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CRICKET: Old Boys prevail in Grantham King’s School double header

King’s School took on their Old Boys in a double header, played as a T20 match and an 80-over affair, and came out second best in both.

Old Boys won the toss and elected to bat first in the T20.

Jack Copley (53)and Tom Neville (55) put on a 100 in 12 overs for the first wicket. Matt Harland then smashed a quick fire 41 which included five sixes. The Old Boys finished on 193-2 from their 20 overs.

The only wicket takers were Adam Wilson (1-44) and Dan Wilson (1-17).

King’s set about chasing the mammoth total, scoring 33 from the first five overs, but that was still someway behind the required run rate.

Taylor Bowers was out for 23 and Harry Brewin made 25. Will Cousins managed to carry his bat, making 64, as King’s finished on 137-4 .

King’s went agonisingly close to exacting revenge in the 80-over match, but fell just 16 runs short.

Old Boys batted first, with openers Jack Copley and Rohan Nurse briskly reaching 33 before Copley fell in the sixth over. Tony Williams (34) and Nurse had put on 75 when Nurse was run out for a well-made 51.

Dan Taylor then upped the tempo, striking four sixes and seven fours in his 63, made from 34 balls.

Veteran Bill Taylor remained unbeaten on 35 when the innings was declared on 247-5 from 38 overs.

Unfazed by the enormity of the task, King’s openers Taylor Bowers and Will Cousins began watchfully before the latter found his stride, hitting 14 fours and a six before falling for 79 as they put on 138 for the first wicket.

Bowers continued to accumulate steadily as Dan Wilson (23) helped King’s reach 202, before he was bowled by Ross Denton. Skipper Bowers pushed for victory but finished agonisingly on 99no, with the total just 16 shy of the target.

Bowers’ captain’s innings earned him the Alec Weightman Memorial Trophy for the man of the match.


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