Last Wednesday, 16 students in Years 7 and 8 from Marshland High School attended an open evening at Wisbech Town Cricket Club.
The evening involved a coaching session led by teacher Dom Stannard and the cricket club’s overseas player Tom Meyrick.
Tom commented after the session that: “They are a great group of children and I am very impressed at how quickly they have picked up the game.”
Following the training session the Marshland team tied with Wisbech under 13s in a thrilling 20-over challenge match. This was the school team’s first-ever game and just four weeks ago only one of the 16 had ever played hard ball cricket!
Wisbech batted first scoring 94-4, while 13 players bowled for Marshland with Travis Stapleton, Lewis Theobald, Daniel Dawson and Callum Edwards taking the wickets. This was an excellent effort to restrict a team that beat top of the league Wimblington on Monday.
Wisbech took two early wickets which brought Stapleton and Dawson to the crease, both of whom batted well to rebuild the innings. Freddie Collison batting at six, batted more like Freddie Flintoff scoring 29 runs that included two huge sixes, one of which his dad dropped in the crowd, although that stopped the ball crashing through his own windscreen!
Wicketkeeper Max Martin, who did a great job with the gloves, hit a four off the last ball of the penultimate over to mean Marshland needed four runs to win. Collison got out second ball, a single came third ball and a no ball fourth meant the scores were tied. The Wisbech bowler then took two wickets in the last two balls to ensure a brilliant game ended in a draw.
The idea of the evening, which was a fantastic success, was to inspire the Marshland students to join Wisbech and represent their teams.
This evening followed on from a trip to watch Leicestershire play against Lancashire last week, where the students got to meet the players after the game for selfies and a signing session.
Team coach Dom Stannard commented: “What an incredible evening, club members were shocked to find out that this was their first-ever game, the performance was outstanding and they are a real credit to the school.
“I am hoping many of these youngsters will now join the club, as there is certainly a mass of potential. Well played to the Wisbech boys also, and thanks to Shane Sleath and the club for their hospitality.”