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Two memorable milestones mark school’s return to cricketApril 19th, 2021
Two memorable milestones marked Monmouth School for Boys’ return to cricket action at the weekend, after last summer’s disappointment caused by the pandemic.
Captain Harry carried his bat for an unbeaten 105 against Glamorgan Academy – a team he would normally represent.
And, in the same match, Sophia, a student at Monmouth School for Girls, became the first female cricketer to represent Monmouth School for Boys’ first team in a competitive fixture.
Glamorgan Academy had plenty of their own to celebrate with two players making centuries in a 106-run victory for the visitors.
Last Saturday’s 50-overs-a-side match at Monmouth School for Boys’ Sports Ground was played in glorious conditions on a wonderfully prepared batting pitch.
Sophia made an immediate impact on her historic debut, opening the bowling with her left-arm spin.
Sophia, who plays for Wales’ women and is now part of the Western Storm Academy, delivered seven economical overs for 30 runs.
The school picked up a couple of wickets, reducing Glamorgan to 41-2, before Morgan, who plays his club cricket for Abergavenny, and Alex, from Newbridge, repaired the innings and put the visitors in the driving seat.
Morgan struck 101 from 120 balls, including five fours and two sixes, while Alex cracked 113, containing 11 fours and a six, from just 101 deliveries.
The Glamorgan duo put together a 229-run stand for the third wicket that proved influential in lifting the visitors to an imposing 293-4.
Ed was the most successful bowler from the school, claiming an impressive 3-37 from eight overs, while Harry took 1-43 and leg-spinner Sam bowled 10 overs for 37 runs.
In reply, Monmouth School for Boys batted sensibly against an accurate Glamorgan attack as Harry dropped the anchor.
Harry was backed up by Joe (31) as the pair added 77 runs for the second wicket.
There were double figure contributions from Josh (13) and Henry (12) as the Monmouth batsmen spent valuable time at the crease.
Harry eventually completed a deserved century, finishing on 105 not out from 153 balls after hitting six fours and two sixes, as the school closed on a respectable 187-7.