U10A Boys v West House
West House win
Player of the Match: Jonty Scurlock/James Longworth
What a great feeling it was to be stepping out onto the cricket square for our first fixture in nearly 18 months. Blue Coat were in to bat first with Remy and Kanav confidently opening. Overall our batting was strong, with the batsmen looking to score singles on every ball. Our aggressive running unfortunately resulted in losing a lot of wickets in quick succession. A shout out to Jonty and James who scored an excellent 30 including a six and a few boundaries. West House played more reservedly and were able to look after their wickets. Blue Coat remained focussed in the field and bowled accurately putting each batter under pressure. A shout out to Wilf who bowled a maiden and to Jonty who managed to score -4 in an over. The final score line did not justify how close the game was and in reality the game displayed a high level of ability from both teams.
U10B Boys v West House
West House 262 BCS – 242
West House win by 20 runs
Player of the Match: Jia Wu/Anusha Singh
It was fantastic to be out playing a fixture against another school again. The U10Bs gave a spirited performance but West House were just a bit sharper with their fielding and slightly more accurate with their bowling. What was really impressive though were the efforts of two players – Anusha Singh batted and bowled excellently and Jia Wu showed real promise with his bowling and striking a clean ball. The old adage though that “catches win matches” was the real difference with BCS dropping 5/6 catches and West House taking most of theirs.
U10A Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 144-136 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Li Wan/Susie Tomlinson
A fabulous afternoon of cricket was experienced this afternoon featuring great wickets, catches and even scores of 6. House matches are always very competitive and with St Margaret’s fielding first, Ria and Yashna went into bat and scored a solid 20 runs from 3 overs. Some great running from Lois and Susie notched their pair up a score of 28. Still working hard and staying focused, Li and Rosa both took catches out in the field. With a healthy 91 runs scored, St Monica’s went into field. It was a healthy start from Izzy scoring a ‘4’ and the scores came within 2 of each other and it was down to the final over. Up stepped Evangeline and Li with a positive start. Li hit a ‘4’ then Susie came back and took her wicket. Evangeline had now got super energised and decided to start smashing the ball for 6’s. What a sight! Excellent bowling and super feet moving from the batters enabled top scores to be made. I was super impressed with all of the players. Although St Margaret’s took the win, St Monica’s pushed them all the way till the last over. Well done all.
U10C Girls’ House Cricket
St. Margaret’s 79 – 91 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Ruoxi Ma / Siyao Ou
An excellent house match took place on Monday afternoon. The two house teams quickly warmed up and prepared themselves for their match. St Monica’s opted to bat first. Keya Sidhu and Avani Rai opened the batting and made a steady start. Raheena Nadeem and Zara Salim were the next pair and they got 18 runs. Siyao and Siyuan Ou batted well and ran hard between the wickets. They scored a fantastic 42 runs! St Margaret’s fielded well and took 3 wickets in total. St.Margaret’s went into bat and were chasing a total of 66 runs. The first two pairs conceded wickets early at the start, but the final pairing of Aadya Agarwal and Lailaa S managed to score 30 runs in total. A great house match and fantastic team support. Well done girls!
U10B Girls’ House Cricket
St Monica’s 86- 86 St Margaret’s
Player of the Match: Tia Sharma / Jaskiran Rai
A brilliant afternoon of girls cricket. St Margaret’s went into bat first. I have to say it wasn’t the most exciting batting innings – not many runs were made and the majority of the girls’ score was made up of runs from the bowlers bowling ‘wides’ or ‘no balls’. St Margaret’s needed to have more confidence in the ball and communicate with each other far better. Having said that, the girls scored a respectable 61 runs. St Monica’s went into bat with 10 runs as they managed to bowl and hit the wickets twice while fielding. This batting innings was far more thrilling as St Monica’s had a couple of strong batting overs. Specifically, Tia, who played some fantastic shots, hitting the boundary several times scoring 4 runs for her team. At the same time St Margaret’s bowling skills were much improved and they managed to hit the wickets 5 times when bowling, adding another 25 runs to their score. This game was literally neck and neck until the final over. The game ended with a draw, which I think was a fair result. Both teams scoring 86 runs. Well done to you all, a lovely afternoon of cricket!
