Schools’ Cup Cricket Semi-Final

Commiserations to Grosvenor’s 1st XI cricket team which fell to the narrowest of defeats in its Ulster Bank Schools’ Cup semi-final away to Campbell College on the evening of Monday 17th June.

Having set a formidable target of 186 for victory from thirty overs following fine knocks from opener Aaron Johnston (71) as well as Carl Rae (62) and John Gibson (36 not out), Grosvenor set about the defence of its total rightfully optimistic of a positive outcome.

Despite a confident start to the run-chase by Campbell which saw them reach 136 for the loss of just one wicket, Grosvenor’s bowlers, led by Peter Davison (2-13) and ably supported by Carl Rae (1-19) as well as Stuart Nelson (1-18), soon pegged the hosts back to leave them requiring a challenging 22 runs from the final two overs for victory. 

Despite a valiant effort with the ball from the fielding team, however, Campbell’s advantage of batting second and therefore knowing exactly what was required of them proved the difference, with number three batsman Hunter’s knock of 65 not out proving decisive in helping his team to claim victory from the penultimate delivery of its innings.

For Grosvenor, winners of the competition last year, defeat was particularly disappointing given the close nature of the match as well as the fact that with four overs to go they looked the narrow favourites for victory.  Nevertheless the team deserves great credit for its performance on the day while for the School as a whole the match represented the fourth time in the past five years that its 1st XI has reached at least the semi final stage of the competition. Well done to all of the 1st XI squad on its commendable performance in defeat and all at the School looks forward to hopefully further success in the competition next year.

 

 

 

Strike bowler Peter Davison in action during Grosvenor's Schools' Cup semi-final against Campbell College on Monday 17th June