School 294; Pilgrims 156. Lost by 138 runs.

What better way to mark an iconic fixture in the Pilgrims calendar than with OS day on the Upper on the same day. The Pilgrims took to the field first, with Pennsylvania 6-5000 belting out from the School Swing band and a fresh faced Pilgrims side eager to take early wickets. One did fall in the 7th over, much deserved for Alistair Pusinelli who bowled 20 dots balls in a row. Some good fielding and tidy(ish) bowling kept the school to 160 for 3 at lunch off 32 overs. Sadly runs leaked too easily for the Grims post lunch and the School ended on 294 for 8 after their 50; a very strong score for the Upper! Wickets for A. Pusinelli, Cave, Smibert, Francis and G. Ellwood

Unfortunately there was not so much leaked runs when the Grims batted, but more that of wickets. Our top order fell to their fairly sharp and accurate left arm opener, and if it was not for stylish 54 from J.Caldwell the Pilgrims would have posted a fairly embarrassing total. Late flourishes from Jack Humphreys and Conrad Fish were not enough to take us to the 200 mark, and the Pilgrims were all out for 156.

A few beers on The Upper balcony followed the game with team spirits high to have played proper cricket again, and of course to be back on this wonderful ground.