U9A Cricket vs West House
BCS 277 – West House 235
BCS Win by 43 runs
Player of the Match: Aditiya Solanki/Vidur Doger
The U9A team in their first fixture of the season put in a remarkable fielding performance to be the victors over West House. In a close game BCS just edged over the line thanks to their fielding effort and some strong batting towards the end of the innings. A cautious start from both teams with BCS fielding first. The batters were playing defensively due to some accurate bowling from the BCS opening bowlers. The first wicket came from Vidur clean bowling the batter and beating him for pace. Into the second pair, again BCS made it difficult for the opponents to score some runs with Toby A bowling an excellent over, picking up a wicket and only conceding three runs off his over. This was supported by a brilliant piece of fielding by Vidur on the square leg boundary who completed an excellent stop then threw the ball in like a bullet to the top of the stumps for Aditiya to whip the bails off for a run out.
Into the third pair, and despite conceding a few runs due to some short pitched deliveries, Tom managed to clean bowl an opponent producing a beautiful flighted delivery that pitched on middle and leg stump and turned and hit off stump, very much like Shane Warne! Into the final two pairs, again BCS made run scoring difficult and continued to chip away at getting wickets and keeping the West House score low. Will picked up a double wicket maiden and Tom completed a brilliant catch, bowling with a great forward dive to complete the catch. The innings was finished off by a remarkable direct hit run out by wicket keeper Aditiya, hitting the bowler’s end with a fantastic throw. West House finished their innings scoring 235 runs. In reply, the BCS batters knew they had to respect good bowling but at the same time continue to look for runs. This was evident with Toby and Will running well between the wickets and picking up a boundary. Into the middle overs Hugo and Dan picked up a couple of well struck fours but some indifferent running between the wickets from Tom and Toby kept the scores close. The fourth pair Aaryan and Seb showed some positive intent with some good running between the wickets to keep the scores tight and keep ticking off the total. Into the final pair, some excellent ball striking by Aditiya sent the ball to all parts of the ground with three fours struck in a row and a huge six that lost the ball temporarily ensured BCS finished on a total of 277 winning by 43 runs. A disciplined bowling performance supported by an excellent fielding display for the u9A cricket team.
U9B Cricket v West House
BCS 312 – West House 69
BCS win by 43 runs
Player of the Match: Rohan Sharu/Aryan Paul
The U9B team put in a fantastic display against West House to claim a well deserved victory. Bowling first, every player bowled two overs and I was very pleased that most managed to bowl straight and accurately. Rohan Sharu bowled with pace and control whilst Max Horwitch Smith also showed real potential. With the bat Aryan Paul hit the ball cleanly, clearing the in field on numerous occasions as did Sam Sapey. Well played one and all!
U9A Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 121- 62 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Sophie Longworth/Lydia Braham
A fun filled afternoon of cricket! St Margaret’s lost the toss and went into bat first. They started their batting innings really strong hitting the boundary on several occasions. St Monica’s bowling overall has improved – they generally are able to keep their arm straight now, and we just need to focus on bowling the ball in a straight line to avoid wide balls. It was an all-round team effort from St Margaret’s, finishing their batting innings with 86 runs and only losing 1 wicket. Switching over, St Monica’s batting skills were consistent. However, unfortunately they were unable to hit it as hard, preventing them hitting many balls towards the boundary. In addition to this, St Margaret’s bowling skills were overall far stronger. In particular, Anna’s bowling did not fail to disappoint as usual, making is very difficult for the batters to hit the ball at all. As well as this, Sophie’s bowling has improved massively. Sophie had a really good bowling over! I think because of this St Monica’s didn’t seem as confident when in to bat, and it didn’t help that St Margaret’s fielding was on fire this afternoon too. They caught a number of hits. This resulted in St Monica’s losing 7 wickets. A very good game overall – one filled with lots of excitement! Final score was St Margaret’s 121- 62 St Monica’s.
