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Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 18/05/14

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1st XI v Kings School Chester (National T20 round 3)
Sedbergh 147-4 (Gomersall 60) Kings School Chester 95-10 (Croft 4-9) Won by 52 runs 
Captain Dan Gomersall won the toss and elected to bat on a slow pitch with a very slow outfield and quickly realised that it was not an easy surface to hit boundaries.

Batsmen Angus Blair, Gomersall and Alex Simpson all manoeuvred the ball into gaps and ran well between the wickets before James Botham hit 19 off 5 balls to help post an above par score. All the bowlers performed well with Stephen Croft twice on a hatrick. A good performance securing a home draw against Bolton in the North West Final.

1st XI v Shrewsbury
Sedbergh 108-10 Shrewsbury  109-1 Lost by 9 wickets
In a positive mood after the good performance the evening before Sedbergh elected to bat after winning the toss in ideal conditions. Jack Hardy and Dan Gomersall set off in a positive fashion running well between the wickets and despite the loss of the captain to a good ball Sedbergh had established a solid platform.

However the introduction of spin prompted a batting collapse that saw Sedbergh collapse to 108 all out from 62-2. A mixture of good off spin and reckless decision making under pressure saw a series of inauspicious shots resulting in Sedbergh being bowled out with 10 overs of their allocation still left.

Despite an excellent new ball spell from Alex Moon and Patrick Phillips, two dropped catches meant that Shrewsbury were never under pressure as they romped home to win by 9 wickets. The lads will need to learn from this humbling experience and bounce back strong in their next game.

2nd XI v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 192-3 Sedbergh 193-3 (Robinson 100) Won by 7 wickets
A solid bowling performance restricted a strong Shrewsbury batting unit to under 200 and solid batting performances from Roibbie Kent and Jo Braham supporting centurion Tom Robinson resulted in as good a second team performance as has been seen by a Sedbergh seconds as they can home victorious by seven wickets and eight overs to spare.

3rd XI v Rossall 2nd XI
Sedbergh 221-5, Rossall 33-10 Won by 188 runs
Once again Sedbergh 3rd XI were too strong for the opponents as they racked up a huge score before Tom Robinson and Harry Chamberlain skittled the visitors.

3rd XI v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 79  all out Sedbergh 83-1 Won by 9 wickets
Sedbergh were far too strong for a weak Shrewsbury 3rd XI as Hector Watson and Ben Lowry took three wickets each as they dismissed the opponents in 17 overs. Harry Radcliffe then smashed an undefeated 47 as Sedbergh won very easily. 

A1 v Durham School (ESCA National Schools)
Sedbergh 206-10 (Silvester 100), Durham 51-10 (Park Johnson 4-12) Won by 155 runs 
An excellent team performance saw Sedbergh beat Durham on their home patch after Max Sylvester’s century had helped Sedbergh to a good score on a difficult batting wicket. James Park Johnson was almost unplayable as he knocked over the top order either side of a rain break to seal a good victory.

A1 v Shrewsbury 
Sedbergh 272-3 (Silvester 141, P-J 50); Shrewsbury 135-6 Won by 137 runs
Excellent running between the wickets between Max Silvester and James Park Johnson during their opening stand of 153 in 21 overs set the game up for Sedbergh and with Max Silvester hitting his second century of the week and Chris Sanders’ quick fire 44 the home team posted another excellent total that proved far too large for Shrewsbury.

Solid spin bowling by Greg Cameron and Wade Williams strangled the visitors’ batting in the mid-order as A1 beat Shrewsbury for the first time.

A2 v Lancaster RGS
Lancaster 76-10 (Holdsworth 5-9)  Sedbergh 77-9 Won by 1 wicket
A very close game that A2 tried desperately hard to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

Having given Lancaster 34 extras in their total, Sedbergh began poorly but a fourth-wicket partnership took Sedbergh to 63-3 before they inexplicably lost 5 wickets without adding to the score.

A further wicket saw them needing 4 runs to win with only one wicket left. A skier was dropped on the boundary and the ball went over the ropes to give Sedbergh the narrowest of victories. Classic A2!

A2 v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 123-6; Sedbergh 124-2 (Chamberlain 53*) Won by 8 wickets 
Sedbergh bowled first and limited the visitors to a below par score off their 35 overs. Ben Chamberlain and Henry Holdsworrh (48) batted sensibly, defending the straight balls and hitting the poor ones, and within 18 overs they passed Shrewsbury’s total for the loss of only 2 wickets. 

B1 v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 148-3 Sedbergh 43-10 lost by 105 runs
On a beautiful day away at Shrewsbury School, Sedbergh put in a disappointing performance after a very positive start in the field.

Sedbergh restricted Shrewsbury to 148 – 3 in a final total that they felt confident about chasing down. Unfortunately for Sedbergh a combination of poor shot selection and a battle of nerves resulted in a very poor batting display as they were dismissed for 43.

B2 v Lancaster RGS
Sedbergh 129-5 (Martin 59), Lancaster 130-3 Lost by 7 wickets
After the loss of four early wickets Ed Martin and Oliver Bradley restored the damage with a 114 run partnership to give Sedbergh a solid total.

Unfortunately the bowling was inconsistent and Lancaster managed to get over the winning line with just 3 balls of the innings remaining after hitting a full toss for 6. An excellent competitive game for the B2 lads who will need to step up against Shrewsbury at the weekend.

B2 v Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury 209-2 Sedbergh 100-10 lost by 109 runs
Sedbergh bowled well to have Shrewsbury 66-2 at the drinks break half way through their 30.

Unfortunately we dropped their big hitter several times on 40 and he went on to make 130. In reply the batsmen dug in but we were unable to  challenge the visitors total but this was overall a pleasing performance.

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