Cricket / Friday, September 15, 2017 Scotland Team of the Year

The Glasgow Academy cricket team has been voted the Scotland District Team of the Year by the Forty Club.

The school will now go through to be considered for the Forty Club Trophy and will be awarded a Forty Club shield at the Forty Club Dinner at the Oval on 17 November.

"The Academy’s Spirit of Cricket was exemplary. In playing ability the batting was stronger than the bowling; however, it must be noted that they were not frightened to rotate their bowlers against a very strong Forty Club batting line up. Their fielding was excellent." Ruairidh Russell captained the side very well, setting good fields and never giving up despite the pressure on both his bowlers and fielders. If there had been a man of the match Oliver would have won it. His innings was a delight to watch. He made a chanceless hundred off 124 balls, seeing his side home with three balls to spare. In the pavilion after the match both teams exchanged cricket stories and a bit from the Forty Club.

Glasgow Academy's Cricket 1st XI enjoyed a record season, winning 87.5% of their matches.  Memorable moments included defeating the High School of Glasgow by 132 runs and defeating the Forty Club, against whom John Oliver scored 105 runs.  John's average of 122 runs should rank among the very top UK batting averages this season.

The Forty club normally consists of experienced players over 40 years, with a few good young players now to strengthen their squad.  Forty club declared their innings on 254 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.  The Academy won a very challenging match with just three balls to spare, finishing with 257 for 2 wickets.