08 Jul 2021
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 10

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 10

Monday 28th June: Athletics

The final week of term started with a combined JP/MP athletics team competing at the Eastleigh & Winchester District Championships. Up against some very strong competitors from the local school, many of whom are club athletes, the boys put in a very credible display to finish 6th out of 12 schools. There were top four performances from August Deeming in the Triple Jump, Anthony Cloke-Brown in the 200m, Gus Bowden in the High Jump and Jayden Lu in the javelin. Jayden guested in the high jump and set a new PB of 1.75m which would have won that event! (MSB)

Cricket: Lords v Radley (a)

Play was delayed by over an hour due to heavy overnight rain, however we still manged to play a 45 over match. We lost the toss and slightly surprisingly were put in the field. Bowling well at the start, both Seb Morgan and Alex Claisse produced good spells reducing Radley to 25-2. Nevertheless, a good partnership of 55 then ensued, but as a result of some excellent spin bowling, in particular Zain Malik, 3-27 from 8.4 overs and Callum Whillock, 1-29 from his 9, Radley struggled to really gain momentum and were bowled out in the 41st over for 164. This was an excellent fielding and bowling display from the boys.

Unfortunately, our batting performance was rather disappointing. Having manged to recover from the loss of two early wickets we were well placed at both 55-2 and 82-4, however no batsman could go on and post a score of over 50 which was what was really needed. Henry Nichols and Chris Batten both played well for 21 and 23 respectively as did Seb Morgan and Pat Ritchie, but we succumbed under pressure from the opposition, making only 116 in reply. (PNG)

Tuesday 29th June & Wed 30th: Cricket v Radley

A home two-day fixture against Radley gave Lords a chance to avenge the previous day's loss in the 45 over match. The format of the game provided the opportunity for both sides to bat for a maximum of 100 overs and 100 overs play was possible on both days and it proved to be a very exciting two days of cricket.

Putting Radley into bat on a slightly damp morning we bowled them out for 118 in 33 overs, completely justifying captain Byers’ decision when he won the toss (nothing to do with the football later!). Some indifferent shots, plus good bowling especially from Pat Ritchie, 2-13 and Wilf La Fontaine Jackson (an inspired choice from Byers!) who took 3-17, set the game up for us.

Batting on a slow pitch meant runs were never easy to come by, however at 108-3 we were well placed but then lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 169, Byers with 34, Batten 28 and Malik 25 were our top scorers. We had a lead of 51, but had batted 63 of our 100 overs.

Radley had four overs to bat on the first day and Byers made sure that it was a difficult period. Steaming in from the far end he managed to take 2 in 2 balls; a catch at short leg and a great diving catch to his right from our keeper George Gardiner. It was exciting cricket and great to watch.

Onto Day 2 and Seb Morgan opened up with Callum Whillock as skipper Byers was struggling a little. Morgan bowled beautifully and Whillock was as mean as ever going for only 37 runs in his 21 over spell! Radley were reduced to 39-5, then on came Zain Malik who almost took wickets at will. Radley were in tatters at 85-8, with the game almost finished, however their tail wagged producing some determined and excellent stroke play at times. The 9th wicket pair put on 70 runs, but we eventually bowled them out for 169 in the 66th over leaving us with a total of 118 to win in a maximum of 37 overs.

We moved on serenely to 47 with no real alarms, but when Fontaine-J departed at 67-3, having played exceptionally well for 54, we were still well placed to win. However, Radley built excellent pressure and runs started to dry up. We then lost wickets and at 102-6 with 6.2 overs remaining nerves were beginning to "jangle". Nevertheless, Dom Hall and Pat Ritchie played really well to see us to victory by 4 wickets with 2.1 overs left. It was a great way to finish an extremely encouraging season. (PNG)

There were extremely disappointing performances and results from all the other teams playing that day, all losing comfortably and without showing much fight. Everyone may well have wanted to watch the football but the lack of heart on show whilst playing is not something to be particularly proud of.

Wednesday 30th June: Cricket, YA’s v King’s School Winchester U15s

The season reached its conclusion on Wednsesday evening in a hastily arranged T20 fixture against Kings School U15 played on Doggers. Batting first the Yearlings started slowly before accelerating with some positive running between the wickets setting King’s 103 to win with Malik again top scoring. Wickets fell at regular intervals in the King’s reply as the Yearlings performance in the field was much improved from the previous day. A late rally from the King’s batters meant 8 runs were needed from the final 6 balls but Jack Bristowe bowled a perfect over to ensure victory by a narrow margin of 2 runs.

The season ended on a positive note with some real progress and positives and hopefully some enjoyment and learning too. (MCE)

Over the final two weeks of term several boys undertook their gradings in Karate and MACS (Martial Arts Combat System). Congratulations to the following boys on their achievements:

A. Pande – 1st Dan Black Belt MACS

M. Fedorouskyy – 2nd Kyu Brown belt, 1st Dan Black Belt MACS

O. Mitchim – 1st Kyu Brown belt, 1st Dan Black Belt MACS

Brandon Chan – 1st Dan Black Belt Karate

R Somovidis - 1st Dan Black Belt Karate

D Cheung- 1st Dan Black Belt Karate

K Grieg - 1st Dan Black Belt Karate, 1st Dan MACS

Friday 2nd July, Croquet:

In honour of OW Aston Wade’s remarkable success in winning a tournament against two world champions, among others, we ran an internal Golf Croquet tournament on the last day of Cloister Time. 14 players took part in Warden’s Garden on a sunny Friday afternoon and the results were as follows:

Winner: August Deeming (College)

Runners-up: Will Hall (D), Konstantin Evdokimov (H)


Finally, congratulations to MP Mario Gianni-Garcia who last weekend was part of the Winchester Hockey Club U16s team who defeated Bowdon HC to claim the National Title.

Thank you to everyone who has played their part in representing the school teams this term. I am excited by the prospect of a return to a full sporting programme in September and it will be great to see more of you play fixtures in some of the sports that haven’t had a competitive outing for well over twelve months.

As much as the next couple of weeks is a time for a well-deserved rest I ask that you think about your fitness and conditioning over the summer in readiness for the return to school. There are plenty of resources regarding training advice on the Sports dept firefly page so do head there for ideas on training sessions.

Sporting quote for the week:

“Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it” (Lou Holttz, American Football Coach)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

Winchester College

8th July 2021

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