A group of 40 Royal Hospital School pupils and staff travelled down to Lord’s on Saturday 17 May to be a part of the 16,000 crowd to witness the NatWest T20 Blast matches involving Middlesex, Essex and Sussex.
It was a little more special for the RHS pupils as Essex Eagles star bowler, Reece Topley, a former pupil of the School, joined the group to enjoy the second match between Middlesex Panthers and Sussex Sharks. The left arm paceman was the key man for the Essex Eagles as he restricted the Panthers score 3/24 by taking pace off the ball with his off-cutters, together with some clever death bowling. Acting Captain, Mark Pettini and Ravi Bopara, then played beautifully to ensure a fine eight wicket win by the Eagles.
RHS 1st XI Captain, Drew Felstead, Year 12 Raleigh, said, “Lord’s is the mecca of cricket and many of the group had never been there, so it was fantastic to see especially as our seats were right behind the arm at the Nursery End. To see so many internationals on show was terrific and to have Reece join us later was great, as many of the boys know him or even shared the same boarding house with him. People around us just couldn’t understand why he was with us!”