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Sports report: Cricket - Year 7 vs. Skinners Kent Academy

In wet and slippery conditions the Hayesbrook Year 7 cricket team played Skinners’ Kent Academy away on Wednesday.

The initial format of the game was 16 overs a side but 10 overs a side was agreed to due to the horrible weather conditions.  Hayesbrook fielded first, which gave them a chance to chase.
Bowling first, captain Toby Harwood made some good calls for the bowler.  Hayesbrook were tight in their bowling, with not many extras given. Some excellent spells by Toby himself, Finlay Collins and Paimaan Mohammad got the hosts off to a slow start.  There were plenty of chances to get the Skinners players all out in the field.  Some hard catches and some close run-out calls did not go Hayesbrook’s way.  In the end, Skinners’ Kent Academy ended up on 66 for 3 wickets.

After a short break Hayesbrook came into bat.  Toby Harwood and Finlay Collins opened the batting, knowing that Hayesbrook required about 7 runs an over.  Toby and Finlay got off to a good start keeping Hayesbrook on track.  Between the pair they got a solid partnership.  A few sixes from the openers got them ahead of the run rate, before they both retired.  In came Paimaan and Charlie. They took over and had a clear game plan of smashing every ball that came to them.  In trying to keep the scoring rate up Paimaan got himself out caught in the field. 

It came down to the last over, when Charlie was joined by Owen Harrington.  Skinners were extremely tight in their bowling, considering they gave away no extras.  Owen tried to hit big but got Charlie on a strike by taking sharp singles. Then in the last two balls two runs were required.  Charlie played and missed the first ball. The last ball of the match, Charlie struck it nicely but only to find the fielder doing some acrobatics to stop the runs.  Unfortunately they ran the first run and got run out running for the second run.  Hayesbrook ended up on 66 for 2 at the end of their 10 overs.  The match finished a tie, with each team scoring 66 runs from their allotted overs.

The boys that took part were:

  • Joe Bottley
  • Finlay Collins
  • Paimaan Mohammad
  • Tom Collier
  • Charlie Cuffey
  • Toby Harwood
  • Oli Parker
  • Owen Harrington
  • Adam McDougall
  • Matt Weedon

Report written by Gautam Juneja (match umpire), Year 9