As part of the 1st XI’s Twenty20 preparation in the early part of the season, the OBs challenged them to a match on the Home Ground. The OBs batted first and last year’s captain Adam Davies (L. 2005-2010), set the tone for his innings with a sweetly timed drive for four off the first ball of the innings.
Davies and Ollie Gatting (H. 1993-98) put on 45 for the first wicket until Billy Meboroh-Collinson bowled Gatting. Ben Hansford (S. 2002-07) then came to the crease and put on 50 runs with Davies, the latter finally following LBW to Kalidasan for 56. OBs captain Patrick Spencer (R. 1994-99) hit a quick fire 15 and Brighton were set 144.
Hugh Richards and Yass Bahemou started positively with a 40 run partnership but wickets started to tumble at the hands of Patrick Spencer who finished with figures of 5 for 13. An assured innings from Meboroh-Collinson gave the College team hope of snatching victory but when he was caught on the boundary with two overs to spare the match was all but over. The 1st XI ended up on 126, 18 runs short of the target.
A great challenge for the 1st team and a really great occasion to have so many OBs back playing on the Home Ground.
OBs: L.Appleton (sub fielder), J.Barr, A.Davies, C.Davies, A. Frank, O.Gatting, B.Hansford, F.Jordan, B.Lingham, C.Merchandarni, P.Spencer (capt), A. Tink, A.Wilson, Keiran (current College player).
1st XI: Y.Bahemou, S.Grant, D.Glynne-Jones, B.Hornby, E.Jones, E.Kalidasan, H.Klus, B.Meboroh-Collinson, J.Menzies (capt), H.Richards, J.Thornely