As the premier cricket team representing the school at East Grinstead rivals Brambletye, we felt the pressure on a cold Wednesday afternoon. Our hosts sent us out to field, and a cracking opening spell by Jordan Bailey (4 overs, 8 runs, 1 wicket) kept the score down, and initially the fielding performance was a great improvement. Although wickets fell regularly, 2 for Oli Dodson and 3 for Charlie Dineen, the run rate picked up and before we knew it Brambletye had declared at 167-7 from 27 overs. Skipper Jake Norman tried his best all day to restrict the flow, but the whole team need to learn to listen and respond more to achieve this, and try not to let their spirits get down when it’s not going their way.
After tea, we knew we had 30 overs to get the runs, so there was no need to rush. Chris Fursdon and Harry Hickmet almost saw off the opening quickies, and at 20-0 after 6 overs all seemed well. What was to follow almost defies belief…..!
Harry was unlucky to be run out, but this started a wicket avalanche, some boys being unlucky, some boys receiving unplayable deliveries, but all too many playing risky shots and giving their wicket away. Skipper Norman knew it wasn’t his day when he was run out after a mix up without facing a ball, and all of a sudden Oliver Dodson and Siyoon Song were left at the crease with about 45 minutes to bat out. Sadly, Oli was out to a ball that deflected off his bat on to his pads and just clipped the off stump, ending Copthorne’s run chase at a disappointing 38- losing 10 wickets in 25 minutes for 18 runs in 35 balls. Brambletye were very strong, but we need to work harder at simple fielding techniques and defensive batting if we are to beat this level of opponent. Man of the Match was Chris Fursdon, who batted beautifully for 35 minutes, and provided a solid position on which we sadly failed to capitalise. RF