Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Magdalen College School
On: Saturday, 11 May 2019
Venue: Away

Magdalen College School U12A vs RBCS U12A

RBCS won the toss and elected to field

MCS: 78 (17.4 overs) Josh Aston 5-3 (2 overs), James Webster 1-3 (2.4 overs), Jack Pain 1-5 (2 overs), James Isbell 1-15 (3 overs), Louis Taphouse 1-19 (3 overs).

RBCS: 79-2 (11.1 overs) Alfie Agar 30* (24) retd, James Isbell 18 (23), Tom Reseigh 13* (13)

Men of the Match: Josh Aston for his five-fer and Alfie Agar for an excellent knock.

RBCS strung together their third win in as many matches with a comprehensive defeat over the often-strong Magdalen College School. Winning the toss and electing to field, the RBCS bowlers made a steady start, although the MCS openers were able to tick over the scoreboard at around 7 an over for the first 5. Louis Taphouse, having been hit for a few early on, was rewarded for straight, full bowling on a very green pitch by clean bowling their number 2 in the third over. The introduction of Josh Aston, however, changed the match decisively - removing their other opener caught & bowled with his first delivery, followed by their numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7 in quick succession (including a three-wicket maiden to complete his five wicket haul). Again, the uncomplicated recipe of straight, full bowling brought great dividends - a key lesson for any bowler. Jack Pain removed their last danger man, who played on to his stumps for 18. James Isbell took his first wicket of the season with an athletic caught & bowled dismissal, diving backwards to catch the ball over his head while colliding with Krishna rushing in from mid-off. Tom Reseigh kept up the fielding standards with a slick run out of their number 9, and James Webster was also rewarded for his accurate and sharply turning leg-spin with the final wicket, wrapping up the MCS innings at just 78 all out.

James Isbell and Alfie Agar got us off to a good start in the run chase. They played with circumspection initially, having seen the difficulty experienced by the opposition with the variable pace in the pitch, before Alfie in particular started to play some more aggressive shots. He reached 30* (and was subsequently retired) from just 24 balls - a very good strike rate considering the conditions. James batted patiently, but was given out lbw for 18. Tom Reseigh continued to show his improvement with the bat, accumulating a super 13 not out from 13 balls (including just 3 dot balls), including the winning run.

Another very accomplished performance from this team, who continue to grow their all-round game. Particular congratulations to Josh Aston for his 5-wicket haul - a great effort and a match-winning spell.