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Cricket: Rydal Dolphins host hugely entertaining annual week of action

Cricket: Rydal Dolphins host hugely entertaining annual week of action

A cricket team assembled by former pupils at Rydal Penrhos held a special annual event recently.

The Rydal Dolphins squad, which was first created in 1927, hosted their annual week of action from Wednesday, June 26 until Friday 28, which saw them take part in three separate fixtures at the school’s picturesque New Field site.

They began with a game against Rydal Penrhos’ First XI, and the Dolphins set a target of 126 all out thanks to a fine display from the home bowling attack.

Llewelyn Cowell showed his class at the crease to top score with 38, with Sean Kitchen close behind with a knock of 28.

The bowling tandem of Ben Davies and Owen Reilly helped themselves to four wickets apiece at the combined expense of 39 runs, and the latter also made a significant contribution with the bat to end the reply unbeaten on 58.

Sam Bixby was with him at the end to post 36 not out as the school’s senior side secured a comfortable nine-wicket triumph.

Better fortune awaited the Dolphins in their second fixture against Bury Cricket Club, who made 184-8 from their allotted overs thanks in no small part to a 68 score from Nick Whitelaw.

Ben Ashworth was the pick of the Dolphins’ bowlers, ending the figures of 2-17, with Andrew Fenby claiming a solitary wicket at the expense of 20.

They managed to reach their required target with minimal fuss, thanks to Matty Humphreys’ 74 not out and Sixth Former Owen contributing 67 to the overall score in a seven-wicket success.

Their final game of the tour saw the Dolphins take on a Ben Griffin XI, and the former pupil’s squad set a strong total of 224-5 after a tremendous batting display.

Dan Phillips was the star of the show with an unbeaten century knock of 103, with Fenby also aiding his team’s cause with 29.

A valiant effort from the Dolphins’ fell narrowly short of their target, with Sam Bixby (89) and Kyle Brown (35) almost getting them over the line.

Alex Davies and Griffin took two wickets each as the Dolphins were beaten by 27 runs to round off a hugely entertaining few days.

Photos by Tony Bale.

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