Captain Cook Leads His Team On A Voyage Of Discovery

With the Cricket season fully underway, Mike Wilkinson. Head of Cricket at RGS recounts the events of recent matches:

“After losing six key Upper Sixth players from last year, this year was always going to be about re-building and, as with all new teams, we never know quite how they are going to work together. The first Saturday match against KES Birmingham gave a hint, as a decent RGS total, mainly due to the Captain George Cook’s efforts with the bat, was made very difficult for KES by some excellent spin bowling from Ben Sutton and Year Eleven Luke Allen. The game was won comfortably by 90 runs.  A win does wonders for the confidence and the Chesterton Cup round 1 match versus King’s Gloucester was won easily, Ben Hawkes bowling a superb 4 over spell.

We now play in the Finals Day at New Road on Sunday 20 May. The bowling looks the strength of the side but the next win against Hereford Cathedral School was all about the batting. Chasing a decent 177, an excellent tempo was set by the new openers, Joe Corlett and Angus Rees which allowed Ben Selby to play his shots and score a scintillating 96 not out off just 77 balls.

The sun finally decided to shine as we visited Monmouth School. Monmouth set an early pace and it looked as though they were going to score a large total. However, the spinners Sutton and Allen came on and the game changed, Monmouth only managing 127. The runs were quickly knocked off to give the 1st XI another confidence boosting win. Ben Sutton has 11 wickets already this season.

Elsewhere, there were excellent wins over Monmouth for the Under 15A team with Jude Rees scoring an excellent 50, Under 14A team – a very exciting finish after good knocks from Harry Vesty (50) and Joe Hallowell (40) and also the U13A and B teams, Ben Whitton knocking off the runs for the A side and Jack Smith hitting a very quick 53 not out for the B team.

On Tuesday this week there were also good wins for both Under 13 sides against Sir Thomas Rich’s, Ben Allen hitting 40 and Ellie Fawcett bowling well for the A team.

The Under 12A team have progressed through to Round 2 of the County Cup as, again, a new team is being put together. Mr Tanner has high hopes for this year’s Year Seven.

The Girls Under 13 team won their first game of the season against Abberley Hall on Wednesday evening. Playing ‘Pairs Cricket’ RGS scored 270 for 5 and Abberley replied with 230 for 9 leaving RGS the winners by 40 runs. Ellie Fawcett and Menna Sutton lead the team maturely and much was learned by the Year Seven players. Kaylani  Zulkiplee is an effervescent cricketer, Rachel Pipe bowled a very good line and Annie Hallowell and Samantha Ralph look very promising players. There has been a marked improvement in the play of Isabel Sherrington-Lodge showing that hard work and practice does make you a better player. Well done to all.

We hope the sun continues to shine as there is plenty of cricket to play as the term unfolds.”

Mike Wilkinson

Head of Cricket