Aldridge Cricket Academy student Bryce Hounsome struck the Academy’s first ever century as the team won again (on Wednesday 1 July), beating leading south east public school Ardingly College. Team captain Bryce’s 100 came off 97 balls with 15 4s.
Ardingly College hosted the 45 over match on the hottest day of the year, with ACA winning the toss and electing to bat. Openers Bryce and Josh Bourne set the tone for the innings as they put on 124 runs for the first wicket with Bourne falling for 59 runs. The next two batsmen, Oli Collins (34) and Aaron Tugnutt (27), scored quickly as Bryce raced to his hundred, with his second fifty coming off just 32 balls, before eventually falling for a magnificent 105.
ACA eventually finished on 281-8, leaving their hosts to chase over 6 runs an over to win. Ardingly made a strong challenge before opening bowler Fred Garth returned to take a wicket with his first and last ball of an over, putting the game beyond doubt.
ACA Director of Cricket Alexia Walker said:
“The match was a very good showcase of school cricket in Sussex, and it will become a regular fixture in both schools’ fixture lists. We aim to provide our students with the chance to develop their cricket skills alongside their academic qualifications, something that is normally only open to those in fee paying schools. And the chance to compete with the best. This win, and our recent victory over Charterhouse public school, shows how strongly the whole squad is performing.”