Match Report - Game 9 v Royal College, Colombo
Royal College is a massive state school boasting an incredible roll of 8900 boys on their spacious 12 acre property. Again the weather was amazing but harsh at the same time. The day was fine, very hot (low 30's) and insanely humid. These conditions have followed us since the tour began and are beginning to take their toll. The team is consuming copious amounts of water and there many mini drinks breaks.
The school got off to a poor start after Captain Mason Hughes won the toss and elected to bat first. Boys' High was 21 for 3 off 11 overs as they were put under pressure by some high quality seam bowling. At this stage Mason was joined at the wicket by Hugh Symes producing the only partnership of substance in the entire innings as they put on 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Mason scored 32 off 53 balls and Hugh scored 18 off 63 balls. From this point on wickets fell in clumps and the school was dismissed for a disappointing 108 in the 42nd over. The only other batsman to score in double figures was Braden Rowe with 11.
Jack Lord and Reuben Harris were able to snare an early wicket each to send a few trembles through the Royal College dressing room. However, a couple of healthy partnerships then followed and our opposition worked their way back into a dominant position in the match. The school's bowlers continued to toil and were rewarded with two quick wickets again causing Royal College a few nervous moments as the score slipped to 93 for 5. Unfortunately it only took a couple of lusty shots to the boundary for Royal to claim a comfortable 5 wicket victory. Reuben took 2 for 19 and Trey Bidois grabbed 3 good catches.
Mr Paul Gibbs – Manager