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Last week’s report was the celebration of centurions and this week we have seen two RHS hat-tricks and some more excellent cricket.

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Our 1st XI’s four game winning streak came to an end with Framlingham defeating us by 35 runs. Fram made 229 for 9 whilst we finished on 194 for 5 which was a creditable reply, with Matt Rudston making 54.

Earlier in the week, the 1sts enjoyed two great wins over Colchester RGS and Culford which saw Rudston continue his fine form with the bat. Ben Moore’s medium pace was most significant as he claimed 5 wickets for the first time, in defeating Colchester and Ben Allday claimed 4 wkts in the win over Culford.

Our 2nds won convincingly over Culford but were defeated by their strongest opposition of the summer, Colchester RGS. At Framlingham our 2nds were in a great position to win when the rain came.  Paceman, Cameron Kerr, claimed 5 for 14 including a stunning hat-trick.

The 3rds won by 145 runs as Jack Rennison and Peter Crockett created havoc with half centuries, as we amassed a huge 243 in 25 overs.  In reply, Cam Williams, took 5 for 26 with his left arm wrist spin as the 3rds won by 171 runs.

Both the U15As and Bs were severely affected by the rain and abandoned at Framlingham. The U15As were doing very well and may have gone to win but the Bs were not in a healthy position despite Robert Cowper-Coles’ 4 for 19, including a hat-trick.

The Under 14As and Cs won well at Holbrook but a clean sweep over Fram wasn’t possible as the U14Bs lost.  The As won by 9 wickets with Charlie Kerr starring with the bat, whilst the Cs won by 5 wickets.

The Junior 1st have lost two matches this week against Orwell Park on Saturday and Holmwood House in the National Knockout Cup. Charlie Miles found some form with the ball and claimed four Orwell Park wickets but his team lost by 9 runs.  After bowling Orwell Park out for 98, the Junior 1st XI could not get the runs as we were dismissed disappointingly for 89.  In contrast, Holmwood House were impressive with their Essex Cricketer dominating the game but special praise must be given to opening bowlers, Ben Arulampalam and Callum Hensby who bowled extremely tight and to our tail who batted to give some respectability. Hensby is becoming ‘Mr Consistent’ with his incisive away swing.

The Junior 2nds won a tight game by 10 runs with Thomas Paddon picking up 6 for 14. Will Sumner top scored with 24 in our total of 104 for 5 before Paddon’s medium pace tore the heart of out of Orwell Park’s batting.

RHS Junior 3rd XI equally had an exciting game. We made 138 for 5 in our 25 overs, with Kev Tavainavesi, Ollie Durrant and Dan Waterman making the runs. In reply, Orwell Park struggled against some good bowling, especially from Ben Willis.  A few dropped catches and too many wide’s later left the prep school needing 6 to win from the last over, with 6 wickets down. Young Cory Stone bravely took the last over and some neat bowling and smart fielding restricted them to five runs from the first five balls with the scores level. With an equal number of runs, the last ball had to be a dot ball. The field was in close, and Cory came up with a ball that could only be blocked straight to a fielder. This exciting match was declared a win for RHS as we had lost fewer wickets than Orwell Park whilst the scores were the same.

On Wednesday, an Invitation U12 XI side lost to Littlegarth, whilst the Junior Bs and Cs won their fixtures with the North Essex Prep School U11.