25 May 2021

Last Saturday saw the Cricket Club play a block fixture against Winchester College. Despite the recent, heavy rain, all games were completed. Away at Winchester, the 1st XI fielded first in a 40 overs match. Our opponents posted 224, with the opening batsman making an impressive century. Despite a steady start, we struggled to add impetus to the innings, with the required run rate increasing quickly. The side ended up 40 runs short for the loss of 4 wickets.

The 2nd XI bowled Winchester out for 140, with Matthew Fowler taking an impressive 3 wickets for 5 runs. Despite a fluent 63 from Max Siriwardene, the visiting side managed 127 for the loss of 3 wickets, finishing 13 shy. Playing at home, the 3rd XI fielded first and limited their opponents to 84, with Seb Skinner claiming 3 wickets. In response, Amar Mattu anchored the innings with a fine 45 to see the team over the line for the loss of 3 wickets.

At a damp Cox’s Field, the U15 As found the going tough, and were bowled out for 80 on a sticky wicket. Winchester reached this target for the loss of 5 wickets with Freddie Bower taking 3 wickets. In similar conditions, the B and C teams had convincing wins by 62 and 91 runs respectively. Luke Hooper making 36 for the Bs and Christian Lyons-Appiah (4 for 7), Luca Zurek (27 no), Daniel Whittenbury (29 no) Oli Bury (26 no) all making strong contributions in the C team. The U15D team also enjoyed a very successful afternoon away at Stowe, winning their fixture by 45 runs with Reggie Lambert and Sam Ramsey starring with bat and ball.

The U14 sides all travelled to Winchester. The As restricted their opponents to 99 all out with Connor Lamsdale taking 4 for 7. Sadly, the chase fell apart somewhat, with Abingdon falling to 91 all out. The Bs and Cs both enjoyed some resounding success with standout performances coming from Finn Gregory (37), Matthew Stone (25), Arnav Bharti (27 no), Ollie Johnson (39), Freddie Arnold (4 catches), Freddie Clark (4 for 7), Liam Engall (3 for 2), George Coombs (23) and Douglas Amlot (24).

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