100 not out for George in Forty Club victory
Wellsway School’s 1st XI cricket team are celebrating a national award for a victory achieved “in the true spirit of the game”.
The accolade has come from the Forty Club, a team of adult cricketers who play matches every year against many of the best schools in the country and whose patron is HRH Prince Philip.
Wellsway’s 2018 match against the Forty Club was memorable because star batsman George Wilshire scored 100 not out – his second century in successive seasons. It was a closely fought contest; the opposition declared at 195-7 and Wellsway met the target, losing just three wickets and scoring the winning runs with just five minutes left of play.
George, who left Year 13 this summer, was a student at Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, one of the partner schools in the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust. He was invited to Lord’s earlier this year in recognition of his 2017 century against the MCC and representatives of the school will be visiting Lord’s Cricket Ground to pick up the 2018 Forty Club Trophy.
The team’s manager Richard May said he was glad to give boys from other trust schools the opportunity to play senior cricket in Wellsway’s 1st XI.
Wellsway have won the regional Forty Club title before but this is the first time they have taken the national trophy. Schools are judged on sportsmanship, captaincy, behaviour on and off the field, and general turnout as well as teamwork, batting, bowling and fielding.
The match report on the Forty Club website said: “There was little doubt who was the man of the match with George Wilshire carrying his bat for 100 not out in an innings that was a pleasure to watch.
“The match itself was played very competitively but in the true spirit of cricket. The school were well supported by their master Richard May and the quality of cricket played by them was exceptional. As was their conduct and approach to the game which was one of real enthusiasm, a will to win and with good humour at all times.”
Mr May said: “I am utterly delighted that the team has won this award and especially proud of the manner in which the boys played the game. It will be an honour to go to Lord’s to receive the award.”