Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Boys-U13A vs  Great Walstead School
On: Thursday, 16 May 2019
Venue: Away

Having vanquished Dulwich the previous day, a somewhat weary First XI travelled to Great Walstead for the second round of the Cup on Thursday 16th May. It felt as if Great Walstead were padded up when we arrived; we lost the toss and were sent into the field on a warm afternoon. Arthur E was sporting a strain injury from his fine innings against Dulwich and so did not lead the attack as normal. Henry replaced his brother and unfortunately the first ball was a full toss no-ball that was hit away for runs, certainly not our traditional start. Tom H bowled a careful line and length, going for just three runs off his first two overs. A catch was taken, but it was another no-ball, and the Great Walstead openers settled themselves well; each of them would go on to score a fifty. Charlie S kept things tight, and Henry E threatened, but on the whole the batsmen won the battle as our fielders chased the ball. Humphrey B did finally break the partnership, Arthur taking the catch at silly mid-off, and there was a run out but the damage had been done as Great Walstead finished 127/2 in 20 overs. Spirits were down!

Our batting order, too, was disrupted. Archie got a bump to the head so Jemima opened with Arthur E. Hesitant decision-making left Jemima stranded and Arthur was caught shortly afterwards. 8/2 after four overs. Henry P and Archie T built a good partnership, Henry rotating the strike well for Archie to bludgeon the ball to the boundary! Archie hit six magnificent fours and Great Walstead were on the ropes as we galloped towards their total. 64/3 after 10 overs! Then, in a crucial blow, Archie (31), who was also suffering a strain, was out lbw and Henry(8) caught. Tom H and Will D would need to see us home. The two of them batted beautifully, looking in total control as Great Walstead began to tire in the field. 91/5 after 15 overs. If the partnership could continue we would win but then disaster struck as Will D was out lbw and Tom was run out! Hector, Will H and Humphrey tried valiantly but the total was just beyond us and Great Walstead won by just 7 runs. The team’s performance may only have been at 70% but their effort was once again at 100% and we are very proud of the manner in which they played and the fight they took to their opponents – a super effort!