Josh Ryan and Oliver Lansdowne were unlikely heroes for Berkhamsted School I against Merchant Taylors’, as their 10th wicket stand of 39 helped Berkhamsted to a nail-biting win.
Earlier in the day, Berkhamsted had bowled their opponents out for 129 with Harvey Robertson taking 4-17, Oliver Lansdowne 3-27 and Josh Ryan 2-21.
However, the loss of wickets early in the innings left Berkhamsted on 27-4. Resistance from Ali Leighton (26) – pictured – and Xavier Owen (21) was short-lived as wickets continued to fall.
At 92-9 the game looked lost, but Ryan (32 n/o) and Lansdowne (5 n/o) saw Berkhamsted home.
Elsewhere, the second XI made it seven wins from seven victory over MTS.
Berkhamsted bowled their opponents out for 85, with Iain Billington taking 3-10 and Alex Howe bagging 3-19, before Henry Scott’s 35 saw his team home.
Berkhamsted teams found the going a little tougher in the intermediate and junior matches, however.
The U15As were outplayed, losing by 55 runs, as were the U14A, B and C teams.
The U15B and U15C teams had better fortunes as Stuart Frame and Scott Duguid both scored fifties as the U15Bs won in a high scoring match, and Amish Adodra’s five-wicket haul (5-21) meant that the U15C match was the first to finish.
Both the U13A and Bs were defeated, but the two U12 teams won away from home.