The Portsmouth Grammar School are celebrating sporting success as the U17 Cricket team won the School Sports Magazine National Cricket Cup, beating Sedbergh School in a tight final.

Sedbergh School won the toss, choosing to bat.  The PGS bowlers performed with discipline and control taking wickets at regular intervals, ensuring Sedbergh’s run rate was under control with PGS pupil Harry Wratten (15 years old) taking 3 wickets.   The team fielded with a great deal of energy and intensity throughout and this excellent positive approach enabled them to create and execute two crucial run outs of Sedbergh’s top order batsman.  Sedbergh School finished their 40 overs on 174 for 9. 

The PGS reply started confidently with Sam Caldera (16 years old) scoring 30 runs then as happened with Sedbergh’s innings wickets started to fall at regular intervals. At 142 for 8 the game was very much in the balance but the 9th wicket partnership of 30 runs between Harry Hoolahan (15 years old) and Harry Wratten took PGS to 3 runs from the winning total of 175.

As the match reached the final over, PGS required just 3 runs to win with two wickets remaining. Harry Wratten who had played a mature innings in his 9th wicket partnership with Hoolahan was bowled. This brought PGS’s youngest player Joe Kooner-Evans (14 years old) to the crease. With four balls left in the match Kooner-Evans took a single, the equation was now 2 runs from 3 balls with one wicket left. The third ball of the final over was eventful, Hoolahan tried to take a single but was sent back wisely by Kooner-Evans and with the Sedbergh opening bowler charging through in his run-up and having all three stumps to hit from 4 yards away he missed. By this stage Hoolahan was able to dive back in to his crease before the follow up throw hit the stumps. After a brush down and covered in dust from his efforts in making his ground, Hoolahan faced up with the equation now at 2 runs to win from 2 balls. His next shot was the defining moment being able to hit the ball just out of the reach of mid-off and taking 2 runs ensuring that PGS would be U17 National Champions for 2015. Harry Hoolahan finished 26 not out.  

“It was an outstanding team performance from all players involved,” said Mr Scott Curwood, Head of Cricket at The Portsmouth Grammar School.  “They should be extremely proud of this National title and all the hard work they have put in throughout their years at PGS. This result is just reward for all their impressive commitment, team work and dedication.”

Team: Sam Caldera, Jay Hartard, Alex Willoughby, Ben Caldera (Vice Captain), Jadon Buckeridge (Captain), Daniel Mugford , Ned Renwick (W), Harry Hoolahan, William Futcher, Harry Wratten, Joseph Kooner-Evans, Charlie Connaughton (sub)