Friday, 26 December 2008
Eton win by three wickets
Eton scraped home against a determined Caulfield Grammar School side today. Set 141 to win in 50 overs they hit their target with the last ball of the 49th over. On a typically enormous oval, the Caulfield innings got off to a strong start against the new ball. The first drinks break brought some control for the fielding side, and four wickets for Gross helped to bowl the opposition out. Our innings started slowly and wickets fell steadily until a controlled and patient innings from Hobson (62 n.o.) saw us home. Mixing belligerence with watchful defence he won his second man of the match award of the tour. Today's win sees a tour record of played 7 won 5 lost 2. This is a considerable achievement for this team and they have learnt a lot from their opponents: patience, resilience and good humour chief among the qualities we have seen on the field from the Australian schoolboys. Off the field we have enjoyed wonderful hospitality wherever we have been welcomed.