18 May 2012
Under 15A XI - Won by 7 wickets
In this season of rain, rain and more rain the Under 15A XI finally played a full game. Having played only a 10 over game so far, the team could have be excused some rustiness in this important National 1st round game against King's School Grantham. The opposite was the case as we lost the toss and were asked to bowl: Lawrence Randle (2 for 2 off 4) and Yash Kulkarni (1 for 19 off 6) reduced Grantham to 16 for 3 off 8 overs. Eddy Smith (2 for 27 off 6) took a wicket in his first over and followed it up with a special delivery (reward for his hard work in the winter) in his fourth over to dislodge their number 6. Johnny Singh finished off the tail in one over and finished with 2 for 2.
Chasing 83 to win Dylan Simmons, sent in to pinch hit, fell early but Sam Hunt (43 not out) and Steven Gopaul took the score to 43.
Sam Hunt playing a calm and controlled innings saw us home for a morale boosting victory.
Well done to all and we look forward to hosting either Nottingham or Loughborough in the next round.
Under 12A XI – Won by 95 runs
U12As batted first and made a positive start to the innings with Max Srivner scoring 19 and skipper, Alfie Coope,r hitting a quick-fire 23. Our momentum was sustained through Sam Mermagen, 23, and Kai Miller with an unbeaten 18, and our final total was an impressive 153 for 7 off 30 overs.
In reply Gresham's were soon on the back foot through an excellent piece of fielding from Jake Cushion and then some hostile fast bowling from Oscar Binny who finished with incredible figures of 4 wickets for 1 run off his 6 overs! Nine bowlers were used in total and all did an admiral job in testing conditions. Gresham's ended their innings on 62 for 9 so a win by 95 runs was recorded.
Under 13A XI – Won by 4 wickets
Gresham's batted first and got off to the worst possible start when Tristan Hipper swung his first ball back onto off stump with the batsman shouldering arms. White and Woodrow bowled well before Rory Bartram took centre stage taking 4 wickets for 24 runs from his 6 overs. Kit Warde-Aldam rapidy mopped up the tail finishing with 2.1 overs - 3 wickets for 4 runs. Gresham’s were all out for 68.
We stuttered in reply to 23 for 3; however, Tom Harris was calmness personified as he played the match winning innings. With wickets falling around him, Harris's shot selection was excellent making 36 not out as Connor White finished proceeding with a boundary 4 from his first ball.
Under 13B - Won by 44 runs
We batted first scoring 107 for 6 off 25 overs.
Harry Steward 21, Sam Nicholls 17, James Youngs 17 not out
Gresham's were all out for 63 after 18 overs.
Henry Lynch 4 for 8, including a hat-trick with the last 3 balls of the match
Joe Bailey 2 for 6
Champagne moment - a spectacular run out by Dougal Toms
Player of the match - Louis Crawford for an exceptional debut as wicket keeper
1st XI v XL Club – Win by 5 wickets
On another bowler friendly pitch the XL Club batted first : Josh Chatland and Alex Pett quickly reduced the opposition to 8 for 3, conceding just 7 runs from the first 14 overs before Ben Place cleaned up the tail with 4 wickets for 12 runs, meaning that the XL Club were all out for 41. At 27 for 1, an easy victory looked assured, but we contrived to lose 4 more wickets in knocking off the remaining 15 runs. Only Harry Windridge (16 not out) played with any composure and assurance.
Player of the day: Ben Place