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The annual MCC v NCW Cricket Match is back!

There are many school events that as a community, we all enjoy and look forward to during the summer.
One of those events is of course the annual MCC v NCW Cricket Match!

It was a beautiful day for this year’s match, with the sun shining and a light breeze. As the MCC team donned their variety of Sim Specs, the spectators took their places for what is always a fun, but hard-fought competition.
Clive Spencer acted as umpire, and Lynne Newell from the Worcester Old Elizabethans as the scorer.

NCW Team captain Luke made sure that his team knew what they were doing and in what order that they would be bowling.
With MCC batting first the NCW team got into position to try and get the opposition out.

The game was very intense with some very good bowls from Stan who managed to get two consecutive wickets, and Ethan who managed to get one wicket. There were some very close plays where the MCC players were nearly out – whether that be from NCW players catching the ball or throwing it at the wicket.

After everyone in the NCW team had bowled, there was a short time out while the MCC team prepared to field and the NCW team prepared to bat.

After the break was over Stan and Luke approached the wicket ready to bat. The second half of the game was just as intense as the first half with both teams fighting tooth and nail to win the match!

In the end, the MCC Team won with 88 for 4 but the NCW Team weren’t far behind with 80 for 4.

The highest scorer for NCW was Tom Lancaster who got a whopping 26, and Eben and Ilya also did well with 8 each.

Lynne Newell said: “It was an excellent game, very close and played in great spirit.”

Following some group photographs, both teams headed off to enjoy an after-match Cricket tea. Players on both sides got to talk and get to know each other better, whilst enjoying some lovely sandwiches and cakes!

Mrs Price, Head of PE at NCW, said: “It was wonderful weather for our spectacular students to take on the mighty MCC”

Student Joe: “I really enjoyed playing with tough opponents.”

Student Stevie: “It was pretty cool and good fun.”

MCC player, Gareth Davies: “It is a humbling experience and good to be able to understand the impact of different eye conditions.”

Captain of the MCC team, Oliver Uffindall, said: “It is always really good fun and my favourite thing is that alongside new players, a number of the team like to come back year after year because it’s such a lovely event. It is just very relaxed”

A massive thank you to all of the players who took part in this amazing match; a special well done to Amy for being the only female player on the day!

So, MCC are the narrow victors this year – but who knows what will happen next?!

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