Cricket Report – 26 June

Although the school cricket season is approaching the end the 1st XI played four matches in five days last week and we enjoyed a successful block fixture against Dulwich College on Saturday.

Aditya Kumar, the U12 captain, was the star of the show on Saturday morning at Dulwich College scoring his maiden 100 as the A team chased down 165 for the loss of just 2 wickets. The U12B team had a tougher morning as despite setting a reasonable score they were unable to defend the short boundaries and Dulwich College chased our runs relatively comfortably.

The U13s were not able to get their innings going despite a reasonable start by Charlie Smith and Josh Hutchings as Dulwich College restricted us to just 90. Although Louis Radley took key early wickets and the side made it as difficult as possible in the field Dulwich College got to our total with 4 wickets in hand. It was a similar story in the Bs as we only managed 83 although Akash Sutharakan scored an excellent 22 including 3 sixes! Dulwich reached the total for the loss of 5 wickets, Dylan Byford was the pick of our bowlers with 2 wickets.

The U14s played both Sevenoaks and Dulwich last week and although they had a few wobbles with the bat were able to chase successfully in both games. James Bush took 2 early wickets at Sevenoaks last Wednesday and a good performance in the field restricted them to 122. In reply Rikin Parikh led the chase scoring 46 not out in a 5 wicket win. Saturday was very similar with Dulwich scoring 129, Charlie Watkins took 4-17 and two run outs from Harvey Jagger in a bizarre spell of cricket helped Eltham to 4 wickets in 5 balls as the score went from 127-5 to 129 all out. Joe Bilsby and James Bush made a good start to our innings but a small collapse left Ben Mirchandani and Charlie to see the side home. Ben batting superbly for his 43 not out. The Bs batted first and set their biggest total of the season with Juan Chanthirakumaran scoring 57. However, the Dulwich openers got off to a flier and despite some good bowling by Dhruv Patel and a fantastic 2 over spell by Cameron Slatter which included a hat-trick in his 4 wickets we couldn’t quite defend our total. The 14Cs picked up a win in their match with Archie Rowbotham scoring a superb 49 and Louis Ayin-Walsh taking 4 wickets.

The U15s tough season continued against a strong Dulwich age group and although William Thirkell-Jones top scored with 25 and took 2 wickets in 2 overs the As were beaten by 8 wickets. Much effort must now be put into their final weekend matches against Caterham.

The 1st XI had a very busy week of cricket as many of the Seniors celebrated the end of exams with 4 games in 5 days. Firstly, Eltham welcomed the Forty Club and the MCC on consecutive days last week for all-day fixtures. Batting first against the Forty Club, most batsman got themselves in but only Jake Owen was able to kick on scoring 52 in our total of 218-8 declared. The boys found it hard to bowl out an adult side in reply and although Tom Gallo and James Smith combined for 7 wickets with some excellent bowling after tea the Forty Club held on to reach 143-8 and secure a draw. On Thursday, the MCC brought a strong side over including two OEs and batted first as is accustomary.   Although Arran Khanna picked up a nasty injury in the field Eltham did really well to pick up regular wickets and stop the flow of runs. James Smith and Tom Gallo were again the stand out bowlers as the MCC declared at 220-6 from 50 overs. Eltham were well positioned in reply at 60-1 just before tea but a string of wickets followed and not helped by being a player down the side were bowled out for just 113.

The weekend brought a great deal of success with victories over both Dulwich and a touring side, Prince Alfred College (PAC), from Adelaide. Put into bat on Saturday, Jamie Williams and Irvine Turner made an excellent start scoring 50 for the first wicket as Dulwich introduced spin early. Very quickly it was clear that batting against spin was going to be very difficult and it was thanks to a superb innings of 79 by Nico Murlowski who was well supported by Dom Lester, Gabe Downer and Adam Fuller that we were able to get up to 193. Although Dulwich raced to 30-0 in three overs, first Dom Lester and then Irvine Turner and Tom Gallo bowled superb spells to dominate the batsman and regular wickets meant Dulwich were dismissed for 139 with still 13 overs remaining. Irvine took 4 wickets, Tom 3 and Dom 2. PAC then arrived Saturday night and their students were kindly hosted by Eltham parents on both Saturday and Sunday evening. The 1st XI enjoyed an excellent match against the Aussies on Sunday and perhaps caught them a little cold on the first game of their tour to win by 5 wickets. Although PAC made a good start, Nick Smith, Irvine and Henry Baines all took wickets in quick succession to stall their progress. An excellent innings of 68 followed from their number 3 but we were finally able to dismiss them for 183 as Irvine followed up Saturday with another 4 wickets. Jamie Williams and Ken Dixson set a superb platform in reply and Jamie made an excellent 50. Sam Smith also played a lovely innings before being unfortunately dismissed on 49 before some late hitting by Owen Davies got the side over the line with 10 balls to spare. A BBQ and football match followed to conclude an excellent weekend’s cricket.