Our 1st XI Cricket Boys were on fine form in Wisbech Grammar School’s annual T20 Tournament!

They brought home the silverware after winning against Wymondham College in the semi-final, and beating Wisbech Grammar in the final.

Mr Harrison Palmer, our Head of Boys’ Cricket, said: “The boys were drawn against Wymondham in the semi-final. Captain Rory Brech lost the toss and Wymondham elected to bat first on a green looking pitch. The boys bowled fairly well, taking wickets consistently with Thomas Jackson, Ted Hall, and Heath Williams taking two wickets each, and Jack Jeremy, the pick of the bowlers with three. King’s restricted Wymondham to 139 all out in 18.5 overs, which was a below par score on a small boundary and quick outfield. The sensible Will Shaw and explosive Heath Williams looked good with the bat starting the powerplay well, with Heath favouring deep mid-wicket as his destination of choice for his four sixes. Will Shaw departed for six, chipping a ball to short extra cover, with Heath (32) closely following, getting caught behind attempting to continue to excellent striking. Rory Brech (22) looked in fine touch, sensibly finding boundaries until he was caught in front of middle with the umpire’s finger raising for the loud Wymondham LBW appeal. Fred Marshall looked in fantastic form with bat, making a quick fire 35 until being bowled to leave King’s 28 to win off 36 balls. Jack Jeremy and Ted Hall looked for sensible singles to keep the boys ahead of the run rate until Jack (3) was clean bowled and Ted (12) was adjudged LBW, leaving King’s needing 8 runs off 12 balls. A build up of dots encouraged Head of School, Thomas Jackson, to chip the ball to mid off with King’s requiring 8 off 6 balls. Enter Sam Lott, who looked the most calm person on the field back foot punching consecutive balls straight through mid-off to all King’s to win with 4 balls to spare.”

Wymondham: 139 All out
King’s: 141-7 (19.2)
King’s won by 3 wickets.

“After some excellent chicken curry and rice at lunch, King’s were to play the hosts, Wisbech Grammar, in the final of the tournament. Rory Brech won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers Heath Williams (9) and Will Shaw looked to build another good partnership in the powerplay, however this was short lived after Heath’s opening boundary, where he was undone by a slower ball from the Wisbech opening bowler. Rory Brech came to the crease and again looked excellent with the bat, scoring quickly and was clean bowled after making 39 runs off 22 balls. Will Shaw didn’t see much of the strike in this game and was unlucky to find the outside edge, which only went as far as the wicket keeper’s hands to remove him for 8. King’s were scoring quickly, however the consistent loss of wickets saw them 64-3 off 7.1. Fred Marshall and Jack Jeremy came to the crease looking to rebuild yet continue to score quickly. They both batted excellently putting on a partnership of 87 before Jack Jeremy (41 runs off 29 balls) which was his best knock in King’s colours. Fred Marshall, looking first class, hitting an unbeaten 51* for his maiden 1st XI half-century striking the ball extremely well to all parts of the ground. Ted Hall (11* off 9 balls) supported Fred getting the in-form batsman on strike to allow the King’s 1st XI to finish on 183-4 off their allocated 20 overs. This is their biggest T20 score for quite some time.

“A mountain to climb for the hosts, which wasn’t helped by opening bowler Ted Hall, undoing the opening batsman for 4, holding back Wisbech to 11-1 off 1.4 overs. Some consistent wickets for King’s, however, 7 drop catches kept Wisbech in the game with the other opening batsman looking dangerous on 64 off 35 balls until there was a mix-up seeing Jack Jeremy running him out. Wisbech needed 35 runs off 18 balls with 1 wicket left. Both sides believing they can win the game, but with King’s in control, the Wisbech number 6 who was still there batting nicely hit the ball to deep midwicket and called 2. Like a gazelle, Jack Jeremy carved round the boundary rope and threw at the danger end from 40 yards to hit middle stump with a direct hit, to allow the King’s 1st XI to win by 27 runs in a thrilling final. A fantastic day of Cricket for the boys and an outstanding way to win their 7th game of the season out of 9. The boys were a credit to themselves and the school, and it was nice for them to pick up some silverware after what has been a fantastic season for them.

King’s: 183-4 (20 overs)
Wisbech: 156 All Out (17.4 overs)

Thank you to Wisbech Grammar for hosting the tournament and to both Wisbech and Wymondham for the competitive fixtures!

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