This year Wycliffe Prep School entered into the English Schools Cricket Association (ESCA) County Cup for the second time. The competition is a straight knock out format and offers schools the opportunity to play added fixtures through the season. The matches are 20 overs per innings.
Wycliffe were off to a great start in the first game, beating Rednock School, with Will Naish scoring a magnificent 99 and Andrew Uys his first 50 in the 1st XI.
Next opponents were Marling School with another great batting display from Naish (94) and some excellent bowling from Flynn Walton 4-3-2-1 and Freddie Christie 3-1-4-3. The Under 13 team eased through to the next round with some excellent fielding.
Farmors School were the next team to play. Farmors batted first and set 108/6 from their 20 overs. Wickets were shared around and another good fielding display helped to keep the total within reach. Wycliffe managed to see off the runs in 15 overs, with Naish again top scoring 85 not out with good support from Hugo Murray 14.
Next we played a strong Deer Park team in the semi final. They set a very competitive total of 111/4 to chase, with Flynn Walton again the pick of the bowlers. Andrew Uys (15) and Will Naish (77*) took this target on, winning the game by 9 wickets.
We then had a home final played on the Senior School 1st XI pitch in the final week of term against Sir Thomas Rich’s School. They batted first and set a target of 96/8 in their 20 overs. Flyn Walton, Will Naish and Sam Grimstead all had excellent bowling figures. Will Naish and Andrew Uys managed to achieve the target in just 10.4 overs, with Naish not out on 80 taking him past 1000 Prep School runs for the season with Uys in great support on 14.
This was a fitting end to an excellent and highly enjoyable year. This competition also gave the opportunity for two Year 6 boys and one Year 7 to play at this level so it has been a real success.