17 Jun 2021
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 7

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 7

Prior to Leave-Out there were a couple of sports fixtures which took place. In the Senior House Squash (Peach Pot) Freddie’ won the final against Chawker’s with captain of squash Will Du partnering Chris Lee to take a 3-0 victory.

Thursday 27th May: Cricket: Lords v MCC (h)

Despite the considerable rain that fell during the week some remarkable efforts from the grounds team meant we were able to host the MCC on Thursday 27th May. The visitors were a strong team, as ever, and it took a good defensive effort from Chris Batten to ensure we drew the game. Chris was awarded with the Alex Halliday Spirit of Cricket Shield after the game, as chosen by the MCC. This award was brought in 3 years ago following the sudden passing of Alex who was a teacher at Pilgrims’ and who had match-managed this game for many years. (JMB)

Week 7

Tuesday 8th June: Tennis v Bryanston (a)

On a beautiful day, our senior teams were enjoyed the opportunity to play on Bryanston’s lovely grass courts. The 1st VI put up a strong performance against a weakened Bryanston first six winning 8-1 with the loss being our third pair to their first pair. The matches were relatively short with the top two pairs losing only 7 games between them. All pairs adjusted very quickly to the grass surface, which favoured heavy slice, volleying and the occasional lucky bounce. In spite of fielding a makeshift team this was a great win to put in the scorebooks.

There were some great games amongst the U15 contests resulting in a hotly battled 5 – 4 victory for Winchester, with A1 Pair, Xing Cao and Simon Ormond putting in a brilliant performance to win all three of their matches. Substitute A3 pair, Oscar Oldenhove and Harry Latimer also had some great games, winning two out of three matches, with both of their victories scoring 6 games to 5.

Cricket: U17 v Rifles (h)

Zain Malik scored his second century for the school on Tuesday v Rifles, beginning at a blistering rate, easing off as he searched for the 20 runs needed to take him to his ton and then picking it up again as he finished unbeaten on 135. Wilf LFJ’s earlier 62, plus quick 20s from Dom Hall and Will Cresswell, helped the team to 303-6 in 45 overs. In reply, Captain for the day, Sam Tall, ripped through the top order to take 3-20, from which the Rifles never really recovered. Once he’d recovered from his batting exertions, Zain then claimed 3-5 to wrap up the tail and comprehensive win.

Thursday 10th June

Golf v Gordon’s School (h)

On Thursday afternoon, the Winchester College Golf 1st VI (Jordan Thompson, James Brockman, Tanvir Sood, Kushe Saggi (Capt.), Tim Kashirin, Alex Foster) took on Gordons at Hockley GC.

The first pair of Jordan and James got off to a solid start, 1 up through 7. The game was extremely tight as the score kept fluctuating between all square and 1 up, with Jordan striking the ball superbly and consistently. As it got to the 17th it was James’s time to shine. James, aka the clutch king (in his words), turned it on and closed out the game winning both the 16th and 17th holes to win the match, 2&1.

Our second pair, Taanvir and our captain, came up against a tough opposition pair with respective handicaps of 2 and 3. Although, both pairs fell victim to the unforgiving rough at Hockley, Kushe and Taanvir remained steady at all square through nine, with our captain making important pars on 4, 6, and 7. However, with the weather conditions rapidly deteriorating and the Gordon’s second pair unfailingly finding difficult greens in regulation from holes 10 thru to 16, despite a better ball score of +3 on the back 9 for Winchester, Gordon’s took the second game 3&2.

Our third pair, Tim and Alex (drafted in for his first senior team match), got off to a solid start, all square through 6 holes. Tim’s power-hitting ensured that Winchester kept their noses in front. However, birdies on 12, 14, and 15 for Gordon's ensured that they finished the game winning 2&1, winning the match overall, 2-1.

