OCA Summer Sports Afternoon
We were fortunate that the weather stayed dry for an entertaining afternoon of cricket on Home Field.
The OCs won the cup back from the School’s win last year.
Cricket Match Report
As familiar faces took to the stunning Home Field to face a Caterham side in high spirits, it was clear that some old Caterhamians had been a bit rusty after taking break from cricket. Despite this the old cats bowlers did well, but nothing could stop the onslaught from a rejuvenated Joe Haynes who had been promoted up the order to open. This proved a master stoke as the head boy flew to 95, only to be unlucky in a run out which saw the back of him. With a few other cameos from promoted U6th, the 1st XI posted a reasonable score of 153, and with worried looks on the old boys faces, the old cats chase began.
With tight lines bowled, the old cats run rate was contained nicely for the first few overs, and this pressure saw former Caterham sports coach Mr Moore ran out for a low score. This brought to the crease last years star slogger Lachlan Coyle. Realising Lachlan’s scoring areas and with plenty of men out on the leg side boundary, the run rate continued to be consistent as the batsman found there feet on a slow wicket. However, many overs and unfortunately for the 1st XI many dropped catches later, the old cats raced on towards the total with both batsman batting beautifully.
Moment of the match must go to Joe Haynes, but not for his batting. Though this had clearly taken his toll on his fatigue, as he brought back memories of Jordan Pickford in summer 2018 as he tipped a Armitch shot over the bar, for 6, bringing up his 100 and with it a comprehensive old cats win, by 9 wickets, with Coyle finishing on a well worked 30 odd not out. But as with any old cats game, it’s about the fun and the spirit of the game, rather than the winning, and I can safely say that all involved had a fantastic afternoon.
by Simon Dickson
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The following Old Cats returned to play: Sam Armitage, Max Arnold, Chris Bishop, Ed Chatfield, Mark Chatfield, Lachlan Cole, Harry Hopkins, Matt Ireland, Craig Moore, Sam Thorpe, Matt Terry