Match Report
Saint Ronan's School Boys-U13A vs  Dulwich Prep Cranbrook
On: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Venue: at Home

A missing coin led to a tough match of ‘rock paper scissors’. This was won by Dulwich, who elected to chase. Our openers, Arthur and Archie, again made a very positive start. In the three matches played so far, our first wicket has been lost at 21, 29 and 26 runs. No doubt these two will soon be pressing on for a big partnership. Arthur E, playing his first home match for Saint Ronan’s, struck a magnificent six in the third over. He was quick on to a no-ball full toss and guided the ball beautifully over the boundary toward the old nets. Archie was caught at point on 8, and although we lost two wickets soon after, we never felt we were in much trouble. Henry P was caught on 5, just pushing a drive a little too hard and into the hands of mid-off. Jemima, who scored an unbeaten 72 for Kent at the weekend, was full of confidence at the crease and it was great to see her taking on the fielders with her fast running. A misjudgment, and she was run out for 2. However, her approach was correct and very much part of our team philosophy: competing confidently, testing herself against her opponents and giving all for the team. Tom H and Arthur then built a fantastic partnership, as we moved powerfully from 39/3 in the 9th over to 82/4 in the 14th over. After striking three superb boundaries, Tom was bowled for 18. Will D simply carried on Tom’s onslaught, being particularly strong through the mid-wicket area as he raced to an unbeaten 23. At the other end, Arthur was continuing to rotate the strike well in his role as anchor. Arthur was eventually caught for 39 as he skied one in an attempt to accelerate through the last few overs. A superb innings! Hector came in and, together with Will, we scored 5 off the last over to finish on 125/5.

Captain Tom led the attack as Dulwich began the chase. Tom’s line was superb, frustrating the batsman, and then a slightly wider, shorter delivery enticed a cut that flew fast into the safe hands of Archie at point. 1/1 after the first over. Henry E ensured that the pressure continued to build with a maiden from the Tongswood End, and then Tom struck again from the Donkey End, with Jemima taking a stunning catch at mid-wicket. When the over ended and the screams of joy had died down (from the girls supporting in the Pavilion) Dulwich were 1/2 after 3 overs. A few edges scampered away to the third man boundary as Tom and Henry held their lines. Humphrey and Charlie took over, keeping it tight and full initially. Dulwich rebuilt. We made them battle for each and every run, but some good batting set them up on 50/2 after 12. The stage was set, could they push on to threaten our score? There were some run-outs chances and some nearly catches, but the dangerous partnership was eventually broken in Charlie’s third over, as their number one batsmen lofted a drive into Henry E hands at silly mid-off: a key moment claimed. Henry P skillfully kept it on the off side and when Archie came on to bowl, he immediately posed a threat. In his second over, three wickets fell. First another classic catch from Jemima at mid-wicket, then a lbw and finally another catch, this time by Arthur E. Archie was on a hat-trick, but the ball slid between bat and leg stump! Composed fielding led to a run out and the game began to peter out as a contest. Dulwich finished 88/ 7 giving Saint Ronan’s a comfortable 37 run win. More importantly, there was passion, skill, confidence and encouragement on show. Thank you to all the girls and boys and mums and dads who came along to support the team. It was wonderful to be playing back at our increasingly formidable fortress!