The 1st XI squad travelled to Dubai to compete in the Arch Trophy. We played four games against Royal Belfast Academical Institute, ICC warriors, Zayed Academy and Dubai College. In the first game, played under lights at the Sevens ground outside Dubai, we bowled RBAI out for 70 and then chased the score losing only two wickets.
In the second game Radley posted a score of 245 for 6 with Rory Betley scoring an impressive 117. Radley then bowled them out for 145 with Henry Chapman taking 3 wickets for three runs. After the first two days the team had 2 wins from 2 games and confidence was high going into the final group game against a very strong Zayed Academy. A day off saw the squad travel to the Wild Wadi water park in the shadow of the incredible Burj-al-Arab hotel and team spirit benefitted from spending time together in a relaxed environment.
In the pool decider in Abu Dhabi, Radley bowled first and restricted Zayed to 201 for 9 off their 40 overs. This was no mean achievement against a powerful batting line-up and the team showed real toughness to limit Zayed in the final 10 overs. Radley went out to bat knowing that the chase would not be easy and one of the Zayed seamers bowled with pace and accuracy and ending up with five wickets. Radley managed to get to 142 before being bowled out with resilience being shown by the lower order. Lessons were learnt from this defeat and following the game we visited the incredible Zayed Great Mosque.
Two wins and a loss left us second in the group and therefore we went through to the third and fourth place play off. Dubai College batted first and posted a score of 154 all out. Kit Morland bowled a very good spell that took control of the game for Radley and he ended with figures of 3-20. The run chase began with a positive opening partnership from Val Brooke and Archie Boscawen who scored quickly and showed intent. This was then followed by Rory Betley performing again with the bat and he finished on 82 not out. Radley chased the score only losing three wickets. Radley finished 3rd and showed that they were capable of transferring the skills practised in the winter on to pitch.
The squad would like to thank Mr Dalrymple, Mr Pearson, Mr Stovold and Wags for all of the effort that they put into organising the tour and for all of the hard work over the winter.
Report by James Cunningham, 6.1, G Social