18 June 2017
Gordonstoun 1st XI vs Ivanhoe Grammar School - Timed
The following day Gordonstoun hosted Ivanhoe again, and again Ivanhoe won the toss and elected to bat on a great batting pitch. Gordonstoun had a strengthened team and the difference in the fielding was remarkable; catches were taken where before they had been dropped and sweeping fielders patrolled the boundary looking to cut fours into tight twos. Ivanhoe declared on 254-6, leaving Gordonstoun 44 overs to either reach 255 runs for the win or maintain their wickets and draw the game.
Gordonstoun didn’t ever stop looking to hit runs, however the loss of Gabriel B early on brought the youth of Gabriel G-F to the crease to join Stuart L and, although both batsman batted brilliantly in the heat for a combined 164 balls, they struggles to get the ball away against a very good fielding and bowling side. Both boys finished slightly shy of their 50’s but ensured from this point that Gordonstoun were in strong enough position not to lose the match and in turn provided the school with a result that had previously seemed unlikely.
17 June 2017
Gordonstoun 1st XI vs Ivanhoe Grammar School - T20
Gordonstoun hosted tourists from Ivanhoe Grammar School, Melbourne for the weekend during their tour of the UK. The School played a T20 first and with limited availability due to exams were only able to field a very young team. Ivanhoe batted first and scored 156-2. The ability to maintain a wicket was impressive however initially the runs on the board didn’t seem enough and given the quality of wicket on the North Lawn paired with a quick outfield, Gordonstoun felt chasing this down would be an achievable task.
Runs came slower than expected and despite a good 61 from Matthew Johnston the team finished on 108-3. Gordonstoun lost by 48 runs.
30 April 2017
1st XI vs MCC
The MCC batted first and scored a quick 267-5 in an innings that provided little rest for the school’s young fielding side, bowlers struggled to find their lengths and a blistering 113 was struck by R. Lawrence. A. Patel was the pick of the bowlers and fought hard for two wickets at a cost of 64 runs, which wasn’t a fair reflection of the efforts made on a good batting pitch.
In reply Gordonstoun lost early wickets and struggled to create partnerships which prevented the free flow scoring that the MCC enjoyed so much. Ishaq R allowed the school to save face with a fantastic knock of 83 that brought the school within reach of the target, however a couple of quick wickets saw the tail collapse and Gordonstoun finish on 226 all out.
MCC won by 41 runs