AFTER two and a half weeks of cricket Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS) achieved what only three English teams have ever done and reached the final of the Sir Garfield Sobers International Schools Cricket tournament.
Set in the grand surroundings of the Kensington Oval they faced the home favourites Combermere, who had previously beaten LRGS by four wickets in the group stage.
After the usual warm up of vortex rugby and high catches, Mark Walling lost the toss and Combermere chose to bowl.
So, out to a packed stadium strode Sam Moorby and Alex Metcalfe.
The opposition proved very kind and gifted LRGS their first five runs in wides.
Yet progress was made tough at the other end with a bowler fresh from the West Indies under 17s, who bowled four straight maidens.
In this time LRGS moved to 18-1 with Alex Metcalfe being run out after a bit of yes, no, yes calling between the two Lancaster openers.
This brought Mark Walling to the crease, a batsman in expert touch with an average of around 90 in the competition, and he continued his fine form, caressing the ball to the boundry, his 60 included two large sixes, three fours, and a lot of singles.
See the Lancaster Guardian (28-07-11) for full story.