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1st XI retain cricket festival title

The St John's 1st XI cricket team travelled to Ipswich School during the first week of the summer holidays, hoping to retain their festival title.

Victories against Brentwood School and Abingdon on Monday and Tuesday meant that it would be winner takes all in the final against Ipswich School on Wednesday. After an impressive bowling and fielding performance, St John's restricted the hosts to 132 all out. Ollie Hunt finishing with fantastic figures of 2/14 from his 10 overs.

Although not a big total to chase, on a used wicket, low scores traditionally prove difficult to get. The young St John's opening partnership of Luke Trimming and Ben Geddes had other ideas however, and put on a quite brilliant opening stand of 122 to put the game out of sight. It was left to captain Hayden Storey to come in and hit the winning runs with 13 overs to spare, a fitting way for the game to end. It was Luke's second half century of the week and Ben's third, giving him scores of 51, 90* and 66* for the three matches. This was enough for Ben to be named player of the tournament, even more impressive as an U15.

Head of cricket David Hammond commented: "This is a fantastic way for the boys to end their summer and I am very proud of all of them. This is a team with youth on its side and the next few years are very exciting."

Published on 08/07/2016

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