Match Report
Warwick School Boys-U14T vs  Thurston College, Colombo
On: Monday, 25 Mar 2024
Venue: tbc

After losing the toss and being inserted, openers Gupta and Downes started very well indeed and brought up a half century partnership in the ninth over. Gupta played fluently, striking the ball cleanly for 44 off just 35 balls, and with 7 fours, and was superbly supported by Downes who stayed with him and rotated the strike, until he retired to give others a bat. This however triggered a collapse as Davies, Gupta, Newell and Dunning all fell with the score in the 70s. H. Thomas and Ericson briefly steadied things, and there were useful contributions from Dunlop, Singh (2 fours in 3 balls before being stumped) and Wye in seeing us past the hundred mark, but it took Budd (18*) and Downes, returning for the last wicket to see us to a decent score: having opened and retired, he was last out for 21 off 49 balls, thus managing to feature in our best two partnerships, for the first and last wicket!

Given our start, 137 all out was a slightly disappointing, though still competitive score.

In the field, our bowlers made the best possible start, with Wye bowling their opener first ball, as part of an opening spell of 2-2-0-1! Budd, Page and J. Thomas also bowled really well in the powerplay which ended with Thurston College on 15-1 after 7 overs. The other opener had just started to score when he was bowled by Page, and we continued to get wickets at vital times, as all subsequent partnerships scored between 7 and 20. The match continued to be completely in the balance all the way through. Budd, Page, Ward, Singh, Dunlop and Gupta each picked up a wicket, and there were crucial run outs by Gupta and Ward, but perhaps the crucial moment occurred in the 31st over: Thurston were within 15 runs with 8 wickets down when Dunning managed a terrific stumping off a leg-side wide. A set of five wides later that over set the nerves going again, but Wye returned to finish as he had started, by bowling their last man as we won a brilliant game by 6 runs.

WS 137 a.o. (Gupta 44). Thurston College 131 a.o. - Won by 6 runs