Cricket: Kearsney first XI enjoy plenty of success on tour of England

2012-07-24 00:00

THE Kearsney first XI cricket team toured the south of England during the July holidays and they were fortunate to play all eight scheduled games with no weather interruptions.

Five matches were played between Canterbury in the east and Millfield in Somerset in the west and the tour finished in Essex with three matches at the Falsted College Festival, which included two fixtures against Australian schools.

Kearsney adapted quickly to the unfamiliar conditions and lost only one of their eight matches. Scores were generally low, with Kearsney passing 200 on two occasions, both when batting first. Their top score was 274 for nine against Forrest Hill College of Western Australia. In five of the games they batted second and the top score that they had to chase was 192.

Captain Craig Kirsten led from the front, being the most successful batsman with three half-centuries and having the best bowling figures in a match when he took 5/21 against Kings School Wimbledon. This was the game that Kearsney lost, as they were bowled out for 50 after being asked to bat. They had arrived late at the venue and after quick warm-up, in what was to be a declaration game, were shot out with five LBWs from the one end.

Jordan Gregory was the most successful with the ball, taking three-wicket hauls in four of the matches. James Lambert top-scored on the tour with 86 against Forrest Hill and Tyler Smith scored 85 against Falsted College in their final game.

The most notable win was against Millfield, regarded as England’s top sporting school; the previous day they had won the national T20 school championships. In a 50-over match, Kearsney bowled Millfield out for 134 in the 46th over and reached the target in the 37th over.

Coach Andre van Zyl considered their match against the Adelaide school, Westminster College, as the toughest game of the tour. Kearsney won by one wicket after bowling Westminster out for 128.

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