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With all the cricketers back in action for the Summer Term it appears that old adage that ‘catches win matches’ was still evident, as a few of the RHS teams dropped important catches!

The Under 13s had the best result over the first weekend with a splendid 50 run victory over Colchester RGS.  Ben Arulampalam notched up his first half century of his season in helping his team to 99 but it was the team’s wonderful fielding and, in particular, their catching that caught the eye – especially that of Nick Paddon and Charlie Miles. Well done to Captain, Ben Arulampalam, who also claimed 4 wkts with his seamers.

The Senior 2nds and Under 12s lost tight encounters with Colchester by just small margins.  Dropped catches cost the Senior 2nds where Cam Kerr had a good all-round game. He took 3 wkts and top scored with 48 but his side fell just 10 runs short. The U12s lost the toss and batted in difficult conditions but mustered a par score of 110 in their allotted overs, with Cam Jordan top scoring with 31. He was also the best bowler on show in the game as the CRGS tail claimed a victory by two wickets.

Meanwhile the 1stXI, U15s and U14s all lost heavily to the Essex school.  Only Ben Moore’s resolute innings was of note as the 1st XI loss a crucial toss and batted on a difficult slow ‘pudding’ of a wicket.  They claimed two quick wickets but the wicket became much easier to bat on as it dried out. Jesse Vogel’s highest ever score of 45 in the Under 15s stood out in their innings and, again, the toss was vital as we could only muster 69 all out. In the Under 14s both bowlers, Charlie Kerr and William Pamenter-Stratta, bowled well and took 3 wkts a piece but it was their dropped catches that cost us dearly. They should have been chasing 100 but CRGS’s score of 142 was too much.

The Juniors also played two midweek fixtures v Culford Prep.  The Junior 1sts performed very well in the winning draw with Josh Frame and Fergus Atkins making notable scores. The Junior 2nds won easily with Will Kempster retiring after making his maiden 50 and Max Orr a more patient 40. Well done to both of them.