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Cricket: Notable double secured by First XI following Dolphins triumph

Cricket: Notable double secured by First XI following Dolphins triumph

Rydal Penrhos’ senior cricket side produced a notable double during the final week of the first summer half term.

The school’s First XI ended a very encouraging few weeks in style with two victories, which will give them a great sense of confidence ahead of a busy schedule before they head off on their summer break.

They began with a trip to St Mary's College, Crosby, and the Rydal Penrhos squad were in a strong position from the outset thanks to a superb opening partnership from Jake Palmer-Reid and skipper Owen Reilly.

Palmer-Reid demonstrated his impressive shot selection on his way to 47, with Bangor standout Reilly continuing his exceptional start to the campaign to finish the day unbeaten on 83.

Another outstanding contribution came from Prestatyn Cricket Club youth squad member Anthony Bowe, which enabled the away side to post a total of 180.

A strong performance in the field restricted the home side, who were unable to reach their required target.

This was followed by the eagerly anticipated annual Speech Day contest against the Rydal Dolphins, a team that consists of former pupils and people associated with the school.

Another solid bowling display meant the Dolphins posted a target of 109, thanks in no small part to a half century from Will Sissons.

Reilly was in stunning form for Rydal Penrhos with the bat once again before retiring on 50, with other contributions of note coming from Sam Bixby and Arran Sen.

There was drama in the closing stages as Rydal Penrhos needed two to achieve success with wickets falling, but Josh Thomas held his nerve to smash a four from his opening delivery to give the squad their second triumph in a four-day period.

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