OCA Summer Sports Afternoon
OCs v School Cricket
School 168/10 (15.2 overs) v OCs 146/9 (20 overs)
School won by 22 runs
As people began to disperse from the Speech Day tent, old faces came tumbling back on to Home Field and cricket was at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
The Old Cats team was made up of last year’s leavers that didn’t get the chance to take part in this fixture last year thanks to Covid.
The Old Cats made a very strong start to the game with Toby Whelan, freshly back from his time playing cricket In Australia, taking four wickets in his first three overs and ripping the batting line-up to pieces. However, Fraser Bailey managed to stay off strike and away from the serious heat that was being bowled. Once facing the other bowlers Fraser managed to stay in long enough to get his eye in and with his very last chance made his first 100 for the 1st XI. He was finally bowled out by Rohan Patel on 109. The team had set the Old Cats a target of 168.
Then the dangerous Caterham 1stXI bowling line-up came out to play and before they could blink the Old Cats had one run for four wickets, with Callum N and James Cripps sweeping them up. However, the Old Cats were not done there. The dangerous Number 11, Joe Haynes, came in and smashed the boys around the park making 53 from just 21 balls. This made the match much closer than might have been expected considering the top order collapse.
It was a great match for some of the boys to sign off from their Caterham cricket careers.
by Fraser Bailey (Class of 2022), Captain 1st XI