To round off a superb week of cricket at Westbourne the Old Boys returned along with a few invited guests and some of our U15 Sheffield City Champions team.
A sun soaked Abbeydale was the meeting place as we all got reacquainted. Mr Hicks and Mr Davey found it a little daunting to look up at all the 6 foot something 20 year olds but it was lovely to see them all and share all their stories since leaving Westbourne! Returning old boy and captain Chris Pickford took his side out to field but it was Mr Hancock batting alongside Oliver Wroth who helped set the tone with a quickfire opening stand of over 50 for the Headmasters XI. Mr Davey, Matt Cork and Mr Pillinger chipped in to help mount a sizable total of 118 in 20 overs. The teacher running out Mr Hawley with total disregard for the etiquette of friendly cricket! Conner Baxter bowled a good line and took a couple of wickets and a chirpy Miles Langdale kept wicket well for the Old Boys. Alex Wathey bowled his usual pacy couple of overs and Tom Dawn kept runs down to a minimum.
Refreshments were consumed and Mr Davey led out the Headmasters XI on to the field. Andrew Mckinna opened the bowling and immediately made in-roads into the Old Boys strong looking batting order. He would later share the man of the match award for his super opening spell as Alaister Pickford, Miles Langdale and Joe Pickford returned to the pavillion with little added to the chasers total. Connor Baxter and Tom Dawn offered some resistance and Chris Pickford delighted in smashing Mr Davey over mid wicket for six but the sizable total amassed by the Headmasters XI would be a step too far. It was left to Mr Hancock to seal the old-boys fate and share the man of the match award. A clinical hat-trick completed the match and allowed Mr Davey to lead off the victors with a clear win.
Thank you to all the returning old boys it was lovely to speak to you afterwards and see a couple more boys turn up later. Harry Carter rushed back from his Graduation in Birmingham and former Head Boy Harry Orwin-Allen both sat and reminiced as the sun set at AbbeydaIe. I can’t wait for next year.
The Old Boys will be seeking their revenge!