3 balls to spare!
The Under 13A cricket team got their season off to a flying start with an emphatic 8 wicket win against RHS in the national cup. We put RHS into bat and managed to restrict them to 114 for 6 off their 30 overs thanks to some good ground fielding and economical bowling from Oscar Binny (6 overs 1 for 15), Tristan Hipper (6 overs 1 for 13) and Connor White (5 overs 1 for 12). Alex Bilalis-stone reaped the benefits from the seamers’ good work to pick up 3 for 35 from 7 overs. In reply openers, Oscar Binny and Tom Harris made a positive start adding 38 before the former was dismissed for 22. After losing captain, Nico Papworth quickly, Alfie Cooper and Tom Harris played superbly to chase down the target with 6 overs still remaining. Tom Harris finished proceedings with a six over square leg ending up on 55 not out while Cooper closed on 18 not out.
It was a mixed day for the 1st XI in the group stages of the HMC 20:20 competition. Our first game against King’s Ely saw us compile a well-made 171 for 5 with Will Bryan (67 off 54 balls) and Will Catchpole (47) putting on 103 for the third wicket. In reply, King’s Ely adopted a “test match” approach to the chase and, never up with the run rate, limped to 82 for 4. Gresham’s had already beaten King’s Ely so the winner of our match against Gresham’s would decide which school went through to the next round. Asked to bat first against a much steadier bowling attack, the very chilly weather clearly affected our ability to make rational decisions about shot selection and we subsided to a woeful 72 all out. Very much against the odds, we showed considerable character when Gresham’s batted: we bowled tight lines, fielded with intensity and at the beginning of the last over they still needed 6 runs to win. Unfortunately, they managed to pierce the infield with the penultimate ball to secure the win.