First report: In the lead up to the game, both sides were struggling for a side, but the Forty Club recruited some young talent and the school were reinforced by two staff, one being the Headteacher.
Batting first , Forty Club totalled 233 for 5 with excellent contributions by Aussie Ben Davis, Stuart Faulkner and Ian Robinson. The school lost early wickets but all came in swinging. The Head, Alex Foreman, mistook our second Aussie, Gus Smith, for a regular XL fielder and paid the price. Former Folkestone overseas star, Josh Bryan, was a real danger to us but we managed to get him off strike at key moments to pick up the last few wickets.
The hospitality of the school was second to none and all our players and officials retired to the Staffroom to eat, drink and chat with the boys.
Second report: The game was played in an excellent spirit. We were had two young Aussie plus a couple of other guests . The school had the Head and a school coach. Shane Cloete was an excellent host. The boys were lacking two of their best players and we were the stronger team by a distance , but they played with enthusiasm .
We mixed with the school team at lunch and supper. They were extremely polite and interested in what we had to say.
The school really value our fixture as one of only three timed games they are able to play because of exam pressures.
|Forty Club v Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover 1stXI|
|Wednesday, May 17 2017 (11:30) at Guston, Dover|
|Forty XL 1stXI Won By 63 runs|
|Forty XL 1stXI won toss and decided to bat|
|Forty XL 1stXI|
|B Davis||st J Bryan||b N Malik||50|
|A Smith||b W Bowden-Rennick||11|
|S Faulkner+||b N Malik||51|
|G Bingham||b A Foreman||32|
|J Woods-Libby||st J Bryan||b B Mall||5|
|I Robinson||not out||52|
|S Simonini||not out||16|
|Extras||b1 lb1 w4 nb10 pen0||16|
|W Bowden-Rennick||8.0||0||37||1||1 (1)||3 (3)|
|L Tanner||9.0||0||44||0||2 (3)||7 (7)|
|J Briley||4.0||0||32||0||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|N Malik||9.0||0||55||2||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|B Mall||5.0||0||37||1||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|A Foreman||6.0||0||26||1||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover 1stXI|
|C Goulds||b T Smith||0|
|G Brown||b J Hawkins||4|
|J Smith||b B Davis||3|
|J Briley||c N Heater||b J Hawkins||63|
|W Bowden-Rennick||b T Smith||17|
|S Foreman||c S Faulkner||b G Bingham||15|
|A Foreman||run out (A Smith)||10|
|N Malik*||c S Simonini||b I Robinson||24|
|J Bryan+||not out||26|
|B Mall||c S Faulkner||b J Hawkins||0|
|L Tanner||b B Davis||5|
|Extras||b0 lb0 w1 nb2 pen0||3|
|T Smith||8.0||2||28||2||0 (0)||2 (2)|
|J Hawkins||9.0||0||62||3||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|B Davis||4.0||0||4||2||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|S Simonini||4.0||0||31||0||1 (1)||0 (0)|
|G Bingham||3.0||0||19||1||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|I Robinson||4.0||0||26||1||0 (0)||0 (0)|
|Weather: Overcast Pitch: Hard|
|Umpires: S Clay & J Widgery|
|Scorers: The Players & AP Jones|