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1st XI v Ipswich School (L 91 all out)
After winning the toss our 1st XI were bowled out for 91 on the Saturday block fixture with Ipswich School. The Ipswich bowlers were impressive with both pace and control as RHS found the going tough on a good cricket wicket. Losing both Michael Cowdrey and Ollie Lovejoy to leading edges, RHS found themselves in perpetual trouble. Only a resilient knock of 25 by Ben Osborne and some lusty blows by Tom Miller and Brendon Tait allowed us to reach 91 all out. In reply, Ipswich looked comfortable with their two Essex Academy players looking most impressive. Ipswich cantered home in mid-afternoon with the loss of three wickets.

2nd XI v Ipswich School (W by 6 wickets)
Our 2nds in stark contrast defeated Ipswich by 6 wickets bowling them out for just 49. The RHS 2nd XI bowled and fielded exceptionally well with captain Calder Trewin-Marshall, Ollie Sellers and Jesse Vogel taking 3 wickets each. The catching was truly excellent with James Parker taking three sharp chances at first slip. In total 9 catches were taken by RHS with Ipswich School bowled out for 49 in 19 overs, on a good batting wicket at Holbrook. Runs were at a premium as Ipswich bowled well with RHS taking 17 overs to reach the target. Openers, James Parker making 18 and Charlie Wuidart-Gray undefeated for 10 saw RHS achieve a comfortable 6 wicket win.

3rd XI v Ipswich School (L by 23 runs)
Ipswich 3rd XI found themselves 0 for 3 as Robert Ash blew their top order away. However some complacency by RHS allowed the home side to score an above average 161.  Robert Cowper Cowles was the best RHS batsman on show with RHS losing by 23 runs – it should have been closer!

U15A XI v Ipswich School (L 100 for 8)
Although the U15A catching was much improved this week, they could not prevent defeat at Ipswich. A bit of wayward bowling by the RHS seamers allowed the opposition to reach 148 for 8 in their 25 overs. Leg-spinner, William Parmeter-Stratta, was the pick of the bowlers. In reply, our early batting badly lacked some energy and only some late hard hitting from Toby Buckland, who made an agressive 40, propelled us to the semi-respectable 100 for 8.

U15B XI v Ipswich School (L 77 all out)
In the U15B match, Ipswich School made 137 for 7 of 25, sadly extras amounted to 50 runs but on the plus side Fergus Tribe took 3 for 23 off his 5 overs. RHS scored 77 all out with Ben Price getting 14 and Tribe getting 10, sadly, the rest did not make double figures.

U14A XI v Ipswich School (winning draw)
The U14As made an encouraging start to the season with a convincing winning draw against a steady Ipswich side in a declaration game. After being asked to bat, the RHS top order stuttered and only Sam Docherty, making his RHS debut at No3, provided early resistance with a patient 24. As the innings progressed, RHS began to gain the upper hand and a run-a-ball 50 from Charlie Miles and an impressive cameo from Kieran Farrer saw the team reach 155-6 declared after 34 overs. The Ipswich reply began at pace and at 93-3 it seemed that they might chase down the RHS total until a miserly spell of 5 overs for 6 runs from Callum Hensby and 3 for 15 from Nick Paddon put paid to their hopes leaving them 107-7 at the close in our satisfactory winning draw.

U14B XI v Ipswich School (W by 4 wickets)
The U14Bs went one further by defeating Ipswich School easily by 4 wickets with Elliott Rayment making 53 runs in an excellent and positive performance at home. Acting coach, Mr Clive Rennison, was impressed and pleased to compliment the team to regular coach, Mr Carl Gould.

Junior 1st XI v Orwell Park (W by 14 runs)
The Junior 1st XI defeated Orwell Park by 14 runs, but in truth they were always in control having set a challenging target on a difficult batting track. Alex Oxley batted from start to finish, scoring 85 not out, after he and captain, Josh Frame, put on 72 for the first wicket. Spinners, Frame and Fergus Atkins, together with inswinging Thomas Paddon bowled well and created much pressure for the Orwell batsmen. This good bowling restricted Orwell Park to 120-5 in their allocated overs in reply to RHS’s 134-2, which saw RHS win by 14 runs.

Junior 2nd XI v Orwell Park (L by 60 runs)
The Junior 2nds lost by 60 runs as our Under 12 bowlers strayed from their normal line and length.

Junior 3rd XI v Orwell Park (W by 27 runs)
Our Junior 3rds batted first and made 96 for 7 in 20 overs with John Well aggressively hitting some late runs. Orwell Park 3rds mustered 69 for 8 from their 20 overs which saw RHS win by 27 runs. Varun Nayar was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets whilst special mention must be made of John Wells’ and Tom Ponsonby’s wonderful catches.

Earlier in the week four matches were played against Felstead Prep

Junior 1st XI v Felsted Prep (L by 50 runs)
The Junior 1st XI lost at Felsted Prep having played some excellent cricket for half the game. Electing to bowl first, our boys did extremely well with Cameron Jordan coping brilliantly against the two opening batsmen. Once the spinners came on we slowed the run-rate down before Elliott Chilvers bowled effectively at the death. 121 was the RHS target which was a below par total on an excellent wicket and quick outfield for late April but, unbelievably, the RHS top order were dismissed by four brilliant direct run-outs which killed any chance of victory. Alex Oxley was run-out to a brilliant pick up and throw at one stump from square, whilst Josh Frame, Fergus Atkins and William Kempster cannot be criticised as they tried to show positive intent in their running between the wickets. RHS fell short by some 50 runs as only Cillian Rew showed some stubborn resistance after the wonderful fielding by Felsted Prep.

Junior 2nd XI v Felsted Prep (L)
Felstead Prep Junior 2nds were 138 for 7 when they declared. The wides and no balls were costly to the RHS 2nds, together with a couple of important drop catches, although generally the RHS fielding was good. Only two batsman got starts, Tom Ponsonby and Cory Stone again. Stone was dismissed by a brilliant slip catch, but almost everyone else gave their wicket away in search of runs.

Junior 3rd XI v Felsted Prep (Drew)
The RHS Junior 3rds enjoyed most of the game but could only draw at home to Felsted in their declaration game. RHS made a creditable 99/8 declaring just after tea on a difficult batting wicket. Felsted went off in positive fashion before Finn Anderson clawed it back with some fight as the visitors finished on 82/9. RHS couldn’t get that final wicket for victory.

Junior 4th XI v Felsted Prep (W by 6 wickets)
The Junior 4ths went one better by easily defeating Felsted Prep 4ths and chasing down an excellent 160 for victory by 6 wickets with Tom Young making an undefeated half century on his RHS debut. Young put on 121 with Max Cullinane who made 37 not out.

Maiden Century for Michael Cowdrey
Final bit of cricket news this week: Michael Cowdrey, the Under 15 Opening batsman who has played some Senior 1st XI cricket this season, made his maiden century on Sunday for Cambridgeshire Under 15s for whom he captains. Well done Michael, a great moment in anyone’s cricket career.