Match Report
Austin Friars Boys-U12A vs  Junior House Competition
On: Thursday, 28 Jun 2018
Venue: at Home

Congratulations to Clare house, who yesterday, narrowly won the junior house cricket competition. The tournament was far from a foregone conclusion and Lincoln are to be congratulated for putting up a really good fight and making the organisers job difficult when it came to the final placings.

Lincoln's first game against Stafford gave an indication that the competition would be closer than expected. Stafford made 65 thanks mainly to Wilf Webster who retired on 24 and Will Holliday scoring 13. For Lincoln, Joe Edmondson bowled accurately and with pace and was rewarded with a crucial wicket and Max Eve claimed two more. Also, Lincoln's newest recruits from Bilboa did not let anyone down, although the umpires did take a bit of a "blind eye approach" to a slightly unorthodox bowling action. Stafford were able to dismiss the Lincoln's key batsmen early on in their 10 overs and came away with the win just before lunch.

Clare played Lincoln next with Clare batting first. After a very early wicket, Jacob Harris arrived at the crease and started in usual fashion, hitting aerial shots over the bowlers head, however his progress was terminated rather abruptly with an excellent dismissal from Max Eve. This caused Clare to stutter somewhat and although they made a late recovery thanks to Jonny Davies and Alexander Brooks, who scored a steadying partnership of 18. They only managed a paltry total of 46 runs.

With pressure now on favourites Clare, they knew that their bowling and fielding would have to be on top form and James Dickson did not disappoint with some accurate bowling, removing Max Eve. Josh Hope took the game to Clare and hit the ball to all corners of the ground, retiring on 23. With the game in the balance, it was left up to the visitors from Bilbao to complete the Lincoln innings. For newcomers to cricket, they did remarkably well and between them managed to score 5 runs, meaning the game was tied.

The final between Stafford and Clare was more straightforward and a bit one sided. Batting first, Stafford went about their business carefully, with Wilf Webster and Josh Blain putting on an opening stand of 37. However, with a score of just 59, Clare were always favoured to win this match, which they did. Jacob Harris and Jonny Davies scoring 21 not out and 23 not out.