Saturday, 23rd April
Cricket v Christ's Hospital
1st XI Lost by 39 runs
This was one that got away. Games of cricket, particularly limited overs matches, though you play all afternoon, are often decided in a short period time. So it proved on Saturday.
We arrived at Christ's Hospital and under overcast skies, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat. They were away to a slow start and our bowling attack limited the runs whilst bowling too short (this was a theme for our afternoon). Gibbs came on to bowl as first change and immediately picked up a couple of wickets - fine catches from Tilley and Lindsay. Another catch from Tilley and an LBW from de Havas' first delivery reduced the opposition to 73-4 with eight overs remaining. Sadly for us, this was where the game was won and lost. Their number 3 batted extremely well and struck the ball very cleanly but, my word, did we make it easy for him! We bowled far too short and allowed him to free his arms. Suddenly 73-4 became 169-4 at the end of their innings.
Our response started well. Tilley and de Havas looked comfortable and the runs began to flow. We lost Tilley to an avoidable run out and then Gibbs to a ball that kept a little low. de Havas and Lindsay then formed an excellent partnership and batted maturely through the middle overs. Sadly the run rate began to climb and climb. Risks needed to be taken and inevitably wickets began to fall. We ended up posting a very respectable 130. de Havas batted beautifully for a fine 55. However, we were just chasing far too many runs.
There were a number of contributing factors to our performance in the field. Inexperience was one. It was also particularly cold when we were out there. Yet, as a 1st XI, we need to set ourselves high standards and on this occasion our bowling and fielding was not good enough. We will take the positives from this display, put the match behind us and move on to Vinehall at home on Wednesday. GdeM
2nd XI Won by 24 runs
A fantastic start to the season! After losing the toss we were put in to bat and made a positive start going at around five an over. Wickets fell periodically but Oscar held his nerve and scored a very pleasing 24 before succumbing to a straight yorker. Harold and Will also made good contributions with the bat but it must be said the extras column did our cause no harm either! Our rate of scoring fell away a little after Oscar's dismissal but we finished on 82 for 7 off our 20 overs- a pleasing score considering the pace of the outfield.
After tea, we set about defending our total. Roland and George opened the bowling, George generating decent pace whilst Roland was finding some in swing and cutting the ball away from the right hander. Roland took three wickets in his first over, giving us the platform we needed to bowl the opposition out. All the bowlers contributed with wickets, Roland finishing with 4, Harry 1, Oscar 1, George 1, Fernando 1 and Harold 1. The Thatcher boys also joined forces to fashion a run out. I was particularly pleased with Finn's attitude and ability in the field.
Christ's Hospital fell 24 runs short of the target despite a very strong innings from one of their top order. Congratulations to all for an enjoyable and promising performance. CS
3rd XI Lost by 9 wickets
The 3rd team was away at Christ's Hospital this Saturday for their first fixture of the Summer Term. Although the temperature was closer to the one in February the boys were looking forward to testing themselves after a week of practice. Callum was our captain today and he elected to bat first, Despite some good shots from Misha, Seb and Runo, we did not manage to build strong partnerships and we finished the innings 42 for 9. We will have to progress in our ability to strike the ball hard and judge the good balls from the bad ones.
The second inning saw Myles taking the first wicket of the season after a run out and some help from Alexander H. Among the bowlers, we saw some promising stuff coming from Ralph, Tise and Seb.
It was our first match and we still have points to improve and we can target those weaknesses in order to improve in the next few matches. SR
Colts A Won by 8 wickets
The Colts A cricketers began their season with a very encouraging victory against Christ's Hospital U12B. Both teams included boys playing their first ever game of cricket, so it was hugely beneficial for the boys ... and for the coaches! Our visitors batted first and we did well to dismiss them for 17. Vlad had the best figures with 3-3, Will took 3-5, Jack 2-1, Tom 2-3, while Josh also took a wicket. Murray did well as wicket-keeper with a catch and a stumping. After tea we started our chase by letting all the boys who didn't get a bowl have a bat first. After losing two early wickets Liam and Tolu batted nicely to win the game. We continued batting for about three-quarters of an hour to allow both teams to have further practice. We finished at 86-3 with everyone getting a bat. Josh top-scored with 17 retired, while Charlie made 10 retired and Vlad 8 retired. We now look forward to Vinehall on Wednesday. MH