This was a real roller-coaster of a game! The wicket was hard with occasional variable bounce, and the School opening bowlers, though not at their best, did cause some unease. However it was the 3rd and 4th change bowlers, Arun Tubman with pace and skipper Olly Hunt with spin, who took out the middle-order with 5 wickets between them and the loss of very few runs. It was the XL tail that gave the score some respectability, although by then 44 overs had been bowled. The boys would have time to receive very much less than that.
But they fielded well, held their catches [in the main] and were well skippered by Olly Hunt.
In their reply, the boys started quite well but when Phil Reeves came on to bowl, imploded. From 130/4 they crashed to 163 for 9 and the match was drawn.
Their batting was fair, and of course they ran well between the wickets. But shot selection was a weakness, coupled with a lack of foot-movement! However, for all that and despite a rather cool breeze, it was a very enjoyable day for both sides, and a game played in a very good spirit. As usual the School and David Hammond’s hospitality was excellent.
Man of the Match Award was presented to Jordan Bond for his 47 runs and 5 overs , 1 wicket and only 11 runs.
|District: SX||XL Club v St John’s School, Leatherhead|
|Played on: 25th April 2017||At: School|
|Toss won by School who elected to field first|
|Result: Match drawn|
|1st Innings: XL||2nd Innings: School|
|1||P Chapman||B, S Hunt||11||1||L Trimming||St Pestifield, b Reeves||31|
|2||J Thornton||B, O Hunt||19||2||B Geddes||Ct wkt, b Fletcher||0|
|3||S King||Run out||11||3||J Bond||Ct wkt, b Reeves||47|
|4||S Sivalingam||Ct O Hunt, b Tubman||2||4||H Mead||St, b Reeves||31|
|5||P Reeves||Ct Trimming, b O Hunt||0||5||T Wood +||Lbw Reeves||28|
|6||N Pestifield +||Ct wkt [Wood], b Tubman||4||6||A Fleming||Lbw Reeves||14|
|7||N Billing||Ct Trimming, b O Hunt||27||7||J Pagett||B Sivalingam||0|
|8||N Angus *||Ct wkt [Wood], b Bond||9||8||O Hunt *||Not out||3|
|9||D Carter||Ct Trimming, b Fleming||24||9||A Tubman||Lbw Sivalingam||0|
|10||N Fletcher||Not out||36||10||S Hunt||Lbw Sivalingam||0|
|11||P Lack||Lbw Fleming||0||11||M Simpson||Not out||2|
|+ captain † w/keeper C = candidate/non-member|
|FoW: 22/1; 51/2; 51/3; 53/4; 57/5; 61/6; 89/7; 99/8; 164/9; 164/10||FoW: 1/1; 82/2; 87/3; 130/4; 153/5; 154/6; 160/7; 161/8; 161/9|
|A Fleming||4.2||0||20||2||N Fletcher||6||0||35||1|
|S Hunt||8||3||22||1||D Carter||4||0||21||0|
|M Simpson||5||1||16||0||P Lack||6||0||44||0|
|A Tubman||5||2||14||2||P Reeves||9||0||34||5|
|O Hunt||8||2||27||3||S Sivalingam||5||0||27||3|
|Umpires: B Aitken, A Storey||Scorer: John Lewis|