After winning the toss and deciding to put Oswestry in to bat, the U13A's profited with some quick wickets in a tidy opening spell from Laurence Richardson and George Watkins. After the initial success, the bowling became somewhat less tidy, as wickets became harder to come by, and the extras total began to increase at an alarming rate.
At the end of Oswestry's innings they had hit 30 runs off the bat, which may look like success before adding the astonishing 64 runs afforded to them as extras!
With 95 runs the target, Adam McGuigan and Chay Bonnington approached the crease and got to work immediately, communicating well when running between the wickets, and eager to find runs from every ball (or 12 runs from two balls in Adam's case).
After Adam fell on a well-made 20, the bowling attack began to gain momentum, and some well-pitched deliveries garnered wickets for the visiting side. Only Jacob Cousins provided any real resistance in this period before Cal Earle and George Watkins came to the crease with the intent to finish the game off in style.
Twenty runs came from their first over as a partnership and this put the game to bed, making amends for the lacklustre bowling display earlier in the day. All told, a deserved four-wicket victory.
The U14s travelled to Merchant Taylor’s in Crosby last Thursday to play their first game of the season. We bowled first and Josh Lynch took the first of his two wickets in his first over. Had our bowlers been more accurate we would have been chasing a total of 70 rather than their extras riddled total of 102.
Josh and Anthony Bowe got the team off to a very good start running well between the wickets and moving the score along from the outset. After Anthony was run out for two, Josh scored a very mature 46, Tom Hughes contributed 12 runs, Joshua Peevor 8, Aaron Sherrington 10 not out and by courtesy of Merchant’s 20 extras, all of which saw us pass their total, winning by 5 wickets.
The 1st XI played Oswestry School on Saturday in a 35 over game and after winning the toss elected to bat first on a slow wicket with a very wet outfield after a heavy dew overnight.
The fact that all of our ten wickets to fall were bowled indicates how difficult the wicket was. Only two players got into double figures, these being Llewelyn Cowell 45 and Mason Clark 22 in an extremely important innings equalled only by Miles Poller who scored 1 run out of a 53 run partnership with Llewelyn to post a target of 114.
When Joe Gardener and Jack Jones took a wicket a piece in their second over we were hopeful we had already taken two important wickets but this was not to be the case.
One of the two Zimbabwean cricket students played magnificently, scoring 79 before being bowled by Jack Jones in his fifth over by which time he had already steered Oswestry to within two runs of our total.