CRICKET: King’s School defeated in annual MCC match

King's School and MCC pose for the camera prior to their annual match on Friday.
King's School and MCC pose for the camera prior to their annual match on Friday.
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MCC paid their annual visit to King’s School on Friday and won the toss before electing to bat first.

The visitors got off to a good start with Chris Worthy (79no) and Ben Broom (33) putting on 69 for the second wicket after Chris Jones had gone for a duck when the score was only on seven.

At lunch, the match was evenly poised with the score on 100-3 wickets from 34 overs. After the break, the King’s spin bowlers enjoyed great success, taking five MCC wickets at a cost of 81 runs off 16 overs.

The MCC sportingly declared on 181-8 from 50 overs, with Mo Bhatt finishing with three wickets for 27 runs off his six overs and Johnny Law 2-22 runs of his seven.

The King’s reply started very slowly with just 17 runs coming from the first 12 overs. They also lost two wickets during this difficult period.

Thankfully, a partnership between Alex Dempster (50) and Matthew Law (31) restored hope into the school team and after 26 overs they found themselves 109-3, requiring 73 runs from 18 overs to win the match.

But a batting collapse followed and King’s were all out for 135 from only 34 overs.

The pick of the MCC bowlers was J. Beaumont with five wickets for 35 runs off his 10 overs.

MCC captain Chris Dring nominated Alex Dempster, for his batting performance, as man of the match for the school team.