By Huzaifa Yousafzai, Year 8
We arrived at Eton College at 1:30 on 12th June to what was a beautiful day and beautiful setting.
We didn’t have long to prepare and played our first game against Holyport. We won the toss and elected to bat first. Holyport, considering their small year group size, showed great endeavour but Herschel Grammar School batted well, scoring 96-0 in seven overs with four of our batsmen retiring at 20.
In the second innings HGS showed excellent consistency with the ball and bowled our opponents out for 36. Our second game was against Ditton Park Academy. We knew this would be a sterner test and we would have to perform at our best to come out victorious. We batted first and scored 87-0 in seven overs. Again, we showed our skill set in the field and our squad depth. With the format being that every outfield player had to bowl one over, many teams found this a struggle and is one of the major contributing factors to our success on the day. We managed to restrict Ditton Park to 40 in their seven overs.
After our second game we paused for lunch. Eton put on a great selection and it was nice to meet players from other schools.
Following lunch we played our final pool game against Beechwood. For the third time in three games we altered the batting order to allow everyone a chance to get to the retirement score of 20. The change in order did not seem to effect the outcome, however, with HGS getting 86-0 in seven overs. Jaskaran achieved the retirement score in an unbelievable four balls; hitting three fours and one six (which counted for eight in this format). We then continued our good bowling to bowl Beechwood out for 16.
In the final, we played Langley Grammar School, who topped their group. LGS won the toss and opted to bat first. This would provide a different challenge for us as in our previous matches we had set a target. Herschel bowled well and managed to reduce Langley to 46 in their seven overs. The established opening pair of Huzaifa Yousafza and Huraira Arif then went out and batted in their accustomed aggressive style and chased the total down in four overs and won the tournament.
It was a really enjoyable day and for us to go through the tournament not losing a single wicket is something we are very proud of. It was a proud moment to go up and receive the Eton Eight Aside trophy and great for the school to be champions of the inaugural competition.