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Last week the 1st XI played their prestigious declaration game against the MCC. The boys toiled in the field and kept the club down to a reasonable total. In response the team were unable to withstand the mature swing bowling from the MCC and despite a stalwart innings by the Captain, Williams, Sheehan, Ainley and Mills, the 1stXI succumbed to defeat with only 4 overs to spare, agonisingly close to a draw. Sheehan's three wicket haul earned him the players award from the MCC captain after the game.
Also, last week all the age group teams played at the Solihull 6's tournament. The U15s put in a few good performances, the U14s and 12's played superbly well and were both just on the wrong side of the result in the final.
The U13's however got hold of their first bit of silverware this year with a brilliant display. Having got out of their ‘pool of doom’ and into the semi-finals as the ‘lucky losers’, they were dominant in their semi-final over Kings Worcester before taking revenge on KES Birmingham in a tense final. Gianluca, the top runs scorer and player of the tournament, will now present the trophy to the school.
The U13 cricket team continues to prosper this season, playing together with great team spirit and putting in some superb performances. On Monday the team defeated the Dragon School Oxford on the 1st team oval. Fintan led with the bat, scoring another half-century as the team posted 157. Then a superb display in the field saw them capably defend this score as Henry sensibly used his bowlers with Olly, taking 4 wickets with his newly found left-arm spin. The team, Midlands champions, travel North tomorrow to take on Kings Macclesfield in the semi-final.
Over the course of this term, a number of players achieved fantastic individual milestones and will now receive their bats to commemorate these moments. Two centurions - Tom D against Abingdon and Isaac B against RGS Worcester. George L for 5 wickets against Stamford, and Dexter A for 6 wickets for 2 runs including a hattrick against Arden School.