This year’s match between the College 1st XI and the OSA proved to be another thrilling encounter with the result in the balance until the final ball.
Captain, Eddie Jones, won the toss and decided that, with a wealth of overseas talent in the 1st XI side, he would bat first on an unpredictable wicket.
The OSA attack led by recent leavers, Jed Foster and James Edge, made scoring difficult, but after losing two early wickets, a stand of more than 50 between man of the match Yamkela Mafange (61) and Alec Scullard (32*) saw the College reach a very respectable 155-7 in their 30 overs.
In reply, the OSA started well, before Phil Hatton was run out and former maths teacher, David Watkins was lbw to Romario Brathwaite and it was Jed Foster (31) and Peter Bowes (38) who led the recovery. However, when skipper Olly Wickett was dismissed the chance of victory was lost and with a six required off the last ball, retired head of cricket, Andy Bryan, could only sky a catch to mid off and leave the 1st XI winners by five runs.
After the rain stopped, the 1st XI batted first against the OSA and on a difficult pitch could manage only 115 all out with Romario Roach(24) and Jack Joslin (18) top scoring.
Then despite tight opening spells from Jabez Weale (1-16) and Romario Brathwaite (1-24), followed by some excellent spin bowling by man of the match Eddie Jones(3-13), the OSA, through Russell Bryan (33) and Olly Wickett (22), managed to get over the finishing line with just one wicket in hand.
OSA vs 1st XI Cricket match. Sunday 1st July 2018
The OSA was unable to field as strong a side as in recent years and so the boys were optimistic when they won the toss and decided to bat first. However, a difficult drying wicket proved to be a real challenge for the batsmen and only a determined innings from Eddie Jones (36*) and an entertaining knock from Justin Gilliland (41) late on, saw the school reach a respectable 152-7 in their 30 overs. Then only Chris Jenn (51*) put up any real resistance as the OSA were dismissed for just 91 in reply. Once again it was leading wicket takers Jabez Weale (3-14) and Ethan Solomon (3-21) who did much of the early damage, before the fast improving Freddie Stevenson wrapped up the innings in an impressive spell, finishing with 4-19.
The OSA were put in to bat and despite losing early wickets, scored freely, with man of the match Peter Bowes top scoring with 76 in a total of 199 all out in 30 overs. Chris Taitt took 6 for 36 for the college side. The 1st XI responded well to the challenge when they batted, Jared Lovell scoring 24 and Dan da Costa 31, but wickets fell regularly and the side were bowled out for 176, 24 runs short of their target.
OSA XI 2015
OSA XI 2015
Back row: Peter Bowes, Charlie Nielson, Reece Stanbury, Olly Wickett, Ed Passmore, Marten Stanbury.
Front row: Clara Nielson, James Corry (capt.), Jack Cherrington, Matt Davey, Bailey Miles, Jamie Sanders
The 1st XI were put in to bat by the OSA skipper, Richard Tidball, in this 30-overs-a-side match and were given a flying start by Shian Braithwaite (30) before he was well caught at mid-off giving Harry Landymore, the youngest member of the OSA side, a well-deserved wicket. Things slowed down after Braithwaite’s dismissal and wickets fell regularly, but Maxwell Lewis batted sensibly to help take the score to a very respectable 177-6, thanks also to a whirlwind innings of 32 from Jack Warren, which included three huge sixes.