12 May 2022

There were some excellent performances against Warwick on a Saturday that saw matches won and lost off the final ball of the game, a tie, multiple half centuries and an amazing 7 wicket haul!

The U12 Bs tied their game in the morning with both teams finishing on combined totals of 182 from their two innings. Notable performances came from Oli Blaylock (4 for 4) and Henry Richardson (3 for 3) with the ball and Toby Williams top scored with 39 runs. The U12 As had a thrilling victory against strong opposition. Chasing a total of 138, Abingdon managed to get themselves over the line with just one wicket to spare, Joe Campbell finishing on 37no having retired earlier in the innings.

The U13 Bs had a very convincing victory against their counterparts. Freddie Galbraith with the weekend’s stand out performance on his birthday, taking 7 wickets for 6 runs to decimate the Warwick batting line up. The U13 As got off to a shaky start, losing a wicket to the first ball of the match, but recovered well to 132 for 6, with Finley Hoy (31) and Balraj Purewal (34) anchoring the innings. Warwick made a slow start to the innings, but gradually gained momentum to set up a nail biting finish, securing a single off the last ball of the match to win by 4 wickets, with Henry Golding finishing with figures of 3 for 16.

The U14 teams all secured good victories at Cox’s Field. The U14 Cs won by 7 wickets, with Alfie George making 29 runs. The U14 B team claimed a good win by 57 runs, with Niam Scott-Ram making 30, William Walters 45 and Jamie Ross 36. Posting 187 for 7, with Oliver Hewes and Benedict Robinson making 62 and 36 respectively, the U14 As restricted their opponents to 106 for 9 to complete victory by 81 runs. The U15 sides had a win for the As and a loss for the Bs, with the A team scoring 183 for 4 (Charlie Hunt 58 rtd and Jack Veal 51 rtd) before bowling Warwick out for 43 with wickets shared between the bowlers.

In the senior fixtures, the 3rd XI scored 223 for 5 (Luke Hooper 82, James Hewlett 59), before reducing Warwick to 83 all out. The 2nd XI were also able to bowl their opponents out cheaply for 72 with Arthur Sheppard finishing with figures of 3 for 6. At Warwick, the 1st XI lost the toss and bowled first with the hosts posting 206 for 6 in 40 overs. Alfie Smethurst and Rory King returning figures of 2 for 23 and 3 for 29 respectively. In response, Abingdon made a steady start to the chase, but were a little behind the run rate until drinks at the halfway stage of the innings, when there was a real change in momentum for the visiting side. Caspar Mannix and Max Siriwardene taking charge of the innings and putting the pressure back on the home side with some excellent running and ball striking meant an excellent platform for Matthew Fowler (21) and Freddie Deans to finish the innings off for a fine win. Caspar Mannix finishing with 84 from 54 balls and Max Siriwardene anchoring the chase with a well-crafted 46.

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