Our grounds looked golden in the sunshine, our cricket squares have never looked sharper and the team sheet board and SOCS have never been so scrutinised by pupils. It is fair to say the eagerness and excitement in the air to ‘bring on’ the fixtures was palpable before Wednesday’s matches.

The smart cricket square at Edrich’s Oval on Wednesday

Highlights this week include the ‘Mighty’ Boys U10B’s and Girls U10A’s remaining unbeaten in their quest to finish their winning season run (you can read the match reports below), Pantha in the Girls U11B team scoring two sixes and securing a catch, Lucy in the Girls U10A’s getting a platinum duck, (taking a wicket on the first ball of the innings), and Alexander in the Boys U11B Team scoring 36 not out, hitting a 4 in the first ball (under pressure from Crosfields’ excellent bowling) as well as vigilant wicket keeping and taking his first catch of the season.

“….Alex set the tone hitting a 4 off the first ball, making a rapid 30 for just 18 balls. He was retired before soon coming back in for the final few overs. A fantastic 36 not out from Alex – very well done.” Mr H. Graham

Another cricketing highlight was the fascinating presentation given by one of our Scholars and member of the Boys U13A Cricket Team this morning that examined ‘the Science of cricket’. To see a short clip of the power point presentation, click on the photo below.

Science of cricket

Boys U10B vs Crosfields won Unbeaten “[With] conditions somewhat akin to a mid-summer’s day at the WACA in Perth – it transpires that this fantastic team of young cricketers are winners through and through, not matter what the weather, as the boys triumphed once again to make it a quite unbelievable 10 from 10! Special mention must go to Ben for his wicket-keeping in such tricky conditions today, spending almost 20 overs under a helmet while the sun shone down without respite couldn’t prevent Ben from making some terrific stops behind the stumps as the ball flew off the pitch…

Opening partnership saw 56 for 6 added to the scoreboard

After a well-deserved, shady tea break, … some wonderful batting from both Zachy and Harry, in particular, saw the score race on. Orthodox strokes mixed in with some hard hitting through the leg side from both boys built an opening partnership of 56 before both were retired after 6 overs…Oscar found the middle of his bat on more than one occasion, the sound of leather on willow rarely sounding so wonderful as when it results in a field-splitting boundary. In the 11th over, a quick single turned the scoreboard to 82, and the Lambrook boys celebrated another win.”

Boys U11C vs Crosfields “… Harry B, who had taken a wicket in his previous delivery, had the misfortune of being hit for a six for the last ball in the over. However, quick to remove any last-minute fight back, Kit H took two wickets with the next two deliveries. Today Harry T, was fantastic as our wicket-keeper, where he was unfortunate to take one or two run-outs by the slimmest of margins. Our bowling attack was topped off with Frankie taking two wickets in the penultimate over leaving Crosfields to defend a target of 223…

…This has been the best batting performance of our season. After 4 overs, we had already surpassed their total, and the second pairing of James W ( who was our best batsman of the day) and Charlie H started off with a bang where they hit three fours in the first over.  Harry B had a fantastic day with the bat in hand, striking the ball cleanly and finding the boundary on two occasions. We finished our innings on 322 with only one wicket falling throughout the 18 overs. It was lovely to see all of the boys communicate effectively with each other during their pairs innings, giving instructions to each other early and loudly.

Boys U13B vs Crosfields  “On a perfect cricket day Lambrook won the toss and elected to field. …A superb catch from Arthur off the bowling of Charlie…An excellent over from Noah started with a run out and ended in a double wicket maiden to put Crosfields further under the cosh. A fabulous display in the field meant the home team were limited to 37 when Thomas took the final wicket…The boys comfortably chased down the target inside 6 overs with Freddy scoring an unbeaten 18. For the second game in a row, it was Seb who hit the winning runs to confirm another excellent victory for the U13Bs. It is a real pleasure to see the progress they have all made and apply the feedback they have been given throughout the season.

Boys U13A’s v Cranleigh “Another fantastic afternoon of cricket at the Edrich Oval, under some proper sunshine at last (!), saw a very talented Cranleigh XI put Lambrook to the sword…. scoring was difficult and pressure was constantly applied. With that said, Rory batted very nicely for his 27 and when he and Jacob (19 off 21) were together at 50-1 in the 12th, we could have launched a counter attacking second half to our innings. Ollie bowled an absolute beauty with his opening ball to give us a sniff but, unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalise. Against some high quality batting we weren’t able to apply the same sort of pressure we have done in other matches and Cranleigh taught us a lesson in how to chase a low total; patience, punishing the bad ball and a clear plan against each bowler. The chance to test ourselves against top opposition is what have needed in order to develop our skills and our character. This loss should make us work harder for the final few weeks of the season and I am sure we will now be extra motivated to host Caldicott next Saturday.”

Girls U10A vs Hall Grove won unbeaten

“… Lucy L and Milly opened and scored an impressed 45 runs between them scoring multiple boundaries each. Emily and Aniya had the highest score for a pair today, netting 49 runs; Emily hitting four boundaries and Aniya her first 6 of the season! Frankie and Gigi followed with some excellent running and Frankie also hitting a cracking 6. Coco and India closed. Hall Grove came alive against our last pair, their bowling was fast and straight and their fielding quick. Our girls still managed to hit 2 boundaries each meaning we finished our innings on and impressed 382. Well done to Milly and Emily for being chosen as Players of the Match by Hall Grove. Our unbeaten run continues!”

Lambrook Girls U11B vs Hall Grove 

We knew we were up for a good game against [Hall Grove’s} A team… we saw some fabulous sixes hit by Panther and Xanthe and some lovely boundaries, however we also saw a few swipes and air shots- keep working on that footwork girls! Our bowling was beautiful and we went from strength to strength in the field, with the girls working very hard to back players up and even taking a few catches. After a very close game, Hall Grove just edged it by stealing more singles. Well done, girls. A fine performance.

Girls U13B’s v Feltonfleet School “Darcey was appointed captain this match and she was the ultimate cheerleader in the field. Keeping the spirits high even during the 20th over in the hot sun. Each girl bowled 2 overs each, one wicket was taken by Beatrix and multiple catches by Zara, Minty and Sofia. We were walking into our batting over, chasing 247. The girls were tired but they pulled it out of the bag…. they batted 4 overs each and hit most balls for 6s and 4s.”

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