17 Jun 2021
Cricket Week is a hit!

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The annual Cricket Week took place at Leighton Park last week after a year off. Cricket Week is an annual event at the school, where on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday a lucky chosen 11 students and staff are picked to represent the school against 3 traditional opponents: The Forty Club, The oldest team in the world - The MCC, and the Old Leightonians. Credit to the Groundsman who have provided pitches as fresh as a box of Costco strawberries.

On Monday against the 40 Club, Leighton Park bowled first. Sandie Collie picked up a key early wicket, though thereafter the 40 club created a long partnership which was finally broken by the very impressive debutant, Nihaal Suri, much to the delight of his celebrating year 10 friends watching on the boundary. James “the Giant” Leach bowled the stumps of their key run machine batsman, and eventually the 40 finished on 224.

In reply, Old Leightonian, Marcus Laing, hit a 50 but the two who brought it home for an LP win was Head of Hockey and Croquet-obsessed Matt Richards, supported by Sandie Collie, who hit 67 and 33 respectively.

Wednesday saw the match against the world famous MCC side. The MCC batted first, and were highly impressive, though our young team bowled brilliantly to make them earn every run. James Leach grabbed two wickets and the ever-reliable Kabir picked up a wicket and only went for a short amount of runs.

In reply, LP got off to a tough start, but almost came close to winning it thanks to a brilliant partnership from James Leach and Croquet Chemist, Matt Richards. Both players went past 50 in a massive stand of over 100 runs. Unfortunately after a seriously tense finish, the team fell just short of the MCC’s total. A fantastic effort by the school against such a good team. All players should be proud of their performance.

On Friday against The Old Leightonians the School XI got off to a great start, with staff member, Duncan Jones, removing both openers. Wickets kept on tumbling through the bowling of Kabir Tahillani, and the OL's found themselves on 100-7. However, a 100 plus partnership led by Sherayas who scored 92, took OL to a big score of 256.

In reply, Henry Goodchild opened and played a very watchful and sensible innings with the two opening bowlers giving away no bad balls. After Goodchild was removed for an LBW, the star of the innings was James Leach, who scored a fantastic 100, finishing unbeaten on 115. Long-standing cricket umpire, Geraint, said after that Leach's innings was up there with Oscar Gonzalez 130 vs the MCC 5 years ago, if not better. Sadly for the School XI they were bowled out 50 runs shorts with 2 overs left. A brilliant match, which will be remembered for the superb innings by James Leach.