Greneway miss out on league title

GRENEWAY School’s Year 8 cricket team ended their Premier League season with mixed results last week to just miss out on winning the league.

First up was Barnwell School on Tuesday and Greneway didn’t take long to settle down as opener Cemal Ramadan began to dictate the play by hitting the bowlers all over the park.

After fellow opener Joe Graves was dismissed, Callum Orvis complemented Ramadan’s innings as the pair put on a partnership of 75 off 34 balls. Ramadan hit a superb 50 before being caught on the boundary on the very next ball.

Kyran Perhar then strode in and played a captain’s innings as Orvis reached his best ever score, hitting four 4s along the way. He too was expertly caught for 37 and Perhar then guided Jack Freeman to a lively innings that included two superb boundaries. He fell with the score on 138 to yet another great catch.

Jordan Campbell stoked two expert fours in his unbeaten 12 before Bass was unusually bowled with the last ball as Greneway posted a total of 168-6.

In reply, Barnwell never really got going as almost all their batsmen failed to show they were capable of hitting a decent score.

Perhar dismissed Riley with the ball of the day with a superb spin delivery that hit the leg stump.

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Sam Edney had Rush caught by Campbell before sharp fielding accounted for the next five wickets with run-outs by Campbell, Perhar and Ollie Shepherd. This resulted in Barnwell being skittled for 71 runs.

The following day Greneway travelled to face Hitchin Boy’s School in what proved to be a tough encounter.

The hosts batted first after winning the toss and it instantly paid off as they got off to a good start before Perhar removed Hills lbw.

Stevens and Walton-Adams came together for a crucial 50 partnerhip before Walton-Adams was bamboozled by the spin of Jordan Campbell and cuaght expertly behind the stumps by Ollie Bass.

Hitchin eventually posted 155-6 and Greneway were confident of winning the match and the league title.

Ramadan (52) showed his worth yet again with another half century while Callum Orvis hit 22.

Other these two had been dismissed, Greneway’s hopes of winning the match effectively ended as they couldn’t quite manage to reach the target as they finished 124-3.

Despite their disappointment, assistant headteacher Terry Graves took plenty of positives from the match and the rest of the season.

He said: “It was a great game of high quality schools’ cricket where the result was in the balance up until the last two overs. I am immensely proud of how this team has developed and to push the Hitchin Boys team to the limit in the deciding match of the season is a superb end to their Greneway cricketing careers.”