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King's Ely 1st XI Boys vs  XL Club
On: Thursday, 23 May 2024
Venue: at Home

Captain Rory Brech won the toss and elected to bowl first on what looked an overcast and windy day at Campus Field against The XL Club. The King’s Ely 1st XI were without Ben Rae and George Mendham due to exam commitments which allowed future 1st XI players, Charlie Wells and Harry Lefevre to have the opportunity to make their debut appearances. The boys struggled to find the opening wicket bowling too short on a pitch that required bowling to be pitched up to get results. A couple of drop catches cost the boys some well needed wickets which allowed The XL Club openers to kick on to reach 43 before the first wicket fell thanks to some excellent bowling from Harry Lefevre. Shortly after, the other opener fell to a simple catch by Charlie Wells, bowled by Ted Hall. The boys were back in the game at 46-2, until a masterclass from The XL Clubs number 4, batting incredibly well raising his bat for his 100* off 94 balls. A couple of late wickets for Jack Jeremy and Max Prince saw The XL Club declare on 209-4 off 39 overs.

The experienced Year 13 opener of Will Shaw (39) and his partner James Barber (17) were shaking hands on a 50 partnership in the 10th over, with the boys looking set for big scores each. The partnership ended on 59 with James Barber getting a ball that skidded on, bowling the Year 11. Rory Brech (27) and Ted Hall (39) were ticking along nicely keeping the team in a great position to win the game, until both were caught in front of middle, only for the umpire to give them out LBW. The King’s Ely boys were well in the game needing a run a ball 50 for the win with 6 wickets in hand. Unfortunately the required rate increased and the wickets did too, leaving the 1st XI no choice but block out the remaining 18 balls of the game. Each ball the XL Club bowled were asking questions of the tailenders’ technique but the boys managed to hold on to the draw. A fantastic game of cricket and plenty of lessons learnt. With only 2 Year 13’s playing, the team has a lot of potential next year to win plenty of games in the 2025 season with some exciting cricketers coming through the cricket programme.

Mr Palmer