Senior XI Cricket away at Birkenhead School

On Wednesday 9th June, the Senior XI Cricket team travelled away to Birkenhead School. This particular team had never beaten Birkenhead and had previously failed to score more than 37 runs whilst trying. The hosts batted first and sought immediately to impose their historic superiority. Philip McGowan’s very first delivery was enough to dispel such expectations; Horrocks bowled for 0. Gough batted well until he was caught by Adam Brown off a clever delivery from Jake Raynor for 18 runs. After 10 overs, Birkenhead were 46-2. Rutherford made 60 runs before he went to an excellent catch on the boundary by Oliver Griffiths, again off the bowling of Jake Raynor. Will Clayton, Adam Brown, Jack Paziuk and Tom Taylor worked really hard to keep the score to a within a manageable target. Birkenhead finished their 30 overs on 202 for 3. 
 
Will Clayton and Adam Brown opened the chase emphatically. After 10 overs St. Anselm’s had racked up 66 runs for the loss of one wicket (Adam Brown who was bowled by the dangerous left-hander Rebecca for 13 runs) and the game had become a real contest. 
 
The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of Will Clayton. Both sets of players knew each other fairly well and Will was recognised as most potent of St. Anselm’s batsmen, and rightly so as it transpired. After more than two hours at the crease he smashed over a boundary 4 to take his score to 103 having been ably supported by Oliver Griffiths, Patrick Storrow-Sweeney and Phil McGowan. It had been a brilliant innings by Will who eventually finished on an unbeaten 113. St. Anselm’s had ran out of overs. Birkenhead won the match by a slender 13 runs. Birkenhead had fielded and batted well. During their final two overs they turned almost every delivery into runs that proved decisive. 
All 11 players did a tremendous job in restoring the College’s pride in this fixture.
 
Well done boys.
Mr J. P. McGowan