There are times in school cricket when you have the pleasure of umpiring a fantastic game of cricket between two sides battling hard for victory but played in a wonderful spirit and this was one of those occasion. The cherry on top of the cake was that there were 280 runs scored in the afternoon plus a last ball finish. Great Walstead is always the toughest fixture of the season as highlighted by last year’s game when we lost by 150 runs. Great Walstead won the toss and decided to bat, they went on to score 140/8 from 20 overs. Our bowling was a little short on occasions and got duly punished, but our fielding was first class with two direct run outs from Nicholas and Luke and catches from Luca, Sam, Ali kept us in the game.
With such a large total to chase when had to be aggressive from the start so we opened up with Luca and Shams. Luca unfortunately fell early and Louis joined Shams. What followed was a fantastic hour of batting as these two took the attack to Great Walstead keeping up with the run rate that was past 7 an over. Shams passed 50 for the second time in 4 games and has now broken the 150 runs barrier this season and with Louis batting very calmly things were boiling to an exciting finish. Louis finally went for 30 ending a 111 partnership and at this stage we needed 21 off the last 2 overs. Archie came to the crease and had no option but to swing hard from the start but unfortunately lost his wicket. So 17 off the last over to win. The last over went as so, First ball 4, 13 off 5, dot ball next, 13 off 4, 4 next ball, 9 off 3, single next ball, 8 off 2, 4 byes, 4 off 1 ball needed to win, single scored. Result lost by 2. We finished on 138/2 with Shams 67*. What a finish, What a game, What an afternoon. As I said at the start this may well be the toughest fixture we play this season. Great Walstead are a side packed with full county players and with 9 Year 6’s ( we have 4 Year 6’s) in their team proved to be a quality opposition.
Team. Louis R, Luca A, Shams K, Archie M, Wesley S, Sam R, Ali H, Nicholas C, Sam P, Luke F, Liban A.