This years' Glynn Davies Memorial Cricket Match was a truly unforgettable one for the 1st XI team with two outstanding individual performances from Captain James Carslaw and Vice-Captain; Tom Miles.
Opting to bat first King's were confident of posting a respectable score against the Old Roffensian XI. From the very first over, Miles looked in good nick and he reached his 50 in 66 balls. James Carslaw, batting at 3, was also looking solid at the crease and it wasn’t long before a promising partnership began to take shape with the skipper reaching his 50 off 71 balls.
The 100 partnership came and went as the boys began to accelerate the run-rate with Tom going on to score his 100 off 114 balls, with plenty of time still left on the clock. As his team mates showed their appreciation, it was clear he had his sights set on something much bigger!
As the game reached the 45th over both boys were closing in on something very special. James reached his maiden ton off just 104 balls - an outstanding and worthy achievement as his cricketing time at King's draws to a close. However, there was more to come, just 4 balls later Tom Miles marked his 200 by cracking a 4 through the cover boundary, a remarkable achievement for the Upper Fifth pupil with his 200 runs being scored of just 157 balls. The boys amassed a partnership of 318 - quite possibly the largest ever scored on The Paddock.
With 349 runs on the board, King's were able to set a very aggressive field during the ORs innings and as if smashing the ball to all parts of the Paddock wasn't enough for the pair, James went on to take 3 wickets for 44 runs and Tom, 4-19 to guide the boys home to a 120 run victory.
These two individual performances were outstanding, however the support from the rest of the team was also brilliant and the whole First XI team should be very proud of a great win!
Each year the current First XI Cricket Team play the Old Roffensian’s XI a team made up of King’s Rochester alumni. The Paddock is King’s prestigious cricket ground, based in the heart of Rochester, Kent, it is described as “one of the loveliest cricket grounds in the country”