King's Worcester

1 July

U17 Cricketers Enjoy Record Breaking Week

The U17 Cricketers were in action again this week, progressing through the National Cup, and setting a new school record.

They travelled up to Wirral Grammar School and put in one of the performances of the season. Batting first on a difficult wicket the openers set an excellent platform by getting us to 71-1 at the drinks break. The game was in the balance after an early wicket but Cam J and George T batted very well to get us up to 229. Cam J scored his maiden hundred for King’s whilst George T continued his fine form, notching up another half-century.

Henry W and Henry H then took the game away from the opponents by taking 4 early wickets. Wirral couldn’t recover and Kings eventually ran out comfortable winners by 70 runs, making it through to the quarter-finals.

The team were then back in action two days later against Queen Ethelburga’s at home. After losing two early wickets, it was looking like a different prospect from the previous game. However, Cam J (86) and George T carried on where they left off. George T scored a magnificent 170 not out, setting a new school record for the highest individual score by a King’s pupil. His innings included 12 fours and 12 sixes and was some of the best hitting 1st XI coach Antony Gillgrass had seen in his 25 years at King’s.

After scoring a mammoth 294 the chase was always going to be very difficult for the visitors, who had to go at nearly 10 runs an over from the start. The two Henry’s once again bowled tightly and Queen Ethelburga’s couldn’t really get going. The winning margin was eventually 151 and it was fitting for the performance of the team.

The U17s will now face Stowe school in the semi-final, with the match having to be played when we return to school in September.