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  • Day2

    First afternoon

    February 11, 2017 in South Africa ⋅

    Having landed in a 35 degrees Celsius Cape Town, we reached our lovely hotel in a comfortable AC bus. After a sumptuous meal at the meat-orientated 'Spur' restaurant, inside the massive complex housing our hotel, we headed for a dip in the pool. Following 3 hours of swimming, football, more swimming, inventive slip fielding drills involving swimming and... more swimming, we're now heading out for a Cheeky Nandos ;) : more photos to follow.Read more

  • Day45

    VS George Heriot's 20/20

    June 4, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Following a test-match style encounter with the XL Club and a sixes competition, today saw the return to a more conventional school cricket format: 20/20. With overcast skies overhead, and a forecast for sunshine later on during the day, captain John Oliver inserted Heriot's on a challenging surface. Despite oodles of early movement, the openers were unscathed after the first 4 overs from John Oliver (4-1-9-0) and Arman Khan (4-0-15-0) but were kept quiet as they made only 13 runs. However, the introduction of left arm quick Adam McMurray (3-0-14-1) once again provided the early breakthrough, with Heginbottom bagging a regulation catch. In fact, McMurray has fast become the captain's go-to strike bowler, as his returns from Dubai, Merchiston and even today clearly highlight. Soon, the other opener followed, as Jamie Percival (4-0-12-3) picked up the first of his magnificent 3-for with bowling suited to the wicket: flighted, dipping legspinners. His partner in crime - Greg MacMillan (4-1-11-0) was equally incisive, but was unfortunate not to pick up a wicket. The only opposition batsman with a strike rate exceeding 100 was sent back by another brilliant run out from the captain himself, with a sharp direct hit from mid off. In the end, Heriot's mustered just 67/6 from their allotted overs, leaving The Academy with a relatively simple task. Fielding is getting better by the day: Tom Bouttell pouched a diving catch at extra cover off Rick Mukhopadhyay's solitary tidy over (1-0-3-1) and both Oliver and Heginbottom also gained honours in the field. Keeper Fraser Gordon's keeping was once again exemplary, barring a couple of byes due to awkward bounce; he picked up a stumping off the bowling of Jamie Percival and kept everyone on their toes. Nonetheless, no target is indefensible and Heriot's would have backed themselves to challenge TGA's run chase. John Oliver's sweetly timed cover drive off the very first ball of the innings dented the opposition's hopes, and apart from Arman Khan (6(9))'s departure due to a good catch down the legside by the wicketkeeper, and a few close LBW shouts, the game was easily won. Credit is due not only to Oliver's 32 off 27 not out - full of charismatic cover drives, fine flicks of his pads and deft touches - but also Jamie Percival's buoyant 22 off 27 not out. In the end, The Academy won by 9 wickets with 59 balls to spare - figures which represents the players' excellent efforts. Coach Mr Hariharan was once more impressed with the quality performances from the senior members of the team and captain John Oliver was all smile following the victory: "Yeh, I had a feeling the team were going to perform, and after the toss, everything really fell into place. The bowling was brilliant, fielding was fantastic and the chase was comfortable in the end. [On his form with the bat]: Haha, I try not to think about it too much, just try and pierce the gaps in the field and play each ball on its merit. The pitch was difficult but I'm glad we came out on the right side of the result."Read more