Nevertheless, although the result was not what we wanted it is fair to say the score was not fully reflective of some of the beautiful golf that we played. With the first round of the Micklem Trophy against Rugby looming all the players need to ensure they are on top form. (Kushe Saggi)

Tennis v St Edward’s School, Oxford (h)

With the weather set fair a fine afternoon of tennis followed. The 1st VI first pair, Hamish Duncan and Chris Lee, managed 2 wins but fell a little short when encountering their equal, opposing pair. Ollie Gibbon and Rigby Swarovski-Adams also managed two wins. This meant that Te Punpapong and Jack Lonergan needed just one win to seal the fixture and post the victory in Winchester’s favour. This they duly accomplished. 5-4 Win

Meanwhile the 2nd VI also found themselves in a close encounter. After two rounds Ollie Graham with George Nutting had posted two wins. Archie Cliff with George Halblander-Smyth and Ali Cliff with Rafael Karapetyan had managed one victory each, resulting in a tie between the two schools. It all came down to the final 1v1 contest which proved a narrow win for St. Edwards. 4-5 loss

Cricket: Lords v Wellington College (National T20 Cup Last 16 at Oratory School)

Sam Tall and Seb Morgan put Wellington on the back foot early, restricting them to 38-3 from the powerplay. Paddy Fisher added a 4th wicket at the start of his spell, however, the no.3 continued to run well between the wickets and gave a solid presence around which the lower order to could develop a score. He was eventually run out for 55 from 50 balls, which on a tricky pitch would prove a pivotal innings. Morgan returned to pick up another wicket at the end as Wellington closed on 135-9.

In reply, Byers and LFJ got us off to a great start, scoring freely in the powerplay to reach 51-0. As fielders spread our scoring rate slowed. Both openers departed caught & bowled in the 13th and 15th overs from the Wellington no.3 and the required rate was climbing to 8 an over. As the Wellington Captain and Hants Academy bowler returned, the challenge proved too hard for our young middle order and we finished 14 runs short. It was obviously a shame not to have progressed further in the competition, however, it is the furthest we have been so far and with only 3 players from the side leaving in the next 2 years the experience could prove vital to the development of this young side. (JMB)

Development XI v XL Club

A much-changed Development side hosted the XL Club on Thursday. Our guests batted for a long time to reach 285-8 as Captain Tom Swart took 2-19 and spinners Will Whitehead and Paul Edwards took 2 and 1 wickets respectively. We knew we would receive far fewer overs in reply (13 fewer in the end) however, the boys went about the run chase well as Patrick Ritchie scored a swift 30, supported by 30 from Fred Falk. George Gardiner took up the mantle and accelerated beyond 50. He struck 12 boundaries on his way to 98 from 79 balls before he was stumped just short of his maiden school hundred. Alex Claisse and Rufus Bowder kept the momentum going and we finished on a commendable 251-8 from 41 overs for the draw.

Saturday 12th June

Tennis v Wellington College

With hardly any breeze and a flawless blue sky, the senior tennis contest began. Wellington looked a formidable force during the knock up. However, once the matches began Winchester began to seize control. The 1st V1 completed round 1 in the lead owing to a narrow tie- break win by captain Hamish Duncan and Rigby Swarovski-Adams who went on to take all of their 3 matches. Ollie Gibbon and Chris Lee stepped up too also winning all their matches, including an impressive tie break victory against Wellington's first pair, with the result of sealing a fine win for Winchester. W6-3

The 2nd VI had a slightly more straightforward time completing an overall win with the loss of only one match. Special thanks must go to Niccolo Buccellati who was good enough to appear with little notice and take the place of a Wellington boy who had to go into covid isolation. W8-1

In the Jun Colts C match, Wellington only fielded two pairs. This could have given us the edge, given that we could rest one of our pairs every game in the sweltering heat, but Wellington’s 1st pair proved invincible. There were some brilliant rallies from all players, but sadly the end result was 4-2 in Wellington’s favour. (AJS)

Some superb tennis was played by the Yearlings in magnificent sunshine with a light breeze. The As were slightly outperformed although the A1s played very convincingly until they met their equals. Oscar Oldenhove and Harry Latimer are a great duo and some cracking serves from both. L4-5

The Bs started off well but started to crumble as matches wore on. Stefan Ungureanu played very strong again. In the B1s equal game, they even broke the first game against the opposition serve but didn’t manage to capitalise on the advantage. Special mention goes to B3s’ duo Oli Frost and Dom Jackson for winning every match! L4-5

The Cs played on different courts but I was told that they were true gentlemen and although they lost the match they won overall by one game (39:38). A fantastic day of tennis and Wellington hosted well. (JJP)

Cricket v St Edward’s Oxford

On a wonderful sunny and warm day, Lords won the toss and batted first, something that has not happened many times this season!

