Following the successes of last week’s debut outing, Magna Academy’s KS3 Cricket Team travelled over to Broadstone Cricket Club to face their next opponents. Armed with a mini bus full of bags and pads, it was time to make the step up to red ball Cricket.
Captain Charlie S won the toss and elected to field first, sending the opponents in to bat. Opening bowler James H was right on the money from ball one again this week, bowling a magical double-wicket maiden to get Magna off to the perfect start. Magna’s bowling and fielding unit managed to keep runs to a minimum with some consistent bowling from Alex C and Kieran I over the first five overs, as the opposition steadily rebuilt their innings. It took a moment of magic from Kurgan W to break this batting partnership, running the batsman out with a superb direct hit from mid-wicket. Ryan C and Charlie S took the further two wickets to fall as the opposition reached 78/5 at the end of their twelve overs.
Chasing 79 to win from 72 balls, opening batsman Ryan R impressed once again with his strategic yet ferocious hitting. Ryan struck 33 retired from just 10 balls, firing Magna into the box seat at 52-2 by the time of his retirement. Magna required 27 runs from the final 6 overs to seal their second successive triumph. The opposition built a bit of pressure of their own from the next 3 overs, tightening up the bowling and drying up the runs. It took a cautious approach for Magna to get through this period and stay on the path to victory… step forward captain Charlie S! Charlie used all of his experience and leadership qualities to hit a crucial 14 not out in order to steer his side to victory with 3 overs remaining. Batsmen Arthur N and James H’s solid innings helped support Charlie to confirm a deserved victory. Magna Academy win by 7 wickets.
Once again, a huge well done goes to all of the players for their latest performance. The way in which this team has progressed since starting together at Easter has been a real joy to be a part of, all whilst conducting themselves impeccably and embodying the spirit of Cricket to create a tremendous buzz and atmosphere. Lastly, a huge thank you to Broadstone Cricket Club for enabling this fixture by lending us their wonderful facilities. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with them in years to come to create many more experiences of this kind.
Mr Ginger & Mr Buller