Rewarding End to the Season for our U11 Cricketers
Our Under 11s have just returned from Oakham School, where they took part in the England Schools National Finals.
To reach this stage, the team had to win their county and regional finals, so the standard was extremely high. In their pool, they had to play The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), Prestfelde Preparatory School, and Twyford School.
In the first match against GSAL, we batted really well, scoring 267 off of 12 overs (starting on 200). Thomas Rew and Thomas Watson batted together and scored a whopping 41 runs off the last three overs. We bowled well too, with the best bowling figures awarded to Thomas Watson, who took one wicket for nine runs. Unfortunately, our boys were unable to take any further wickets, making GSL the winners of this match.
The next match against Prestfelde was significantly better – the U11s appeared less nervous on the pitch, batting well and setting a bigger total of 280. When Jago Barclay bowled his two over spell, the scores changed dramatically and he was able to pick up four wickets, resulting in -20 runs to the other team. This was followed by a wicket from Monty Lyndsey-Smith, and a maiden over from Theo Lamey.
The third pool match was against the undefeated Twyford. Theo Bennett and Theo Lamey batted well together in the middle, but too many wickets followed, which made winning somewhat difficult. However, our boys fought back. Barney Mack caught two in a row at mid-on and bowled two superb overs. Nicolas Du Toit’s spell was equally nail-biting and kept the total down. Sadly though, we were unable to stop Twyford’s winning streak.
The boys played Merchant Taylors' Prep in the play-offs in an eight overs match. This match suited the opposition more than us, as only four bowlers were required. This being said, Monty and Nicolas batted superbly throughout, impressing not only the coaches but also their fellow teammates. When the opposition batted, we managed to get a run out in the first over, which kept the pressure on, but a few too many boundaries were hit. It was an extremely close final, with Merchant Taylor’s winning by just four runs.
Director of Sport, Ali Halls, said: “The boys played extremely well and it was a great end to the season. It was fantastic to see such a high standard of game play throughout the tournament, and we certainly hope to return next year.”
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