It turned out to be an excellent afternoon for the six boys chosen to play in the Hurst 6s tournament on Wednesday afternoon. With the weather in the morning threatening to spoil the day the sun came out and an afternoon of bright sunshine brought about some excellent cricket with a pleasing end result. The boys were put into Group 1 with Hurst A team and St Christopher’s B team. After watching St Christopher’s beat Hurst fairly easily we knew our first match against them would be a tough one. With only 5 over innings the idea is to score quickly. The first couple of overs were good with Joseph taking the first wicket of the day and restricting the opposition to vert few runs. The tight bowling carried on with very few extras being given away leaving St Christopher’s on a reachable 34-2. The reply started slowly with an early wicket being lost. The pace picked up though and the target became nearer and nearer with Joseph and Jacob playing the ball around nicely. Only 8 were required off the final over when Jacob decided he had had enough of singles and promptly blasted 20 off the final over to win the game. The second game against Hurst was a low scoring affair but this was partly down to Copthorne’s excellent bowling and fielding. Charlie took a two wicket maiden, a real rarity in this short form of the game, Ben created a fantastic run out, Jamie took a wicket for only 2 runs. It all seemed to come together. Austin behind the stumps also must be commended for putting his body in front of everything that came at him. The final total of 25-3 was easily reachable and Copthorne made it with an over still to spare with Charlie playing out the entire innings and was supported by Joseph who played some excellent shots.

This put the team top of the Group and into the Semi-Final of the top four teams out of the 12 who were there, quite an achievement already. Unfortunately the boys came up against a very talented Bede’s side who smashed 60 off their five overs although the boys bowling wasn’t perhaps as tight as it has been previously. 61 to win was a tall order and so it turned out as all the boys struggled to get the ball to the boundary leaving them on 21-2 all the end. It was a real achievement to finish where the boys did though and I was really proud of their efforts throughout the afternoon. All six boys played their part and Mr Pinnock would have been proud of you all.

Well done. CC