21 June 2021

There has been a lot of cricket played over the last fortnight and we have enjoyed fixtures against teams from Radley, Eton, Tonbridge, St Hugh’s, Abingdon Prep and most recently Reading Blue Coat. Against Radley, Tom Sherwood’s 5 for 31 for the U16s and Jago Dyer’s 5 wickets for the U14As were the standout performances with the ball, whilst Alastair Gray’s innings of 57 for the U16s and Freddie Smith’s 61 for the 1st XI were excellent efforts with the bat in a weekend strangely dry of runs.

On a wet weekend against Reading Blue Coat, it was understandable to see the ball dominate the bat. Freddie Merrett took 3 for 5 from 6 overs and Rory King took 4 for 10 in an impressive 1st XI victory. Will Simpson’s spell of 5 for 5 for the Under 14As was incredible, removing the opponent’s top order with some very accurate and skilful seam bowling. The U15As bowled superbly, with Freddie Deans and Thomas Mennie both picking up 4 wickets a piece at the top of the innings, before James Hewlett scored a composed 45no to steer the side to a 9 wicket victory.

The Lower School had some competitive matches against Reading Blue Coat this weekend. The 12As lost a little impetus in their chase against a strong opposition, in the end falling short by 20 runs. The U13s, however, bowled their opponents out for 100 with a strong, all round performance in the field. In response, Sam Grocutt’s dynamic 38no from 28 balls ensured a victory by 8 wickets, including a 6 to finish the game in style!

This week the U15s play Teddies in the County Cup Final and the 1st XI entertain the South Oxfordshire Amateurs on Wednesday, before we look forward to a full block of fixtures versus MCS next Saturday.

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