Prep Boys' Cricket - Match Reports
Cricket Captain: E Bull
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The U11 A and B teams travelled to Wellingborough on a lovely Friday afternoon to play their first fixtures of a busy season. Having won the toss, the A team put Wellingborough into bat first and after some fantastic fielding and accurate bowling we skittled them out for just 50 in 10.1 overs. Our batting was a little rusty but thanks to a great third wicket stand we quickly reached the target to record a season opening win. The B team also played some great cricket and although the extras column was the top scorer for both teams they also recorded an excellent win. Things to work on for both sides but the attitude showed by the boys and their focus in the field was pleasing to see and bodes well for a great season.
|11 May||Milton Keynes Prep School||
On a sunny afternoon the U11 A and B teams welcomed Milton Keynes for what turned out to be two great games of cricket. Forced into bat first, the A team steadily went about their business and produced a fantastic display of batting and some wonderful running between the wickets to finished on a hugely impressive 143 for 3 off 20 overs. Huge credit goes to James Pater who secured his first 50 in hard ball cricket, well done. When it came to fielding, the boys once again played extremely well and bowled the opposition out for 64 with the wickets being shared around. Another impressive win boys, well done and keep it up!
The B team were also forced into bat and after a steady innings finished on 75. The boys felt that this might prove to be a little light and it proved to be the case as they lost out by the narrowest of margins - a single run! Another brave display boys, keep going and victories will come.
|12 May||Laxton||Only the B team travelled to Laxton on Saturday due to the number of our boys involved in the Huntingdonshire Football League Cup Final (well done on that achievement lads!) Forced into bat first, the B team went about their business scoring plenty of quick singles and even the odd boundary. There were even two really impressive straight drives for 4! Finishing on 57 the boys felt it wasn't quite enough but they started well in the field with some very accurate bowling. Unfortunately, some misfields towards the end of the match saw Laxton reach the target in the final over. So yet another very narrow defeat, but the progress the boys are making is very positive.|
|19 May||Stamford Junior||
A glorious morning for cricket saw the boys travel up the A1 to face our friends at Stamford and with two teams playing excitement was clear on the coach. The A team batted first and steadily set about nicking quick singles and hitting the odd boundary here and there, which just about managed to keep the watching mums focused on the cricket and not the royal wedding - mentioning no names! After an interrupted innings due to injury and an early match tea the boys finished on 109 for 4 which didn't quite feel enough but three quick wickets soon followed and we certainly had a game on our hands. The boys bowled and fielding fanatically once again and an extremely tension final over saw us just nick victory by 2 runs! A great team performance which would not have been possible had it not been for Hannah McNish, at the game to watch her brother, stepping up and offering to field when we went a man down due to injury - true Kimbolton spirit!
The B team also put in another great performance and what is most pleasing to see with these boys is how much their batting has improved during the season. Unfortunately, again they just lost out but with each game they are showing great progress and impressing all of their coaches.
Having missed out on a tough fixture against the Perse the previous week due to rain, our Year 5 boys travelled to Stamford on Friday for their first fixture of the season. Every boy in the year group took part in three very close matches, with Kimbolton losing by 1 run in the A game, 6 runs in the B game, and grabbing a win in the C game. A very promising start to the season, and long may the good weather continue!!
|10 May||The Perse||Today's fixture saw every boy in Year 3 and 4 representing the school once again and for many of the boys it was their first experience of competitive cricket. Although the results didn't quite go our way the boys all tried their very best and had a fantastic afternoon. The highlight for me was seeing the C teams from both The Perse and Kimbolton sat all together cheering on the boys in the D team match - surely this is what sport is all about, having fun and making new friends!|
|17 May||Witham Hall||Another wonderful afternoon of cricket was witnessed this week with Witham Hall travelling down to face our U8/9 boys. Once again, every single pupil in Year 3 and 4 got the opportunity to represent the school and play in some great and very tight matches. What was most pleasing to see were the improvements in everyone's play from the previous week which even meant we grabbed the odd win here and there. Special mention goes to the B team who with 2 overs remaining needed 24 runs to win which seemed a hard task, but the final pair batted amazingly and managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Well done boys, great cricket played in the right way and in the right spirit, keep it up!|