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Match Report: Kings Priory School vs MCC

Kings Priory School 1st XI recently took on the MCC in an annual fixture now into its fourth year.

As the only state school in the area to have this prestigious fixture, it provides our cricketers with a different challenge as the match is against men instead of those in their own age group.

Played once again at Tynemouth Cricket Club under glorious blue skies hopes were high of producing an excellent performance. As is tradition the MCC batted first and faced a tough opening spell from Gourley (0- 13) and Singh (1-13).

However the MCC batsmen managed to get through this tough opening period and began to score freely until the partnership was eventually broken by Chater (1- 29) with the score on 111.

With the sun shining the wicket became flat and it was tough going for the Kings Priory bowlers. The MCC batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking over until the next wicket fell on 148, this time Stephenson (1-22) the player to get the wicket.

With the score moving the 210 the MCC declared their innings and a gettable target was set for KPS; if the batsmen could keep their concentration and apply themselves to accumulate runs.

Opening pair Stephenson (50) and Wilson (1) were stern in their defensive play and frustrated the MCC opening bowlers.

Gradually the score ticked along until Wilson was the first man out, caught at square leg. In strode Gourley to join Stephenson and the pair built and excellent partnership and showed great patience and concentration to keep the MCC bowlers at bay.

The scoreboard kept moving at regular intervals until Gourley chipped a leading edge to the MCC fielder to be dismissed for a well-made 21. Stephenson brought up a fine 50, full of courage and determination mixed with some excellent stroke play, but lost concentration and was bowled to leave the KPS replay teetering at 90- 4.

However an excellent partnership between Whiting (17) and Stoetzel (28) gave Kings Priory School some momentum going into the final overs. Both batsmen showed good attacking intent and it was unfortunate neither could go on to make a big score.

In the end Kings Priory finished their innings of 172- 9 and the match ended in a draw. A fantastic effort from all who played, well done.

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