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The St John’s cricketers pulled off a fantastic feat during the summer holidays, batting their way to two trophies in the same week. While the 1st XI enjoyed success in the annual cricket festival between St John’s, Colfe’s, Ipswich and Brentwood Schools, the School’s U14A side triumphed in a 20:20 tournament held at New Hall School in Essex.
It was the turn of St John’s to host the 2015 1st XI cricket festival, and day one saw St John’s beat Colfe’s School by five wickets. St John’s chased down the target of 146 in the 25th over thanks to half-centuries from Sol Budinger (West) and Dimil Patel (Monty). Day two of the tournament saw Ipswich set an imposing target of 274 for St John’s to chase. An all-round team effort saw the School get to its target in the 49th over with all batsmen contributing and a particularly fine 65 runs from Hayden Storey (Churchill).
Batting first against a strong Brentwood side in the final, St John’s set a competitive 257-9 from their 50 overs. Storey batted fluently scoring 80, and 13 year old Ben Geddes (North) scored a very impressive half century. Brentwood got off to a fast start but once the St John’s spinners were introduced into the attack, they restricted the Brentwood team to 244-9 from their 50 overs.
Meanwhile at New Hall School, the U14A cricketers were in action in what proved to be a fantastic day of entertainment. New Hall were the opponents for St John’s in the first game and a convincing victory margin of 140 runs got St John’s off to the perfect start. A half century from Geddes and 55 from just 18 balls from Jack Potter (Monty) were real highlights. Whitgift School, having won their game against RGS Guildford comfortably, were set up to play the final against St John’s in the afternoon.
St John’s won the toss and elected to bat first. After 20 overs they posted an incredible 256 for the loss of just 4 wickets. Centuries from both Geddes and Luke Trimming (North) were quite outstanding and very rarely seen in 20:20 cricket. In reply, Whitgift could only manage 134-9 from their 20 overs giving St John’s a fantastic 122 run victory. Assured bowling and great catching from all of the St John’s players meant that Whitgift were never in with a shout.
David Hammond, Head of Cricket at St John’s, said: “The tournament was a fantastic way for the U14’s to end an impressive season that saw them lose only one match. Adding this victory to the 1st XI’s triumph resulted in a quite excellent week of cricket.”
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