The senior cricketers have continued to impress after a great first week back after half-term.
On Friday night, the U17s played Queen Mary’s Grammar School from Walsall in the last 32 of the U17 plate competition and put in an outstanding performance thanks to some superb batting. Monty J (Fifth Form) opened the batting and hit a whirlwind 85 off just 35 balls! This obviously put the team in a very strong position as they reached 61 after three overs. George T also scored his first half-century of the season off only 30 balls, but this was somewhat overshadowed by what happened at the other end. The U17s finished their innings on a mammoth 210 for 4 from their 20 overs.
The boys then went about defending their first innings score in a very professional way. They bowled and fielded very well and took wickets at regular intervals. They made it very hard for the visitors to score and eventually ran out comfortable winners by 106 runs. They will face Wrekin or Wirral Grammar School in the next round.
The majority of the team were then back in action on Saturday and faced RGS Worcester in their annual 50-over match. After already beating them in the National T20 it would have been easy for First XI to approach the game with the wrong mindset, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth.
RGS started solidly and at the halfway point were 101 for 1. King’s could have been looking at a big run-chase but the spinners bowled superbly, tore through the RGS middle and lower order and restricted the visitors to 179. The bowling was backed up by some excellent fielding and three of the catches could well be a contender for catches of the season.
King’s then couldn’t have hoped for a worse start to their chase, losing a wicket in the first over. It would have been easy to feel the pressure at this point but Cam J (46) and Ollie Y batted magnificently together and put on over 100 for the second wicket. Ollie (Upper Remove) scored his maiden half-century for the first team and was eventually caught for 78. A flurry of wickets then followed to make the game appear closer than it was, but the First XI ran out deserved winners by six wickets and 13 overs to spare.
Director of Cricket, Mr Greenall adds, “It was great to see two of our younger batters do so well and to win such a high-pressured game so comfortably, which shows how far we have come as a team. The confidence that a few victories has brought us is clear to see and the First XI are currently playing some brilliant cricket”.
The First XI have another busy end to the week and face Malvern College in the regional semi-final of the National T20 cup and Solihull School on Saturday in a 45-over match.
Elsewhere, there were some other outstanding performances in the block again RGS. Seth E (103*) scored his third century of the season and Hassan F took six wickets for 13 runs for the U14A. Max Y-B took 5 for 8 to help the Second XI to victory.
Congratulations to all the cricketers involved!
Read here about the U15 cricket success so far this term.