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The Island Under 13 side opened their season with a trip just across the water to play a strong Portsmouth Grammar School Side that included Hampshire player & former Island skipper, Jadon Buckeridge. PGS batted first in glorious sunshine and were soon in trouble when Harry Wratten bowled one of their openers with the score on 19. Buckeridge then came to the crease and he and his partner batted very competently to put on a hundred partnership. Both players reached 50 before retiring and it was only at this point that the Island started to take wickets at regular intervals. The pick of the bowlers was Kyle Blair who took 4-20 including a hat trick.
He was well supported by leg spinner Ollie Wratten who took 2 for 15 as the PGS innings closed with their score at 178 for 7 from their 40 alloted overs. The Island struggled to get going in their innings and were soon 21 for 2. Captain Ben Duggan was looking in good form though and despite another couple of wickets going down, he remained at the crease. With 16 overs to go, the Island still needed over 100 to win and although Duggan and Harry Wratten put on an unbeaten 67,
The Island eventually fell 22 runs short. Duggan batted the whole innings to record his highest ever score of 77 not out and Wratten finished on 18 not out. The next fixture for the Under 13's is on Sunday May 1st at Newclose against Aldro School.
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