After a TWBS Captains XI beat a strong MCC team in 2017, The Windsor Boys’ School were expecting a backlash in 2018 – and that is what they got.
For new MCC Captain and Amersham 1st XI player, Rob Viney, selection was simple; with a pool of over 70 applicants to choose from for the game, sponsored by TWBS sports partner LA Micro Ltd. A very strong squad was selected, including ten players who currently play premier league cricket around the country.
On an emotional day for the Windsor Boys’ School with the funeral of former Headmaster, Peter Blake, TWBS Captain Ismail Nazir won the toss and put the MCC into bat on a very good cricketing wicket. The signs looked promising for TWBS as opening bowlers Jamie Odell and Jamal Ali began to move through the gears with pace and movement. However, SW Green and A Soni looked comfortable, amassing a 50 partnership for the first wicket.
The first wicket came when Josh Jayasingh had Soni caught by Odell for 33 and SW Green soon followed for 34, caught behind off the bowling of Muhammed. This bought SW Mead to the wicket and he scored quickly, with able support from AP Viney until lunch was taken with the MCC on 112-2.
After a fantastic Lamb Roast lunch, supplied by Springbok BBQ, Brooker and Taylor returned for TWBS, however the MCC continued to accumulate runs with Mead (106*) and Viney (34) working the ball around well. At the end of innings, Grace came to the crease adding a quick 15 off 21 balls before the MCC declared on 240-4, 50-minutes before tea.
The Windsor Boys’ School knew they were in for a very tough test in the second innings and so it proved to be. Opener Hess (0), Nazir (0), Odell (0), Zafar (2) and Muhammed (2) came and went almost as quickly as an English summer. Fortunately, Year 9 students Charlie Dunnett and Josh Jayasingh dug in with 24 and 21 respectively, however once dismissed, TWBS provided little resistance with Ziemkendorf (4), Ishaq (7) and Taylor (0) providing little resistance to the inevitable final MCC onslaught – finishing 78 all out.
Both teams shook hands at the end of a hard fought game. One only has to look at the team which the MCC chose to play to demonstrate the respect for the talent displayed by the boys at The Windsor Boys’ School. MCC Captain Rob Viney was full of praise for the battling TWBS side, selecting Charlie Dunnett as his Man of the Match, top scorer for TWBS with 24.
Mr Higgs was full of praise for both teams at the close. “Both sets of players, along with everyone involved with running and supporting the day, with special mention going to Ms Lane and Mr Gregory, were true ambassadors of the game and of the school. I am sure, were Mr Blake here, that he would be extremely proud of what has occurred today. We look forward to welcoming Rob and his MCC team back in 2019 for another great cricketing challenge.”
Mr P Higgs