2 July 2012
Under 15 National 20:20 Competition
The Under 15s showed great character to defeat RHS and progress to the last 16 of this National Competition. Sent into bat we scrambled to just 99 off our 20 overs with Eddie Smith top score with 22 and extras 23.
In reply RHS seemed to be in control despite losing two quick wickets but Steven Gopaul and in particular Dylan Simmons held their nerve to see us home by 3 runs. Alex Codd was outstanding in the field and epitomised the desire to win.
The team now progress to the South-East finals day on Wednesday 4th July at Sunbury CC
In the under 13 Brandeston Cricket Festival the Under 13A XI were runners-up in the main competiton. After beating Brandeston Hall by 16 runs in the 1st round and Taverham Hall by 35 runs in the semi-final, we faced Wellingborough in the final. We batted first and made 84/3, Tom Harris batted through scoring 44 not out. In reply Wellingborough stuttered to 13 for 2; however, we struggled to restrict the run rate in the middle of their innings. Wellingbourough went on to win by 6 wickets despite an excellent spell of 3 for 20 from Tristan Hipper.
Tom Harris shared the award for Batsman of the Tournament for scoring 123 runs in the day and only being dismissed once.
Will Cathpole and Lasith Ranasinghe were awarded their "20 cap" caps.
1st XI v Old Norvicensians – Won by 118 runs
After a poor start where we found ourselves 55 for 4, Will Bryan again came to our rescue scoring a fluent 91. After Will’s dismissal, a flurry of wickets left us some way short of a par score at 184 for 9, but Henry Parkinson (61 not out) and Tom Chamberlain put on 49 for the last wicket with Henry Parkinson hitting strongly on both off and leg sides. Chasing 234 to win, the ONs lost wickets at regular intervals; James Nolan was the chief destroyer with figures of 7 overs, 6 for 27. Victory by 118 runs.
1st XI v Ipswich – Won by 3 runs
In a 35 over game we struggled to score at a decent rate and our score of 151 for 6 looked to be well below par. This indeed looked to be the case for 32 of Ipswich’s 35 overs as they scored fluently though Henry Parkinson’s economical spell of 6 overs for 10 runs did peg them back a bit, but with Ipswich needing just 13 from 4 overs with 3 wickets in hand, all looked lost. They say it’s never over until the fat lady sings, but not even the most diehard Norwich School supporter could have given us much of a chance. However in an astonishing turn of events, including a James Nolan wicket maiden in the penultimate over, we captured the last Ipswich wickets to win by 3 runs.
2nd XI - Lost by 3 runs
Ipswich won the toss and elected to bat first scoring 190 for 7 from 30 overs. Norwich in reply saw some quality batting from the likes of Matt Wallace (44) and Callum White. It was Player of the Day, Oliver Ebbage, however, who put Norwich back into the match after a slow start, by scoring an outstanding 73 not out. With four needed to win off the last ball, it was a close finish to the match, which we ultimately lost, scoring 187 for 4.
Under 15A – Won by 3 wickets
The Under 15As continued their winning run with a 3 wicket win over Ipswich. Sent into bat, Ipswich scored 133 for 8 in 30 overs.
In reply, we faltered to 42 for 5 before Gopaul (38) and Simmons (25) steadied the ship. Eddie Smith finished off the game with a quick-fire 26 not out.
Under 14A - Won by 13 runs
The U14As had a fantastic win in a close contest by 13 runs. Oscar Binny (L4) playing two age groups above his own batted beautifully in a well-compiled opening stand of 69 with Tom Harris (U4). Blake Ingrams and Sam Crafer gave the innings some impetus as the team steadily lost wickets, finally being bowled out for 141 off the final ball. In reply Ipswich got off to a flyer at 46/0 from 9 overs. Sam Crafer bowling with some genuine pace made the crucial breakthrough. Blake Ingrams also bowled an excellent spell of 6-1-15-2, to put the brakes on the Ipswich innings. Fittingly Crafer took the final wicket to seal the result and superb figures of 4.2-0-11-3.
Under 14B - Lost by 3 wickets
In the U14Bs, batting first we crumbled to 13 for 5 due to some poor shot selection. Matt Mackintosh scored 18 not out as we scrambled towards a vaguely competitive score of 69 all out. In the field, we did not perform to the necessary level, and despite Simmons getting 4 for 15, we were beaten by 3 wickets. A disappointing end to a good season.
U12A - Won by 6 wickets
The U12A continued their 100% winning record with a 6 wicket victory over Ipswich School.
Having elected to bowl first we got off to a dream start restricting them to 17 for 5 off nearly 10 overs. Ipswich then got a foothold in the game with two decent partnerships and rallied to 112 for 6 wickets off their allotted 30 overs. George Angier finished with figures of 2 for 15 and Sam Mermagen was even more economical only conceding 12 off his 6 overs and claimed 1 wicket.
A lively opening partnership saw us well ahead of the run rate and despite captain Alfie Cooper getting himself run out for 18, Will Pierson continued the heavy scoring and notched up a 50 inside 15 overs. He too was run out for 54, but an unbeaten 18 by Max Scrivner saw us home.
U12B -Won by 8 wickets
U12B completed an unbeaten season in emphatic style; In a 28 over match, Ipswich batted first scoring 81 all out, Joe Wales 3-5.
Norwich 84-2 Jake Cushion 23.
A win by 8 wickets against a team who had not lost this year.