The last game of the season was played once again in the most amazing summer heat wave and the cricket was almost as good.
The Old Ewellians including some staff players won the toss and elected to bat. All notions of a friendly game were gone after the first three balls. Jaimin whistled the first two deliveries past Simon Brook's nose and then struck Old Boy, Simon Havers in the head with the third.
Will Smith took Havers wicket with his first delivery caught in the covers and from then on the incoming batsman Jamie Moore smashed the ball everywhere to score 58 from 43 balls. Simon was more circumspect but accelerated from 11 of 25 balls, to end up with 67 from 63 including six fours and three sixes. Mr Edwards not knowing if he should smash the ball as an old boy or play nicely as a PE teacher struck a quick fire 23 from 15 to leave the Old Boy's team 165 for 3 from the 20 overs.
Everyone new that this would be a good chase by the first team if they were to get close as the wicket was showing signs of variable bounce and stress from the heat. The Old Boys bowling was somewhat generous in the early exchanges and George Whalley made a pretty 20, whilst Jaimin bludgeon a rapid 35. Both openers at times tried to hit the ball too hard and lost balance which kept the Old Boy's in the game.
The game was turned around when Mr Nugturen ripped the heart out of the first teams batting line up with three wickets in his first two overs. Jaimin was caught by Noah at Mid Off and George was caught by Jamie Moore at square leg. Hopes then rested with Fraser but he was bounced out for 1 with a delivery that was unplayable. Whipped out the attack to keep the game alive for all Mr Nugturen was missed as Matt Smith came in and started to move the score board along against Ben Higgs and Eshen Patel.
Needing ten an over from the last five overs the game was in the balance. Eshen's penultimate over went for twelve, leaving the first team needing seven from the final over. Up stepped captain and Old Boy, once captain of the croquet team, Mr Edwards to save the day. 1..4., meant that the last ball needed to go for 2. A solid yorker was squeezed to extra-cover for just one and the game was tied. Matt Smith played a brilliant knock of 60 including a huge six over the school minibus at long on and without him the game would definitely been lost.
The season has now finished and it was a good way to close down for the summer.
Well done to all involved today and throughout the year. Mr N Turk - Director of Sport