CRICKET: Grantham school’s Old Boys defeat King’s first XI twice in one day

Old boys' skipper Andy Cousins (right) and his son and King's first XI captain James.

Old boys' skipper Andy Cousins (right) and his son and King's first XI captain James.

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KING’S School first Xl played matches against two Old Boys teams on the same day.

The 30-over match pitted father and son, Andy and James Cousins, together as opposing captains. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Old Boys made 158-8. Dan Reynolds (57no), Lewis Dann (29no) and Andrew Jones (23) led the way whilst Daniel Gibson (4-23) and Joe Bottomley (3-20) were outstanding in School’s bowling attack.

In reply, King’s began ahead of the pace with skipper James Cousins (42) and Euan Coulthard (33) putting on 62 for the first wicket. Cousins fell to a catch behind by Glynn Jones who also stumped Coulthard.

Thereafter wickets fell regularly, spread amongst the Old Boys’ bowlers, leaving King’s all out 25 runs short of the total. Daniel Gibson’s impressive bowling for School earned him the Alec Weightman Memorial Trophy for the man of the match, as judged by umpires Vic Heppenstall and Roger Greenfield.

In the T20 match which followed, Old Boys made several changes, bringing in five more recent leavers. Batting first, they made an impressive 155-9 thanks to 48 from James Redmile, supported by Toby Gott (29) and Will Taylor (25). Fraser Sloss and Gibson picked up two wickets apiece.

School’s reply was always behind the pace despite 21 from opener Coulthard and a late flurry from Dominic Modd (30). Lewis Dann (3-2) and Sam Jennings (2-29) were the main wicket takers for Old Boys as King’s finished on 126-9, to leave Old Boys winners for the second time in the day, this time by 29 runs.

In all, 17 Old Boys took part in the day’s celebration of King’s cricket at the much improved North Parade ground. Recent investments in machinery, sightscreens and the school flag have contributed to the improvements, whilst the new covers have been invaluable during this wet season.

A splendid day’s cricket was rounded off with a well-attended barbecue and social gathering late into the evening.