Cricket Update

Published 6 June 2023

Well done to all our cricket teams who have played superbly in recent weeks particularly the Year 9 girls; both teams won all their matches in the final round of fixtures and Yudeesh in Y8 who had to retired after scoring 20 runs from 18 balls and took two wickets!

1st XI cricket: half-term report

Played three, lost three is a chastening scoreline for the start of the revived 1st XI’s second season, but the squad has mostly shown an excellent team spirit and a willingness to learn at this level. If the heavy loss in the national T20 cup to Lord Wandsworth College (Hampshire 2nd XI player and all!) was inevitable, the friendly defeat to Bradfield 3rds might have been rather different with more self-belief and a few slices of luck.

Reading Grammar were worthy winners of our first match in the inaugural Toby Radford Trophy, a competition for state schools only, that we have devised; however, a few more runs on the board could have made it a much closer affair. Undoubted positives have been Harrison Blakemore’s calm and dignified captaincy, Alex Braidwood’s immaculate wicket-keeping and the Y10 Vivaan Rajawat’s mature and elegant batting – possibly the most technically sound and attractive on either side in the two games he has played.

As ever, player availability and time for proper practice are stumbling blocks, but our new caps, supplied by Gentleman & Players, and generously paid for by St Bart’s Parents’ Association funds, have looked very smart indeed.

Year 7 Girls’ Cricket

Well done to the Year 7 girls cricket teams who played in the West Berkshire girls’ cricket league fixtures held at St Bart`s. Team One won 2 games and lost one. Team Two won all their games.

Year 7 Team One:

Beat Kennet A 43 -36

Lost to Kennet A 59-32

Beat Park House 46-12

Year 7 Team Two:

Beat Willink 54-33

Beat Kennet B 34-23

Beat Trinity 47-35

Year 9 Girls’ Cricket

Our Year 9 girls’ Cricket team took part in their final round of fixtures. Both Team 1 and Team 2 won all of their matches, which led to a very successful afternoon of cricket. Overall, St Bart’s Team 2 came 3rd and Team 1 came 5th (out of 8 teams). Well done to all the girls involved!

Year 7 Boys’ Cricket

The Year 7 boys played against Kennet in their first school cricket match, which ended up being really close. Kennet scored 68 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. St Bart’s replied with 66 for 6 wickets.

Player of the match was Captain James Lawson for his excellent batting and for taking 3 wickets. Special mentions go to Johnny Cahoon for his batting, and Josh Lovell for his bowling (3 wickets). Wickets were also taken by Sam Goodwin and Wilf Busby.

Year 8 Boys’ Cricket

The Year 8 cricket team played their first West Berkshire league match this afternoon Vs John O’Gaunt School. St Bart’s won posting a score of 96/5, which John O’Gaunt School were unable to chase as they scored 82/7. Mr Simpson’s player of the match was Yudeesh for his batting and bowling display. Yudeesh had to retired after scoring 20 runs from 18 balls and took two wickets! It was a great team performance so well done to everyone involved.