U9As v Town Close
LPSTH 296-9 (20 overs)
Town Close 314-10 (20 overs)
Town Close won by 18 runs
LPSTH decided to bat first. Theo and Jack opened the batting playing some positive shots, giving the innings a solid foundation of 229 off the first 4 overs. Thomas and Oliver then came to the crease, continuing the scoring rate, with Thomas playing some very impressive and strong cricket shots. The next three pairs continued to work hard, and we managed to finish on a very competitive 296 from our 20 overs. The boys’ running between the wickets, which was a target from the previous game, was much improved which was pleasing to see.
In reply, we started well with Reuben, Archie and Finley all bowling economically. Despite this, Town Close steadily scored runs to keep up with the required rate. Thomas H bowled an excellent 10th over taking two wickets to swing the game back into our favour. The game continued to ebb and flow, and the match was in the balance with 4 overs to go. Jack took an early wicket to increase the pressure on Town Close and he was unlucky to take two wickets from no balls which could have changed the game. In the final 3 overs, despite the efforts from the bowlers, Town Close were able to get ahead of our total and win the game. Despite the result, the boys improved massively from their last game, particularly their running between the wickets and their fielding. They should be proud of their efforts, well done.
Team: Reuben B, Oliver G, Archie S, Finley W, Theo C, Jacob C, Jack J, Ralph N, Thomas S, Thomas H
U9C v Town Close
LPSTH 238 Town Close 249
Having won the first fixture playing Town Close, LPSTH were looking forward to a rematch and welcomed some new players into the team. LPSTH batted first and with a few 4s hit by Jasper, Boris and Adam, the run count soon started shooting up. Good fielding by Town Close limited the run total, but it was great to see the team choose wisely when to make a run and when to stay in the crease. There was some excellent bowling on display, in particular from Theo G who once again performed strongly. Despite the efforts of the team, Town Close hit a selection of 4s and a 6, to take the match by 11 runs.
An enjoyable match where all the team improved their cricket skills and match experience.
Team: Sam Tate (c), Theo G, Angus S, Mani M, Boris D, Oli W, Jasper J, Adam G
Colts A v Gresham’s
LPSTH win by 21 runs
LPSTH won the toss and elected to bat, JC was striking the ball to all parts of the ground making lots of quick runs. The wickets at the other end were tumbling and we were indebted to JC for his fine score of 32 which was to prove very valuable at the end of the afternoon. James A and Harry T came together for the last wicket with the score at 62 they batted very well indeed to help the side reach a total of 100 before Harry was stumped out.
We knew that we would have to field well as Gresham’s had beaten us at the Framlingham Festival last Friday. Bertie had a blistering opening spell
of 5 overs 12 runs for 4 wickets, James A at the other end was tight with 4.3 overs 10 runs for 2 wickets . Archie bowled 5 overs for 25 runs and 3 wickets. JC then proved he was just as good at bowling with 4 overs for 6 runs and 2 wickets. This gave us a win by 21 runs in a very competitive game. The boys were excellent in the field and despite dropping two catches they didn’t let their heads drop and claimed a very impressive win against a strong Gresham’s side.
Team: James M , James A, JC M, Reilly B, Archie C, Ethan C, Henri B, Harry T, Lennon T Bertie C and Oliver B
Colts B v Gresham’s
LPSTH won by 45 runs
Pairs cricket 20 overs
On an overcast Wednesday afternoon, LPSTH took on Gresham’s U11Bs. LPSTH won the toss and decided to field. In the opening overs, Zain B and Harry S bowled tightly and they both took pace off the ball, bowling line and length to good effect. The boys fielded excellently and there were no easy runs for the opposition. The pick of the bowlers was Henry S. He bowled with deadly accuracy and frustrated the opposition’s batsmen into poor shot selections. During his spell, LPSTH took 4 wickets which deducted 20 runs for the opposition’s total. Arthur C bowled well at the death of the Gresham’s innings to restrict their total even further. Gresham’s finished on 239 off 20 overs (both teams start with a batting total of 200).
Zain B and Aidan F opened the batting and scored 20 runs without losing any wickets (5 run deductions). Sebastian L and Sam C lit up the LPSTH score with a 26 run partnership again without loss. Oscar M’s batting style is always an exciting one and certainly entertained the parents ably supported by Harry S. By the time the final two batting pairs came in the final result wasn’t in doubt. Great team work – a well deserved win.
Team: Zain B, Aidan F, Sebastian L, Sam C, Oscar M, Harry S, Charlie D, Arthur C, Alex S, Toby C, Sam G, Henry S
Colts C v Gresham’s
LPSTH 316 Gresham’s 256
Despite a rather poor forecast, the Colts C managed to have their fixture against Gresham’s and they certainly made the most of it. All of the boys worked incredibly hard in the field and it was super to see how quick they were to praise the bowlers for the excellent job they did. The whole team bowled well to restrict Gresham’s to 256, but Marcus W deserves a special mention for bowling 2 overs for no runs and for 1 wicket.
The boys continued their good form with the bat too, with some great shot selection and some very sensible running. In the end the boys proved too strong for our opponents, reaching 316, given them a 60 run victory. Mr Wood thought all of the boys were super ambassadors for the School, behaving sensibly and playing the game in the right spirit.
U13As v Gresham’s
LPSTH 161-5 (25 overs) Gresham’s 144 all out (24.5 overs) LPSTH won by 17 runs.
The boys were fortunate enough to be playing on the Gresham’s Senior School 1st XI pitch, which was a great experience for the boys. They certainly lived up to the occasion, despite losing the toss and being put into bat first. Nathan and Elliott were able to see out some very strong opening bowling from Gresham’s and build a strong start to our innings. Elliott played some eye-catching and elegant drives which went to the boundary and Nathan was able to work the ball around nicely. We did not lose our first wicket until the 17th over which ended an outstanding opening partnership of 104 between Elliott and Nathan. The man to fall was Nathan, however Campbell joined the crease and continued to score runs efficiently. Elliott was next to go, falling for an outstanding 76, including 10 boundaries and three sixes! Danny and Campbell finished the innings with some powerful ball striking, to end our innings on 161, a very good score.
In reply, we knew this would be challenging to defend with two or three very strong Gresham’s batsmen in their line up. Gresham’s started their innings well, scoring quickly and after the score was 25 without loss after 3 overs, we were under pressure. This was until Campbell came onto bowl, who led by example bowling with swing and pace. He destroyed the Gresham’s top order, taking 4 wickets for just 9 runs. After this, Gresham’s were not able to regain any momentum in their innings, and all bowlers then came on to bowl with good control and accuracy. Luca should also be mentioned for his excellent high catch! We managed to bowl Gresham’s out for 144, with them falling 17 runs short.
Overall, a really pleasing result and another strong team performance. Campbell’s fierce bowling spell and Elliott’s high class innings were certainly match-winning performances.