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Cricket Week WCS Wells Cathedral School Independent Prep Somerset England

Cricket Week

We were delighted to once again host our annual Cricket Week from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th June. One of the most popular weeks in our calendar saw teams travel from far and wide to Cedars Field, Tor Field and Bekynton to compete across the seven days.

On Monday we were privileged to host the MCC. True to tradition, the visitors batted first and as the sun shone, our bowlers restricted them to just 2.5 runs an over for the first 25 overs. After 52 overs of our boys bowling a consistent length, with excellent figures such as Tiger (Lower Sixth)’s 1-29 from his nine overs, Alex (Upper Sixth)’s 0-32 after 10 overs and Finley (Year 9) taking the wicket of a premiership batter, the experienced side declared on 258. In response, our batters took to the field and Harrison (Year 11) struck 42, Alex (Upper Sixth) 46 and Tiger (Lower Sixth) 49 to see Wells up to 203 before Finley (Year 9)’s strong defence saw off the last few overs to secure a draw.

On Tuesday we welcomed the touring side Almeley Cricket Club for a newly annual fixture. The Wells boys began their bowling offensive and with figures such as Conrad (Lower Sixth)’s 4-20 from five overs and Alex (Upper Sixth)’s 2-9, Almeley were restricted to 201 all out. Alex followed up his bowling performance with the top batting score out 82* from 68 balls, while Aayush, who has joined Wells for three weeks from Mumbai, hit 45 off 51 balls. The boys celebrated a comprehensive win when the score was chased down in just 31 overs!

Elsewhere, the U14s and U15s were taking on Stonar School in an all-day match. After 54 overs in the field, with Carson (Year 9) bowling especially well, knocks of 46 from Ethan (Year 10), 72 from Finley (Year 9) and Zak’s 30 off 15 saw the boys come close to the total in a tense draw.

Our Girls’ 1st XI also played a fantastic match against Millfield, which proved to be one of the most enjoyable games to watch of the week as the team were so loving being out on the field. There were outstanding performances in the batting department from Abi, Dimity and Xanthe (Upper Sixth) and the bowling department from Lulu (Year 9), Issy (Upper Sixth) and Linsey (Year 11). The game was a great occasion with the result coming down to the final over!

Wednesday was another very busy day. In the morning, the Sports Department hosted a Primary School Kwik Cricket Festival, wherein four teams from local primary schools competed in a tournament, with a ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Wells teddy bear awarded to a deserving young cricketer. It was a wonderful event and we were very proud of the way our Sixth Formers helped out. In the afternoon, Taunton School joined us for U12 and U13 fixtures. Ben (Year 7) took four wickets in his match, with Wells winning two out of three in total. The day concluded with a staff vs pupils match in the evening. Competitive as always, the game was even livelier than usual when a scoreboard error suggested that staff needed two to win off the last ball when in fact they needed three. The teams thus drew on 152, leaving us with no choice but to stage a rematch in the coming weeks!

Unfortunately the weather was the winner on Thursday, but Friday saw another prestigious match for the 1st XI when we welcomed the XL Club for our annual fixture. The bad weather persisted but both teams were determined to get as many overs as possible in and ultimately we were able to play the full game. Our bowlers kept the XL Club below 200, then the batters took over with Harrison (Year 11) hitting 82 off 72 balls, Aayush 52 off 70 and Alex and Dougie (Upper Sixth) working together to wrap things up.

The plan for Saturday was to play a big block of games against Warminster School, and though the rain caused the abandonment of a few, four were fielded with Wells being on the winning side of each. Highlights included Oscar (Year 10) hitting the winning runs for the U14B in his first game of the year, the 2nd XI securing their first win of the year in a fantastic all-round performance, Finley (Year 9) and Rory (Year 10) batting well with Josh (Year 10) picking up three wickets for minimal runs in the U15A team, and the First XI showcasing some outstanding performances such as Harrison (Year 11)’s 98 off 88, Tiger (Lower Sixth)’s supporting 40, Oli (Year 11)’s three wickets, and Sam (Upper Sixth) and Tiger (Lower Sixth)’s two wickets.

The week ended on Sunday with our annual 1st XI game against an Old Wellensian side. Our current Wellies were put in to bowl and did a sterling job, especially Archie (Lower Sixth)’s opening spell which was particularly tricky for the opposition, and Tiger (Lower Sixth)’s five wickets which earned him another spot on the honours board. At the end of a long week the boys were very tired, and a large total of 270 in just under 40 overs loomed over them, but they proved how much they had developed their cricket to comfortably chase the score down. Harrison (Year 11) was the leading run scorer on 80, Tiger (Lower Sixth) scored 40, and Alex (Upper Sixth) and Paul (Year 11) 60 apiece. A win against the Old Wellensians was the perfect way to end such a brilliant week!

We extend a huge thank you to all of the staff who helped to make the week so special; it simply couldn’t have happened without the hard work of our Sports Department, Grounds team and Catering team.

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