Thomas Whitham Sixth Form first XI played their annual fixture against the MCC at Lowerhouse Cricket Club earlier this month.
Following their defeat at the hands of the students in 2010, the MCC brought a much younger side, full of MCC probationers intent on making a mark and qualifying for full membership of the world’s greatest cricket club!
On a damp track following weekend showers, the MCC were asked to bat, and Liam Bedford (Barnoldswick CC) along with Chris Riley (Orrell Red Triangle) made steady progress against some tidy bowling from Max Howells, Rhys Woodworth, Fergus Bailey and Patrick Martin.
By lunch, the MCC had cruised to just over 100 for the loss of only one wicket.
After the interval, the students fared a little better, although the spilling of three catches at crucial points enabled Bedford to reach a fine century.
The MCC declared their innings at 191-5, leaving the students a tough task to repeat the previous year’s victory.
Jonathan Whitehead and Joe Martin laid a solid foundation with an opening 50-run partnership against some quality seam bowling from Marcus Sharp (Lytham CC and Cumbria), Jonty Dampney (Manchester University) and Ruper Kitzinger (Toft CC).
However, the introduction of off spinner Ross Dixon (Oxton CC and Cheshire Under 21s) led to a disastrous collapse as the middle order capitulated in all too quick succession.
After the fall of Whitehead for the top score of 34, the students were finally all out for 94.
After the game, the MCC skipper Neil Bolton (Clitheroe CC) thanked the Sixth Form, Stan Heaton and Lowerhouse CC for their hospitality, before presenting Joe Martin with an MCC Spirit of the Game cap for his man of the match performance behind the stumps on a tricky wicket.