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St Lawrence College 1st XI v The Bunbury XI

Published by St Lawrence College on Tuesday 1st of November 2011

On Wednesday 21st September the St Lawrence College 1st XI played an historic cricket match against The Bunbury's at the Kent Cricket Ground in Canterbury, in aid of BBC Children in Need.

The match was made possible when Malcolm Bluemel, owner of Planet Rock Radio and a St. Lawrence College parent, won the Children In Need Auction on the Chris Evans Radio 2 breakfast Show last November. Malcolm kindly donated the prize to the school cricket team, who were joined on the day by Chris Evans, Ronnie Irani and Freddie Flintoff acting as team captain.

Players in The Bunbury's Team included a wealth of UK talent: such as Robert Key, Sam Northeast, Mark Ealham, Adam Ball, James and Oliver Phelps (The Weasley brothers from Harry Potter) and many many more!

Prize winner Malcolm commented on the huge success of the day, stating: "For everyone who attended this event it was a special day indeed, but even more so for the St Lawrence College 1st team who had the experience of a lifetime. We would all like to say a big 'Thank You' to Chris Evans, Freddie Flintoff, David English and all the cricket and film stars who gave freely of their time to make this day possible."

Chris Evans was also delighted with the success of the day, saying: "BBC Children in Need is a charity I support year on year as I truly believe in the work that they do for children and young people across the UK, I am absolutely thrilled with what a great day we had today, and even more thrilled with how much money it has raised for such a worthwhile cause."

Full Match Report:

The Bunbury's won the toss and batted. The College team made a tidy start, with Tim and Patrick Collins both bowling well. The introduction of Alex Cape into the attack in the 5th over, however, brought about a double breakthrough. First Alex bowled Keith Bradshaw (Chief Executive of MCC and a former Tasmania player) with a full swinging delivery and with the next ball he had Sam Northeast (Kent) caught by Flintoff at second slip.

There was then a partnership of 72 for the third wicket between David Smith (ex-England opener) and Fabian Cowdrey (Kent player and latest representative of a famous cricketing dynasty). Smith was eventually stumped by Ryan Jones off Jack Greenslade for 50, with Jones featuring in the other dismissal, catching Cowdrey behind off Flintoff for 28.

Keeping to Freddie Flintoff was quite an experience for Ryan, who said he had never known the ball hit his gloves so hard. After Patrick Collins had bowled Weasley Twin, Oliver Phelps, for 1 there was some big hitting from Kent batsman, Darren Stevens, supported by Bunbury founder, David English and the Bunbury's closed on 167 for 6. One of the highlights was Chris Evans spell of 1 for 6 in 3 overs not bad for someone who had been claiming he couldnt play cricket!

After tea, Ryan Jones opened the batting with former England player and Essex captain, Ronnie Irani and found himself facing two ex-England fast bowlers, James Kirtley and Chris Silverwood. He also had to contend with the problem of how to score runs when the Bunburys had 18 players on the field. He acquitted himself well to make 19 before being caught and bowled by Harry Potter actor, Alfie Enoch. Tim Collins started well but with an asking rate of 10 an over he felt he had to accelerate and in doing so became one of three victims for Kent captain and part-time spinner, Rob Key. Flintoff's whirlwhind 40 off 17 balls, which contained all the familiar power and energy one associates with him, meant that the target was still mathematically possible, although regular wickets made this unlikely.

Robin Birrell greatly enjoyed himself in compiling 30 not out, as extra overs were allowed to give all the boys a chance to bat. At the end, SLC had faced more overs than they should have done but had also exceeded the Bunburys score. Both teams had fielded more than the requisite 11 players, so who knows what the result was? It was an experience greatly enjoyed by all. The chance to high-five with Freddie at the fall of a wicket is something the boys will not forget in a hurry.
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