Match Report
Warwick School Boys-U14A vs  RGS Worcester
On: Saturday, 24 Apr 2021
Venue: Away

A very welcome return to school sport saw us travel to Worcester in glorious weather. Inserted on a beautiful wicket, RGS’s opening off-spinner, accounted for Price, immediately after hitting the first boundary of the season, and Umashanker, 11 – caught behind. Gibson and Wye steadied the innings against tight bowling, taking the score to 54 before Gibson was bowled for 11, again the ball after hitting a lovely boundary. Enter Dunning who after a scratchy start, suddenly took full advantage of some short-pitched bowling with three magnificent sixes in a run-a-ball 37, and a partnership of 86 with Wye. The latter was meanwhile playing a perfectly paced innings: getting himself set, before accelerating with a range of lovely shots all round the wicket, and especially after he reached his half-century. The highlight for me was consecutive boundaries against a medium pacer – the first brutally smashed down the ground; the second the most delicate of paddle-sweeps. Though late wickets fell with new batsmen facing the impossible task of trying to whack their first ball against a bowler bowling very well at ‘the death’, Wye finished 74 not out from 75 balls, with 11 fours, as we reached a total of 156-6 from the 30 overs – a decent total for a first match on two years.

Unfortunately our bowlers round a return to bowling on a square even harder, especially against a left/right opening pair, and RGS got off to a flying start, helped by wides and no-balls alone scoring 2 an over for the first 9 overs, but also by our bowlers bowling too short. Our later bowlers managed a much better length, with Baldry, Narayan and Challis impressing and stemming the flow of runs, but by then RGS were well set and well ahead of the run rate. We didn’t have much luck as a few false shots did not go to hand and Challis shaved the stumps with consecutive balls, but though everyone bar Gibson and Price had a bowl, the only wicket was a run-out (Tomlinson’s direct hit), with RGS’s opener and wicket-keeper, Shaw, scoring 71*, as RGS won by 9 wickets, with several overs to spare.

WS 156-6 (30 overs, Wye 74*, Dunning 37)

RGS 157-1 (23.5 overs, Shaw 71*)