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1st XI win the Schools’ Cup!

This was a Schools’ Cup final like no other – and with no losers. RBAI’s name was on the Cup as soon as the semi-finals had been decided and the school’s 2nd XI had their day in the sun.
29-June-21
1st XI win the Schools’ Cup!

This was a Schools’ Cup final like no other – and with no losers. RBAI’s name was on the Cup as soon as the semi-finals had been decided and the school’s 2nd XI had their day in the sun.

The result was always likely to be a foregone conclusion – and the 211-run margin of victory was a record in the final – but RBAI 2nd XI had earned their place in the showpiece with victories over Ballyclare High, Belfast Royal Academy and Campbell College. No one can take those victories from them.

RBAI’s total of 259 for seven beat the previous best of 243 for six by Foyle College in 2009 and Jack Dickson’s 88 is the highest individual total, surpassing current Ireland chairman of selectors Andrew White’s 85 for Regent House back in 1998.

Adam Wylie then became the first bowler to take five wickets in the Cup final while Jacob Boyd’s defiant six – from the penultimate ball of the match. Wylie had already taken three wickets in four balls to claim his five-for, but Jamie Beattie kept out the hat-trick ball and it was left to Nathan Toland and sixth bowler James Rose to finish the innings in only the 18th over.

There was never any doubt that the 1st XI would bat the full 40 overs – not when they were 42 for no wicket after just five overs and 147 for one after 24.

The constant throughout those first two partnerships was Adam Ly ,a left-hander with an impressive array of shots and, like most of his team-mates, scored at a run-a-ball. He survived a straightforward chance at long-on on 34 but still brought up his half century in 51 balls, with five fours and a six, before holing out to the same position 10 runs later. Dickson dominated the strike for large parts of their second-wicket stand of 87 and he had an identical boundary count in his half-century from four balls longer, although he too got a reprieve, on 38, when he should have been stumped.

The difference in fielding was highlighted in only the second over of the 2nd XI innings when wicket-keeper Beattie held a superb diving catch to dismiss Jack Fernando and a further six catches were held.

Many congratulations to our 1st XI on winning the Schools’ Cup for the 12th time, in the 35th final- six times more than any other school!

Scores:

RBAI 1st XI 259-7 (Jack Dickson 88, Adam Ly 60, Thomas Johnston 40)

RBAI 2nd XI 49 All-Out (Adam Wylie 5-15)

1st XI won by 210 runs

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