The Old Pocklingtonian Old Pocklingtonian 2017-18 - Page 18

OP SPORT PIXIES REPORT 2018 The Pixies have had an incredible season and have remained unbeaten in all their completed games. 2018 has seen a mix of old faces and new with many first caps awarded to Pocklington School pupils. The season started with a game against Old Hull Grammarians and saw a fantastic display from a youthful team. Having bowled first the Pixies restricted Hull to 107 and this included a first Pixie hat trick for Ed Lambert who joins a small list of people to have achieved this. The Pixies chased this down in 20 overs and completed a fantastic 5-wicket win. Against the Yorkshire Gentlemen the Pixies batted first and this saw Henry Bayston (10-17) score his maiden century for the team. He batted superbly well and was assisted well by Tom Burdett and the school captain Charlie Foster (07-18). In reply to the Pixies score of 225 again Henry took centre stage and he took 5 wickets to ensure that ‘the gents’ fell short of the target. Unfortunately, in what was a hot summer the games against Pocklington, Eastbourne and Hastings fell foul to the weather however, the 2018 tour was a huge success. At Holmesdale on the Sunday, new records were set as Jonty Goddard flew from Johannesberg to take the record of biggest distance travelled to play for the Pixies, beating Matthew Atkinson’s (85- 93) previous trip from Geneva last year. Some tidy bowling from Joel Hughes and Tom Burdett saw the Pixies score of 186 remain too much. On Tuesday, the Pixies batted very well against Haywards Heath and Ben Burdett and Adam Sutcliffe ensured the continued tradition of a large Pixie total at this venue. In reply, the Hayward’s batsmen played well and it took some fantastic bowling from Adam Iyer (96-06) to secure a Pixie victory. The final match of this season’s calendar was at Marden’s fabulous new ground and Charlie Lambert (01-08) scored the first run at this venue – unfortunately, he was also the first wicket to fall here too! Marden had a fantastic loan addition playing who caused all kinds of problems with his bowling however, George Baty scored 78 to set a target of 196. Adam Iyer bowled with determination and was supported well by his teammates to take four wickets and see the Pixies home by 80 runs. to pre-season 2019 due to Woodhouse Grange’s superb cup run. Thanks to Malcolm Milne (55-62, Former Staff 71-03), Dave Watton (Former Staff 87-16), Marcus Townend (72-82) and Paul Lambert for umpiring and scoring and to the players for giving up their free time to support Pixies’ coordinator, Charlie Lambert, and making his job easier. The 2019 season sees at least one new fixture on the calendar and hopefully will be just as successful. The dates for the 2019 Pixies tour are 11-16th August 2019. Charlie Lambert The Men of Derwent fixture has been postponed OP CRICKET 2018 An excellent game of cricket played under wonderful clear blue skies saw the school 1st XI victorious for the first time in many years. A historic coin toss between OP captain, Tom Foster (07-16), and school captain and brother, Charlie, put the OPs in to bat first. Sibling rivalry was a common theme this year with brothers Will Wraith (08-16) and Ed also on opposing sides. Lewis Wilson (14-16), AGI Wood’s (39-49) grandson, also played for the OPs this year. Having posted a sporting total, built largely on a partnership of 93 between Henry Bayston (10-17) and James Flint (00-11) the OPs maintained a firm grip on the game taking a steady stream of wickets either side of the tea break. A well-paced half century from Rory Stephenson built of 114 balls was however the mainstay of the reply, with a late rally of 14 from Ollie Robinson they guided the team over the line with four balls to spare. With the fine win over the MCC earlier in the week and this victory over the OPs, the boys went into the festival at Hymers the following week in confident mood. The OPs will no doubt be back in force next year for the re-match! SCORES AS FOLLOWS: OP s : 173 - 8 in 40 overs (H Bayston 53, J Flint 47, J Wraith 3 - 39) SCHOOL 1ST XI: 182 - 6 in 39.2 overs (R Stephenson 63no, S Noble 25) 18