The Under 15 team lost narrowly to Kings Priory at Tynemouth Cricket Club on Tuesday.
NSB were brilliant in the field, reducing Kings to 13 for 4 then 27 for 5 thanks to a terrific opening spell from Alastair D (3 for 16) and James M (3 for 13). Alastair also chipped in for one of James' wickets taking a superb catch in the deep. Kings recovered to 67 for 5 but lost their last five wickets for seven runs.
NSB’s run chase was much like the Kings' innings and at 27 for 4, we needed 47 runs from 66 balls with six wickets in hand and Alastair D at the crease on 19. Unfortunately, the boys lost regular wickets and, despite needing just 24 from 36 balls, lost their last five wickets for nine runs and fell seven runs short.
Special mention must go to Alastair D for an outstanding game in the field and with both bat and ball.
The 1st XI played RGS on Saturday in a 35 fixture at Jesmond. The team was very different to the usual 1st XI due to the imminent Year 11 exams.
Bowling first, NSB reduced RGS to 68 for 5 thanks to some hostile opening bowling from Lachy D (3 for 28) and Sam P (0 for 33) and some very accurate support from Will V (3 for 18) at the other end.
This year's Open Lecture series concluded with Dr Robert McFarland from the Paediatric Mitochondrial Research Centre for a fascinating lecture on the work he does in the field of mitochondrial disease in children.
The audience of boys and parents were given an overview of the crucial role that mitochondria play in the human body and the implications for some of the most basic functions when things go wrong. Dr McFarland reviewed some of his current and past medical cases and the work which he has done to treat their conditions. He also reviewed the journey which his team had been on to promote the passing of legislation for ground-breaking DNA-level procedures for fertility treatment. There was time at the end for questions and advice to younger members of the audience who were eyeing up a possible future career in medicine. It was great to get this update on the world-leading research being conducted here in Newcastle, following on from a previous talk in 2015.