Repton Pilgrims Vs Marlborough Blues – Cricketer Cup 1st Round, Sunday 16th June
Repton Pilgrims 270 for 4 off 50 overs - P Borrington (S’04) 106, J Morgan (S’14) 64, C Brodrick (C’14) 38
Marlborough Blues 225 all out in 46.5 overs - E Samuel 42, U Qureshi 75, E Kilby 38, J Bull 4-47
The Pilgrims lost the toss and were asked to bat by Marlborough. After a week’s worth of exceptional rain and the pitch remaining covered until only 15 minutes before the start of play, the first 10 overs batting were always going to be tricky. The Marlborough openers complimented the conditions and bowled tightly. The Pilgrims made a watchful start and opportunities to score were limited. An important partnership between Paul Borrington (S’04) and Joss Morgan (S’14) set up the innings and allowed the Pilgrims to keep wickets in hand for a big finish. Morgan passed 50 and Borrington made a sublime 100. Callum Brodrick (C’14) made a dynamic 38 and produced the shot of the day by reverse hitting one of the Marlborough opening bowlers over 3rd
man for 6! The Pilgrims finished on an above par 270 for 4 and were confident going into the second half.
It was important to set the tone with the bowling display and try and take early wickets. Unfortunately, things did not go to plan and the first 10 overs were ill-disciplined with far too many extras. Spin was introduced early through Brodrick and Ben Chapman-Lilley (P’16). The duo bowled beautifully from one end and were partnered by Harry White (C’11) and Luke Lacey (C’07) at the other. There was a 40-yard boundary on one side of the ground meaning margins for error from the seamers were very small and just as the Pilgrims built pressure, a bad ball was hit for 6 on frequent occasions. It was a different story at the other end and the disciplined bowling from Brodrick and Chapman-Lilley enabled the Pilgrims to claw back the run-rate. It was felt that the Marlborough Blues had a “top heavy” batting line up and that if the Pilgrims could take a couple of wickets then the match would be in their favour. The match was finely balanced until a 3-wicket maiden over from Jack Bull took the heart out of the Blues. It was a tall order for the Blues thereafter and they were eventually bowled out for 225 in 46.5 overs with Bull finishing with figures of 4-47.
An important positive result for a young, fresh and energetic Pilgrims team. Their bowling must improve however if they wish to reach the later rounds of the tournament.
The next round is scheduled to take place at Repton on Sunday 30th
June against either the Old Cliftonians or the Downside Wanderers. Any support would be much appreciated!
It was good to see Repton’s new Headmaster, Mark Semmence watching us play. Mark represented Durham University and England under 19’s.
We really do enjoy and really appreciate all of your support and look forward to seeing you at future games.