Triumph for Year 8 cricketers in first match
The Year 8 cricketers had their much-anticipated first taste of cricket at Richmond School with a trip to Harrogate to face St Aidan’s in the 2nd Round of the Joe Root Challenge Cup. Please read on for Mr Swanwick’s report on this exciting match, which Richmond won by 26 runs, with a final score of: Richmond 88 all out, St Aidans 62 all out. This takes the team through to the Quarter Finals.
Upon arrival, captain Joe White inspected the wicket and was keen to take advantage of a dry hard surface by batting first. He duly won the “rock paper scissors” toss (lack of coin called for desperate measures) and looked to put the home side under pressure with runs on the board.
Joe White and Jack Platt opened up, full of optimism, however the St Aidan’s opening bowler had other ideas. Wickets fell in regular intervals, with only Max Percival able to find any kind of rhythm on what turned out to be a tricky surface. Max was eventually clean bowled for a well-crafted 57, which included 7 boundaries. However, he was well supported by the lower order to ensure Richmond could post a competitive total of 88. Unsung hero Alasdair Mckechnie stayed with Max for 7 overs to form a useful partnership to steady the nerves. Once Max was dismissed, Justin Hepper, Riley Lister and Ashton Newall, on his cricketing debut, added another 12 runs to make the total respectable and gave the boys a target to defend.
Richmond knew that wickets were key to defending a lower-than-average total, and despite some excellent opening bowling from Max and Joe, it was the gentle pace of Will Crowther that forced the breakthrough, despatching the opener with a snick to gully where James Cox duly obliged in taking the snaffle. The match-defining wicket then came when, with the final ball of his spell, Joe White dismissed their captain with an off cutter that clipped the top of leg stump. After that, the wickets tumbled at regular intervals, with all 6 of the Richmond bowlers getting in on the act. Percival 1-4, White 1-10, Cox, 3-15, Platt 2-7, Crowther 2-8, Hepper 1-6, eventually bowling St Aidan’s out for 62 in the 20th over. The bowling display was backed up nicely in the field, with both Guy Feakins and Alasdair Mckechnie taking two great catches.
Richmond march on to the Quarter Finals, opponents unknown, however whoever we face I’m sure we’ll be in with a chance.
It was great for the Year 8 team to finally get the chance to play some school cricket. A lot of the lads play outside of school at a very good standard and it has been somewhat frustrating that they had been unable to play cricket in Year 7 due to Covid. I feel that this group of players are the most talented cricketers we have had at Richmond School for some time and I have every confidence that they will be able to compete at the highest level for their age and, who knows, hopefully bring home some silverware.”