Portsmouth Grammar are national kings

Portsmouth Grammar School under-15s, who have been crowned national champions
Portsmouth Grammar School under-15s, who have been crowned national champions
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Portsmouth teenager Jack Marston was the top-scoring hero of Portsmouth Grammar School’s magnificent ESCA Lord’s Taverners Under-15 Cup final triumph over Denstone College at Oakham.

Marston was named man-of-the-match after scoring 79 and taking one wicket in the victory which crowns PGS as England Schools under-15 champions.

Portsmouth’s Henry Farrant (40) and hard-hitting Havant youngster James Christian, with 34 off 28 balls, played key support roles as PGS totalled 191 for nine off 40 overs.

Denstone posted a quick-fire 50 for one off 10 overs, but were checked back by the leg-spin of Sam Collings-Wells, who took four for 54.

Hambledon’s Rory Prentice weighed in with two for 37, while national schools’ javelin champion Joe Brown celebrated a spectacular run out as Denstone closed eight runs short at 183 for nine.

It caps a fine week for PGS cricketers after Jake George and Rob Gibson shared a mighty 284-run partnership playing for Hampshire Academy against Bashley (Rydal) last week.

George hammered 154, while Gibson struck 123 – the second highest partnership in Southern Electric Premier League history.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth Grammar School’s quest for the MCC National Schools Twenty20 competition was ended by rain yesterday.

The PGS boys made the finals day at Lord’s but just nine balls were possible before play was abandoned.

The finals day has now been rescheduled for September but will be played at Eton College instead.