1st XI cricket victory over Poole Grammar
April 27th. At Poole Grammar School.
1st Inns: BS 123-8 (20)
2nd Inns: PGS 116-9 (20)
Bournemouth School’s 1st XI simultaneously premiered and concluded their cricket season with a victory against their counterparts at Poole Grammar School. The away match saw many an unturned arm creek back into rotation after a dormancy since the end of last season. There were also, on occasions, clean strikes of the ball (notably Leadbeater’s – or perhaps Leatherbeater’s – magisterial sixes). The performances with both willow and leather were reinforced with excellent fielding that mounted continual pressure on a solid Poole batting lineup. A particular moment that sticks in the mind is Ed Farrar’s direct runout of Dorset batsman Ross Tooley, which was later described as ‘dirty’.
The Bournemouthians were captained by Poole Town player Sam Greene who won the toss and elected to bat to make the most of a reportedly ‘moist’ wicket. A rate of roughly six an over was sustained throughout the innings with a total of 123-8 from the 20 overs. A clear sign of early-season play was that 48 of these runs were extras.
After the interval tea, Bournemouth School exhibited good control of a wet ball while enduring persisting rain. Wickets were initially sparse, but once the bowlers had permeated the top order, they started falling with increasing speed. Poole stayed just below the required rate, requiring 30 from the last 18 balls, which was whittled down to 12 from the final over, but proved unable to quite reach the target. They finished their 20 overs 8 runs shy.
Along with inevitable disappointment from our rivals and the joy from our own men, there was a general feeling of relief to withdraw from the rain. The two grammars were well-matched in ability, with both offering county and district players, making for a good contest and a good afternoon’s entertainment.
Bournemouth School 1st XI:
The Bournemouthian extends thanks to Sam Greene and Mr. Robjohns for submitting the photos used in this article.