Cricket

Cricket is a popular option for students at Royal Russell. All players are given a grounding in the basics of fielding, bowling and batting and the opportunity to experience small sided games. With the aim of also feeding the teams. We have an extensive cricket fixtures programme in the Summer term, every Saturday and play friendlies and cup matches in our games afternoons, with an additional training session per week and a fielding/ technique clinic at lunchtimes.We have set up academies at under 13 and under 15 level to feed through to our first XI, which has also just restarted. We will benefit from strength and conditioning programmes personalised for individual players and undertaken in our new suite. Tours are run to destinations in the Caribbean and southern hemisphere.

 

Victory over Colfes School

Royal Russell U14 team begin cricket season with a comfortable 10 wicket victory over Colfes School on Saturday.

A captain’s commanding innings of 46 not out, from opener Tom, sealed an early victory with 11 overs to spare, playing. Earlier our bowling attack had restricted Colfes to 70 for 5 wickets off 20 overs, with impressive bowling from spinner Cameron and Josh, Hamzah  and Tom each taking wickets. A glorious sunny morning and a fine way to start the season.

The U15 team had a victory away at Ibstock Place in the Surrey Cup. Sam's 94 runs in 9 overs was the highlight of the batting with Liam's 3 wickets the best of the bowling.

Cameron bowled a very tight spell of off spin and there was a half century stand  between Tom Smith and Ben Hoffmann at the start of the innings.

Win Against Langley

On Thursday the first XI were victorious at home to Langley. 2 wickets a piece for Steven and Ben. 51 not out from Theo. Pari hit the winning runs with 20 not out including a towering 6 over extra cover. He also delicately took a stumping.
A good all round team performance to end the cricket season.

 

Win against Ewell Castle

 The Year 7 team had a great win away at Ewell Castle reaching 114-5 in their 20 overs. Ted  with 31 and Louis scoring 44 not out.

In reply Ewell Castle were bowled out for 44 with all 8 bowlers taking a wicket and Sam taking 4 catches at midwicket.

The Year 8’s bowled Ewell castle out in the 17th over though the Ewell opening pair had excelled with almost a century stand in 10 overs.

We replied well though couldn’t quite keep up with the run rate against some tight bowling. Tom hit a fine 51 runs opening the batting.

U13 Cricket team back to winning ways with victory against Glyn School

Our Year 8 cricket team achieved a comfortable victory against Glyn School on, resulting from a strong all round team performance. Batting  first on a challenging early morning wicket, we achieved a respectable 103 (all-out) from 20 overs, with Hamzah (27) and Josh (16) setting up the innings. Ferocious middle order batting from Sasha ensured that the innings maintained momentum. In reply, Glyn were bowled out for 55 runs, with Harry and George taking two wickets each and Calum taking three wickets. Solid wicket keeping from Max and a superb catch from George underpinned the win.  A good return to form for the team. 

Surrey Cup

The Under 15s went out of the Surrey Cup to a strong Reigate Grammar team.  

The highlights from our perspective were Charlie and Ben’s tight bowling along with Jack Becket’s flight and guile in taking two wickets with the aid of Liam Smith’s stumping's.

There were 4 competitive games against Skinners, Sam’s 40 runs being the batting highlight. Tom bowled with accuracy and  penetration and George fielded faultlessly.

A Win for the U13s

The Royal Russell U13 team completed their third consecutive victory with a win against  Wallington Grammar on Saturday 13th May, set up through an opening partnership of 84 between Tom (48 not out) and Josh (27). This was even more impressive given the high standard of bowling from Wallington and the somewhat un-predictable damp early morning wicket.

In reply to Royal Russell (93 for 1), Wallington achieved 63 all out, brought about through strong all round bowling performances and held catches, including crucially timed wickets from Harry, Tom, Josh and Calum.  An impressive stumping from Max and a late wicket from George, representing the school in his first game, sealed a well-earned victory.

 

 

A Win For the U12s

U12s won comfortably with an excellent opening partnership between Joe and Zayan. Zayan went on to score a fine unbeaten 56 runs. Toby and Aqeel picked up two wickets each in their opening spells,  before Oliver and Nathan came on to each pick up a “brace”.

The U14s won the toss and elected to bowl.  Cedars scored 92 off 20 overs.  Liam claimed three stumps, with the bowling being headed by Ben (3 wickets for 12 runs) and Jack (2  wickets for 12 runs).

Chasing 93 for victory looked comfortable initially, with Ben and Liam scoring 34 for no loss off the first 5 overs.  Ultimately, we came up short with 75 runs off the 20 overs.

Under 15s lost to Cedars. The first XI took on a strong Trinity side on Friday evening in a T20 match. Though we lost, the highlights were Ben's bowling and Steven's pace and catching at gully. Hopefully we will build on the positives and train hard on our weaknesses before the next game.

The U15 squad won on Tuesday in the Surrey Cup by 41 runs at home to Southborough School. Charlie scored 39 runs opening the batting as we posted 142 from our 20 overs. Southborough made 101 in reply with Jack taking 3 for 9 with his leg spin and Liam with 4 sharp stumps. A good team effort.

First Cricket Fixtures of the Year

The first weekend cricket fixtures of the year resulted in two victories over St Dunstan’s College.

The under 13s had a nail-biting 1 wicket win with Tom  Man of the Match with 4 wickets for 4 runs and    carrying his bat for 25 not out, hitting a 6 and a 4 to win the match.  Josh took 3 wickets for 8 runs.

The U15s celebrated a 9 wicket win, with Grace scoring 27 not out, the same score as Captain Theo.

The wickets were spread around in an impressive display in the field, restricting the opposition to 82 runs. Adam produced a quick spell with the new ball and an acrobatic one handed catch.