Smashing start for AKS

Arnold cricket'Matthew Cartmell hitting a six versus UCS london.
Arnold cricket'Matthew Cartmell hitting a six versus UCS london.
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AKS first XI, the team formed from the merger of Arnold and King Edward VII and Queen Mary’s, took on Giggleswick School in their opening match and also played in a festival at the school’s Lytham site.

Against Giggleswick, AKS batted first and there were runs galore as they scored 242-1 in breathtaking style.

Skipper Matthew Cartmell hit 78 not out and Nanthesh Kiruparan smashed a season’s best 103 not out.

Giggleswick eventually batted out for a draw as Charles Laycock and Cartmell were among the wickets.

The four-team festival, involving AKS, George Watson’s from Edinburgh, UCS London and Birkenhead School, was due to take place at several venues but the weather put pay to some of the matches.

AKS’s match against George Watson’s was reduced to a twenty20 affair and AKS batted extremely well to score 153-6.

Cartmell hit a quick 20 before Kiruparan (29) and Andrew Walkden (35) set the platform for a victory.

Unfortunately, the weather curtailed the match before a ball was bowled at George Watson’s.

Luckily, on the second day, AKS played their whole match against UCS London.

AKS were in tremendous form with the bat again as they posted 221-8 in their 50 overs.

Cartmell (81) and Matthew McLaughlin (59) were in fine form, and late contributions lower down the order by Gregson (26) and Chris Cartmell (16) set UCS a tough total on a slow wicket.

Cartmell then claimed career-best bowling figures as he bewildered the London batsmen with a stunning 6-1 as UCS were all out for 147 and AKS won by 74 runs.

The match against Birkenhead was also lost to the weather on the last day.

n Records are made to be broken, and in the last season of Arnold School cricket under-13 captain Taylor Cornall surpassed Ben Perkins’ benchmark for most runs in a season.

Ben, who left Arnold last year, scored 554 runs in year 8.

However, Taylor’s 35 in his side’s nine-run victory over Hutton last week took him three runs past Ben’s total. He achieved the feat in 11 innings, two fewer than Ben.

Taylor has also been selected for Lancashire for the second successive season.