Against Ellesmere College in a 35 over game, the 1st XI won the toss and opted to bowl first on a damp wicket.
With the exception of Joe Gardner who took 4 for 32 off his nine overs our bowlers were too inconsistent and once the Ellesmere middle order recovered after being 39 for 4 in the ninth over they scored 215 for 7.
Three catches by Fin Hare, Anthony Bowe and Henry Davies were all brilliant in their own way but a caught and bowled by Joe was as good as you would hope to see at any level of cricket.
In reply, only two of their six bowlers conceded more than 20 runs and we were under pressure almost immediately when stand in opener Jack Jones fell in the second over.
Alex Benfield scored a rather “unique” innings of 49 with some excellent shots which included a few of his own thrown in for good measure! Llewelyn Cowell’s 22 looked in good shape before being stumped just after the drinks break in an attempt to chase down the Ellesmere score with Henry Davies 21 not out.
The U15's travelled to Ellesmere College; a beautiful setting, glorious weather and two teams hungry for their first win of the season.
Ellesmere batted first and despite some tremendous fielding from Eddie Hackman and a glorious catch from Theo Bryant they went on to make 129 runs due to some excellent batting and a few too many extras from wides and no balls.
Rydal Penrhos went in to bat needing more than a run a ball and Ellesmere set the field accordingly. Runs were hard to come by and just as momentum started to build, the home side would take a wicket.
Some dogged play from Theo Bryant and test match special batting from Adrian Lewis meant that we completed the 20 overs but were 60 runs short.
The U13A team produced an encouraging display on Saturday and were gracious in defeat to a strong Ellesmere team with some strong cricketers.
Captain Jacob Cousins won the toss and elected to bat, a choice that he would later regret, as Rydal found it hard to score on a wet wicket with very little bounce.
Openers Adam McGuigan and Osca Clark played sensibly but found no help in the pitch, only George Watkins was able to accelerate the run rate with a few boundaries towards the end of the innings.
In the field Rydal Penrhos started well, with Cal Earle picking up a couple of early wickets, and some tight overs from Laurence Richardson, Bentley Hodgson-Roberts and Jacob Cousins.
The Ellesmere captain had other ideas however, and took full advantage as the wicket dried out, turning on the flare and scoring several boundaries on his way to an unbeaten 40 to win the match for his side.
Overall, the U13A’s should be pleased with their performance which was much improved in the field, as they were beaten by a classy innings from the opposing captain and by the conditions.
The U13B team lacked consistency in their bowling efforts on Monday against Eirias and conceded over thirty runs to extras which is a key area we need to address.
Zac Roberts as wicketkeeper and a smart run out by Lawrence Richardson led a tidy fielding display but there is work in this area to be done too.
The opposition scored 65-5 in their sixteen overs and we reached the target comfortably to win by seven wickets. There were some very encouraging strokes from Zac, James Copeland, Christian Cheesley and Lawrence.