A COLWYN Bay school has hosted the Marylebone Cricket Club for an annual fixture.

The matches between Rydal Penrhos school and the prestigious MCC started in the 1990s and they give the school’s aspiring cricketers the opportunity to perform against older and more experienced opposition.

North Wales Pioneer: The Rydal Penrhos v MCC matchThe Rydal Penrhos v MCC match

In the latest match the MCC set a target of 171 from their time in the middle as the rain just held off, with the school’s sports scholar, Owen Reilly, being the pick of the Rydal Penrhos bowlers during his eight-over spell.

North Wales Pioneer: The Rydal Penrhos v MCC matchThe Rydal Penrhos v MCC match

The Welsh youth international finished with figures of 1 - 9 to continue his excellent start to the campaign, with Arran Sen, Joe Gardener, Jack Jones and Michael Thomas also showing promise with the ball.

With conditions favouring the fielders during the afternoon, the school’s batting order did not reach their required total in a narrow defeat, but there were plenty of reasons to be optimistic ahead of a busy summer term of fixtures across all age groups.

Allen Boyd, the school’s director of sport, said: “This is always a difficult fixture to play so early in the season but there was lots of promise shown and the team can go into their upcoming fixtures in good spirits.

“We are very proud of our associated with such an organisation as the MCC, with their foundation coaching hub based here, and this fixture is something that really aids our young cricketers considerably in terms of their ability to perform against stern and experienced competition.”