U9B Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 88 – 65 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Nanda N, Umaiza K
Batting was the hot topic of the afternoon with lots of runs scored by both teams with Mani, Lara, Unayza, Umaiza, Taneesha and Madalen all scoring 4’s for their respective teams. The scores before including the wickets were only 3 apart but St Margaret’s also fielded with great determination and focus and Rubie stumped out players, Lucy made an excellent catch and Umaiza not only took a catch she also bowled a wicket! St Margaret’s took the victory on this occasion with a fine batting and fielding innings.
St Monica’s -106 78 St Margaret’s
Player of the Match: Aashni Shah/Neve De Naute
The girls were excited and keen to play their house Cricket match. St Monica’s chose to bat first – all pairs ran well between the wickets and all scored over 20 runs each. St Margaret’s needed 77 runs to win. However St Monica’s were good in the field and Aditi Mohanty took two excellent catches. Well played all the girls – great match!
U11A Boys v West House
Blue Coat 284- West House 279
BCS win by 5 runs
Player of the Match: The whole team!!
Wow! It’s not very often that a game of cricket goes to the final ball but this was an absolutely fantastic game played in great spirit by both teams. West House batted first and scored a very respectable 279. All the BCS bowlers bowled well and as a team we fielded excellently by doing the basics well. We bowled straight and in general stopped the ball and backed up any throws. The run chase was a topsy turvy affair. I’ve never seen Toby Smoldon’s eyes open as wide as when he faced the West House opening bowler, who it has to be said was fizzing it down very quickly! That said he applied himself very sensibly and, but for some silly run outs, the opening pair batted well. The next 3 pairs then really took the game to West House by running extremely well between the wickets. This pressured the West House bowlers and fielders into some ragged bowling and overthrows. The game was on a knife edge when the last pair of Jai Lewis and Harris Rahman went out to bat. At this point BCS were winning by 5 and when Harris hit the first ball for 4 it seemed a comfortable victory was in sight. Disaster struck though as we lost 4 wickets in 6 balls which put us behind. Thankfully, Harris and Jai regained their composure, played straight and got the team over the line for a famous victory. These boys have been a pleasure to work with all summer and I was immensely proud of the way they played. The strides they have made in 8-10 weeks have been huge and more importantly than anything it was great to see a proper game of cricket enjoyed by all.
U11B Boys’ v West House
BCS 275 – West House 283
Player of the Match: Sam Tan
What a game! Each and every pupil did themselves proud today – remaining focussed whether in the bat, bowl or in the field and gave everything they had on the field. This game went to the very last over with every ball being crucial to deciding the fate of the game. BCS batted first with Marcus and Ateeb opening. Overall we batted well, regularly finding the boundaries and communicating well between the wickets. However, on too many occasions we lost wickets trying to gain extra runs when they weren’t on offer. Overall we lost 13 wickets, highlighting how well we did score considering! A shout out goes to Henry and Joel scoring 25 runs between them off 4 overs. We bowled accurately and put West House under constant pressure. Sam Tan took several amazing catches from behind the wickets. Unfortunately, West House looked after their wickets more conservatively than BCS and that was the major difference between the two teams. All in all, a strong performance a great display of progress over this past term.
U8A Boys’ v West House
BCS 328 – West House 261
BCS Win by 67 runs
Player of the Match: Noah Jordan/James Barwell
In their first game representing BCS the U8A Cricket team showed excellent potential with an explosive batting performance and a disciplined bowling performance in their game versus West House. After losing the toss, BCS were put into bat and a solid start by Loic and James saw them accumulate runs with some smart running between the wickets and the odd lusty blow to the boundary off James’ bat. Into the second pair, Dhruv and Freddie continued this form with clever running between the wickets and some powerful striking with Freddie picking up some assured boundaries. Then came the fireworks and some brutal hitting from Noah to up the scoring rate supported by some good running between the wickets by Idris. In his 4 overs batting Noah struck 8 boundaries, really upping the scoring rate.
