On an overcast morning with light rain threatening, the Woodhouse Grove School captain, James Hole, won the toss and decided to allow the Forty Club to bat first because of the relative strength of the 2 teams.
James Van der Merwe got the Forty Club innings off to a flying start scoring 69 from only 40 deliveries. Charlie Pilling and Ben Quirk shared a hundred run partnership for the fourth wicket against some moderate bowling and at lunch the score was just over 200 from only 28 overs bowled. Only Toby Bray amongst the school bowlers, posed any real threat.
After lunch Dominic Smith and Charlie O’Hara scored some quick runs to allow Geoff Barker, the Forty Club captain, to declare with the score on 272 for 8 with about three and a half hours playing time left in the game.
The Forty Club bowlers were too good for the Woodhouse Grove batsmen with only James Hole and Ryan Gibson making significant contributions. The school side held out for 31 overs for a total of 113 and the wickets were shared amongst the bowlers with reliable left arm spinner, Tony Sheppard taking 3. The margin of victory was 159 runs
|District: NE||XL Club v Woodhouse Grove 2nd XI|
|Played on: 4th July 2017||At: School|
|School won the toss and elected to field|
|Result: XL won by 159 runs|
|1st Innings: XL||2nd Innings: School|
|1||Van der Merve||Ct Rike-Rayne, b Bedwith||69||1||Barker||B Quirk||2|
|2||J Rhodes||B Bray||0||2||Hole||Ct O’Hara, b Sheppard||23|
|3||H Blythe||B Green||0||3||Green||B Quirk||14|
|4||C Pilling||C&b Downs||60||4||Bedwith||Ct Gaskell, b O’Hara||2|
|5||B Quirk||St Hole, b Green||43||5||Gibson||C&b Burton||31|
|6||M Gaskell +||B Bray||3||6||Baker||Lbw Sheppard||17|
|7||D Smith||B Bray||18||7||Downs||B Smith||9|
|8||C O’Hara||Ct Gibson, b Downs||22||8||Rika-Rayne||Ct Barker, b O’Hara||2|
|9||O Burton||Not out||7||9||Pearson||B Smith||0|
|10||A Sheppard||10||Kennedy||St Gaskell, b Sheppard||0|
|11||G Barker *||11||Bray||Not out||8|
|+ captain † w/keeper C = candidate/non-member|
|H Bedwith||5||0||40||1||D Smith||4||2||4||2|