Batting first against Oswestry on Saturday, Sam Bixby got us away to a good start accumulating runs quickly but was dismissed too easily having dominated the game up until that point.
Such has the improvement been in fits and starts the less experienced cricketers are endeavouring to stay at the crease for longer and use up all their allocated overs. Zach Speakman 14, Adrian Lewis, a very positive innings of 24 and Ethan Morris hitting a huge six on his way to 13 highlighted this.
In reply only one Oswestry player got the better of our bowlers until he was caught very well by Harri Jones for 24 off the bowling Matthew Chan taking his first wicket since starting cricket only the year.
If that wasn't enough Matthew went on to take a further two wickets, one being a second good catch by Harri with his final bowling figures reading 3-3 from two overs. Despite this well-deserved spell Jasper Richardson was the bowler of the day taking 4-16 from three overs.
Winning by 62 runs was well deserved and hopefully this will lift their spirits as their season comes to a close.
Playing away from home for only the second time this season, the U13A team arrived at St Anselm's College looking to continue their recent form.
After winning the toss, the decision was made to bat first, but openers Adam McGuigan and Chay Bonnington gave themselves no time to get comfortable, with some dodgy running between the stumps yielding early wickets for St Anselm's.
The home side weren't to find another wicket for some time though, as Jacob Cousins and Osca Clark played sensibly, allowing the partnership to grow handsomely, without offering many scoring shots themselves.
So wayward was the home side's bowling, that when Jacob fell in the penultimate over, the partnership had grown to 94 runs, of which they had only scored 44 off the bat. Rydal Penrhos finished the innings on 133, having been gifted a total of 84 runs in extras.
The extras column finally working for rather than against us, the task now was to bowl straight and make the St Anselm's batsmen play for their runs.
Openers Laurence Richardson and George Watkins did their jobs superbly, and the required run rate grew higher and higher until the final 5 overs, when the number 3 and 4 batsmen began to play more aggressively to set up an interesting finish.
The final over arrived, with St Anselm's needing 11 to win, and the task of denying them fell to Chay Bonnington, who was involved in a run out in the first ball of the over, before bowling straight and true to win the game for Rydal Penrhos.
The U15 girls’ played Ellesmere College and elected to field first. The opposition were clearly more experienced playing many powerfully shots.
The highlight of the hosts’ innings was Sydney Johnson catching one of their openers behind showing the reactions of a cat.
Chasing 104 runs was going to be tough and unfortunately all wickets fell with no batters getting into double figures for us to finish on 64 runs therefore losing by 40 runs.
A commendable effort and while it was disappointing to lose the progress the girls have made over the course of the season has been great to see and roll on winter nets and hard ball cricket next season.