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Early this week Cranleigh’s talented Under 15 cricket side, progressed into the semi-final of the South Division of the Taverners’ Competition. This puts them nationally in the last 16 teams left with a chance of winning the tournament.

Having beaten a strong Wellington side at Wellington College earlier in round one by 7 wickets, the team travelled to Haberdashers’ Aske’s school in Elstree for round two. Gambling that the weather forecast of rain through the day was wrong, our captain Angus Dahl won the toss and chose to bat on a good wicket. Because possible weather interruptions dictated that a fast start was required, Ed Cooper was promoted to open with Lewis Bedford and he supplied a quick-fire 29 as 51 came in the first 6 overs. Another wicket fell shortly after his dismissal but then a partnership ensued between Bedford and Dahl which lasted virtually throughout the rest of the 35-over innings and totalled 160. Angus scored an excellent 107, and Lewis also completed a fine 100 in the last over of the innings.

A total of 276-4 was always going to be daunting for Haberdsahers’ and, after 3 early wickets, Dahl took the opportunity to try out some of the variety of bowlers within the side, with wickets being shared between Sam Dickson, Josh Turner, Jamie Bloomfield, Nat Lubbock, Harry Horstead, James Vickery and Freddie Austin. Keeper Lewis Bedford managed two good stumpings, and there was some fine fielding, with Ed Tristem, as usual, outstanding.

This is the furthest any Cranleigh side has progressed in this competition, with the only previous team to reach the national stage from the School knocked out at this equivalent point in 2004. The team hope to push on further, with the next round to be played shortly after Long Leave against either the county winners from Sussex or Suffolk.

At the same time Michael Burgess (OC 2012) and former 1st XI captain was scoring 54 – his maiden first class 50 – for Loughborough MCCU against Lancashire CCC. Michael is currently in his first year at Loughborough, and has previous played for Surrey Second XI, making his first class debut last year.