05 May 2021
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 2

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 2
Tuesday 27th April Cricket v Bradfield College / Sherborne School
The Yearlings A’s second match of the season against Bradfield College B team saw several forced changes to the squad from the previous Saturday due to both injury and Seb's selection for the U17 National Cup side. We also changed venue from Meads to Doggers. Another excellent pitch had been prepared by the grounds staff, with plenty for both seam and spin, though the boys had a new experience of playing on the edge of a large square; a huge boundary off to one side and a very short one to defend on the other.

Jack Bristowe stepped up to captain the side, and chose to bowl first, with a plan of utilising spin from one end (with the protection of the longer boundary to the leg side) and seam from the other. The Bradfield openers looked strong, though an excellent stumping from Angus Hay in the first over prevented their number one from troubling the scorers too much. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, with their number two run out at the non-striker’s end credited to Angus off Amaar Malik’s bowling, followed immediately by Amaar taking off the bails splitting middle and off. An excellent spell from George Bowder claimed three more wickets, with pressure being built with tight bowling from Rufus Lloyd Owen at the other end. A one over cameo from Will Alexander bowling pace gave Sam Humphreys an easy catch in the covers and Vikrant cleared through the remaining batsmen, taking three wickets for four runs from ten balls; Ted avenging a dropped catch by taking the same player off the same shot the very next ball. A brief charge from their number eight meant they posted a score of 58 all out from 14.4 overs, with Jack able to hold back on bowling himself or Henry Bhagobati.

This gave us an opportunity to play around with the batting order, giving an opportunity for Anthony Cloke Brown to open with Sam. They settled in quickly, with super sub Anthony scoring 16 from 12 before heading off to his music lesson allowing George to score a run a ball 17, with Sam scoring 18 from 16 balls before we reached the target of 59 from 7.3 overs.
There was development in the field from Saturday, with more energy in the field and generally better lines bowled; overall just slightly ‘less rusty’ all around. Trickier tests will come, but plaudits must go to the team for their energy and enthusiasm and also to captain Jack, for setting the tone and sensible fields in discussion with the bowlers.

Thank you to Anthony for filling in last minute (though I am sure it is not the last time we will see him this season) and to the Bradfield players and staff for travelling to us on a drizzly April afternoon. (JPT)

This was the first outing for the mighty Yearlings Bs for two years and it was worth the wait. Husband and Bhattacharya were amongst the wickets as we skittled Bradfield out for 106. This was still a competitive total and after we lost two early wickets, I started to worry. But then in strode Husband and Davies who dispatched the bowling to give us a 7 wicket victory with 3 overs to spare. The only blip was Henry being 1 short of his 50. I did consider telling him he was on 49, but decided it might put him off. Oops. (PAH)

Meanwhile, down in Sherborne, the U17s cruised to a 7 wicket win in the Cricket Paper U17National Cup. Seb Morgan (3-22) and Paddy Fisher (4-21) induced a flurry of wickets that ensured we only chased 185 to win. In reply, Nicholls and la Fontaine Jackson put on 64 for the
first wicket which set the chase up nicely. Batten and LFJ added a run a ball 66 too before Morgan joined LFJ to finish off the chase. Wilf finished 77*. (JMB)

Thursday 29th April Cricket v Harrow (h) & Bishop’s Wordsworth (h), Tennis v Charterhouse, Golf v Bradfield
On Thursday, the 2nd XI had another decent game, this time against Harrow. Pick of the batsmen was Patrick Ritchie with 34 and wickets were claimed across the bowling attack with Wilton & Swart both claiming braces, although this couldn’t prevent the 2s going down by 43 runs.

