18 May 2022

Stowe were our opponents this last weekend, with a series of very competitive games and final over finishes. At Cox’s Field, The U15 sides won all three of their matches with some notable performances from Tom Wilson (47*), Tom Nutbrown (34) and Isa Haider (32) in the U15 B win by 35 runs.

At Stowe the U14s were also successful in their three games. Restricting Stowe to 143 for 7, the U14 As completed an impressive 9 wicket win with Sam Grocutt scoring an excellent 75, Oliver Hewes continuing his impressive form with the bat, passing 50 once again, and Alex Elly taking 4 for 25. The U14 Bs won their encounter by 8 wickets, with Tom Saunders taking 4 for 38 and Joe Evans 3 for 13, whilst the U14 Cs claimed a 3 wicket victory with Will Bohdan taking 3 for 27 and Josh Bromley making 44 not out.

The senior sides were able to put out 5 senior squads this weekend and it was wonderful to see and hear of so many performances in each of these matches. Two games went to the wire at Stowe, with Mr Gold’s 3rd XI taking the spoils in a tight final over climax, to win by 3 runs, and then Mr Windsor’s 5th XI producing a similarly nail biting finish with Tom Woodrow holding his nerve to produce a great final over, with Stowe needing 7 from the remaining 6 balls. The 5th XI won by 3 runs with other notable performances from Freddie Bower (4 for 24) and Felix Loeffen (49).

The 2nd XI, hosting at War Memorial, bowled first and kept Stowe to a chasable 147 for 8 from their 30 overs. After an injection of pace in the middle to late overs, Abingdon lost too many wickets to challenge the target, falling 9 runs short with just the one wicket remaining. Fielding first at Stowe in a declaration game, the 1st XI stemmed the flow of runs for the majority of the Stowe innings, but couldn’t quite take their chances when they presented themselves. Stowe accelerated towards the close of their innings, posting an imposing 249 for 5 declared. Losing early wickets, Max Siriwardene made another very fluent 40 from 32 balls, but the consistent loss of wickets prevented any meaningful partnerships to form in the response. Matthew Fowler showed great resistance in a battling 46, but the side eventually fell well short, bowled out with just a few overs remaining in the day’s play.

In a busy week ahead, we look forward to entertaining the Oxfordshire Bulls U12 and U13 sides on Tuesday, a trip to Merchant Taylor’s in the U17 Cricketer Cup on Wednesday, welcoming back a strong looking OA side on Friday evening before a block against Winchester at the weekend!

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