|District: West||XL Club v||Wellsway School, Keynsham|
|Played on:||At: Frank Taylor Memorial Ground, Keynsham|
|Toss won by: XL Club, who elected to: bat|
|Result: llsway School won by 3 wickets|
|1st Innings: XL Club||2nd Innings: Wellsway School|
|1||C Burnstone||st Bartlett b Maule||46||1||G Wilshire||not out||100|
|2||C Samler||b Clarke||21||2||W Thomas +||c Oppie † c Tyler||31|
|3||J Lodge||c Cambell b Lowe||10||3||S Lowe||lbw Gunaratne||20|
|4||P Tweedie||b Thomas||28||4||J Tweddie||c & b Bensted||5|
|5||S Gunaratne||c Cambell b Wardle||18||5||W Burston||not out||25|
|6||I Thomas||b Wardle||4||6||B Clarke||dnb|
|7||J Bensted||not out||39||7||J Wardle||dnb|
|8||P Searle +||run out||10||8||J Cambell||dnb|
|9||D Bartlett||not out||1||9||E Maule||dnb|
|10||L Tyler||dnb||10||J Burston||dnb|
|11||M Oppie †||dnb||11||E Bartlett †||dnb|
|(10 b 2 lb 3 w 3 nb) Extras||18||( 11 b 4 lb 0 w 0 nb) Extras||15|
|+ captain † w/keeper C = candidate/non-member|
|B Clarke||7||1||18||1||L Tyler||8.4||0||34||0|
|J Wardle||11||3||41||2||D Bartlett||4||0||32||0|
|W Burston||7||2||22||0||S Gunaratne||5||0||31||1|
|J Cambell||3||1||19||0||J Bensted||6||0||31||1|
|E Maule||5||0||26||1||C Burnstone||7||0||53||0|
|Fielding Extras||12||1||Fielding Extras||15|
|Umpires: Ron Dawson & ?||Scorer: Alan Sale|
A strong Wellsway School side won a close fought match hitting the winning runs with just 5 minutes left on the clock. XL club made a solid start with Burstone and Samler putting on 74 for the first wicket. The Wellsway bowlers gave nothing away with Clarkes pace and Wardle’s spin being hard to score off as were all the school bowlers who bowled an excellent line and length. Backed by some fine fielding the scoring rate was kept in check with a hard hit 39 not out from Bensted enabling the declaration at 195-7.
In reply the opening partnership of 87 from George Wilshire and captain Will Thomas 31 got the school off to an excellent start. The loss of 3 wickets put the game in the balance but with Wilshire continuing to play positively and Burston 25 not out ensured they made steady progress to the target. Wilshire batted fluently throughout his innings and fittingly hit the winning run at the same tame as reaching his century. There was little doubt who was the man of the match with George Wilshire carrying his bat for 100 not out in an innings that was a pleasure to watch.
The match itself was played very competitively but in the true spirit of cricket. The school we re well supported by their master Richard May and the quality of cricket played by them was exceptional. As was their conduct and approach to the game which was one of real enthusiasm, a will to win and with good humour at all times.
Wellsway School must be a very strong candidate for the 40 Club trophy.