11 May 2021
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 3

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 3

Tuesday 4th May

Cricket: U17A v Clifton College (h) Rd 2 The Cricket Paper U17 National Cup

Clifton, having won the toss and electing to bat, began to tick over at a good rate. The early batsmen mixed well selected strokes with excellent running between the wickets as they quickly reached 6 an over and maintained the scoring rate throughout the innings. Dom Hall picked up 2 wickets but nobody could stem the flow of runs when the middle order continued Clifton’s progress towards a big score. It was only the finding of deep fielders, mostly off Malik, that brought about a flurry of wickets in the closing overs as Clifton posted 233-9 from 35 overs.

Winchester were under pressure early when both openers ran themselves out to throws from the deep. 20s from Heyworth and D Hall could not overcome the stranglehold the Clifton spinners applied throughout the middle overs and Winchester were eventually dismissed for 129 in the 29th over. Clifton played with confidence and great intensity throughout and deserved their victory. (JMB)

Thursday 6th May

Golf: Junior Team (U16) Triangular match v Bradfield & Marlborough (a)

On Thursday afternoon, the WinColl junior golf team played their first official match since October. Facing a tough Bradfield opposition first, the team consisting of Harry Xu, Henry Angwatanapanich, Hugh Williamson-Jones, Houtin Yeung, Louis Fell-Gagnere and Taanvir Sood, lost 5-1. The matches were close but Bradfield having the home course advantage were able to steal the game. The only win of the day was Sood’s, 3&2 win after a difficult match. (TS)

Later on the same afternoon, the team also played a three-person match against Marlborough. Thanks to the team’s brilliant play, ability to consistently attack pins and strong short-game, Hugh Williamson-Jones was able to win his match 3&2 and Louis Fell-Gagnere was able to win his 5&4 (winning every single hole he played). Despite Harry Xu’s strong performance, he lost by a close margin of 3&2 with his opponent edging him out in the last few holes of the match. Nevertheless, it was a strong 2-1 win, which we hope will set a course for the rest of the season this term. (Taanvir Sood, X)

Saturday 8th May

Cricket v Eton

The groundsmen worked hard on Saturday morning to ensure we got most of the games on when many had felt we would be unlikely to play at all. They were supported by the Cricket and Soccer Pros who were out on the bowdryers to help clear the water off the square. Further thanks go to the Dons who worked tirelessly to get teams named across the board. There were some good performances on Saturday, although not quite enough to see a victory for any side. (JMB)

On an extremely blustery day and wet at first morning, Lords lost the toss (again!!) and Eton elected to bat. The first 15 overs or so was as good a standard as I have seen from schoolboy cricket for some time; we were excellent in the field backing up some good bowling. Sam Tall's spell was impressive on his first game back from injury, backed up by Dom Hall bowling into the fierce wind. Caspar Hall also bowled well and we took 2 good catches, one at slip by George Gardiner, the other at mid-wicket diving by Chris Batten. Eton's batting was very positive with excellent intent, both with their running between the wickets and shot making and they eventually posted a quite intimidating 228-5 from their 40 overs. Disappointingly we conceded 70 runs off the last 6 overs.

We started the chase solidly and openers Wilf and Zain put on 30, but we were pegged back by some very good bowling from the Eton seamers, bowling excellent lines, which we struggled to convert into scoring shots. At 74-4, there was a chance we would fold, but Chris Batten 35*, Dom Hall (24) and George Gardiner (19) ensured we put up a fight, eventually batting until the 40th over and finishing on 171.

I was very pleased with our attitude throughout and our improvement especially in the field. Special thanks to the Groundstaff, who were amazing in making sure the game could go ahead, when many schools and clubs around the area did not play. (PNG)

Eton’s Senior Colts batted well; all four batsmen scored 50s. There were a few high chances dropped, and had a couple more wickets fallen we may have been able to get the run scoring under control. Del-Mar (F) took both wickets.

Winchester showed some grit in response; Bowder (B) battled his way to 21, and there was a good 50 run stand between Foster (I) and Symonds (A) who both scored 29. However, we were never in a position to push for victory and it was a small victory to have made the high quality Eton side bowl all 30 overs. (LNT)

The Junior Colts A bowling performance began well as Claisse and Gandhi found good lines and lengths and made scoring difficult. The sustained pressure brought about a run out, affected by Gandhi and Harker. Hockey and Lam maintained the pressure and both picked up wickets, holding Eton to 40-4 midway through their innings. A partnership then developed and scoring accelerated in the final 10 overs to make a total that exceeded what we probably should have conceded.

Knowing we required both good partnerships and one of the top order to bat through, we failed in both respects as we lost regular wickets to leave us 50-9 from 15 overs. Only a small partnership from Gandhi and Williamson Jones, who top scored with 20, gave us any joy with the bat on this occasion as we were bowled out for 82. (JMB)

This match was a triumph for the JCB’s in every way except the result - a competitive loss by 50 odd runs. We bowled extremely well, and were given an excellent lesson by Eton in why we don’t bowl down the leg side. Every time we did, they scored 4. We didn’t do it often. And we bowled only single figures wides. The fielding was whole-hearted and organised and logical, except in one crucial stage when the slog was on. We learn from that too. Anvesh can bowl. Something else we learned. We get better every week. We are a team now, and we know what we are trying to do, and actually doing it most of the time. No opponent will have an easy game against us. Thanks to an excellent 49 from Oliver Coulcher-Porter, including a 48-run partnership with Nick Reynolds, lasted till the end of our 25overs batting. (APD)

A Junior Colts C team put together at the last minute were unfortunately outclassed by a much more experienced Eton side.(GEM)

