The 1st XI and U11A teams travelled to Yorkshire on Sunday 18th June on our annual cricket tour. After surviving a very warm drive and a good night’s sleep both teams were ready for their first fixtures against St Olave’s, York on Monday and then Woodhouse Grove on Tuesday.
The Year 6 boys were fantastic company on a very enjoyable tour to Yorkshire. Boys maintained effort and focus despite very hot conditions. They were well beaten in the first game by a strong St Olave’s team but recorded a good win in the second game against Woodhouse Grove. George Wilkinson was the pick of the bowlers with accurate bowling picking up wickets in both games. Oisín Connolly was a star behind the stumps taking 4 dismissals in the second game. Archie Quinnen and Johnny Codrington both captained the side admirably. Well done to all the boys.
The 1st XI experienced similar successes. In the game against St. Olave’s, York the team laid a solid foundation, stumbled a bit and then recovered (mainly due to a solid 61 by Ollie Sykes) to set a target of 122 in 25 overs. The boys then bowled and fielded exceptionally well to bowl the opposition out for 78. The wickets were shared around by the bowlers and Johnny Codrington (U11A captain) stepped up to help us – taking 4 catches and 2 wickets on his first XI debut.
In the second fixture against Woodhouse Grove some outstanding cricket was played. Batting first, we gained a solid start (60 without loss of 10). After losing 2 quick wickets, Ollie Sykes and Callum Porritt set about restoring the innings. Callum was very measured in his innings and a perfect foil for Ollie Sykes. Ollie started watchfully but then exploded into a brutal innings. He got out in the 28th over having taken the bowling attack apart. We concluded our innings on 212 off 30 overs. Ollie scored 112 of 56 deliveries (of these 56 deliveries 17 were dot balls!) Elliott Simmonds (aided by some very good fielding) then ripped the heart out of the batting by taking 6 for 9. A thank you must also go to Archie Quinnen who played up from the U11A’s. He fielded very well and had a very solid bowling spell.
Well done to all the boys on a very enjoyable trip and thank you to the staff who accompanied them for making this possible.