Paters’ Match

We enjoyed a perfect July day at the end of the Summer term for the traditional First XI cricket match versus the Paters. For the Paters at least, all keen supporters on the boundary rope throughout the season, this was surely the most anticipated fixture of the season… and finally an opportunity to put some of their helpful advice over the season into practice.

The First XI won the toss and elected to bat. Notwithstanding the challenging variety of seam, spin, medium-pace and occasionally slow bowling from the Paters, runs flowed freely from the boys, who showed some impressive depth in their batting line-up. The immaculate pitch – much admired throughout the season – was unforgiving after the recent spell of dry weather and the Paters struggled at times to prevent the ball racing to the boundary at 100mph. The First XI put on an impressive 345 after 20 overs for the loss of only 4 wickets. Highlights of the innings included a spectacular C&B for Mr. Sideso off William, rallying cries of “wicket ball” and some very impressive wicket-keeping from Mr. Welchman on his maiden appearance with the gloves (he did not concede a single bye). Some areas for improvement for the Paters would include catching (4 dropped catches) and refining the “long barrier” when fielding.

In reply, the Paters faced a sustained bowling attack and struggled at times to maintain the required run rate. Their running between the wickets lacked some of the zest seen in their offspring, meaning that they sought the boundary rope and in doing so offered various wicket opportunities. Some flourishes in the middle to late order kept the game alive but the Paters ended up 19 runs short after the loss of 8 wickets. It was a well-deserved victory by the First XI – who were fantastic hosts at their home ground – and a great reminder for the Paters just how difficult this game is! One of the Paters was celebrating a significant milestone and it is hard to think of a better way to spend it than the day we had.

Huge thanks to Messrs. Champkin and Morris, the catering staff and groundsmen for organising and umpiring this very happy day.

Mr. Ben Walker