Alex Peirson scores 99 as The Bishop's Stortford High School cricket team battle bravely against the MCC at Jobbers Wood
Alex Peirson agonisingly fell one run short of his century as he produced a brilliant innings for the Bishop's Stortford High School against the MCC.
The 15-year-old opener's 99 came as the hosts put up a brave performance in a 84-run defeat against a very strong visiting side at Jobbers Wood.
Both teams were delighted to get the game on after the original fixture, which was scheduled for July, had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
The MCC, captained by former Bishop's Stortford skipper Eddie Ballard, batted first and put 250 for 5 on the board from their 40 overs in chilly conditions.
TBSHS captain Harry Olorenshaw guided his troops well and they showed real fight to slow the scoring following an opening stand worth 50 between the school's former first-team skipper Simon McConnell and James Coe.
The MCC then accelerated in the last 10 overs as Tom Oakley showed real class with an unbeaten 121, with his century coming off just 64 deliveries.
The pick of the bowlers were Will Lambert (3 for 39) and Charlie Castle, who only conceded 25 runs from eight overs.
The going proved tough at the start of the reply and TBSHS found themselves 24 for 4 as most of the top order struggled.
But Peirson, with support from Louis Hannam, set about rebuilding the innings and they forged a fine partnership of 104 before the latter was unlucky to fall for 21.
Peirson continued to score effectively and was desperately unfortunate to be dismissed for 99 after a superb knock.
After some late hitting from Lambert and Castle, former pupil Andy Richardson took the last wicket as the hosts were all out for 166.
A school spokesperson said: "Getting the game on was the most important thing and to welcome the MCC again was a great honour.
"The efforts of all those who made this game a reality must be applauded and a huge thank you goes out to the MCC players for coming to play in such cold conditions.
"We look forward to hosting them again next year on hopefully a much warmer day in July."