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Anticipation and excitement filled the coach that carried our U12 Cricket squad as they set off for their first ever cricket tour to the county of Yorkshire, renowned for producing many England cricketers from Geoffrey Boycott to Darren Gough and more recently Joe Root.
Aimed with this knowledge, enthusiasm and team spirits were high as they commenced their first match against St Olaves School. Winning the toss and electing to field first proved the right decision with an early wicket maiden being taken, shortly followed by two further wickets. However, St Olaves showed great determination and character and soon found their batting form with boundaries coming thick and fast until Trent took a late wicket. Chasing 182 runs off 25 overs, our opening batsmen found St Olaves bowling too strong, that was until we showed excellent form scoring 23 runs despite further wickets falling around him. St Olaves continued with superb fielding, resulting in Trent soon being all bowled out for 64, a well-deserved win for St Olaves.
After a few hours around York, attention turned to their next game the following morning against York and Alston. Trent won the toss and elected to field first, once again Trent took an early wicket maiden putting pressure on their opponents, with another wicket shortly taken by Trent through a run out. However, York and Alston found some batting form reaching 102 runs off 25 overs. Despite this, Trent's team spirits remained high after a confident fielding performance which continued into the opening batsmen, where through an excellent partnership, 40 runs were soon on the scoreboard. After losing the first wicket, batting form continued to flow down the order, resulting in the total soon being chased down with the loss of 6 wickets. A worthy victory after a comprehensive team performance.
George Hughes Year 7 comments “Despite losing our first game, valuable experience was gained over the two day tour and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”