Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Boys-U13B vs  Skippers Hill Manor Preparatory School
On: Wednesday, 01 May 2019
Venue: Away

SRS 141-9; SK 76 all out. SRS won by 65 runs. Man of the Match: Jack Burrows.

This was the first match of the season and the boys were keen to get going. We arrived at SH to find that the wicket was plastic matting and the boundary was the size of a Year 3 match. Max B won the toss and did not hesitate in electing to bat. Unfortunately the wicket posed quite a few problems, as at one end the ball would just bounce over the stumps and even occasionally over your head. The other end was the complete opposite, as a few of our unlucky batsman were to find out. Their opening bowler bowled with pace and aggression but fortunately he was bowling at the wrong end and the ball kept flying over the stumps, even to balls pitched up. Jo F and Aston B got our innings off to a good start with Joe F managing to score 4,4 and 6, in 3 deliveries, by just getting bat on ball which then flew to the tiny boundary. At the other end, most of the deliveries went along the ground, giving the batsman no chance. Max B, Aston B and Viktor VDB found this out to their cost, all being bowled, with the ball rolling under their bats. After 12 overs, SRS had motored along to 75 for 7. The last 6 overs of our innings brought a further 65 runs but these were mostly extras, as SH's poor wicket-keeper at times had little chance of stopping the ball, which either went along the ground or over his head. In the end, SRS finished on 140-9 after their allotted 18 overs. Extras was the top score, giving us 75 runs and only Joe F, Aston B and Victor VDB reached double figures, which wasn’t a bad achievement on their wicket. The lads knew that if they bowled a good length, with some accuracy, we would be 'quids in' and this proved to be the case. SH crawled to 21-6 after 9 overs with excellent bowling from Barnaby D, who took 3 wickets, with Aston B and Max B claiming one each. This was backed up by some good fielding, with stunning catches from Archie W and Jamie P, and a run out with a direct throw from Tom H. Credit to SH, as their remaining batsman managed to get their score up to a respectable 76 all out, thus giving SRS a comfortable win by 65 runs. Well done to Jack B, who for the first time kept wicket and stopped the majority of everything that came to him, despite the uneven bounce. Well done.