  • Day43

    The Final: TGA Sixes

    June 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    Two teams with a point to prove, Hutchesons' Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy participated in the final of this year's sixes. Whilst Kallum Dhami's accuracy and Gregor Anderson's late flourish had brought HGS into the final, it was the might of John Oliver, Arman Khan and Ross Heginbottom's ferocious feats which carried The Glasgow Academy into the final. TGA captain John Oliver elected to bat on a flat astro wicket and this proved to be a brilliant decision. Despite Arman Khan (2(2)) departing 5 balls into Gregor Anderson (1-0-8-0)'s opening over due to an unfortunate run out, Ross Heginbottom (9(5)) joined John Oliver to ransack 33 runs off the next HGS over, delivered by Sam Cole (1-0-33-1). However, on the last ball of the over, Ross seeked one big hit too much it seemed, and Kallum Dhami's safe hands made sure that the dangerous batsman had to go. From there on in, although HGS's bowlers bowled some tight lines: G.Cornwall (1-0-10-0), Daniel Cairns (1-0-20-0) and Kallum Dhami (1-0-19-1), John Oliver stole the show. Even though Ross' 26 contained power and strength above all else, and Arman Khan's innings was simply spectacular, Oliver's ranked above both of them, for its class and the situation in which it was produced. Wickets fell constantly: Adam McMurray was the next to go for a well made 11 off 8 before being run out in the last over. But by that point, John Oliver had got his eye in, having nurdled intelligent singles and smacked some brilliant boundaries. When Kallum Dhami's last over contained 2 sixes and a four, all three hit by John, it was hard to see how he could stop clearing the fence. Eventually, he was run out trying to get back on strike, but having struck 54 off just 18, with 5 fours, 4 sixes and no dots(!) at a strike rate of 300, he had left The Academy in an extremely strong position: defending 90. If his talismanic batting efforts had not been enough, his penultimate over ensured an Academy victory. Arman Khan (1-0-15-0), Adam McMurray (1-0-10-1), Tom Bouttell (1-0-19-0) and Ross Heginbottom (1-0-16-0) all bowled brilliantly to suppress any of the last minute heroics that HGS had previously showcased. Notably, Heginbottom took a sensational high catch off the bowling of the zippy McMurray to send oppositon captain Kallum Dhami back for just 17(10). Although Sam Cole constructed a fantastic 23(9)*, Gregor Anderson 4(5) and Sahil Kakar (8(4)*) were simply unable to boost HGS. In the end, they lost by 23 runs meaning that The Glasgow Academy had retained their title! When receiving the bowl, John Oliver's smile said it all: it had been a brilliant day for The Academy. The performances of all the players were commendable, given the tight wide tramlines, the short boundaries, and the limited number of fielders. However, John's captain's innings was the cherry on the cake, the innings which pushed The Academy to the brink of glory, and the sensible bowling which followed made sure that TGA won. Such an amazing day (with amazing weather) is not possible without a number of helping hands: Mr.McCaskey, Mr Smith and Mr Wilson for supporting the team; Greg MacMillan for scoring; the catering staff for providing a tasty and filling lunch, Lomond School, Hutchesons' Grammar School, The High School of Glasgow, George Watsons' College and Wellington School for coming and their respective coaches for helping the event run smoothly, a special thanks to The High School of Glasgow for lending their facilities and above all, Mr Hariharan for his passion, enthusiasm, and effort which shines through with every victory the Academy gains. Thank you.Read more

  • Day43

    Semi Final 2

    June 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    The second semi final saw local rivals The High School of Glasgow and The Glasgow Academy face each other. Having won the toss, captain John Oliver elected to set a target. Himself, and Arman Khan picked up 19 runs off opening bowler Abhishek Chaudhari's over without losing a wicket. Clearly, this was an indication of things to come. Whilst Oliver was unfortunately dismissed for a flamboyant 38(16), his partner Arman Khan teamed up with Ross Heginbottom to bolster the Academy's innings. Ross's innings read 6,4,4,6,6,out!; with a strike rate of 433 and a towering six into the trees of The Academy fields to leave him with the enviable score of 26(6). To end, Tom Bouttell crashed a boundary to hit 7(2)*, whilst Arman Khan had to settle for 9(5)* due to a lack of strike. However, he could hardly have complained given Heginbottom and Oliver's supreme efforts giving The Glasgow Academy a score of 97. Meanwhile, John Oliver (1-0-7-1) and Jamie Percival (1-0-9-1) bowled two brilliant opening overs which left HSOG reeling at 22 for 2 after 2 overs. Despite a couple of late meaty blows from Aidan FitzGerald and the impressive Jonny Stark (42(19*)), Arman Khan (1-0-13-0), Ross Heginbottom (1-0-9-0) and Tom Bouttell (1-0-16-1) made sure that they closed the game out to gift The Academy a win by 36 runs. This set up a second meeting between Hutchesons' Grammar School and The Glasgow Academy as the final. Commiserations to The High School of Glasgow.Read more

  • Day43

    Semi Final 1

    June 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅

    The first semi final saw Hutchesons' Grammar School take on George Watsons' College. Having elected to field first, the strong GWC batting line up were sent in. Hutchesons' opener Gregor Anderson (1-0-6-0) immediately stifled the opposition with a brilliant first over conceding only 6 runs. This set the tone for a brilliant HGS fielding performance: Sam Cole (1-0-7-1) dismissed the ever dangerous Ollie Brown (4(5)), courtesy of a good catch by Gregor Anderson. Although G.Cornwall (1-0-16-0) and Daniel Cairns (1-0-13-1) leaked a few runs, Kallum Dhami(1-0-12-0)'s accurate last over, albeit unlucky to concede a couple of boundaries, made sure that GWC were restricted to a very chaseable 56 (target 57), given the short boundaries and beautiful astro wicket. C.MacDonald's patient 28(15) was teh main contribution in the GWC innings. Openers Kallum Dhami (15(8)) and Sam Cole (17(11)) raced to 32 for no loss after 3 overs, leaving Hutchesons' middle order requiring 25 off 2 overs. Although Ollie Brown (1-0-9-0), N.Bedford (1-0-15-0), K.Arvind (1-0-8-0) and P.Brown (1-0-10-1) all bowled tight overs, Gregor Anderson and Sahil Kakar (2(3)) needed just 15 runs off 6 deliveries to book their place in the finals. The first 5 balls of C.MacDonald's over read: dot, single, two, 2 byes, four meaning that HGS needed a six off the last delivery to win. With Gregor Anderson (21(7)*) on strike, C.MacDonald bowled a half-tracker which Anderson despatched over deep midwicket to secure a place in the finals. Congratulations to Hutchesons' Grammar School and commiserations to George Watsons' College.Read more

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