16 May 2021

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The cricket season finally got underway for the College cricket sides with six teams out against Pocklington. Despite the terrible forecast, a stoic effort from the grounds staff at both schools ensured all matches reached completion. Our U13 development mixed squads were playing their first ever cricket fixtures for the school. Despite the artic conditions and occasional downpour, the sense of fun being had was clear to see. Teddy Kennedy’s bowling was particularly consistent although the moment of the day was Katie Armstrong uprooting the Pocklington skipper’s middle stump with a rapid yorker.

The advantage of batting second was plain to see in the Colts A and B (U15/14 combined) matches. Pocklington chased the meagre effort posted by our B squad with clinical efficiency whilst the A match reached a thrilling conclusion. A dismal fielding performance by us had allowed the imposing target of 199 to be set. Half an hour of rain between innings made fielding a wet ball treacherous and the Ampleforth side capitalised on this with aggressive running between wickets and a simple plan of targeting the short boundary. Will Muckalt, making his debut for the College, smashed 79 and there was able support from Harry Ludiman, Patrick Adams and Lucy Barrett as we chased down the total with 10 balls to spare.

The seniors also won one and lost one. The 2nd XI were excellent in the field with Lysander Duree twirling his way to five-for before complacency with the bat saw us fail to chase the very gettable total. The 1st team were the opposite leaking runs with the ball as the aggressive Pocklington batters posted 245 for 5 from 35 overs. What followed was truly outstanding. Tom Miller was dropped at slip very early on. Almost immediately, the oppo knew they’d made a major error. His next 90 balls yielded a further 150 runs as he saw us to within reach of the total with a massive maiden century for the College. Patrick Savill batted with quiet assurance through the geginning of the chase and the middle order chipped in to see us home with overs to spare.

An all-round excellent day of cricket and hopefully the start of what wil be a busy, condensed and enjoyable rest of the term.

Please have a look at our new cricket specific website at the link for scorecards and statistics.

Link: https://ampleforthcollege.play-cricket.com