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We continued to be fortunate with the weather this week.  Rain on Monday left the pitches wet but playable for fixtures against St Bede’s, Cranleigh and the MCC.  The XI v MCC was the highlight of the day, with Ted Morrison taking 5 early wickets to help dismiss a strong batting line-up for 213.  Ivo Hobson then batted with skill and authority against James Bruce (OE and recent Hampshire player) amongst others to score 127* and see the XI to victory by eight wickets.  St Bedes 1st XI were too strong for the XXII despite the loss of early wickets and our batsmen could not resist their pace attack.  Their U15A were also a good side and beat Lower Sixpenny B, while Lower Sixpenny A fought hard to overcome Cranleigh by six wickets.  A good team performance from Threepenny 2 beat St Bede’s U14A – strong performances from Longstaff (for LSC) 110*, Weld (for LSD) 5 wickets, JH Gray (for T3) 83 and James (for T1) 50 showed that the season was well into its stride.  The big block fixture against Wellington on Thursday was a great success, and all matches were played in a competitive yet friendly spirit on true and reliable surfaces.  The XI won by eight wickets to continue their excellent run, the XXII fought off spirited batting to make the most of a first innings 73 from Worthington, the XXXIII chased down 148 while the Lower Club worked hard but in vain to defend a low total (much as the Middle Club had against St Bede’s 2nds).  Tom Shaw’s 107* for USA helped them to win their game, while big totals in some other games proved our strength in depth.  Haldane, with 130 for USC, and H. Morris with 101* for T5 will remember their day with pride.  Weld this time scored runs for LSD (95*) and Teddy James carried on his good form with another skilful innings of 92 in T1’s defeat to a strong and dynamic Wellington U14A side.  T2 also came off second best but their batting is improving and they’re keeping ahead of those playing well for T3 – pretty much all of them!  There were also games against Harrow junior sides and LSE, LSF and T7 all managed to score more runs than the opposition and enjoy their afternoon.  Let’s hope the weather holds in May as we take on Charterhouse, Tonbridge and Millfield before Long Leave, with games also against Reading, Windsor Boys’ and Bradfield.  On Tuesday 12th May LSA take on Tonbridge in a Lord’s Taverners Cup match on Upper Club.

 

Dr Tim Beard

Master in Charge of Cricket

 

 

DATE POSTED: 05 May 2009

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