The Yearling A’s travelled up the M3 to Eton, with the heavy rain in the morning and preceding days forcing a switch to an astroturf wicket. Winning the toss, we elected to bat first. Amaar Malik took advantage of the pace of the ball to find gaps in the field three times in the first over, taking ten from it, though Will Alexander struggled to score against the other opening bowler and eventually found himself bowled trapped in the crease. This brought Seb Morgan to the crease, who immediately showed positive intent to both rotate the strike and find the boundary. This second wicket partnership added 63 to the score and Seb was beginning to accelerate when Amaar (21) punched a ball to the man at mid-off on the full. This brought Jack to the crease and another promising partnership was forming when some confusion led to Seb being given run out, walking off with 81 from 56 balls. At 115 from 18 overs we had looked in a strong position, but the run rate slowed down considerably and other than Jack (26) nobody else settled and reached double figures. A final score of 157 from a ball short of our full thirty looked tough to defend.

Spirits were raised at this stage with the delivery of an excellent packed tea and the boys took to the field with real energy and enthusiasm. Some tight initial bowling from both Seb and Jack, was backed up by Sam Humphreys (who sadly left the field injured after one over) and then some excellent bowling in tandem from George Bowder and Vikrant Kheterpal, with George finishing with figures of 2-12 from his six overs. Angus had taken a catch in the second over from Jack’s bowling and added to this with a stumping from George’s. There was a pleasing improvement in performance in the field, with Amaar getting plenty of practice at mid-on and taking the catch for George’s second wicket. With the arrival of their fourth and fifth batsmen spirits were high, though without Sam or Amaar able to bowl we were five overs short. Henry Husband and Will Alexander both stepped up but struggled to find a good length and were punished at almost ten an over for their four, leaving Eton close to victory. The return of Jack and Seb with the now set batsmen of Eton requiring only 34 runs from the last seven looked a tough ask and it was great credit to the boys that we took it in to the 29th over before Eton secured their victory.

An encouraging performance from the boys which could have gone the other way on another day. Thank you for Eton for both being excellent hosts and opposition, as well as for making sure the match went ahead. (JPT/MCE)

The Yearlings B found it very windy at Eton. It was cold. The wind blew inviting catches sailing to the ground. The cold froze fingers that made bats swing aimlessly at thin air. It's the only explanation. But at least we were playing cricket! (PAH)

Some promising signs to take away from this tough match for the Yearlings Cs against a very strong Eton side. WinColl highlights included a majestic 45 not out from Harry Perks, who combined for a solid 50 partnership with Ben Judge (13). Jamie Cotterell was the pick of the fielders, with one run out and a superb catch. An extremely impressive batting performance from Eton's number 3 (Trim), who made an eye-catching 85, ultimately made the difference.(RS)

The Yearlings Ds batted first on a rather damp and windy afternoon at Eton. A number of the boys had not had much cricket experience but acquitted themselves well against a side that had won all of their games so far this season. The openers batted with maturity and patience against strong bowling with Aidan Zilkha run out on 31 and Esphandier Ramezani given LBW for 37. Smaller contributions followed and we reached 91 - 8 off 20 overs. Eton batted well and reached our total with six overs to spare. The pick of our bowlers were Nick Collinson, Nick Wang and John Sadie all with economical run rates. This was a good first game for the team and they will all have learned a lot about the importance of tight fielding and accurate bowling. Most pleasing was the enthusiasm all felt at the end of the game and the excitement of another match next Saturday. (JRM)

Tennis v Radley

Unfortunately, the weather put pay to the senior fixtures which were all scheduled to take place at Radley. However, we were able to play the Junior Colts and Yearlings matches at home

Playing in what can only be described as a gale, on Palmer and Wardens Garden, the Jun Colts (U15s) coped with the conditions just a bit better than Radley College in a close contest, winning the fixture at all three levels- As, Bs and Cs. In the As, Nick Graham and Simon Ormond won all three of their matches and Miles Park and Ivo Sawbridge came within a whisker of doing the same, just losing to the opposing No.1 pair in a tiebreak, having fought back from 0-5 down. In the Bs, Mohan Li and Charlie Barklam managed to swing it the other way, winning the tiebreak against the opposing 1st pair and clinching their own clean sweep. Several Wincoll players pulled out some unorthodox but effective techniques against the wind. Those whose belted forehands normally go out turned them into winners instead! Both the As and the Bs won 5-4.

In the Cs, the victory margin was a more comfortable 6-3. Radley’s 1st pair proved to be unbeatable, although, thanks to some cracking serving from Harry Xu and reliable groundstrokes from Vanya Mikhaylov, they were given a good game by our 3rd pair. In contrast, Radley’s lower two pairs were comprehensively beaten by all our three teams. Charles Hairy and Will Chipperfield made short work of their opposition, and Jayden Lu and Zach Lees saw out the last game of the afternoon with ease to seal a satisfying, if blustery, outing for the Jun Colts. (AJS)

The U14As and Bs capitalised on a slightly diminished Radley opposition and both came away with a hard fought 7-2 win. High winds affected all players, of course, but all 24 boys on the courts were clearly enjoying the engagement. Our A3 pair, Latimer and Oldenhove, particularly impressed with their 6-2 win over the Radley A1 pair, who were otherwise undefeated. (LJR)

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

Sporting quote for the week:

Admit to and make yourself accountable for mistakes. How can you improve if you’re never wrong?”

(Pat Summit, NCAA Women’s Basketball Coach)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport, Winchester College

10th May 2021

Twitter: @WinCollSports