09 Oct 2020
Short Half - Sports Report 2

Short Half - Sports Report 2

The first weekend in October brought with it the first set of fixtures against an opposition school as the Football club’s 1stXI, 2ndXI and U16A took on Marlborough College. The weekend also had cricket matches lined up against Bradfield College but unfortunately the weather put pay to those matches as well as the much awaited Hundred final.

The Wykeham Hundred – Second week round up

On Tuesday afternoon, the Amateurs beat the Tigers on Meads to secure their place in the final. Runs from Batt (Vth) and Howman (VI:1) helped post 116-7 whilst Will Whitehead (Vth) was the pick of the bowlers with 2-9 from his 20 balls. A particularly miserly spell from Dom Hall (Vth, 1-5 from 20), and a well-set field, made the run chase hard for the Tigers, who fell 24 runs short.

On Lords, the Dons’ charge gathered further momentum as 3 wickets apiece for Captain Tall (VI:1) and vice-captain Whillock (Vth) held the Theorists to 101-9. Seb Morgan (JP) top scored with 22. Whillock then partnered Malik (Vth) in an opening stand of 94 in reply, with the latter falling for 55 shortly before his team secured a 9-wicket victory with 18 balls to spare.

The Theorists needed a big win on Thursday, against the Tigers, to stand any hope of reaching the final (their poor rate in the field already having cost them 4 points). All of the top 5 contributed as they set the Tigers 138 to win. Again, Morgan (JP) top scored with 35 from 25 balls. Senior leaders, Heyworth (VI:2) and Batten (Vth) set a good foundation with their opening stand of 60 from 53 balls, however, they struggled to up the rate from there due to tight bowling from Roberts (VI:2) and Cresswell (VI:1) in the third phase of the innings. The Tigers eventually finished 17 runs adrift.

There were a number of personnel changes for the Amateurs side as football matches approached at the weekend and senior soccer players were required to prepare for those. It was nice to see boys step-up from the Junior 7-a-side team to fill their places on this occasion. Doggart’s Dons posted 117-3 on a slow Meads track; Gardiner (Vth, 47*) providing the stability for the rest of the team to bat around. Tall and Whillock again began with early wickets, reducing Mason’s Amateurs to 17-4 in the powerplay. Further pressure from all supporting bowlers tightened the screw further and even Nicholls’ (MP) 39* was not enough for them to find victory. The big margin of victory helped the Dons secure top spot going into the final.

Despite the good weather on Thursday 1st October, we succumbed to the inevitable rain that produced over 100mm from Thursday evening into Sunday morning and the Finals were washed out. This was a disappointing end to what has otherwise been a very enjoyable tournament for all involved. We hope the competition can become a feature of the summer term in future years and that cricket in September may continue, in some format, too.

Leading performers were:

Batting – Casper Byers (MA) – 216 runs from 119 balls, including 13 sixes.

Batting – Zain Malik (DD) – 144 runs from 151 balls.

Bowling – Callum Whillock (DD) – 12 wickets for 81 runs from 120 balls.

Bowling – Sam Tall (DD) – 12 wickets for 94 runs from 120 balls.

Soccer v Marlborough College

Winchester College 1st XI welcomed Marlborough for the 1st game of the term on Saturday. On a cold and breezy day Winchester started brightly and having only worked on a few things in the limited sessions we have had so far, we were pleased with the overall display. The game ended 0-1 to a goal that we should have dealt with; a long punt from the keeper and a very sharp finish but there were lots of positives to take from the game. Freddie van Every making his first start as a 3rd year performed excellently and with the team operating in a new tactical system and shape many boys put in solid performances. We had much more play in the 2nd half but poor decision making and rusty finishing cost us a deserved goal or two.

We have drawn Marlborough in the ISFA cup so, if they manage to get past Bournemouth Collegiate School, we would welcome them to Winchester again with a fair degree more preparation under our belts. We go to Harrow on Saturday for what is always a keenly contested game and this will certainly aid our preparation for the Cup games coming up. L0-1 (JRD)

Year groups change; pandemics come and go…but the capacity of Winchester sides to undermine 70 minutes of excellent football in 10 minutes of madness is, it seems, immune to all vicissitudes. However, if this 2nd XI squad, led ably on this occasion by Sterling Blakey, can reach a similar level of performance and endeavour on a regular basis they will pick up plenty of results. Ash Rigby was commanding in goal; the back four communicated well and contributed going forward, especially the indefatigable Axel Blakey; Luke Elkington was tidy on the ball while Tristan Wigley broke up the play brilliantly next to him; Harry Chappell and the wingers offered threat in behind while Tom Swart linked everything up at no.10 and capped his performance with a scorching left-foot drive for the opener. Alas, a post-HT slump put Marlborough in the lead before a series of chances came and went as Win: Coll: tried to force their way back into the game, but to no avail. Onward to Harrow on Saturday! L1-2 (RJHM)

The Senior Colts travelled up to Marlborough and were greeted with the usual North Wiltshire micro-climate of heavy rain as we disembarked the minibus. Initial hopes of gracing the 1st XI pitch in the middle of the athletics track were dashed with the opposition warming up on the small postage stamp of a pitch adjacent to the gate and combined with a hurried warm up it was perhaps no surprise to go 1-0 down within a few minutes. Poor marking allowed one of the Marlborough players to claim a free header to take the lead. Stung into action the Sen Colts responded with more attacking thrusts, although we failed to successfully string enough consecutive passes together to really pressure the home team. Nevertheless, the pace of Barnes and Hall up front was always a threat and after going close a couple of times it was Caspar who found the back of the net to level up the score.

Half time arrived and brought with it a chance to reflect and recognise the areas in which improvements were needed and from the start of the second half it was like a new team had arrived. Dominating in midfield we began to spread the ball wide and the overlapping of Del Mar and Paviour began to produce numerous chances for the team. Their keeper was having a “worldy” and with the woodwork also thwarting three shots there was certainly a fear of coming away from the game with nothing. However, the menacing runs of Hall were paying dividends and a clumsy challenge scythed him down to provide a stonewall penalty. Taking responsibility, he comfortably slotted the spot kick into the corner and the floodgates opened. From an attacking corner shortly after, Luca Ryan headed home at the back post to cap off his first match back for school after a horrible injury last year. Hugo Barnes was rewarded for his tireless attacking runs by grabbing a well-deserved fourth goal for the team. The midfield of Batt, Brant and McNeil were comfortably on top and when Patrick Ritchie came on for McNeil he reinforced the domination with a well taken finish. This goal had been superbly set up after a marauding run from deep in our own half by centre back Jack Pascoe.

There is exciting strength in depth within this age group but the boys must continue to work hard in training and raise their expectations in each other if they hope to fulfil their potential over the next couple of years. W1-5 (MSB)

Sporting quote for the week:

“Effort is fully replenishable. There is no need to save any of it. Leave every bit you have on the playing field”

Mike Krysewski, Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach and US Olympic Coach

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

Winchester College

7th October 2020