Form 8 Boys Leavers Cricket v The Fathers

Monday 1st July
Today’s annual cricketing extravaganza proved another roaring success. The weather played its part too and made for an extremely pleasant afternoon.

The Fathers’ elected to bowl first and opened with Mr Mulholland and Mr Rutherford. Both bowled well; accurate and not without pace, but the experience and cunning of Jake and Mac, saw the score board get away to a flying start. Jake was eventually bowled by his father and he was replaced by Callum at the crease. The two boys played some good shots and established a useful partnership before Mac pulled a full toss and was caught on the boundary. Caelan and Callum then stayed in for a while and kept the scorers busy. Caelan was eventually bowled by Mr Elliot and Callum, by Stefan, two cracking deliveries. Ollie and Archie both hit the ball well, found the gaps and ran well between the wickets. Mr Harvey claimed the wicket of Archie (much to his delight) and Mr Earnshaw got the prized wicket of Ollie. That left Thomas and myself at the crease to try and set an insurmountable target for the fathers’. Thomas was evidently much more effective at doing that than me but between us we helped to set the Dads’ a target of 158.

Mr Earnshaw and Mr Elliot opened the batting for the Fathers’, so Thomas and Ollie opened the bowling for us. The two boy’s bowling was tight and scoring opportunities were hard fought. Ollie bowled Mr Elliot with a corker but Mr Earnshaw proved harder to budge. Supported by Mr Rutherford, they both steadied the ship and the runs started to flow. A good spell with the ball from Mac, Jake, one from Archie and another from Ollie, saw the wickets of Mr Mulholland, Mr Rutherford and Mr Earnshaw fall, so it was the turn of Mrs Ballantyne and Stefan to restart the run chase. Both did so well and the Fathers’ edged their way closer and closer. Callum and Jake dismissed Stefan and Mrs Ballantyne respectively, with two cracking deliveries, so it came down to the last two batsmen, Mr Morris and Mr Harvey, to try to get the Fathers’ over the finish line. Despite their best efforts, the bowling and fielding was too tight and they fell 41 runs short.

My thanks to the Dads and Mrs Ballantyne for playing and doing so with kindred spirits, to Mr Key for umpiring and the chef and the kitchen for the delicious bbq afterwards. What a super way to conclude the season.

fathers v sons cricket

Mr I Purvis


Jules Birdsall, 10/07/2019

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