It was a day made for cricket. The sun was shining and the Moyles Court grounds were looking at their absolute finest. In their second match of the season, Moyles Court were up against a strong Leehurst Swan side. Batting first, the hosts made a very impressive start with Jack and Sam putting on 30 for the first wicket. Freddie kept the scoreboard ticking over and was joined late on by Rohan, but some very tight bowling from the visitors limited Moyles to a total of 50 runs from their 15 overs.
Leehurst Swan made an aggressive start and looked to be cruising to victory. However, two quick wickets for Sam and one for Jack did give the hosts some hope, but ultimately, it was not enough and the visitors reached their victory target in the tenth over. A mention must go to Harrison for his excellent bowling and also to Anthony, Lewis, Abdul, Adam and Sam for showing great willingness to bowl for the first time in a competitive match. Well played boys.
Man-of-the-Match: Sam MS for his excellent bowling today and Harrison for opening the bowling for the first time and doing a superb job for his team.
The opening game of the U11 cricket season was played in typically overcast and chilly conditions, but it turned out to be a highly entertaining and exciting encounter. The Park School batted first and got off to a good start. Sam and Jack bowled with accuracy, but could not prevent their opening batsmen from reaching 20 before retiring. Harrison and Tommy kept up the good bowling, but it was Freddie who took the first wicket of the game with a beautiful delivery. Park went on to reach 93 from their 12 overs; a challenging target for the visitors.
Moyles Court made a good start with Freddie and Jack opening the batting. Jack played some lovely shots to push the scoring on and when he was joined by Sam the visitors were looking capable of reaching their target. However, following the wicket of Jack, Moyles Court’s run rate started to dwindle and they finished their 12 overs on a very creditable 72, just 21 runs behind.
Man-of-the-Match: Freddie for taking the first wicket of the season and bowling with great accuracy and Jack for hitting the first boundary of the season. Well played boys.
In their first game, Moyles Court U9’s started strongly, with some good batting from Finley and Charlie. Evan continued with some excellent shots, but some questionable calling led to three quick run-outs, which proved costly at the conclusion of the game.
In the second innings Moyles Court bowled well. Lincoln showed great improvement, as did several other players in the team, and Park struggled to score runs. Unfortunately a few dropped catches proved costly, and with the ‘Pairs Cricket’ scoring system in place, where each wicket costs the batting team 5 runs, the earlier run-outs meant that despite dominating with bat and ball, Moyles Court narrowly lost a closely fought game by a few runs.
Mr Hosking was extremely pleased with the boy’s attitude and approach to what for many, was their first competitive game of cricket. They displayed great application and the improvement with their bowling and fielding should prove promising for future games.
On a glorious Spring afternoon, we were treated to a fabulous game of rugby at LHS. Our Y5/6 team started the game superbly, keeping possession of the ball well and going through a number of phases before Jack stormed over for the first try of the game. LHS equalised soon after, but the first third ended all square with both sides coming close to taking the lead.
In the second third, Moyles Court continued to press, with Tommy having a particularly strong game in midfield and consistently making inroads into the LHS defence. Rohan was leading the tackle count at this stage and it was a good break from him that enabled Sam to dart through the LHS defence to regain the lead. LHS responded well with a couple of good tries, but another try from Jack meant that Moyles Court finished the second third in a strong position and looking dangerous.
The final third was a scintillating contest, with Moyles Court desperately trying to turn some good possession into scores. However, it was LHS that secured the win with a couple of fine solo tries, but what a game and what a performance.
Tommy and Rohan. Tommy for his bulldozing runs and immense support play and Rohan for his phenomenal tackle count.
In a closely contested match Yarrells took advantage of a sluggish start by Moyles Court and scored the first try. Yarrells continued to dominate early possession, but excellent tackling from Bobby and Harry kept the opposition at bay. However, after surviving the early pressure Max equilised with a well worked try from the scrum. This try gave Moyles Court a boost of confidence and they began to play with more spirit and togetherness and it wasn’t long before we took the lead with a try from Andy Warner. Although Yarrells soon levelled the score with a fine try of their own, Harry gave us the lead with another fine try. In the last few minutes of the game this lead was extended with another try from Andy.
Credit should go to the whole squad who all made a positive contribution to a well-deserved victory.
On a drizzly, damp afternoon the U11 rugby team entertained teams from Leehurst Swan and Talbot House in a thoroughly entertaining mini tournament. The opening match against Talbot House was a classic with great running rugby and resilient defence from both teams. Anthony continued his fine start to the season with a very well taken try, following some typically robust work in midfield from Jack. Talbot House hit back with two tries of their own, only for Sam to score a fine try in the corner to bring the scores level. With time running out for both teams, it was Talbot House who managed to conjure up a winning try, to bring a thoroughly competitive and entertaining match to an end.
The second match against Leehurst Swan B was another tense encounter with both teams defending brilliantly. Try scoring opportunities were kept to a minimum, but great work from Archie and Rohan nearly created the opening that Moyles Court were craving. Eventually LHS found a way through the Moyles Court defence and scored the only try of the game to sneak a fine win.
In the final game, Moyles Court competed valiantly against LHS A team, making them work hard for their opportunities. Finlay was having a great game in his first outing for the team and despite losing by three tries to nil, the performance was a very pleasing one.
Jack, for his persistence and great ball carrying skills that created plenty of try scoring opportunities.
The U11 rugby team came up against a very strong Avondale side this afternoon and despite the afternoon ending in defeat, there were plenty of positive signs from this emerging group of players. Jack led the team with his usual commitment and skill and there was always plenty of support from Tommy, Freddie and Archie in particular. Anthony was outstanding in defence in his first game for the team and Adam finished off a flowing passing move to break clear of the Avondale defence and score a well deserved try. Well played boys!
Man-of-the-Match: Anthony for his ferocious and consistent tackling in his first game for the school
Moyles Court played two games against an A and B team from the Park. Both games were really exciting with the score staying within one try of each team until almost the end of both games. Both teams passed the ball around well, always supporting the ball carrier and we scored some very good tries. It would be impossible to pick out one player as this was such a great team effort and the sportsmanship displayed was a real credit to the players from Moyles Court. The results were a loss in the first game 8 -7, but the second game we won 9-8.
The U11 rugby team got their season underway with two very closely fought matches against The Park School. In the first match, the boys created some excellent passages of play to put the visitors under pressure and a number of good tries from Jack, Harrison, Tommy and Freddie kept the scores level. However, with time running out, The Park capitalised on a couple of mistakes from the home team to sneak home 14-12.
The second match was a similar story with Moyles Court always in the game. Good tries from Tommy and Freddie early on and with Jack always causing the visiting defence some problems, it was turning into a very entertaining and competitive match. However, the game was eventually won by The Park 11-6.
It was an impressive start to the new season and one that holds plenty of promise. Well played boys!
Men-of-the-Match: Jack and Freddie
Our final match before the Christmas break was against a combative Leehurst Swan School. In a closely contested game Moyles Court, despite dominating the early possession went a goal down within the first 10 minutes. However, it wasn’t long before Harrison scored an excellent goal from a shot that was well outside of the penalty area. For the remainder of the first half, chances went to both teams, but the score was 1 – 1 at half-time.
Again in the second half, Moyles Court dominated much of the possession but we were unable to take any of the goal scoring chances that came our way. In fact LHS had their own chances to win the game, but all their efforts were thwarted by some excellent defending by Anthony and some great goalkeeping from Lewis in goal. In the end, a 1- 1 draw was a fair result to both teams.