Our 1st XI cricketers finished their season with a return trip to Somerset to take part in a festival with Christ’s Hospital School, King’s School Bruton and St Albans School.
This is the second year we have competed in the festival, which gives our players the chance to play against different opposition in different settings and play a different format of cricket. Each fixture was a 100 over game declaration, which gives the first team the opportunity to bat for a maximum of 53 overs, leaving the opposition with 47 overs to chase the required total.
Over the course of the three games our boys recorded a seven-wicket win against King’s School Bruton, lost by two wickets to Christ Hospital and narrowly lost in the last over of the game to St Albans, who had three Middlesex Academy players.
Master in charge of cricket, Rupert Bunday, said: “The boys were brilliant! It’s challenging playing three games of cricket in three days, especially in this format, but the boys rose to the challenge, with some playing incredibly well.”
Ryan Hodgson (L6) was voted Player of the Festival by opposition coaches after taking a five-wicket wicket haul and scoring 90 runs against Christ Hospital, hitting 84 not out against St Albans and 68 not out against King’s School Bruton.
Commenting on the tour, Mr Bunday, said: “It was a terrific experience for the boys to go away together as a team and having played in the same festival last year they are starting to make friendships with players from the other schools which is great to see. Their behaviour was fantastic and they flew the flag for Yorkshire.”
Speaking about the 1st XI’s season, Mr Bunday added: “Results have not quite gone our way and we have at times missed that bit of luck that is sometimes needed. We’ve done really well with the ball this year and the majority of the current bowling attack will be here next season, which is an exciting prospect. We’ve scored some serious runs this season and on seven occasions have scored over 200 in an innings, with Ryan Hodgson (496) and Herbie Milton (426) finishing leading run scorers.
Some of the notable highlights of the season have been Herbie’s 138 against XL Club (only 2 runs away from the school record), Freddie Scott’s 50 off 23 balls, and Ryan Hodgson's two five-wicket hauls against Stonyhurst and Christ’s Hospital.
Ed Leech, Herbie Milton and Ryan Hodgson have led the team well and the boys have played some great cricket throughout the season.”