Last week Stoneygate took a team of Year 8 boys and Archie G on cricket tour to Yorkshire. Days 1 and 3 were the cricket match days and day 2 was a day of outdoor activities. Sadly our cricket match at Casterton Prep School was cancelled due to rain, but our match against Cundall Manor School, just North of York, certainly made up for it.
The team: Tej (Captain), George, Phillip, Archie, Pip, Miles, Spencer, Seb and Patrick.
Cundall Manor won the toss and decided to bat first. Their first two pairs batted well and the scoreboard was looking very favourable for them until George came in to bowl and took 3 wickets off one over. He went on to take 2 further wickets and received the match ball. Phillip was fabulous in the field, catching 3 people out, one of which was an awesome catch. Miles fielded well, Pip bowled well and Tej was strong as wicket keeper.
Stoneygate were chasing 312 which was certainly achievable. The first pair faced a good pace bowler from Cundall and sadly lost 4 wickets, which put the pressure on somewhat. Philip and Spencer held their own only losing 2 wickets with Phillip batting beautifully and finding the boundary. Archie and George came in with quite a task and could not afford to lose any further wickets. Steadily and carefully they knocked out the runs with plenty of boundaries and 312 was looking achievable again for our last pair, Seb and Patrick. The Cundall boys were very sharp in the field and the match was to be decided on the last ball!! Seb was facing and needed 4 to draw or a 6 to win. He went for the win and hit the ball high into the air. It looked like Stoneygate had won, but a Cundall fielder caught the ball right on the boundary! A very exciting match and well played to all the boys.
A huge thank you to Cundall Manor School who were extremely hospitable.