The short cricket season for the 1st team is becoming increasingly difficult with public exams starting in May. We managed two inter-school matches, against Oswestry and Bedstone and the OLA fixture, together with the Parents/Staff match on Speech Day, which have become the main focus of Lucton’s cricket season.
OLA vs 1st X1 Cricket
Even after a very dry week, our strip was still quite soft and slow, in addition there was plenty of grass too and a very small boundary. Winning the toss and electing to bat in the heat, the school lost a wicket in the very first over when Salman was bowled by Will Russell. Dylan Jones strode to the wicket and with opener George Bouston began to dominate the OLA bowlers. Martin Reece-Pitt bowled his heart out in an effort to stem the run flow and was eventually rewarded, clean bowling Dylan on 18. With a little more luck Martin could have had a hat-full of wickets; however, George continued to bat well scoring boundaries at regular intervals, keeping the scorer busy, but was always fearful of running out of partners, as the OLA took wickets at regular intervals. Jack Buttery came in late on and supported George well with a nice 17, including a six off the last ball. George finished up with 71 not out, including three 6s, one against the bowling of his elder brother, Jack. Frank Kelly kept wicket very well and even took the pads off to bowl three very good overs. He also captained and managed his bowlers and field placing very well, even though the school finished on a formidable 170 for 6, meaning that the OLA would need 171 to win, off of 20 overs.
In reply the OLA started very convincingly. Owen Morgan hit a rapid 24 before being caught by Bouston in the deep off of the bowling of Cameron Evans. Sam Carletti 18, Frank Kelly 26 and Will Russell 13 all supported a very good innings by Martin Reece-Pitt who may only have scored 27, but he kept the OLA innings together. For the school Dylan and George Bouston bowled well, particularly George; both bowlers finishing with two wickets. Jack Buttery caught Reece-Pitt superbly on the boundary, but the school gave away too many easy runs in the early overs, which meant that despite a large total to defend the OLA were always ahead of the chase. The OLA won with just over an over to spare. This was an excellent cricket match, played in a wonderful spirit by both teams. My thanks to Martin’s mum for once again giving up her time to score and also to Mr Miles for presenting the man-of-the-match prize. This was won by George Bouston for a very good all-round display. Well done to all who took part and maybe better luck next year!