14 Oct 2020
The Wykeham Hundred - Week 1

The Wykeham Hundred

Following the remote draft, via MS Teams, the four sides began their campaigns in bright September sunshine last Tuesday. Over the course of six days, they have each played four games in this 100 ball competition.

Mason’s Amateur’s have begun the strongest, enjoying batting first with Captain Byers striking the ball hard from the start. Caspar leads the tournament in runs scored, invariably helping his team past 50 within the 25-ball powerplay. He has amassed 202 runs from 109 balls so far, clearing the ropes 11 times. He has been ably supported by Henry Nicholls (JP) as his opening partner and Caspar Hall’s (Vth) clean striking in the later overs.

Pataudi’s Tigers, the youngest side in the event, began well with a comfortable performance over Doggart’s Dons, but have since faded a little. The Dons have reversed their fortunes after their first efforts, claiming two victories and, perhaps, having should have beaten the Amateurs on Saturday. These two sides played out a low-scoring game on Meads on Sunday, with Barnaby McCreery (Vth) steering the Dons home as part of the last pair at the crease, having scored 28 from 24 balls with Kieran Selvan (Vth). This had followed a mid-innings collapse of 5-5, effected by the spin of Batten (Vth) and Whitehead (Vth).

The fourth side, Jardine’s Theorists, also began slowly but turned their competition around with back-to-back victories over the weekend, despite the absence of their vice-captain and batsman/keeper, la Fontaine Jackson (Vth) who was away playing a 2-day game for the Hampshire Academy. Alex Claisse’s (MP) total of 81 from 60 balls in the last two games has helped them to set two defendable totals.

The final two rounds happen this week on Tuesday and Thursday, with the finals now set for Sunday 4th October. The top two will compete for the trophy.