25 April 2023
Kirkham Grammar School U15s: 170-4 (20 overs)
The King's School, Chester: 81-8 (20 overs)
KGS won by 89 runs.
On Saturday, Kirkham Grammar School Under 15s started their season away to King's School Chester. After driving through heavy rain, which had caused the home games to be cancelled, KGS were delighted to see blue skies and a good playing surface.
Losing the toss, KGS were inserted to bat with Christian Taylor-Tomlinson and Captain, Stan Collinson opening up. Right from the off, the pair accumulated runs well, exerting a great deal of pressure on the fielding side. Despite a typical slow early season wicket, Collinson show improving fluency and started to go through the gears passing his half century in the 7th over. Unfortunately, Taylor-Tomlinson was run out for 25 after some good fielding, but a good base of 81 had been set up. Theo Smith (25*) anchored the rest of the inning well and, despite Collinson being bowled for an imperious 74, Charlie Bray and Harry Marsh continued to pile on the runs to see the innings close on a very imposing 170-4 off their 20 overs.
In response, King's Chester's innings never really got going thanks to the accuracy of Cieran Milligan and the wicket taking of Will De Klerk (4 wicket for 6 runs). At 16-5 the game was all but done, which gave KGS opportunity to rotate the bowling. Credit to the hosts who managed to bat out their 20 overs reaching 81-8.
On Wednesday, the U15s start their Lancashire Cup Campaign at home.