The U13A Cranleigh Prep cricket team had a busy day on Thursday 1st July, winning both the semi-final and final of the Watcyn Evans Cup, the U13 Surrey schools cricket competition.

The semi-final was against Feltonfleet. Sadly for Feltonfleet, their Year 8s were forced to self-isolate due to a positive covid-19 test meaning they played their U12 team. Cranleigh captain Henry P won the toss and batted first. William R and Humphrey B put on 122 in just 12.2 overs in a brutally efficient partnership. After William R was out for 69, Max L continued the momentum with a quick-fire 19. Humphrey B was eventually run out off the final ball, also for 69, as Cranleigh posted an impressive 191-5 off 20 overs. In reply, Feltonfleet struggled against the bigger and stronger Cranleigh team, eventually being bowled out for 41 in the final over of the innings. Jasper A-J was pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-3 off four overs.

After a quick lunch, Cranleigh faced Reigate Grammar in the final. The nerves were clear as Cranleigh lost wickets throughout the innings. However, cameos from Henry P (21), Max L (20) and Jasper A-J (17 not out) meant that, despite being bowled out with an over to spare, Cranleigh posted a competitive score of 110. In the field and in front of a sell-out crowd of approximately half the school and staff, Cranleigh put on a superb bowling and fielding performance, making Reigate Grammar work hard for every run. Jasper A-J (0-11) was again economical but it was Tadhg Ma (2-25) and Joseph R (2-15) who took the crucial wickets in the middle overs. William R (1-18) then finished things with his brother by bowling tightly at the death to leave Cranleigh winners by 18 runs.

All the more remarkable is that the U13A Cranleigh Prep boys cricket team were unbeaten in the whole season, winning 12 out of 12 games. Head of Cricket, Nick French, said “this has been an incredible season due to the hard work and perseverance of the boys. They have played as a cohesive team throughout the summer and they fully deserve their success. What a great way to end their time at the prep school, especially after all the disruption of the last year or so.”