8 July 2012
Cricket Club Report 2012
Despite the early problems with the weather, 66 matches have been played with 77% being wins.
The 1st XI has had a very successful season winning 7 games, losing 1 and drawing 1.
The season began with an impressive win over Norfolk under 17s, which was encouraging for the season ahead. Despite the cancellation of a number of fixtures, the first team put in some more fantastic team performances: bowling St. Joseph’s College out for 52 and winning by 9 wickets; bowling Gresham’s out for 69 to win by 41 runs; beating the MCC by 4 wickets in the last over chasing a big total of 267; bowling Ipswich School out in the last over of the innings in a dramatic fight back to win by 3 runs. Special mentions must go to Tom Chamberlain for figures of 5 for 12 against Gresham’s, James Nolan for his 6 for 27 against the ONs, Sam Hunt’s faultless wicket-keeping throughout the season and Will Bryan’s magnificent 128 not out against MCC and his sublime 130 against Trent College to turn the match in our favour. Overall, this year’s youthful 1st XI showed good character throughout the season to achieve very good results and this bodes well for seasons to come.
1st XI player of the season: Will Bryan
Will has played for the 1st XI 49 times since M5. This season has been his best scoring 568 runs at an average of 71. Will was awarded full cricket colours.
Half colours: Tom Chamberlain, Will Catchpole, James Nolan, Alex Pett
The 2nd XI again swept all before them with some energetic and enthusiastic performances. They won their first 5 games, but with the possibility of a 3 year unbeaten run, they fell agonisingly short in their last game, losing to Ipswich by 3 runs. The standout performance was an unbeaten 113 from Alex Robinson.
Cricket Club Awards
Junior Batsman: Lawrence Randle
Lawrence has scored 389 runs averaging 48.63 with a highest score of 135 not out.
Junior Bowler: Yash Kulkarni
Yash has taken 21 wickets at an average of 13.3 at an economy rate of 3.6
Junior all-rounder: Oscar Binny
Oscar has played for the under 14As, under 13As and under 12As this season scoring 340 runs, averaging 31, with a highest score of 126. With the ball he has taken 20 wickets at an average of 12.45.
Most Improved Junior: Eddie Smith
Teresa Hilton Common Room player of the year: Miss Birchall for her hard hitting, accurate bowling and athletic fielding.
Coach of the year: Mr Bunting for his outstanding work with the under 15 group.
The unbeatable under 12s have reached the county final of the Bunbury cup which, if they win, qualifies them for the national competition next season.
The under 13s, after their trip to Cape Town, have made considerable progress this year and will undoubtedly target the county cup next season.
The under 14s came runners-up in the County Cup and should be commended for their hard work and team spirit. The highlight being a nail-biting 13 run win against Ipswich without several key players.
The under 15s have reached the last 16 of the national twenty/twenty, and our 3rd XI, under 15Bs, under 13Bs and under 12Bs have all enjoyed unbeaten seasons.
This year has also seen the launch of the House Cricket Festival, which was a remarkable success.
There have been excellent successes in matches this season, but the real measure of the Cricket Club is the level of interest, enjoyment and improvement of every individual member whether they are in the 4th form academy or the 1st XI. It’s fantastic so many of the school are actively involved in the game and are all contributing to the development of the Cricket Club.