Teachers’ XI vs Headmaster’s XI Annual Cricket Match
A splendid match to mark the opening of the Pavilion. The Headmasters XI was invited to bat first and the partnership of Ed Mahon and Ian Hollingsworth made a solid start against the spearhead attack of Mr Bleakley and Mr Rehman. The former a veteran of staff games and the latter making his treasured debut – and he soon got his name in the scorebook with a straight yorker. Mahon continued to score regularly and his driving play started to cause the attack a few problems. Mr Moretti, resplendent in his sports teachers tan, generated considerable pace from a short run up and provided perfect foil for the metronomic Mr Rudd floating in from the Pavilion End. Surprisingly with a combined age of 503 the Teachers XI fielded superbly and a tidy catch from Mr Holmes ended Steve Dineley’s stay at the crease. Mr Rudd ended with figures of 1 for 2 off 2 overs and this miserly spell tipped the balance back in the home teams favour. Mr Briers brought his brisk bowling on from the Sand Dunes End and extracted some lively bounce. Mr McKeown added craft and guile and soon claimed the excellent wicket of Mahon (21) – the programme did say he possesses the worst disguised slowball and he even told him he was going to bowl it! This brought Paul and Tony Swallow in partnership and they played with aggression, quick running between the wickets and a fair sprinkling of top edges to push the run rate on. Mr Crouch was next into the attack and he mixed his spell up with pace, swing, seam and beamers. Nevertheless, an unplayable delivery claimed the wicket of Paul Swallow and then he tempted the Headmaster to dance down the track only to be stumped by the peerless Mr Morton. Steve Davies, somewhat late down the order opened his account with a late cut and quickly crafted his way to 10 before the combination of Mr Crouch and ‘man of the match’ Mr Morton claiming another brilliant stumping. The catch of the match by Mr Jones claimed Anthony Woodman’s wicket and gave Mr Holmes his first ever wicket. Mark Cadley was run out by a thunderbolt throw from Mr Bleakley. Mr Riding bowled a very long over but claimed the wicket of Swallow and an excellent catch from hands like buckets, Mr Rehman. Mr Matthews, trying his best to bring the average age of the team down did little to improve his bowling averages with a mysterious over. However, he’s in for his fielding and an excellent throw saw off Mr Sobey who was guesting for the other team. Captain McIntyre took the last couple of overs against the dangerous and confident return of Mahon (37) and yet another good catch from Moretti claimed the wicket of Clive Holland. Twenty overs gone and the Headmasters XI ended with a very respectable 118.
Mr McIntyre and Mr McKeown opened against the pace of Holland and the flight of Worsely. 16 off 2 overs provided a bright start before Mr McIntyre chased a wide one and had to retire hurt, and protected his batting average. Mr McKeown offered some classical cover driving and Mr Morton treated the large crowd with a demonstration of the perfect pull shot. Mr Walton had fielded well and then claimed Mr Morton’s wicket with a fine delivery somewhat let down by his celebration of ‘dead ants’. Mr Sobey and Woodman both delivered a few tidy overs but could not stop the star batsman retiring on 25. Eventually Mr Crouch (19) got his eye in and in partnership with Mr Jones (12) they worked the ball around very nicely. So, 12 overs down and the score was 73 and thanks to a brisk 15 from Mr Moretti the game was favouring the home side. A fine second spell from Clive Holland changed the scenario to over a run a ball and with the Mr Rehman and Mr Holmes falling cheaply. Then a couple of catches that’s should have stuck were spilled, the tension was thrilling! Mr Hayden and Mr Matthews addressed the last 2 overs with 19 to win. Through a mixture of wides, byes a few off the bat and some quick running (from Mr Matthews) the home side were triumphant on the last ball of the match. A fitting end to the occasion. Thanks must go to Mr Duncan Cowburn and Mr Harding for umpiring, Mrs Thornton and Mr Tim Sykes for scoring and the groundsmen for preparing a superb wicket and suitably short boundary.