The Public Examinations started last week and as a result less senior cricket has been played. The Juniors, however, have remained extremely busy.
The U12’s totally dominated their game against Ipswich School on Saturday. Opener, Josh Frame, made a fine 80 and put on 65 for the opening partnership with William Kempster, before putting on another 78 with Fergus Atkins for the 2nd wicket partnership. Following our declaration, Ipswich were left 35 overs to score 166 but were never in the chase as our U12s fielded impressively. Max Orr and Elliott Chilvers took some wonderful catches and Toby Braybrooke made a sensational run out from mid-wicket. Our spin twins, Frame and Atkins, caused much mayhem with many close catchers around the bat but the game was finally drawn with Ipswich 80 for 8 at stumps.
At Under 13A level RHS performed extremely well and won both matches at Ipswich School. Ipswich U13s mustered 113 for 4 off 25 overs before Ben Arulampalam replied with 62 not out and Charlie Miles with 24 not out. The only wicket to go down was that of Nick Paddon (22) and RHS won by 9 wickets.
Our Under 13Bs made 110 for 3 in their 25 overs, with PC Du Toit batting through and top scoring. Ollie Durrant made an impression with some quick runs at the end of our innings. We then bowled Ipswich out for 46 with Kai Howells getting four wickets in one over and Ben Willis bowling beautifully.
The Junior A and Bs were sadly abandoned against North Essex U11. Both sides were in winning positions before the rain came. Half centuries were recorded by Elliott Rayment in the Junior B’s and Fergus Atkins in the Junior A’s.
Our Senior 3rds continue to play an impressive brand of cricket. This week has seen them achieve two more victories, both by 8 wickets, over New Hall 2nds and Haileybury 3rds. At New Hall – and in persistent drizzle – our they restricted New Hall to 134 in their 20 overs, with a good all-round bowling performance. In reply, our they knocked off the required runs for the loss of just 2 wickets. Good runs were scored by Captain, Andy Mitchell, Jack Rennison, Liam Emerson. No sign of the game being abandoned in Chelmsford as both teams showed an exemplary attitude, with a desperate will to play. All-rounder, Liam Emerson, was again in the runs on Saturday with a match-winning 82 against Haileybury 3rd XI. Our opening partnership between Liam Emerson and Andy Mitchell was worth 122 runs after Barny Horsfield claimed 4 wickets and Matt Parker being extremely economical with his overs.
The only RHS loss to report this week was at Framlingham College, at the weekend, as our Under 14Cs lost heavily in a return match after their victory last week.