As half term loomed the sporting fixtures still came thick and fast. Following a terrific football match against Oasis Academy Year 7, in which Prep players Archie, Ethan and Daniel were instrumental in the 6-3 win, the Prep youngsters were back in action against Pownall Hall, Wilmslow in a Kwik Cricket Challenge match.
Captain Archie won the toss and opted to put the hosts into bat first. Having only had one game previously, the boys knew that taking wickets, not bowling wides and fielding well, was going to be vital if a target to chase down was going to be achievable. Daniel and Archie opened the bowling, with each pair this time getting to bowl two overs each and be in to bat for four overs. The pair bowled very well, going for only 15 runs but importantly Daniel took a crucial early wicket.
Pownall Hall got back in the next round of bowling from Owen and Thomas and looked good for a while. Thomas took a wicket and Jake bowled his two overs for just 3 runs and a wicket! Lewis continued the Bridgewater fight back with a wicket following an Archie stumping and Ethan bowled beautifully for just 2 runs in 12 bowls.
The Pownall innings ended with four excellent overs from Matteo and Dante who both took a wicket and only went for 6 runs each. Starting on 200 runs, Pownall Hall added 73 runs but lost 8 wickets to give them a net total of 233.
Needing a net score of 34 Bridgewater knew that not losing wickets was going to be the key to winning the match.
Archie and Daniel got the team off to a flyer with Archie scoring an unbeaten 16 runs in a 20 opening partnership. Unfortunately, Daniel lost a wicket, closely followed by Thomas and Owen (3). Harvey and Jake lost a wicket each and found run scoring difficult. Jake and Matteo added priceless runs but also lost a wicket a piece each to put the match in the balance.
Going into the final four overs, Bridgewater held the advantage due to some erratic bowling from the hosts. Lewis lost a wicket and it was down to Ethan to play a controlled innings to see the team over the line to victory. Ethan hit three fabulous fours but lost two wickets to ensure a nail biting final over.
Bridgewater survived the last over of the game to claim an impressive 13 run win over their opponents who had previously beaten us in football and rugby. Two wins out of two for the team who have another game against St Bedes this Friday and the AJIS Cricket Tournament in York on Friday 15th June to look forward to.