Sunshine, BBQ and good company and cricket, all that was missing from the perfect summer afternoon was Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff singing Summertime. This afternoon was an opportunity for the boys to play a different version of our summer sport. The tournament was made up of 12 teams split into 4 groups with the top team in each group progressing to the Semi Finals.

In our first game we comfortably beat St Christopher’s which set up a decider against Hurst. This proved to be a tense affair which came down to the last ball and finished as a tie. So both teams finished the group on the same points, calculations were made and rules checked but bad news was delivered to our boys as Hurst progressed due to the fact that they had lost fewer wickets in the group in fact it was only by 1 wicket that we failed to progress.

We then moved to the Plate semi and were paired against a very strong Bedes side who had come second in their group to an even stronger St Andrews. Playing against better opposition we also seem to raise our game and the boys produced their best batting display scoring 47 against a fierce bowling attack. Bedes batted and made a strong start but we fought back with a couple of wickets in the penultimate over before Bedes scored the winning runs with 2 balls remaining.

Bowling and fielding was fantastic all afternoon but one thing to remember for next year is that you can not afford to have dot balls when you are batting in this format. Every ball should be at least a single and we tried to score only in boundaries.

Team: Louis, Shams, Sam R, Luca A, Ali H, Nicholas C