Last-wicket pair guide Berkhamsted to victory

Ali Leighton batting for the Berkhamsted School first XI
Ali Leighton batting for the Berkhamsted School first XI

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.