We lost Wilf quite early to a fantastic one-handed catch in the slips, but Henry and Zain, played steadily against an excellent attack and the cricket in general was a decent standard. Unfortunately we lost 2 quick wickets including Caspar Byers and were 34-3 and at lunch 80-4 from 30 overs, Zain made an excellent 34, but just when he was beginning to play very well, we had a mix up which resulted in him being run out.

Seb Morgan on his first full match played really well and sensibly in partnership with Chris Batten, but once again another mix up resulted in the second run out of the innings! Dom Hall added impetus to our innings and at one stage a score of 180 looked achievable, however we lost regular wickets and were all out of the last ball of the innings for 156, Chris making a determined 29.

This was never likely to be enough. The wicket on the new "Hybrid" had good carry and pace, which the Teddy’s batsmen enjoyed and they achieved the target just two wickets down with plenty of overs remaining. We fought valiantly; Wilf took an excellent catch down the leg side off Seb Morgan and all the bowlers tried to make inroads, with Callum Whillock probably the pick. (PNG)

On Saturday, there were strong performances from the 2nd XI, JCA and JCB. Paul Edwards took 5-16 for the 2s to enable a mature and comfortable chase to victory. Aaron Hockey and Stephen Lam both scored 50s for the JCAs to set up an imposing 214 for Teddies to chase on Meads. They fell over 90 runs short. Next door on Lav Meads Oliver Coulcher Porter and Lucas Payne scored 50s to take the Diggers to 174 from 30 overs. The game ebbed and flowed in the second innings, looking like our guests would chase the target down until Fabian Wolsey Pont claimed 4 quick wickets to seal a 13 run victory. (JMB)

The Yearlings A started well after winning the toss and deciding to bat and at 64-2 from the opening 10 overs seemed well placed to reach a competitive total. However, 5 wickets then fell in relatively quick succession before Vikrant Kheterpal (24) and Ted Miers (22) added 47 for the 8th wicket and James Kitson came within inches of hitting his first ever six. Their efforts took the final score to 140 all out which, in truth, was at least 30-40 short of par on a small, fast scoring ground.

Nevertheless, the side showed great spirit and togetherness in the field with all five bowlers used emerging with credit. George Bowder bowled with great control and induced a number of false shots which fell tantalisingly between fielders. Sam Humphreys spun the ball prodigiously on occasions to trouble all the batsmen and Vikrant followed his excellent batting with 2 wickets to complete a fine all-round match.

As expected however we didn’t have enough runs and St Edwards completed victory by 7 wickets with 7 overs to spare. Encouragingly though there were further signs of development and improvement which bodes well for the remaining games this term. (MCE)

The Yearlings B bowled much better than their last outing, but still gave away a few too many extras. We may have been in trouble had it not been for captain Bhattacharya who scooped 5-20. We managed to bowl them out for 103, and we were optimistic. Our batting did not match this optimism, with two silly run-outs causing early problems. The opposition bowled well and dismissed us for 51. (PAH)

A beautiful summer’s day at Teddy’s for “Coach” Douglas’s first outing with the mighty Yearlings Cs. The hosts’ opening pair, scoring somewhat over a run a ball, put together a fifty partnership before being separated by a superb run out, nobly executed by the player St. Edward’s had lent us as an extra fielder. The run-rate remained high, though Zilka (1-38) and Collison (1-37) did manage to peg the opposition back in the later stages, and Yearlings ‘C’ set off in pursuit of a formidable target. Key to our reply was opener Ramezani (17) – taking guard nearly a foot outside off-stump, his excellent eye frustrated the bowlers as straight deliveries were neatly whisked off to the leg-side, putting “Coach” Douglas in mind of a young Steve Smith. In partnership with the hard-hitting Zilka (18), an all-round revelation in this match, he guided Winchester to 66-3 before falling to the (alas) eventually inevitable LBW. Downer (14) and Wu (5*) struck some hefty blows towards the end to bring the visitors to a respectable if unavailing 96-6. “Coach” Douglas was impressed by the team’s resilience in the face of many injuries and other depletions and looks forward to Thursday’s game against Charterhouse. St. Edward’s Oxford (162-3, 20 overs) beat Yearlings ‘C’ (96-6, 20 overs) by 66 runs (JJLD)

Rowing: Winchester College BC vs Radley College BC

On Saturday the WCBC J15s headed to Radley to finally have their first proper race of the season. Radley have had a series of races against other clubs this year and were sure to be a competitive crew. The WCBC squad has been training hard all year despite obvious setbacks and water time limits. We arrived at Radley at lunchtime with enough time for a short pre-paddle before pushing off along with Radley 15.1, 15.2 and 15.3. St Edward's Oxford also joined us for the day.