The 3rd XI chose to bat first, with Luke Kleingeld and Conrad Dodd opening. Though the variable bounce of the recently rained-on wicket troubled some of our early batsmen, Conrad’s consistent batting (27) kept the rate stable and built a solid base of runs. After a bit of a middle-order collapse, a strong partnership of 37 from Marcus Cloke-Brown (31) and Pradyumn Thakur (19 n.o.) saw us through to a defendable total of 144 after 30 overs. We went out into the field with great energy and excellent bowling from Tom Burge (6-0-31-1) and Max Cooper-Evans (4-0-17-1) in particular, kept their run rate stable and similar to ours, though we didn’t take many wickets. However, Harrow picked the pace up near the end of the game and reached our score with two overs to go. (Seb Ellis)

The Jun Colts A hosted Bishop Wordsworth’s on Meads which saw Henry Nicholls reach 3 figures for the second time in a fortnight. He built a partnership of 156 with Stephen Lam, who himself made 62 as we posted 209 from 30 overs. Aaron Hockey claimed 3 early wickets and Nicholls (only on to speed the dire over rate up) picked up 2 late on to seal the victory. (JMB)

Tennis v Charterhouse
The first inter-school tennis matches for two years kicked off last Thursday with matches against Charterhouse. The 1st VI were at home and produced some fine tennis. By the end of play Winchester recorded a comfortable win with stand-out performances by Christopher Lee and
Freddie Van Every who won all their 3 matches convincingly with the loss of only 5 games in total. 6 – 3 Win.

There was a resounding win for the 2nd VI with the loss of only one match where our consistency outshone the opposition’s. 8 – 1 Win. Despite admirable commitment from the 3rd VI the opposition was too strong and won decisively. 2 – 7 Loss (TERC)

The 16As were edged out 4-5 but the first (Moghadan and Cliff) and second pair (Sokol, Buccellati) both finished with winning records. The Bs won their fixture 5-4, led from the front by their dominant first pair of Karapetyan and Schultz. (RJHM)

Against Charterhouse, a strong tennis school whose season was already well underway, the MPs (U15s) did not disgrace themselves. The As lost narrowly 4-5, which could very easily have been 5-4, with plaudits to first pair Xingchen Cao and Ivo Sawbridge who won all three of their matches. The Cs won 5-4, with Charles Hairy and Will Chipperfield managing a clean sweep there. The Bs lost 3-6 and the Ds 8-1. (AJS)

The season opening saw a strong field of A,B,C and D Yearlings teams take on Charterhouse. Despite some battling performances all teams were pipped to the post by the hosts. There were promising signs and hope that as pairings gel, more positive results will follow in subsequent fixtures. (JP)

Golf v Bradfield (h)
On Thursday afternoon, Adrien Joly, Jordan Thompson, Tanvir Sood and Kushe Saggi took on Bradfield at Hockley GC in our first official school match since October last year. The brief bus journey down to Hockley was marked by a passionate speech from Captain Saggi, and an air of eagerness surrounding the long-awaited return of competitive golf at Winchester.

Our first pair, Jordan and Adrien found themselves off to a steady start leading 1 up after 4 Holes, against a persistent Bradfield first pair. Despite Bradfield working hard to pull the game back to all square, Jordan and Adrien’s consistent performance off the tee and their ability to consistently find Greens in Regulation, helped Winchester maintain their lead. Strong birdies at 6, for Adrien and 11 for Jordan, ensured that our first pair held off a resilient Bradfield first pair, winning the game 3&2, and walking back to the Clubhouse with the fate of the Thursday afternoon left in the hands of Captain Saggi and Tanvir.

Both Kushe and Tanvir found their rhythm predominantly within their short games, with our Captain making 4 crucial early Up and Down’s as we quickly found ourselves leading 5up after 6 holes, which they maintained through the front 9. A gross four-ball-better-ball score of +3.
However, on the back 9, they found themselves in the middle of a Bradfield storm, marked by three back-to-back birdies from the visitors, pulling the game back to 1-Up with 5 to play. However, as the pressure slowly rose, step up Tanvir Sood, whose stoic tenacity down the stretch, marked by back to back birdies on the difficult Par 5 14th and Par 4 15th, ensured that Winchester also won their second game 3&2, holding off a difficult Bradfield side.

