1st XI Cricket v Lancing Prep

What a finish to the season as we took on the might of Lancing who I was reliably informed boasted several Sussex players as well as a South of England player amongst their ranks. Even before a ball was bowled James D pulled up lame and was unable to bowl or bat but fielded bravely despite the injury. Oscar won the toss and put them in. Despite facing some obviously more than competent batting the bowlers toiled away knowing that anything less than a good length was likely to be dispatched to the boundary. A wicket a piece for Oscar, Chris, Jordan, Morgan and Joe. However bowling is not much good unless it is backed up by good fielding and the boys have done well in this department all term. Today was no exception as all catches were gratefully accepted with one stunner at point from Sam. To restrict such a side to 144 for 5 at tea was in itself a great achievement.
Batting did not start well as both openers were back in the pavilion with only 6 on the board. Jordan joined Joseph and settled things down but not for long. Sam joined his brother and they batted sensibly playing some top shots before Joe went for 12. Morgan and Sam batted for 35 minutes taking the score onto 75 before Sam (11) followed his brother and was closely followed by Morgan (30). Andrew batted through but we lost quick wickets (Olly and Harry) to rather indifferent shots leaving 5 balls to go and Lancing needing only 2 wickets. Time for a little care I thought. None of it as Chris clattered 3 boundaries to leave us on 103 for 8 at the close. Match drawn. In terms of results not the most successful season but the boys have come a long way in terms of their technical development and there are a number of year 7’s who will be back next year. To be good at cricket you have to get the basics right which is what the majority have achieved.  JC
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