The 1st XI’s regular tri-yearly match against the Prince Alfred College, Adelaide took place on Friday. A touring squad of 17 players and a following of some 25 or so of their parents enjoyed a good day’s cricket. What looked like a comfortable win for the 1st XI with 27 needed from 14 overs and 6 wickets in hand dissolved to an ignominious defeat. However, the boys mixed well with their counterparts as they looked after them for the night and hopefully good contacts have been made in Australia.
The Under 13A team had a very tense tie in the County Cup final against Bromsgrove. With 17 needed off the last over, the team managed 16 to tie the match and share the Cup.
The final Saturday of the season ended with a splendid scene at Flagge Meadow. The 1st XI and Under 13 Boys’ teams were playing Wolverhampton GS and the Under 13 Girls’ side were playing Droitwich CC in the first ever hard-ball girls’ match to be held at Flagge Meadow.
In front of a very excited crowd, Droitwich batted very sensibly against some very accurate bowling from the RGS girls. Menna Sutton was very unlucky not to get a number of wickets and Rebecca Yarwood took a wicket with an excellent out-swinger. Katy Marsh’s second over was a wicket maiden and Grace Bedborough did an excellent job keeping wicket. Droitwich ended up with 274 for 2. In reply, Rebecca and Katy played very sensibly and then Grace and Menna hit some lovely shots. The running between the wickets was our downfall however and so RGS ended up with 272-6. Everyone enjoyed their day and we hope this will be the first of many such fixtures.
The 1st XI recovered from a perilous 42 runs for 5 wickets to post a challenging 230 for 9 against Wolverhampton GS. A superb partnership of 124 for the sixth wicket between Will Reading and Louis Dear changed the complexion of the match. A promising start by Wolverhampton GS was curtailed as Alfie Cook enticed a false shot from their best player. Cook went on to take a deserved 4 wickets and the run chase fizzled away as James Allen and Sam Hughes came on to take their first ever wickets for the 1st XI in their final appearance for the School at Flagge Meadow.
The Under 13s had an excellent win. Chasing 201, opener Ben Williams struck a quick 68 and set the foundation for a comfortable victory, Jacob Morgan-Iqbal and Will Godwin both finishing on 30 not out.
We have had a tremendous cricket season with impressive performances across all age groups. The 1st XI are playing in the RGS Schools’ Cricket Festival at RGS Guildford. With one match to play, the 1st XI can win the tournament today. Mr Wilkinson and Mr Newport are on tenderhooks and we await regular updates. Whatever happens, the boys have had an excellent week of cricket and it has been a fitting end to an excellent Cricket season.
Mr Mike Wilkinson, Head of Cricket