The 2nd XI were fired up for their last fixture of the term. They had been frustrated by cancelled fixtures and schools that wouldn’t field a team against them. It was therefore, with enthusiasm and determination that they travelled to the artificial wicket at Rudgewick to play Pennthorpe.
Electing to bat, Miller and Dineen weathered the early onslaught by the Pennthorpe fast bowlers. The track proved very unpredictable with the boys never knowing if the ball would stay low or be up around their ears. It made for some difficult batting and runs came slowly. Miller saw the chance to score but played a wild sweep at a straight ball and was soon on his way back to the pavilion. He was quickly followed in and then out by Draude who was nursing some bruised and heavily strapped fingers and never quite got bat to ball. Thomas steadied the ship for a time and helped Dineen push the score along a little more respectfully but he too played all round a straight ball and was soon taking the walk back to the pavilion. Ko, Smith and Tuvey helped move the score along before departing and Nottage and Little were both unlucky to be out to balls that came up at them a little too sharply when they had both just started to score good runs. Dineen was finally caught for 31, a fine innings. Grainger added a single and Bandar was the not out batsman giving us a total of 67.
It was always a big ask to defend this rather small total but the boys took the field in confident mood and our opening bowlers of Miller and Dineen both managed to pin Pennthorpe back and keep the score low. Dineen took the first wicket in his second over and Miller took two wickets in his third and one in his fourth over. By this stage a win was a distinct possibility and when the first change bowlers also started taking wickets, Draude with two in his first over and Little with one in his third, we were in a much stronger position. It was disappointing that Pennthorpe had managed to keep the score ticking over and by the third bowling change, they needed just 16 runs to win. In spite of some valiant fielding the total was reached in the 17th over and Pennthorpe took the win.
It was, however, congratulations all round for some fine cricket by two well matched sides and a game played in a great spirit.
Well done boys, super ambassadors for the school and a most enjoyable
afternoon’s cricket. There were some well deserved compliments to both sides from the spectators. MB