The Under 14 side travelled to St Anselm’s on Saturday. We batted first but only managed to post a total of 45, failing to use up all of our 20 overs. Despite some excellent fielding, reasonable bowling and some much-improved wicket keeping from Ben Davies, the opposition passed our total in only eight overs for the loss of one wicket.
A disappointing morning as there was very little between the two teams in terms of ability. We need to show more patience at the crease and build partnerships if we are to reach our potential this season.
It was another enthralling display from the U13A’s on Saturday as they notched up a rather convincing 25-run win over St Anselm’s College at New Field.
We won the toss and elected to bat in the bright sunshine, and it looked as if Osca Clark and Arran Sen would never leave as they put on a marvellous 90-run partnership to help us towards a total of 121.
Osca, in particular, looked well on his way to a half-century before falling with eight balls remaining on a score of 45. Arran himself finished with a classy 39 not out.
St Anselm’s College then took to the crease needing 122 runs from their 20 overs. They started slowly and never looked like catching up to the increasing run rate, struggling to score runs off the bat with the vast majority of their runs again coming from extras.
Arran Sen was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets from his two overs, but most pleasing were the performances from Bentley Hodgson-Roberts and John Williams. Both have improved markedly in recent months, and with figures of 0-11 and 1-15 from 3 overs each, they should be proud.
Some sloppy fielding with several dropped catches and a missed run out allowed Merchant Taylor's to get off to a better start than they otherwise might have against our 13b team on Monday.
However, Cieran Milligan (playing up from Year 5) and Man of the Match, Harry Fardoe from Year 6, bowled with greater consistency with Ciaran making the initial breakthrough and Harry taking the other three wickets in Merchant's 105-4.
Batting wise, we were never really there but some obdurate defence from James Gilman ensured the Prep pupils really contributed well and we ended the game with a draw.
The B team secured another good draw on Saturday against St Anselm’s. Improvements in all areas saw our opponents make 105-4 with the wickets taken shared amongst the bowlers. In reply, James Copeland with 15 and Dominic Vos got us off to a good start and although we lost six wickets, our score did reach 62 before the innings was complete.