It was too good to last. In recent years schools have enjoyed the best of the summer with warm sunshine in April and May, after which it has usually lashed with rain. Normality has returned with a vengeance in 2012 with weather more like November in the early weeks of the school season. Scotland, which usually sees more rain than most, has escaped the worst of the adverse conditions.
The High School of Glasgow?s Andrew Umeed, who plays for Scotland Under-19s, was outstanding in scoring 151 not out in a total of 193 for three in only 30 overs, hitting three sixes and 18 fours. One of his sixes, with unerring aim, landed on the bonnet of his father?s car. Stewart?s Melville made a spirited reply but managed only 157 for eight.
Elsewhere there are remarkably few results to show in what is usually the busiest weekend of the season for schools. The National Twenty20 competition, involving the vast majority of cricketing schools throughout England and Wales should have had a major day on Sunday with most schools competing. This was almost universally washed out and Masters i/c are scratching heads about how to make up the backlog, especially if their school has an exeat next Sunday, a day pencilled in as reserve for the first round in most regions.
Fortunately, as it is a 20 over ompetition, it should be possible for schools who are relatively near geographically to slot in a fixture lateish on a half-holiday afternoon.
*High School of Glasgow 193-3 (30 overs) (A Umeed 151 not out), Stewart’s Melville 157-8
Canterbury (NZ) 183-8 (50 overs), *Cranleigh 184-4 (J Scriven 101 not out)
*Cranleigh 257-5 (50 overs), Hurstpierpoint 179
Kirkham196-7 (45 overs), *Giggleswick 153-8
*Denstone 113-9 (40 overs), Nottingham HS 91
*Lancaster RGS 168 (40 overs), King’s Chester 61
*Lancaster RGS 211-6 (50 overs), KEQMS Lytham 68
MCC 156 (T Whitehouse 5-28), *Lancaster RGS 157-3
Manchester GS 131 (50 overs), *Lancaster RGS 134-4
*Glasgow Academy 117-5 (20 overs), Dundee HS 58
MCC 189-5 dec, *Rugby 136
St Edward?s 169-9 dec, *Rugby 110-7