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Trent College’s journey in the Lord Taverner’s Cup continued yesterday with an away trip to Manchester Grammar School. In a competition, which started last year as Under 14s, Trent were now in the final of the North group against stiff opposition in the form of Manchester Grammar School, a school known for producing cricketers such as Mike Atherton and John Crawley in years gone by.
Following the wet weather the wicket was a little damp but turned out to play very well. On winning the toss Trent decided to field and Tom Naylor and Tim Wyatt picked up a wicket each in their opening spell which was very accurate and economical. The Manchester Grammar pair of Dooler and Whitehead came together to form an impressive partnership and at the mid-way, drinks break, they were 74 for 2 after 20 overs. Captain Tom Hill, who led the side expertly throughout, decided on the combination of Josh Pavis and Connor Marshall. Pavis produced an excellent delivery which turned away from Dooler taking the outside edge where upon Daniel Andrew took a very neat catch. This was an important breakthrough. Trent was then able to apply pressure through the spinners and Manchester Grammar finished on 134 from their 40 Overs, Whitehead finishing on a commendable 48. Marshall finishing with 4 for 28, a very fine spell of leg spin bowling. Pavis’s 1 for 16 off his full 8 overs was equally impressive. Trent‘s bowling was ably supported by their fielding and Daniel Andrew, who impressed, with his wicket keeping especially when standing up to the spinners.
Trent started their innings knowing a sensible approach to their batting should see them through. Pavis and Hill made a very good start putting away the bad ball and running well. Hill made a well compiled 31. Marshall came in at the fall of Hill’s wicket and played with his customary assurance and composure to see Trent home to a nine wicket victory with Pavis. Pavis finished on an undefeated 75. It was an excellent innings; he presented a commanding figure at the crease, particularly severe on balls that drifted into his pads. It was a very assured performance. This was a very fine display by Trent who now play Bedford School in the Semi – Final of the Lord Taverner’s Cup on Thursday at home, 2pm start.
Team v Manchester Grammar: Pavis, Hill, Marshall, Wyatt, Naylor J, Towndrow, Major, Doleman, Andrew, Naylor T, Benstead, Davis