Saturday, 28th April
Cricket v Brambletye
1st XI Won by 27 runs
'Ness: Never stop-- Never stop fighting till the fight is done.
Capone: What'd he say? What'd you say?
Ness: I said, "Never stop fighting till the fight is done"!'
Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and Al Capone (Robert de Niro) in 'The Untouchables'
I must confess I didn't think we'd play cricket today. When we heard we were going to play, I didn't think it would be long until the weather intervened. Though it was dark, soggy and borderline Arctic, we ended up getting a full game in; and what a game it was.
I am determined to play aggressive, attacking cricket this season. In recent seasons I have become disillusioned with Prep School cricket, certainly on our circuit. Negative, overly defensive damp squib draws have become commonplace. This season we are going to try and win every game. If that means losing the odd game we might otherwise have drawn, then so be it.
In that spirit, we won the toss and batted first. Twenty minutes later that decision seemed unwise! I have never coached nor played in a cricket match when a side has been reduced to 6 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Yes the pitch was tough. However, I'm not keen on excuses and our top order need to reflect in a job poorly done. 6/7 then became 17/9; at least we'd be back in good time.
Then followed a partnership of grit, concentration and maturity. Ferrario, who'd rescued us on Wednesday, played a heroic innings. In Rogers-Thomas, he found a batting partner stubbornly determined not to give his wicket away as others had before. Charlie's 2 not out from 27 balls was one of the great '2 not outs' I have witnessed. Ludo played beautifully, paced his innings well and accelerated towards the finish. His 32 not out, in the scheme of things, was the equivalent of a hundred in better conditions. With a total of 60 from our 20 overs, we had a pulse.
Every run was precious and our bowling had to be spot on. Daley started beautifully and picked up a wicket in the first over. He was ably supported by Chavasse's miserly off spin at the other end. Daley took another wicket in his second over and suddenly we had hope. Smith took two catches at slip off Chavasse. Pelling, though struggling for accuracy, bowled a couple of beauties to continue our momentum. A sharp run out helped our cause before Fleming, the pick of the bowlers, cleaned up the tail with astonishing figures of 3 wickets for just 2 runs.
There are any number of sports metaphors that would suffice for this game. We were 'on the ropes', we were 'behind the 8 ball' and we were 'tailed off with a circuit to run.' However, we never gave up. There are many better prep school cricket sides than ours. Are there any gutsier? Not today. GdeM
2nd XI Drew
With the weather looking ominous, it was decided that playing a T20 would be the appropriate format for what might have been a shortened or interrupted afternoon. Brambletye suggested that keeping the draw as an option for the team batting second would also be a worthwhile exercise. We were very happy to agree with this as we have made it our aim to bowl sides out.
Having agreed terms, Ashdown won the toss and elected to bat. We lost Lucas early on to a very good swinging delivery but other than that, made steady progress. Ocean and Diego quietly accumulated runs and played us into a reasonably strong position. Losing Diego to a run out was disappointing but Javi picked up where Diego left off and we closed our 20 overs on 78 for 2. Special mention must go to Ocean for scoring a super 40 runs in very difficult conditions.
Brambletye started their chase with real aggression and were into the twenties within four overs. At this point it was looking like the chase would not take long. Thankfully, Alex and Zhangir started to find their range and we managed to get a little more control of the run rate. That said, it wasn't until the sixth over that our fortunes really started to turn when Alex bowled a double wicket maiden. Lucas and Tolly replaced Alex and Zhangir for the first change, Tolly bowling an absolutely fantastic line and length from the off and deservedly taking a wicket maiden in his first over. Lucas took an over to settle but, once he had, bowled superbly taking two wickets of his own. Not to be outdone, Peter also took two wickets, one from a maiden over.
With two wickets left to take and 19 runs required from the last two overs, we did our best to apply pressure but Brambletye rightly shut up shop and batted out for a well earned draw.
A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's cricket although perhaps some sunshine when we meet later in the season please. CS
Colts A Lost by 10 wickets
A tough day for the Colts A cricketers. Batting first on a wet wicket was not particularly easy, but we made a good start with Ed and Harvey looking untroubled as they took the score to 13. However, Ed fell for 9 and Harvey for 7. After that, there was a steady procession of wickets and we were all out for 37 in 13 overs. Khalel played nicely and showed a promising willingness to play with a straight bat. Brambletye batted well in their run chase, scoring 38 without loss in 9.5 overs. Harvey was the pick of the bowlers with 0-5, but in reality, we did not have enough runs on the board. We now look forward to St Ronan's on Wednesday. MH
Colts B Lost by 19 runs
The Colts B gave a terrific performance v Brambletye on Saturday. They won the toss and we were put into field. There was some excellent bowling from Monty, Huberto and Edward F. The fielding was much improved and looking sharp. There is still a bit of work to do on our bowling as we have a few too many wides away.
The batting was decent and we were chasing 108 runs. Huberto once again performed brilliantly making two brilliant shots carrying the ball straight over the boundary. Hunter and Miles also performed well. However, Brambletye's bowling was on point and they gave away few runs in terms of extras and we just could not get the runs required. Good effort boys and keep going. WK
Colts C Lost by 46 runs
The Colts C had a super match against Brambletye. Some were playing their first ever cricket match and the whole team tried hard. Vadim and Elias batted well and there was some good bowling from Harrison and Martin. Despite losing, all the boys played with good spirit and enjoyed their match. RC
U9A Lost by 63 runs
The boys went to Brambletye, having changed the venue due to weather conditions. We batted first and the Brambletye bowlers managed to restrict us to a low score with a few good shots from all the boys, showing some progress from last Wednesday. Unfortunately, we were unable to take many wickets in order to keep the Brambletye score down when we bowled. The boys battled hard and look forward to the rematch in a few weeks! TG
Under 9B Lost by 18 runs
We faced Brambletye for our first game of the season and despite the freezing temperatures, we showed fantastic potential.
We started off fielding and bowling and managed to hit the wickets twice demonstrating some good techniques. We still need to improve having a straighter arm instead of a throw like action. A few brilliant fielding points as well. Brambletye scored 61.
Our batting was excellent. We’ve not really focused a lot on batting but, we managed to hit the ball into some good areas. We scored a strong 43.
Well done to everyone for all their efforts and we now look forward to our next match v Lancing prep on the 9th May. JS