After determined spring showers and a little hail garnered even more determined cricketers and supporters for Saturdays’ fixtures, the glorious sunshine on Wednesday made the weeks of damp wickets a distant memory and silenced the, ‘are matches on or off?’ chat in the corridors as pupils were able to enjoy the anticipation of uninterrupted fixtures ahead, not to mention a full match tea!
Our player of the week is Barney (Year 7) who stepped up to play for the Under 13C’s on Saturday Vs Eagle House. In the field, he took 2 catches and affected 3 direct hit run outs as the boys romped to a 104-run win.
A special mention must also go to the parents who were as keen as the players to ensure the continuation of the match so much so that they kindly cleared the hail off the pitch on Saturday.
Wednesday’s highlight came in the form of Jakob’s impressive score in the U13B’s match away at Farleigh on Wednesday. Here’s Thomas Graham to tell us more, “Jakob came in at number three and steadied the ship. Together with Oliver, he put together a nice 36 run partnership before Oliver was caught in the deep…As ever, [Otis] was attacking and, along with Jakob scored a lovely 46 run partnership. With players falling around him it was Jakob who stole the show. A delightfully played 61 not out off 48 balls was the stand out performance of the day.” Notably, it was also Jakob’s first game back after breaking his collar bone.
Not to forget the girls’ first 20 20 hard ball matches on Saturday which you can read more about below, the whole of the Girls’ U12B’s teamwork, effort and attitude at their match also on Saturday who remain unbeaten. Ben’s U13 A’s figures of 3-1-6-5; the 1st 5-wicket haul for the 1st XI in a number of years, Henry for the U13 C’s hat-trick in his figures of 3-0-13-5, “another hat-trick to add to the list this season, remarkable!”, and a number of teams remaining undefeated for the half term, yes, the Boys’ U10B’s did it finishing 8 wins for 8.
Saturday 22nd May: Boys v Eagle House, Girls’ v Eagle House
Boys’ U13A won
“We found ourselves 2 down within 5 overs – both to full, straight, swinging deliveries. However, Dylan (54 off 40) and Arthur then launched our counter attack with a 62 run partnership to leave us well placed at 79-2 in the 13th over. Dylan’s dismissal brought Heath to the crease, who finished off our innings in style with a brisk 32* off 27 balls. 120-4 off 20 overs looked a good total on wet wicket, surrounded by a very slow, damp outfield. After a long rain/tea delay…Tom L. and Jake K. were soon running in with the new ball and applying immediate pressure – their 6 overs going for just 12 runs and producing 2 wickets. Our spin bowling trio (Negus and Ferry supported by Phillips) bowled 9 overs, 4-15, in total before Bertie took his maiden 1st XI wicket to go alongside his catch on Wednesday…”
Girls’ U13A Abd
“Emily C and Jess formed a lovely partnership together and I was pleased that we managed to put up a score of 100 runs…Today I saw the BEST bowling I have ever seen from the girls today – we really meant business!.. Dot balls were flying all over the place and the ‘ohhs’ and ‘ahhs’ from the parents made it ever so more exciting. We were exceptional today and a massive well done to Olivia, Jemima E, Jemima J and Freya for all taking wickets today. As the rain came in we had to abandon the match which really was a shame as we had all the momentum…”
Girls’ U12B won
“WHAT A MATCH! I was impressed with the attitude, politeness (the Eagle House coach also said this) and healthy competitiveness they played with. My favourite highlight was watching Cecile and Amelie bat with gusto and bravado; taking just about the right amount of risk. During one over Cecile scored 4 ‘6’s off 4 wide balls which left us with a score of 27 runs in that over. I was astounded by the girls’ gutsiness to continue to bat despite the biblical hail and rain and was so proud of each and everyone of them. I will be nominating them each for a commendation for their outstanding teamwork, progress and effort in this game. Well done, girls. You really do make Lambrook proud!”
Wednesday 26th May: Boys v Farleigh, Girls v Farleigh
Girls’ U10A’s won “…Aniya was great on the boundary line, stopping some all important hard hits from scoring big. She was chosen as our fielding player of the match. Emily, India and Milly all took 2 wickets in their overs, along with a great catch from Frankie and then Aniya to finish the over… We were the most confident I have seen them in front of the wickets all season. Frankie and Gigi opened batting well… with Lucy L hitting 4x during her overs. Emily A scored highest today, netting 17 runs off her bat and a batting player of the match nomination from the opposition. Sienna, Lucy A, Aniya, Coco and India ran excellently to pick up much needed single runs consistently. We ended our innings scoring 298. Our unbeaten run continues!”
Boys’ U10B’s won “Finally, we have been blessed with some sunshine! A supportive crowd of Farleigh parents spread out around the many boundaries of the sprawling school grounds offered atmosphere, with “oohs”, “aahs,” and cries of “well bowled” and “good shot” ringing out across the fields as the mighty U10Bs looked to extend their unbeaten run to 8 wins from 8. …At the end of the innings, following terrific bowling contributions from everyone, and a superb display again behind the stumps from Zachy, we were set the target of 80 to win. Without the cushion of a simple five-run penalty every time a wicket fell, the pressure was certainly on. Nonetheless, a hugely mature, steady innings from captain Harry (5BG) at the top of the order, guided Lambrook comfortably towards victory from the very first over. ‘Harry-squared’ was the nickname of the opening partnership, as the two Harrys put on 43 for the first wicket, reached after only 6.3 overs. Some swift contributions from Oscar and Zach motored the score along and, but for some excellent fielding from the Farleigh boys, throwing themselves around to save boundaries, we might have reached the target in even quicker time. As it was, Lambrook reached 80-2 in the 13th over, with Harry (5BG) carrying his bat from the beginning to the end of the innings, finishing on an incredibly patient 20 from 32 balls.
So, an unbeaten half term for the U10Bs. With further challenging fixtures after half term the boys are excited to see for how long they can sustain this run; the old catchphrase says ‘one match at a time’, and for now, that will continue to be our approach. I am immensely proud of all that have contributed to this team’s effort so far this season, and look forward to going again after the half term break.”
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