Our senior cricket team had an unforgettable day playing our most prestigious fixture of the season against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the world’s most active Cricket Club, owners of Lords Cricket Ground and the famous ‘Ashes’ urn.
The annual 1st X1 fixture against the MCC adult team was played at the East Lancashire Cricket Club. QEGS selected its strongest X1 from across all year groups. The MCC fixture is a timed declaration match, unlike the normal T20 / 50 over/league game formats.
MCC batted first as is the tradition and QEGS were made to chase leather. MCC scored 199 for 1 before and declaring 45 minutes before tea. QEGS worked hard but bowled with too much inconsistency. Short balls were punished and often ended up in Corporation Park!
Our run chase started badly and after 10 overs we were 22 for 4 having lost the top order. But cricket is an amazing game and for the next 25 overs, Hamza Amin (Year 9) and Jaya Asal (Year 10) showed character, resilience, determination, and no shortage of batting skill, to bat QEGS towards an honourable draw.
The MCC tried their best to force a breakthrough, but these two young cricketers were magnificent. More often than not young players under pressure throw their wickets away. Not these two. It was a pleasure to watch their determination in defence and they should be very proud of themselves.
QEGS scored 80 for 6 and drew the game.
Thank you to the MCC for playing the fixture in the true spirit of cricket. Games such as these need to be managed and they did this superbly. Well done to the umpires as always and to QEGS who despite being under the cosh for much of the game, showed real character.
Dr Butler, Head of Physical Education and Sport reflected on the day – “At QEGS, sport is a fundamental pillar of school life and it is fantastic to see our dedication to cricket. We would like to thank the MCC for supporting Cricket in state schools.”
A terrific day was had by all!