Cricket – Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup semi-final

Commiserations to Grosvenor’s 1st XI cricket team which was defeated by R.B.A.I. in the semi finals of the Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup, held at Grosvenor on the afternoon of Friday 27th May.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Grosvenor did well to post a respectable target of 176 following their allotted 35 overs, thanks largely to the efforts of number three batsman, and incoming Head Boy, Stuart Nelson, whose outstanding knock of 106 not out, adding to the 65 not out which he scored in the second round of the competition against Sullivan Upper, dragged his team through to a final total of 175 for the loss of 9 wickets. Unfortunately Stuart’s teammates were unable to support him effectively enough, however, with only one other batsman – number six batsman Ellis Hanna, with 15 – making it into double figures.

Defending their total against such a strong batting line-up as R.B.A.I. was always going to prove difficult and, despite opening bowler Adam Skelton taking the wicket of opener Hume for just two runs, fellow opener Millar and number three batsman Lightbody soon steadied the R.B.A.I. ship, adding 68 runs before Millar succumbed to the bowling of Nelson for 41. Despite Craig Irvine taking the additional wicket of McNamara, out LBW for just 4 runs, R.B.A.I. were always going to remain favourites so long as key batsman Lightbody stayed at the crease, and so it proved as he batted impeccably to amass the second three figure score of the day, eventually finishing unbeaten on 105 to steer his side to victory by seven wickets.

Congratulations to R.B.A.I. on their victory although Grosvenor players Nelson and Craig Irvine, the latter the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-15 off 7 overs, are also deserving of special mentions. Incredibly, this year marked the sixth time in the past eight years that Grosvenor has reached the semi-final stage of the competition, including in 2012 when it went on to claim victory in the final against C.A.I.

Well done to all of the players who helped the team to reach the semi-final stage of the competition this year, as well as coaches Mr Kyle McCallan, Mr Andrew White and Mr Johnny Young, without whose input the team would not have fared so well, on a consistent basis, over recent times.

We now look forward to following the progress of the school’s other cricket teams throughout the remainder of the season.

Grosvenor's 1st XI cricket team which was defeated by R.B.A.I. in the semi-final of the Ulster Bank Schools' Cup on Friday 27th May