The Under 12s had rearranged matches against Colfe’s for A, B, C and D on Friday afternoon and all four sides won some excellent games. The As held Colfe’s to 85 runs in 20 overs bowling first and reached the total with 5 overs to spare with Ben and Oliver Adamson batting excellently. A similar result in the Bs, with the side chasing down 87 to win comfortably. The Cs batted first at home, and an excellent opening partnership between Ben Bowler and Mihir Popat led to a good total of 106-4. In reply the Cs bowled superbly taking 9 wickets – Harry Barlow was the standout with three wickets in his first over. The Ds had a comfortable win too with Tom Leadlay starring with the bat before Barney Evans, Krish Thakrar and Seb Candita-Simpkins all took wickets. It was tougher morning on Saturday for the As and Bs away at Reigate GS as despite an early Max Dugard wicket, the As found it tough going in the field as Reigate posted 160 in 25 overs. The team batted well in reply but lost regular wickets with Matthew Chick scoring a quick 20 as we fell 50 runs short. The Bs recovered well from 12-4 mainly thanks to Nithin Kavarthapu to post 100 but it wasn’t enough as Reigate reached our total with a couple of overs to go.
The Under 13 team had plenty of matches last week. Firstly, the As and Cs played Bickley School on Monday. The As won a close match thanks mainly to Frank Caldwell’s superb innings of 48 after being under pressure, and some tight bowling and fielding from the whole side led to a 7 run win. The Cs chased a large total, but everyone contributed as we scored well over 100. The As then travelled to New Beacon on Friday afternoon in the Kent Cup but came up against a good side, and despite a good innings by Ethan Fiore we could only post 106 in 20 overs. Although the side bowled and fielded well New Beacon reached the total with a couple of overs to spare. The Under 13s then had two excellent matches against Reigate on Saturday – the As were in trouble at 16-5 batting first but Ethan again alongside Alex Lancaster and then Jack Ennis at the end batted fantastically to get us up to 124 in 25 overs. The second innings was really tight with Theo Austin, Aditya Kumar and Zach Sholapurkar all bowling well and picking up important wickets but unfortunately, the side wasn’t able to defend 7 runs off the last over, losing with one ball to spare. The Bs were beaten by a good Reigate side, but with regular players unavailable they performed well, Joe Lambrou was the stand out scoring 26 with the bat.
The Under 14s were missing several players in both the As and Bs on Saturday against Reigate, but both were involved in good matches. The As batted first and although they lost early wickets, Will Langton and Louis Radley helped get the side up to 110. Although the side bowled well, dropped catches ultimately cost the team as Reigate won by 8 wickets with 2 overs to spare. It was a similar story in the Bs as Eltham posted 102 in 20 overs but couldn’t defend the total.
The Under 15As continued their fantastic season by beating Dartford GS in the Kent Cup Quarter Final. Rikin Parikh took 3 early wickets and supported by 3 for Yusuf Sait and 2 for Alex Gallo we were able to dismiss Dartford for just 52. Some big hitting by Juan Chanthirakumaran in reply led to a 9 wicket win. Then on Saturday, Joe Bilsby and Rikin Parikh shared in an opening stand of 255 as both boys scored fantastic 100s. This was an incredible effort and quite possibly a record partnership for any wicket at U15 level. The team backed it up with a superb bowling performance too with Yusuf picking up 5 wickets, Aryan Gupta 2, Alex Gallo 2 and James Lambton 1 to give Eltham a win by an incredible 207 runs. The Bs also put in an excellent performance against Reigate scoring 145 in 20 overs with Conor Egan making 31, Will Harwood and Max Taylor 26. In reply, we dismissed Reigate for 65 with Jack Devonshire taking 4-12.
The 1st XI also won comfortably at Reigate on Saturday afternoon thanks to a superb bowling and fielding performance. Owen Davies and Arran Khanna bowled fantastic opening spells dismissing the top order Reigate batsman cheaply as they fell to 14-4. James Smith, Tom Gallo and Connor Fuller backed up the effort with the ball as wickets continued to fall and assisted by a Tom Gallo run out Reigate were all out for just 75. Owen was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets for 14 runs off 7 overs. Captain Sam Smith gave our reply a solid start and played some beautiful shots in his 27 before Nico Murlowski and Gabe Downer struck 8 boundaries between them to help us reach the total in just 16 overs to win by 7 wickets.
We finish this Half Term with Kent cup matches this week for U12 (Friday) and U14 (Monday). Plus the 1st XI play in the National T20 2nd round against Reed’s School at Home on Wednesday afternoon.