The first piece was a time trial to emulate the set up for Marlow regatta next week. Time trials are difficult pieces because the crews have no concept of their speed relative to the opposition. The coaches were at first apprehensive that the WCBC might lack the experience required to race the time trial effectively. They needn't have! the WinColl J15s put down the second fastest time of the day. Radley's 15.1 pulled a time of 3:15 and WinColl managed a time of 3:19 over 1km. The remaining crews were 20+ behind.

The second and third pieces were 1km side-by-side pieces off a standing start. Radley looked technically stronger but Winchester's power was unmatched and on both pieces we led off the start to half a length. At 500m, Radley's race experience started to show through and they started to move back on WCBC. Our J15s held them off until the final 150m on both pieces before being taken by a canvas on the first piece and a length on the second.

We came off the water positive and hungry for a rematch at Marlow next week. The J15s learnt a lot about how to race and showed themselves to be extremely competitive against the top national rowing squads this year! (WRH)

Athletics: Hampshire County Schools Championships, Portsmouth

It was pleasing to be able to take a significant number of boys to Portsmouth to compete in the HSAA championships last Saturday. These boys have been training hard all term and had the chance to test themselves against many of the best athletes in the county. The junior boys competed in the morning session: August Deeming took third place in the triple jump and Jeffrey Chan finished 4th in the long jump.

The remaining boys, competing across the Inter (Year 10 & 11) and Senior (Year 12 & 13) age groups arrived for the afternoon session. There were some excellent performances with Hamish Rogers securing two PBs in the Senior Boys 110MH and High Jump to become County Champion in both events. Harry Draper Barr claimed the Inter Boys Discus Title and 2nd place in the Shot put, both with PBs, and Harry’s performance puts him in contention for selection for the English Schools Athletic Championships taking place in July. Poom Phetkeereeskul also threw a new PB, launching the javelin over 42m to take 4th place. Jordan Thompson took 4th place in the senior boys 100m and Frankie Shropshire 7th place in the senior boys 400m. Amongst the Inter Boys there was a county title for Gus Bowden in the high jump along with a 3rd place finish in the triple jump. Jack Pascoe came 9th out of 18 runners in the 800m and then ran the 5th fastest time in the Inter Boys 400m and there was a 7th place finish for Jayden Lu in the Javelin. (MSB)

Sailing: BSDRA Thames Valley Regional Champs

The sailing team, ably captained by Marcus Cloke Browne (VI:2, B), competed in the BSDRA Thames Valley regional championships on Saturday. Winds were fluky, and the race committee did a fine job of keeping a sailable course in place. Nonetheless these were challenging sailing conditions – generally light winds requiring lots of work from the crews to keep the boats moving, and looking out for the changing wind direction and incoming gusts in order to make the most of them.

The team has come on a long way since the start of the term and sailed really well. At the end of the round robin stage, we were in fourth place, having won five out of eight races. Going into the semi-finals, we faced tough competition from RGS Guildford’s A team. Despite valiant efforts we lost this race, and in the third and fourth place playoffs we faced Sevenoaks School, who are always a force to be reckoned with in school sailing. It was the best of three, and all the races were competitive. Sevenoaks won the first, and then we came back to take the second. It all came down to the decider where our team got into the front row, but some boats got pushed over the line early and had to restart. Ultimately Sevenoaks took the race, leaving us in 4th place overall in the competition – but happy with our sailing and looking forward to a bright future.

Arthur Ritchie (VI:1, A) sailed his last fixture with the school and we thank him for his dedication over the last five years. (JAAB)

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

Sporting quote for the week:

It's in facing the uncertain, unfamiliar and adverse that we learn how to make right choices under pressure. So, seek them out and learn fast (Anon)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport, Winchester College

15th June 2021

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