1st XI Cricket v Mowden

Wednesday 11th May 
St. Mary’s won by 6 wickets

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1st XI: Freddie (captain), George G-F, Lucas, Samuel, Harris, Adam L, Lachlan, Hamish M, Rudi, Harry S & James Co.
Cricket played on a sunny afternoon; I’d forgotten what it was like! What a difference it makes too! Conditions were perfect this afternoon, the wicket was immaculate and despite a slow journey down, we arrived with time for a proper warm up. Freddie lost the toss and we were asked to field first.
Lucas opened the bowling and when the first ball of the innings was edged for 4, it was apparent that the short boundary and quick outfield meant this was going to be a high scoring game. However, 2 balls later, George took a fantastic catch off his toes in the slips, putting Mowden on 4 for 1. Perhaps the heat of the afternoon started to take affect, but Mowden then started to take hold of the game. It wasn’t until the 15th over with the score on 69 that their second wicket fell, this time a comfortable caught and bowled from Harris. Their 3rd batsman continued to prove resilient at one end of the wicket but at the other Freddie fell just short of a hattrick, leaving Mowden on 72 for 4. When their strike batsman lost his wicket, the score was 110 for 5, then 124 for 6. At this point they then lost their next 3 wickets without troubling the scorers, thus ending up on 124 for 9 off 25 overs. George too nearly claimed his hattrick, though his accuracy was rewarded with excellent figures of 2 for 10 from 5. Freddie too bowled well, 2 for 16 from 5. Lucas, Lachlan and Harris also picked up wickets. It was good to see all boys contributing to a good fielding performance. Rudi, Hamish, James Co and Harry all stopped valuable runs, no catches went down, although one or two run out opportunities slipped us by. Hopefully, they wouldn’t come back to bite us!
With a target of 125 for victory, 5 an over was very achievable, especially given the short boundary. Our openers of Harris and George both got off to a very steady and confident start. Harris (17) looked in particularly fine form until he tried to pull a short delivery and was caught at deep square leg. George (18) played some lovely shots but found the outside edge to a cracking ball and was caught behind. Freddie and Lucas then got the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Some quick singles, apart from giving their coach heart failure, were well taken and with the score on 61 for 2, we were in a confident position. Two quick wickets though can sharp change the complexion of a game. Freddie (11) was adjudged out, caught at short gulley a Samuel (1) tried to hit the ball all the way to Newcastle but was bowled off his pads; 63 for 4! At this point the team needed someone to step up to the plate and both Lucas (61 not out) and Lachlan (6 not out) did just that. Both boys steadied the ship and knew exactly what was required of them. They got their maths just right and on the first ball of the last over, Lucas hit the winning run giving the boys a thoroughly deserved 6 wicket win.
An excellent game of cricket played on a lovely wicket on a bright and sunny day; who could ask for more!? Well done boys.
Next Wednesday we welcome Longridge to St. Mary’s; a 2pm start is yet to be confirmed.

Mr Purvis

     1st Cricket 11 May 4
photographs courtesy of Mrs Letts

Jules Birdsall, 11/05/2016