All in all, it was a great effort from everyone to beat a tough Bradfield side, who I am sure we will see down the line, in our upcoming competitions. (KS)

Saturday 1st May Tennis v M.C.S.
Despite a rain shower early on, the grass courts at MCS became a fine venue for a well-balanced 1st VI contest. Winchester competed well when it counted and by the end of play, had only lost 2 matches, with Ollie Gibbon and Archie Sillars winning all their encounters. 7 – 2 Win

This was a close fixture at home with the 2nd VI going into an early lead, only to be pegged back to level footing. George Nutting and Archie Cliff managed to clinch the tie by winning the deciding match. 5 – 4 Win. There was a decisive home win by Winchester 3rd VI with resolute performances by Guy Jones, Kieran Brown and Felix Beddow. 8 1 Win (TERC)

The hosts’ grass-court expertise was eventually decisive in the 16As’ high-quality fixture. Lee and van Every battled as first pair, winning two but edged out by their opposite numbers (L7-2). The Bs produced a dominant performance with Paviour, Pungpapong, Howman and Jiang winning all but one of their sets (W1-4) (RJHM)

Against MCS the grass courts proved a challenge for some of the U15 players but suited others. Xingchen and Ivo again won all three of their matches, giving them an unbeaten record to date, and helping the As to a 6-3 win. The Bs blew hot and cold. All three pairs won one match
but lost the other two. The Cs and Ds were frankly blown away by MCS’s strength in depth. The Cs lost 8-1 and the Ds 9-0. Serving will be top of the agenda for this week’s training sessions! (AJS)

Against MCS the grass courts were very slippery which the Yearlings players found very difficult to master. The Cs and Ds were not very lucky and they did not come to the net too often which proved to be a big part losing the sets. The Cs lost 7-2 and the Ds 6-3. Having a couple more training sessions and input from the coaches I am sure their next games will be better, the boys will be more confident and will definitely be coming to the net! (LJR)

Cricket v K.E. Southampton
Lords hosted KES on Saturday, in a 50 over game with coloured clothing and pink cricket balls. Each innings was uninterrupted by food intervals too and we hope that more 1st XI cricket in this format will follow. We did not bowl or field particularly well, allowing KES to reach 253-6. This might have been worse if not for Paddy Fisher’s spell of 2-26 from 10 overs. The chase began steadily for Nicholls and LFJ. Both the openers, plus skipper Byers, then fell between overs 13-20 to leave Lords 91-3. Heyworth and Malik set about the task well, before Batten replaced Heyworth. He and Malik then accelerated the scoring, through good running more than clearing the rope, as evidenced through Chris’ 50 including just the single boundary. They put on 98 from 106 balls before Malik was bowled for 71 with 28 still required from 6 overs. Caspar Hall then finished the job in quick time.

Elsewhere, the 2nds and JCA had victories away, George Gardiner and Alex Claisse passing 50 for their respective teams. Morgan also passed 50 for the Yearlings A but they fell short in their run chase. (JMB)

The first five batsmen of the Yearlings Bs reached double figures. I'll repeat that: our first five batsmen reached double figures. This is unusual. Star with the bat was Hairy as we set an impressive 160 from 25 overs. I thought this would be enough until KES started to bat. Although we took a wicket with the first ball, boundaries were frequent early on until two more batsmen were dispatched. Then there was a partnership of 87 and the boys started to despair. However, Husband took both the two key wickets and Davies wrapped up the tail to get a 5-for. We sneaked home by 13 runs. A lesson in never giving up. (PAH)

All fixtures details can be found on: https://sportsfixtures.winchestercollege.org/

Sporting quote for the week:
“A team is a group of players who support one another on court and who think of the group before they think of
(K.C. Jones, NBA Player)

M.S. Burley
Director of Sport
Winchester College
26th April 2021
Twitter: @WinCollSports