Cricket - 1st XV Schools’ Plate Quarter Final

Commiserations to the school’s 1st XI cricket team which was narrowly defeated by Lurgan College in the quarter final of the Schools’ Plate competition on the afternoon of Monday 15th June.

After hosts Lurgan posted a score of 164-4 off 25 overs Grosvenor set about the run chase with optimism, only to finish tied on exactly the same score as their opponents – 164-4, at the end of their allotted overs, thanks in part to significant contributions from John Deane (47 runs), Ellis Hanna (47) and Stuart Nelson (18).

With the scores tied the rules of the competition dictated that each team participated in a bowl-out to determine the winner, which was also level, at 1-1, following the initial 5 deliveries.  With the teams unable to be separated after 50 overs of cricket as well as the resulting bowl-out, they then entered sudden death – ultimately there had be one team which lost out and, unfortunately, it ended up being Grosvenor.

To fall just short at such a late stage and by the narrowest of margins is perhaps the cruelest of all ways to lose in cricket. Despite the disappointing outcome, however, the team should be commended on its performance on the day, as well as its determination throughout the season; with many of the 1sts players due to return again next season the team’s prospects for the future look good.

Many thanks also to coaches Mr Kyle McCallan, Mr Andrew White and Mr Jonathan Young who have worked with the team expertly throughout the season and without whose input cricket within the school as a whole would not have thrived as it has done over recent years.

Grosvenor's 1st XI cricket team takes on Lurgan College at Waringstown Cricket Club on Monday 15th June.