King's Cricketers on Top Form
Over the Easter weekend, 17-year-old James R became the first former King’s Hall pupil to play in a first team match for Somerset. Many congratulations to him!
James is a very promising wicketkeeper/batsman who had the awesome job of keeping to two England Test bowlers in Jack Leach and Craig Overton. He said the pace of the bowlers was something well beyond what he was used to, but relished coping with the late movement.
James kept very tidily indeed, making an excellent impression. He held two catches, one of them a stunning diving effort to his right. He also had a little bat towards the end of the Somerset second innings, making a couple of runs, but did well to be undefeated. We will watch his progress eagerly! Having said that it is possible that James’ golf is even better than his cricket.
Over the following couple of weeks, James played a few second XI matches for the county. In these games he was joined by another former King’s Hall pupil, Josh T. The team lost a close match to Glamorgan by 3 wickets, but the game certainly ebbed and flowed. In Somerset’s first innings both boys contributed well scoring 27 apiece. Josh got as far as 27 again in the second innings, but James did even better with a very commendable 38. He also picked up a couple of catches behind the stumps.
In the game against Warwickshire (with Ollie Stone on their team – England player and generally regarded as one of the fastest bowlers around), Josh said that if he had known Ollie was playing, he would have taken the option of doing some GCSE revision! Somerset were soon in trouble and were reduced to 14-4. Incredibly, however, the two youngest players came to the rescue; James scored 32 and Josh 34 to be the top two scorers. The second innings went even better – the lads had a partnership of 62. Josh scored 37 while James hit a marvellous 71 not out to be the top scorer for Somerset in that innings. Their efforts helped to ensure that Somerset set a target well beyond their opponents. In completing the win, James contributed a stumping while Josh held 3 catches, one of them being a caught and bowled.
As we go to press James is playing another second team game against Worcestershire. Somerset are struggling to save this game, but another former King’s Hall pupil is also playing; Josh’s elder brother George who did well to pick up 3 wickets for only 17 runs. All three boys mentioned are in the Somerset Academy. Alongside in King's College pupil, Charlie S, who is in the same year as James and George, and also in the Academy. He played for Somerset seconds a couple of seasons ago. We look forward to seeing him get another chance, especially as we witnesses him playing some explosive innings in County Age Group cricket.
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