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Year 5 Isle of Wight Cricket Tour

Junior Boys in Year 5 set off on Friday for the Isle of Wight for their annual cricket tour. Mr Butterfield, Head of Sport at Junior Boys wrote this report;

“We set off (after picking up James Golding’s 3rd piece of lost property) from Junior Boys reasonably early on Friday 17 June with high hopes for an excellent tour in the Isle of Wight. Unfortunately the heavens opened before we arrived at the ferry terminal in Portsmouth and sadly continued as we crossed the Solent. The matches against Ryde School were inevitably called off as the rain continued to fall but thankfully our hosts looked after us well as they put on the Italy v Sweden game and then laid on a beautiful match tea. The whole party then settled into Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park in the evening, keeping our fingers crossed for good weather the following day!

We woke to glorious sunshine and after breakfast the B team set off for their match against Ventnor CC.

Playing a pairs game the boys lost the toss and were put into bat with many wickets were tossed away for not very many runs. We ended up being 231-18. Ventnor played well with the bat. More composed than us and, though we restricted them with runs, they simply lost fewer wickets and won 271-8.

The A team turned up later in the morning to take on Ventnor's A team. Just like the B team, we lost the toss and they choose to bat first. Ventnor started off slowly with some great bowling from Oliver Todd, Blake Sylvester and Louis Stewart. The Ventnor captain however, managed to get the better of us and was hitting it around the park at will. They finished on 102-5. We couldn't have got off to a worse start losing 4 wickets in the first 2 overs, 3 of them ducks! Thankfully our middle order of Louis Stewart, Blake Sylvester and Robbie Jones steadied the ship and started to chip away at our target. It came down to our last 2 batsman needing 11 runs from the last 2 overs! With the crowd biting their fingernails Harrison Sands and Oliver Todd kept their heads to run 1 off the last ball of the game to draw the game on 102-8.

The Sunday saw us catch an early ferry back to Portsmouth for a 7 a side slog fest in the park on Southsea Common. There was some questionable bowling and some even more questionable batting but most of all everyone had a huge amount of fun and after a hearty picnic in the park some very tired faces boarded the bus back to school. The weekend was hugely enjoyable and the pupils will take some very happy memories away with them!”

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