Solihull School

Thanks to a fine 115 from Dominic Harding, the school romped to their 310 target with four wickets and seven balls in hand, in glorious sunshine.

Although the wicket was superb, and the ground is about half the size of Harborne, the Imps' inability to defend a substantial total was rooted in a series of expensive misfields, and a lack of support bowling.

However, since a 50 over match on the ground produced 800 plus runs a few weeks earlier, including 265 red for Williamson junior, maybe we got off lightly!

Dan Wood bowled 19 tidy overs in three spells,to finish with one for 74, while debutant off spinner Tom Smith picked up three for 82 from 18, but the absence of a fifth bowler, or second spinner, left too few options against a strong home batting line up.

The school's chase wobbled, when three wickets fell in quick succession, to reduce them to 241 for six, but Lucas (38*) and Carey (40*) kept their heads, to steer their team to a deserved win.

Earlier, Ollie Thomas hit his third ball for a massive six, adding 102 for the first wicket with PS2 (28).

Ollie went on to 86 (four sixes, eight fours), before Shears accelerated to good effect post-lunch,before running himself out for 91 (three sixes, 11 fours). Hemmo contributed a rapid unbeaten 60, adding 89 with Shears for the fourth wicket.

School captain Chris Williamson (two for 73 from 18) was the pick of the bowlers, and also had the biggest smile at the end of the match, as the captain's declaration, setting 310 in what became 63 overs, was proved overly generous.

As ever, a splendid day, well organised by Sammo, and for the first time topped off by superb weather.

Hope I can win the toss next year!