King’s School 203-3
(William Cousins 106no, Matthew Law 44, Josh Sugden 28; Fraser Fentem 14-3-52-2)
King’s Old Boys 189 all out
(James Cousins 99, Angus Shaw 17; Josh Sugden 3-19, George Park 3-4)
Winning the toss and batting first in their annual fixture with the Old Boys, King’s School made an impressive 203-3 from their 40 overs.
Skipper William Cousins led the way, batting throughout the innings to score a splendid 106 not out. He and fellow opener Josh Sugden put on 69 for the first wicket, before Sugden was bowled by Fraser Fentem for 28.
Matthew Law (44) then joined Cousins in a century partnership, with both batsmen quick to punish any loose deliveries, whilst remaining watchful against the pace and accuracy of Fentem. Cousins, in particular, played some sumptious cover drives, finding the boundary 13 times as he moved to his century, the fifth of his school career.
Old Boys’ reply got off to a shaky start and at 25-4 in the 10th over, their prospects were not looking good. However, James Cousins began to open his shoulders, dealing almost exclusively in boundaries in a partnership of 102 with Old Boys president Angus Shaw.
When Shaw finally departed for an entertaining and supportive 17, captain Andy Cousins joined James at the crease, whilst William bowled at them – a rare family moment.
James continued his brutal assault on the school bowlers, hitting nine fours and eight huge sixes. With an unlikely victory in sight, however, he was caught on the boundary for 99, agonisingly short of matching his brother’s century.
The Old Boys’ innings folded to close on 189 all out, with Sugden and George Park each picking up three wickets, leaving school worthy winners by 14 runs.
William Cousins’ century earned him the Alec Weightman Memorial Trophy, awarded to the man of the match from the school team and presented by Alec’s son, Keith.