Hodgson’s extra slips give Arnold the edge

Arnold  v Hodgson (BATTING) year seven cricket. Adam Hartley  and wicket keeper Ryan Evans.
Arnold v Hodgson (BATTING) year seven cricket. Adam Hartley and wicket keeper Ryan Evans.
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ARNOLD School’s youngest team defeated Hodgson by eight runs in an Under-12 thriller which went down to the final over.

This was Arnold’s first match in the Wyre and Fylde League, wheres it was Hodgson’s fifth and final game.

Each pair of batsmen stay together for three overs, regardless of how often they are out, though each dismissal costs the team five runs. Teams start with 200, adding runs in the normal way.

For Arnold, Isaac Rastham and Josh Moreau batted well.

Josh Billingham also scored some valuable runs late on, and James Cowburn and Ryan Evans were a successful final pair, Cowburn high-scoring with ten.

Arnold scored 68 for the loss of just eight wickets, meaning a final score of 228.

Hodgson were equally proficient with the bat but lost ten wickets and so ended on 220. The two extra wickets lost made all the difference.

Hodgson won three of their five matches and teacher Paul Egan is delighted by the way his players have taken to the game.

He is particularly pleased with the progress of Tom Bagshaw, Adam Hartley and Matthew Maunder, who have played no cricket outside school.

The Year 7 teams use a format ideal for introducing new players to the game as it provides all the children with the opportunity to bat and bowl.

Aidan Under-12 B took on St Aidan’s in another tough game. Arnold batted first and scored 248.

Again James Cowburn was the top scorer with 14 not out but the batting was much improved, with only five wickets lost.

St Aidan’s bowled far better than they batted.

They were restricted to nine runs with the bat, but an amazing array of extras conceded by Arnold saw them reach 275 to win by 27 runs after losing only one wicket in 18 overs.

Issac Eastham, James Cowburn, Sam Matthews and Harvey Ross did bowl well for Arnold.

Arnold Under-13B took on St Aidan’s U13A in a Wyre and Fylde League match.

Steady Arnold batting side allowed them to finish their 18 overs on 263 but, having lost ten wickets the final score was 213.

St Aidan’s replied with a strong start but tight fielding and accurate bowling soon saw wickets tumbling.

Excellent bowling from Pearson, Barrow and Joe Haydar, coupled with some superb catches by Bill Gavin, Sam Royle, Tom Riley and Jamie Butterfield, allowed Arnold to limit St Aidan’s to 188.