Oliver Gerard-Pearse completed his maiden century for the 2nd XI in their easy 49-run win over Gresham’s last Saturday. Ollie Sellers provided some economical and accurate bowling collecting two wickets and a further three were taken by Calder Trewin Marshall and two by Freddie Brett.
The other ‘centurion’ was Robert Cowper Cowles who smashed 125 not out in the U15Bs’ high-scoring game at Gresham’s. The Norfolk school made a huge 260 off the allocated 25 overs before the RHS U15Bs made a creditable 210 for 8 in reply.
On Wednesday 24 April Junior 1st team player, Ben Arulamapalam, took an amazing seven wickets in a game against Felsted Prep. Master i/c Cricket, Don Topley said, “To collect a seven wicket haul in a schoolboy cricket match these days is quite remarkable as the bowlers are simply not allowed to bowl the amount of overs”. The Junior team bowled Felsted Prep out for 114 but entered tea at 1 for 2 before Fergus Atkins played a most mature innings finishing on 104-9 (just 10 runs short). Number 11, Kieran Farrer, played out the last ball for a very creditable and exciting draw.
The Senior 2nds and 3rds recorded excellent victories against Greshams in the cold. Seamer, Barney Horsefield, claimed 5 wickets before batsmen, Andy Mitchell and Peter Crockett, saw the 3rd XI home with fine 40s. The Under 15As enjoyed a competitive game with Alex Rayment making a solid 57 and Ollie Lovejoy a breezy 30. But the U15s acceptable total of 116-5 was not going to be enough as Greshams got home with a three wicket win.
The U14s beat Greshams by 12 runs with all-rounders, Michael Cowdrey and Charlie Kerr, performing well. Their first wicket partnership was excellent and defining, with Cowdrey making 50 runs and Kerr 48. The two boys then set about taking wickets with leg-spinner, Cowdrey, taking 4 and pace bowler, Kerr 3. Gresham’s U14s mounted a challenge but they were always behind the run-rate.
The U14Bs lost on their first outing of the season by 17 runs with Alex Finding named ‘Man of the Match’. Gresham’s made 102 but it was left to Finding to resurrect his side’s batting after an initial collapse with 33 not out. Special mention must be made of Sam Le Roy’s fielding.
Also last week, the U15As defeated Bury Upper School in the first round of the National U15 20/20 Cup with Ollie Lovejoy making 82 in his team’s total of 157-4. Bury made 120 in reply in the beautiful warm sunshine. On an adjacent pitch, the talented Colne Community College visited us for the first time and defeated RHS 2nds by 59 runs. The visitors, who all play adult club cricket, made 197 whilst the 2nds relied on tail -, George Petrides and Ben Cottrell, to gain some respectability with some robust hitting. Colne Community return this week to do battle with the RHS 1st XI.