Last week’s cricket started with an incredible day on Tuesday when both the Under 12s and Under 13s won their Kent Cup matches, and the 1st XI team won in the National T20 Competition at KCS Wimbledon and qualified for the Regional Semi-Finals.
The Under 12 team beat Bexley Grammar School in the Kent Cup by 7 wickets with Oliver Adamson, the star performer. Oliver took 4 wickets as Eltham bowled out Bexley for 69 and then scored 18 not out to lead the side to victory with support from Boris Jones and Dan Barker. The A and B teams travelled to Trinity School on Saturday morning, and the Bs bowled and fielded really well to restrict Trinity to 130 as Rohan Apte took 3-9 off 2 overs. In reply, Nithin Kavarthapu batted well for 20 not out, but the side fell short of the target. The As found it difficult to build momentum with the bat as they posted 74 in 20 overs but did well to take 6 wickets before Trinity reached their target.
The Under 13A team won an incredible match at Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School last Tuesday in the Kent Cup by 3 wickets with two balls remaining. Tunbridge Wells GS was last year’s Kent Champions at the Under 12 level, so it was always going to be a tough match, and the side was grateful to Olly Gower, Saul Cogswell and Freddie Sleddon who all stepped into the side at short notice. Eltham restricted Tunbridge Wells to 128-9 in 20 overs with Ethan Fiore taking 3 wickets and Frank Caldwell with 4 as the team did well on a small pitch. In reply, the side lost regular wickets but was held together by captain Aditya Kumar. Getting good support from Oliver Egan and Freddie, Aditya played a fantastic innings to time the chase to perfection and won the match scoring 83 not out. Then on Saturday against Trinity, Aditya played another superb innings to score 98 not out in our total of 146. Unfortunately, the Trinity batsman came out flying and chased down our total for the loss of just 2 wickets. The B team had a tough match but showed great spirit in the field as they lost by about 100 runs.
The Under 14 team just about got matches in on Saturday afternoon at Trinity despite the awful weather and the A team struggled in the conditions losing by 9 wickets. The B team bowled and fielded well to limit Trinity to 135 all out and although Alex Macheath batted excellently in reply with good support from Dylan Byford and Tristan Wijewickrama the team fell 36 runs short.
The Under 15B team found batting tough during their match against Trinity and although Max Taylor kept the innings together for a long time we were unable to set a testing total. Trinity reached the target with ease. The Under 15As battled well in the wet conditions but narrowly lost to a strong Trinity side by 3 wickets. At 90-3 with 9 overs remaining, Juan Chanthirakumaran, James Bush and Rob Alexander displayed some powerful hitting, enabling Eltham to reach a respectable 163 from 30 overs. Unfortunately, too many extras and a number of fielding errors in the tough wet conditions saw Trinity chase the total, losing 7 wickets on the way. Well done to Yusuf Sait who took 4 wickets.
The 2nd XI team played their third league match last Wednesday afternoon at Reigate Grammar School. Ben Hegarty batted brilliantly to score 50, and on his debut for the school, Tommaso Candita-Simpkins scored 30 as Eltham posted 110. Reigate came out quickly in reply though and was able to chase down our total.
The 1st XI team had a very busy week beginning with their fantastic win over KCS Wimbledon in the National T20 competition. Fielding first, the game swung in our favour after 7 overs when KCS lost 3 wickets in 4 balls. Five run outs, two one-handed catches by Archie Langley and Owen Davies and 2 stumpings by Captain Sam Smith led to KCS being bowled out for just 93. Arran Khanna and Sam batted beautifully in reply as Arran scored 22 not out and Sam a quick-fire 55 in a comfortable 8 wicket victory. The following day Eltham travelled to RGS Guildford and on a good pitch wickets from Owen, Tom Gallo, James Smith and Nico Murlowski as well as a superb catch by debutant Rikin Parikh (Year 10) left RGS 141 all out. Eltham had a very poor start to their innings and were always behind the run rate. Ben Day batted excellently though to score 47 not out and shared in an unbroken 40 run partnership with another Year 10 debutant, Reyhan Taraq, as Eltham finished 30 runs short. On Saturday, the 1st XI’s match against Trinity was beaten by the weather when evenly poised with Trinity 143-4 off 36 overs. The highlight was a fantastic run out by the third Year 10 to play for the 1st XI last week, Joseph Bilsby, to get the first wicket of the day.
We look forward to another busy week of cricket.