King's Hall 1st XI Win Four Schools Cricket Festival

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t has been an extremely busy, yet enjoyable end of term for the King’s Hall Sports Department, who over the past few weeks have been putting all of their hard work into practise for a series of cricketing events.

Last week kicked off with the annual Four Schools Cricket Festival, which was hosted at Taunton School and involved local teams from across Somerset and beyond.

In the opening semi-final, the King’s Hall 1st XI were drawn to face Taunton School, and having lost the toss and fielded first, this restricted their hosts to 78 from 20 overs. This was also a direct result of excellent contributions from Rufus Williams-Pritchard, who took two for nine, and Johnnie Drysdale, who claimed two for 11.

In reply, George Geddes with 27, and Josh Thomas who hit 31, saw off the bulk of the chase, which was calmly finished by Max Earp and Will Mercer, both of whom remained unbeaten.

After lunch, King’s Hall faced Queen’s, who had earlier beaten Blundell’s Preparatory School. Batting first, the King’s Hall 1st XI managed to make 129 for eight, thanks to strong play from Ged Williams-Pritchard and Josh Thomas, who made 34, enabling the team to post what was thought to be a par score in the conditions.

Queen’s made an equally great start, before the King’s Hall boys fought their way back into the game with crucial wickets taken by Cassian McLoughlin, Tom Mercer and Johnnie Drysdale.

Needing three to win off the final ball, Queen’s could only manage to scramble a single, which meant that King’s Hall secured victory, winning the 2018 Four Schools Cricket Festival.

Following this success, King’s Hall were delighted to host South African Preparatory School, Cornwall Hill, who were on their annual tour.

Cornwall Hill batted first, with King’s Hall making a great start. Wickets for Tom Mercer (3-35) restricted the team to 38-4, but Cornwall Hill made a strong recovery.

Our boys fought hard in the hot conditions, but the visiting team managed to score 239 from their 20 overs. Good play from Rufus Williams-Pritchard (44) and Ged Williams-Pritchard (42) saw King’s Hall up 165-6 following their 30 overs.

After the game, King’s Hall staff, parents and pupils kindly hosted the Cornwall Hill boys before they moved on for their next match.

Director of Sport, Rob Holman, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Cornwall Hill. Not only were they great competition, but also polite young boys who showed respect and support for our players.”

“Matches like these are always special and it was a memorable night for all of the boys involved.

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