Into the final pair a good total looked to be set and Rayan continued this with again some powerful hitting of the ball. This was supported by some clever running between the wickets by Umar. BCS finished on a total of 328 – an excellent score supported by the brilliant hitting and quick running between the wickets by all batters. Into the bowling effort an excellent start by Dhruv and James who both bowled a couple of wicket maidens ensuring scoring runs was difficult. This was further supported by Idris and Freddie who in their overs picked up a couple of wickets, and some smart fielding led to a couple of further run outs. Loic picked up a smart wicket with an excellent catch from Noah to a skier that he did extremely well to watch into his hands. To finish off the innings James bowled a lovely delivery clipping the top of off stump – a perfect fast bowlers dismissal. A very impressive performance from the U8A team winning the game by 67 runs due to a great batting performance, disciplined bowling with bowlers being very accurate and hard to score runs off and a lively fielding effort with all getting into the action and looking to impact the game.
U8B Boys v West House
BCS 274- West House 290
West House won by 16 runs
Player of the Match: Oli Cowley/Carlino Kumar
For their first game for School this was a good effort by the U8B team. Players of note were Oli Cowley, Jasper Neeson and Carlino Kumar who were all able to bowl accurately and with a legal bowling action. The batting and running between the wickets was good however there is lots of work to do on the bowling front to make sure everyone is bowling with a straight arm. Overall it was just great for the players to experience a match against another school and to demonstrate their BCS values fantastically.
U8 Bears Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 117- St Monica’s 65
Player of the Match: Mischa Bailey
The U8 girls played their second House Cricket match, this time though we implemented a few more rules to replicate a normal pair’s game of Cricket. All girls adapted fantastically and played really well, demonstrating massive amounts of progress! Bowling we are still finding tricky, but the girls kept persevering and I’m confident in time this skill will come. St Monica’s went into bat first – they had an interesting innings. A number of balls were hit, but the girls didn’t communicate with their batting partner to make any runs! At the end of their innings the girls finished with a respectable score of 65 runs. St Margaret’s then went into bat, they were quick to respond to my feedback from St Monica’s batting innings and used it to their advantage. They made a number of hits where they made some brilliant quick runs. In addition, a couple of the batters were able to hit the ball to the boundary scoring 4s. St Monica’s fielding was strong, they worked well together and in particular Mischa Bailey was able to stop a number of balls hitting the boundary, demonstrating excellent quick reactions. However, St Margaret’s were victorious today. All girls demonstrated super progress and I was really proud of them. Keep up the hard work girls!
U8 Rapids Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 93 – 72 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Eleanor Wongso / Shruti Sivaraman
An exciting final afternoon of house matches, the girls were all excited and keen to play well for their house. St Margaret’s batted first and each pair made steady runs. St Monica’s bowlers though took 20 fielding runs with their accurate bowling and Shruti Sivaraman took 2 wickets! St Monica’s went in to bat needing to beat 78 runs. They all batted steadily but were not quick enough between the wickets giving 15 fielding runs away. They made 52 runs, with a final score of 72. Well played girls!
U8 Bears Girls’ House Cricket
St Margaret’s 84-84 St Monica’s
Player of the Match: Ihra Karkhanis/Arya Madhavan
With the weather holding St Margaret’s went into bat and got off to a great start with 4’s being scored by Annabelle and Emilia. St Monica’s showed great understanding when fielding and took 6 wickets with Arya’s great bowling and Alayna stumping players out. With the scores closing in, St Monica’s pulled ahead with great scores from Jaiya, Arya and Ellie. However, Ihra and Aria had a fantastic final over and managed to take wickets from St Monica’s leaving both teams even. What an exciting game down to the last over.