A Herefordshire teenager has hit back-to-back centuries – against the team he normally represents.
Harry Friend, who lives in Ross-on-Wye, has scored successive hundreds against the Glamorgan Academy. Friend is the first team captain at Monmouth School for Boys and has led from the front in the opening two matches against Glamorgan.
In Saturday’s match, Friend, who cut his cricketing teeth at Ross Cricket Club, struck 102 to lift the school to 229-6 from 40 overs.
Friend, who hit 11 boundaries, completed his century in just 95 deliveries before he was eventually dismissed in glorious sunshine at Monmouth School for Boys’ Sports Ground.
However, Glamorgan’s Callum Nicholls, who hit 13 boundaries, was in superb form in his 127 not out as the visitors chased down the target.
Despite the unstinting efforts of Herefordshire trio Theo Mayell (1-24), Will Morris (1-27) and Freddie Harding (1-28), Glamorgan remained on top and wrapped up the win for the loss of five wickets in 38 overs.
The previous weekend, Friend hit six fours and two sixes in his 105 not out against the Glamorgan Academy as the school opened the season against the Cricket Wales pathway team.
Alex Horton (113) and Morgan Bevans (101) propelled Glamorgan to 293-4 from 50 overs on a fine pitch at Monmouth School for Boys.
Friend, who is part of the Glamorgan Academy, carried his bat to steer Monmouth to a respectable 187-7 from 50 overs.
That opening match was an historic occasion for Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
Left-arm spinner Sophia Smale, a pupil at Monmouth School for Girls, became the first female to represent the school’s team in a competitive fixture when she opened the bowling against Glamorgan.