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Mixed fortunes in weekend’s matches

Last Saturday, Haileybury Cricket had fixtures against Oundle while Lower School 1st XI played Beechwood Park, beating their opponents convincingly. There were excellent bowling efforts from Rhys Carter and Jamie George who recorded figures of 3 for 3 and 3 for 12 respectively.

At Oundle, the XI was restricted to 153 runs. The pitch didn’t lend itself to fluid batting but, despite this, another patient innings of 63 was put together by Ben Wilson who has made an excellent start to the season with the bat. In reply, Oundle trudged over the winning line in unspectacular fashion, having lost 7 wickets.

The 2nd XI recorded a fantastic win away from home. Gareth George was instrumental in taking 4 wickets for 10 runs and scoring 62 not out in the successful run chase. There were useful contributions too from others including Jonathon George who helped his brother put on 58 in the last 7 overs to see the side safely home to victory. The 3rd XI were once again unfortunate that despite considerable contributions like Jeremy Rayfield’s 77, they lost by 6 wickets.

The Yearlings came very close to a clean sweep of Oundle. The As won by 5 wickets, with Ross Noach once again looking like a real prospect for the future and James Scarborough scoring 43 not out. Crucially, an excellent team effort in the field had restricted Oundle to only 99 runs. The B team were very unlucky scoring 112 and chasing 118, and the C team recorded yet another triumph under coach Mr Greer. Alex Subba Row scored 43 not out in Haileybury’s total of 113. Oliver Middleton then bagged 3 wickets for 23 to help secure the victory.

The Junior Colts Bs lost by 69 runs but the As were involved in a thrilling finish on Pavilion. Oundle had been pegged down to 127, largely due to Ed Rayfield’s magnificent display of pace bowling that ended in figures of 5 for 10 and spinner Ramesh’s 3 for 18. After fluctuating fortunes, Haileybury’s run chase looked to be in vain but Diego Bresciani’s 18 off 9 balls got them right back in it. The scores were level with 3 balls left but the last wicket fell on the penultimate ball. As it was a limited overs game, the result was that very rare occurrence, a tie.

On Sunday, the eleven were narrowly beaten by The Privateers, a side of accomplished adult cricketers, despite excellent contributions in the field from everyone and 3 wickets for 34 by Gautam Bahal.