1st XI lose to Poole Grammar School
The annual airing of the old club whites occurred today for the First XI at Poole Grammar School where, apart from a brief mid-innings spit of rain, the conditions were perfect for a good game of cricket. A mixture of Lower and Upper Sixth, accompanied by Mr. Robjohns and Mr. Thomas, trundled out towards Broadstone for the clash of the rival grammars. For many, this was the first time they had put leather on willow since this game last year.
Poole posted a first innings total of 138-6 from their 20 overs, over half of which came from some aggressive batting from the openers Jem Hai (30) and Ross Tooley (40). More memorable, though, was Callum Newton’s debut bowling spell for the First XI. His deceptively atrocious, grenade-like chucks of the ball in the general direction of the batsman were, to everyone’s surprise (apart from Callum’s, of course), to great effect, yielding the wicket of Dorset C.C.C. batsman Niral Kerai (LBW 17). The other wickets came from Tom Patmore (3-23), Ties Hille Ris Lambers (1-21) and Finn Graham (1-5).
Bournemouth made a competitive start to their innings by maintaining the required run rate of 7/over for the first 7 overs, with Tom Patmore (21) and Isaac Beaglehole (17) contributing most of the early runs. However, Poole’s experienced off spinners moderated the flow of runs and restricted the mid-order batsmen. The end of the innings was more forgiving, with James Edmunds (22), Ian Westhead (34 N. O.) and Will Carter (13 N.O.) managing to bring the total to 120, 18 short of Poole’s total. The final score was 128-7 (20).
Perhaps we should have given those wily spinners the C. J. Newton treatment…