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Following the Half Term holiday, we were quickly back playing representative cricket. On Saturday 8 June the School fields looked both busy and impressive with six home fixtures and three away at Woodbridge. The following results were recorded:

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The RHS 1st XI  won the toss and put Woodbridge in who amassed 180 for 8 off their 40 overs on a good and fast wicket. The 1st team appeared a bit rusty and this was evident in the 21 wides offered.  Matt Rudston claimed 3 wickets and the pick of the bowlers was Ben Moore with 1 for 23 of his 8 overs.

In reply, RHS got off to poor start as Captain Ben Allday and Ben Moore both were bowled by Woodbridge’s only impressive bowler, Carter, who delivered some toe-crushing yorkers.  Wickets were taken at regular intervals by Woodbridge with only Rudston making a notable contribution of 40 before Drew Felstead witnessed our tail’s demise.  Disappointingly RHS 1st XI were bowled out for 110 and duly lost by 70 runs.

Our 2nds performed better and dominated their game at Woodbridge.  Although they didn’t win they played most of the cricket having been in trouble at 15 for 3 before Cam Kerr with 56 and Toby Eaton with 33 allowed us a competitive 184 all out. Tait and Kerr opened-up impressively but it was the consistent medium pace of Ollie Sellers who claimed 3 wickets as Woodbridge 2nd XI survived on 116 for 8 at stumps.

Our Under 15s enjoyed a 7 wicket victory at Woodbridge. Our fielding was a highlight of the afternoon with a fantastic catch in the gulley from Ollie Lovejoy and an equally impressive slip catch by Lyam Thorpe. This was backed up by a direct hit form distance for a run out by Harvey Sellers.  Sellers was the pick of the seamers with 3 wickets as the hosts made 123 all out.  Our U15 captain, Ollie Lovejoy, remained undefeated on 69 as we completed the victory in 24 overs with the loss of just the three wickets.

The U14A had another convincing win. Disciplined bowling and much improved fielding saw our U14s dismiss Woodbridge for 92, with Charlie Kerr, the fast-improving Cedric Hoskyns-Abrahall and Toby Allday – who claimed three wickets.  After losing Charlie Kerr, Mikey Cowdrey and captain, Toby Allday, then led a batting charge that saw us chase down Woodbridge’s score in just 14 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Cowdrey scoring 42 not out and Toby Allday 41 not out.

The U14Bs won the toss and decided to bowl first and it proved to be the right decision with RHS bowling and fielding well, restricting Woodbridge to 62 all out on the astro wicket. Our three seamers Adam Clough, Rouxhan de Nysschen and Riley Faulkner claimed the wickets with some excellent and disciplined bowling for ‘B’ team level.  Adam Clough and Fergus Tribe opened the batting and made a confident start which meant that RHS easily got to the victory target of 63 with the loss of just two wickets.  Man of the match was Adam Clough for a fine catch, good bowling and sensible batting and Mr Gould went home an extremely happy cricket coach.  RHS U14Bs won by 8 wickets.

The U13s also put in an excellent winning performance.  Woodbridge made 75 all out with captain, Ben Arulampalam, continuing with this good form with 4 wickets as did leg spinner, Nick Paddon. Paceman, Zac Puckey, claimed the remaining two wickets. Our Under 13s completed a 7 wicket victory in just 18 overs with Paddon, PC Du Toit, Elliot Rayment, and Ben Barker all making some runs in the search for victory. Mention must be made of our fielding especially Kieran Farrer and Ben Arulampalam’s run out.

The Under 12s were not to be out-done by the older age groups as they also won by a large 203 run margin.  We won the toss and decided to bat with William Kemspter making 81, Josh Frame 52 and Max Orr 48 in our impressive total of 247 for 2.  In reply, Woodbridge struggled against our bowling and were bowled out for 44, with wickets two wickets each for Cillian Rew, Thomas Paddon and Elliott Chilvers.

The sixth home fixture on Saturday was with our Under 14Cs who had a hastily arranged 20/20 fixture with a School touring from Middlesex. Kingsbury High are not new to RHS as they have toured annually in North Essex and Suffolk.  This year, they played our Under 14Cs with their more experienced U14A side.  Not surprisingly, we were defeated as Kingsbury made 165 in their allocated 20 overs and RHS U14Cs could only must 79 in our 20 overs.  Kingsbury High really enjoyed coming to Holbrook and look forward to playing here again in 2014.