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The season started on Wednesday 15th April with an A XI game against the New Zealanders of Christ’s College, Canterbury.  Eton posted 303 with 113 from Sangha and 83* from Gibson, and it looked a good target.  Excellent batting from the tourists in contrasting styles saw them home comfortably after a strong all-round display.  USA also played the tourists, and they won a close-fought game, helped by good fielding and 95 in the first innings from Shaw.  On Thursday the XI played I Zingari and won well by bowling out the opposition with a far more disciplined bowling display and six wickets for Barber.  They took this good form into the match with Marlborough and 93* from the captain, Vanderspar, with 62 from Hobson, saw a well-deserved victory by nine wickets.  In the other matches against Marlborough there plenty of good performances from boys with very little practice under their belt: 45* from N Hely-Hutchison for the XXXIII, a wicket first ball for Paul in the Lower Sixpenny F, wickets for Roy mi in Threepenny 1 (and 77 for James) among them.  Jones made a powerful 60 for LSA and LSC recovered from 22-6 to win their match, with Butler matching Jones six for six. The stat of the day was that LSE’s opponents were 3 for 3 off the third ball of the third over (and they also managed to win!).  Strawberry played the Royal Household and enjoyed their tea, having not batted for long enough!   That there was any cricket at all is a great reflection of the work of the groundsmen, and the late evening sunshine of Saturday was a great reward for the hard work of beaks and boys through poor weather on Friday. One or two batting collapses, and tales of piles of dropped catches show that typical early season issues haven’t left us yet. 

 

Dr Tim Beard

Master in Charge of Cricket

 

DATE POSTED: 21 April 2009

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