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7 July 2016

King's (and Queens) of Cricket!

ESCA U15 National One Day Cup

Our U15 side won the English Schools Cricket Association U15 National One Day Cup, when they beat Solihull School in the final that was played at Oakham School on Wednesday.

Solihull won the toss and chose to take the first strike in the bright and sunny conditions. The King’s opening bowlers, Oliver Southon and Josh Whitemore worked tirelessly but the opposition batsmen were resolute, reaching 43 for one from the first 10 overs. The introduction of spin from Max Mejzner and Tom Clark stemmed the flow of runs and piled the pressure on the batsmen. Both spinners were rewarded, Mejzner claiming three wickets and Clark two, which left Solihull facing an uphill battle to stay in the game.

Will Smeed and Charlie Thomas were the introduced to the attack and there was no let up for the batsmen. Wickets continued to fall and when Southon returned to the attack, he finished off the proceedings bowling Solihull out for 117 from 36 overs. The King’s opening pair Sam Wyatt and Will Smeed started positively but were both dismissed in relatively quick succession. Josh Whitemore and Will Hanrahan steadied the ship until the former was unfortunate to be caught behind, down leg side. Charlie Thomas ensured the victory was never in doubt, inflicting some lusty blows to see King’s home by seven wickets and picked up a well-deserved Man of the Match award.

Team coach Sam Florey said: “The game was played in great spirits by both sides. Having won the County Cup this year at U14 level, King’s College U15s will look forward to trying to defend their title again next year.

Director of Cricket Phil Lewis stated: "The boys winning some silver wear is a wonderful reward for the amount of hard work they put into their cricket not just throughout the season but also during the winter months. They are a fantastic bunch of boys and I am so pleased the memory of winning this tournament will be with them forever.”

Somerset County Cup

Just before the end of term, our U14A side chalked up another success when they beat Millfield for the third consecutive year in the U14 Somerset County Cup Final.

Not only did the team win, but they did so fielding a mixed side that included two girls, Molly Vellacott and Alice Dymond, something that doesn't happen too often given the strength of cricket at the school.

The girls are both talented cricketers and they gained their place on merit and through hard work and determination. This is the first time a girl has got into one of the boys A teams here at King's, let alone two in the same year.

The fact that the side they play for have won the county cup suggests that this was a good decision by coach Sam Florey, who was over the moon.

“The team have worked hard this year and have benefited from some good matches against county sides like Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to help their development. They have been unbeaten against all school opposition and I am very proud of the way they have trained and conducted themselves this season.”

Sam added: “The girls have been picked because they are good enough, have excellent attitudes and having the experience of playing at this level will be brilliant for their development".

The star of the King's team was Somerset's William Smeed, who scored 104 in the final. He played a mature, but incredibly skillful innings to guide the team to a total of 165-3 from their 30 overs. Tom Hall, also a Somerset player, supported him brilliantly with a well-made 40. In reply, Millfield were never on top, losing wickets regularly and falling 46 runs short.

Broderick Trophy

And finally, we look back at the success that our girls' 1st XI team experienced a few months ago. In the group stages of the Broderick Trophy,our girls beat their counterparts from both Queen’s College and Haygrove School in Bridgwater, to qualify for the final where they faced Wellington School.

After choosing to bat first in the final tie, the girls lost an early wicket, before Alice Dymond along with Abi White who scored her maiden half century – shared a hundred partnership to set a tough target of 112.

When Wellington replied, they were restricted to under 50 thanks to a superb bowling and fielding performance by our girls, who went on to lift the trophy that eluded them in last year’s final.

In addition to helping King’s to win the Broderick Trophy, Abi White won the award for the highest run-scorer at the tournament.

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