Cricket Season Gets Started

Mr Crawford: After winning the toss against an experienced London Oratory side, openers Parvez and Martin walked out on a sunny afternoon to face the new cherry. After seeing off the first over quite comfortably Oratory’s number 1 bowler soon had the BDA team in a spin, extracting great turn off of the freshly cut BDA wicket.

A rampant bowling attack soon had the home team on the ropes at 7-4, as BDA lost their most experienced batsmen. BDA’s batsmen continued to struggle and failed to get the ball off of the square, only managing to post 21 runs in 11 overs.

With Oratory set a seemingly simple chase, a wobbly start from the openers had them on the back foot at 2-2. Oratory’s number three batsmen managed to steady the ship and hit back to back boundaries to move the away team closer to their target. With tight bowling from Aadarsah (8) and Sachin (9) Oratory struggled to knock the runs off with ease. Eventually Oratory’s middle order managed to steer them home for the loss of 5 wickets with 4 overs to spare.

Due to a quick game both managers agreed to have a second innings in the style of a ‘5 over bash’. Oratory batted first and managed to post a challenging 31 runs from just 30 balls, led again by their number 3 batsmen. With a difficult chase, openers Sachin and Aanosh hit a succession of boundaries to cruise to the target set with 2 over’s to spare.

The second innings showed that this group of players definitely have what it takes to compete with other schools in the borough.