05 May 2022
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 1

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 1

Pre-season Cricket

Following on from the trip to Spain in early April when the unseasonably cold and rainy weather impacted upon the Lords’ squad cricket preparations the boys congregated from Friday 23rd April for a weekend of matches to sharpen themselves up for the start of the term.

Friday 23rd April: Lords squad vs Hampshire Cricket College (h)

A really good first pre-season match. We bowled well at the start, restricting the Hants College to 32 off the first 7 overs, but then some good batting in the middle phase meant it looked like we would be chasing 130-140, but we manged to restrict them to 116-3. We had a slow start, but then picked the tempo up and with 5 overs to go it looked like we would claim the win, but lost several wickets in quick succession. Requiring 6 off the last over, and just 1 off the last ball we were all out from the last ball, resulting in a tie! (PNG)

Saturday 23rd April: Lords squad vs HCCC U16s (h)

On a bright and sunny morning, we batted first and looked like posting 260-270 off our 50 overs, particularly as both Henry Nicholls (72) and Chris Batten (52) were progressing well. Unfortunately, we experienced another end of innings collapse and were all out for 233 with 3.5 overs left. Some inaccurate bowling at the start led to a fair few extras, but once we established our lines and lengths, Hampshire never really looked like scoring the required runs. With Paddy and Callum particularly economical, we ended up winning by 31 runs. (PNG)

Sunday 24th April: Lords squad vs Free Foresters (h)

This was an excellent day's cricket. We bowled well throughout and restricted the Free Foresters to 227 all out. Wickets were shared around with all the bowlers contributing well against some strong batters. We then chased the score down with over 8 overs left - Will La Fontaine Jackson scored 104*, but there were some key knocks from Henry Nicholls (40), Fletcher Rhodes (29) and Chris Batten (35*) too against a good bowling attack. (PNG)

Tuesday 26th April: Lords squad vs Hampshire Cricket College (h)

Hampshire College batted first and played well, eventually scoring 247 all out with 1 over to go. At one stage this had looked like being a total close to 280, but equally it could have been less as the last wicket pair put on 35. Zac Roberts bowled particularly well claiming 2 wickets and Paddy Fisher 4-49 and Dom Hall 2-20 were the main wicket takers. We chased the score down after an impressive opening stand of 148 between Henry Nichols (64) and Fletcher Rhodes (85), ably supported by Seb Morgan (39*), George Gardiner (30) and Dom Hall (18*), winning with over 8 overs to spare. (PNG)

Cloister Time’s inter-school sport programme began on Thursday 28th April with a Senior Colts’ cricket match against PGS, a golf match against Bradfield and a swim gala away at Eton.

Cricket: Sen Colts A vs PGS (a)

This Portsmouth Grammar U16 team is exceptionally strong, and they were disappointed to lose in the final of the national schools’ cricket competition last year. So, this was always going to be a tough fixture, especially as only a couple of the Winchester players had played any cricket, or even netted, recently. Winchester bowled first and bowled really well. Claisse and Ghandi bowled with accuracy and aggression, but a couple of missed chances in the field meant that although PGS were not scoring, they were not losing wickets. Unfortunately, this would come back to hurt Winchester as one of their openers, who struggled and gave chances in the opening overs, went on to score over 80 runs. Winchester's fielding was generally good though, and Mr Ayling (PGS coach, former Hampshire player and Wincoll coach) commented strongly on the high quality of the Winchester bowling. At one point it looked like we might restrict PGS Sports Department to the low 100s, but some hard hitting in the second half of their innings allowed them to reach a very impressive 184. In reply, the Winchester players all showed signs of being able to bat, and there was some determined resistance and flashes of brilliance, but the rust was very evident and when it came time to push the run rate wickets fell. There is no doubting that Winchester were soundly beaten on the day, but I suspect that if this fixture were to be played in a few weeks’ time the result would be much closer. The WinColl U16 team have a lot of potential, and training sessions in the next couple of weeks will be important if their true quality is to come through. (LNT)

Golf: U18A vs Bradfield College (n) Hampel & Joly lost 3&2 Sood & Xu lost 2&1 Cartwright & Fisher won 5&4 Match lost 2-1

Swimming: U15’s & U18’s vs Eton College (a) U15s - Winchester 22 - Eton 47 U18s - Winchester 21 - Eton 54 Total - Winchester 43 - Eton 101

Saturday 30th April Cricket vs Portsmouth GS

On a lovely morning for cricket, Lords lost the toss and were inserted into bat at home and at 17-2, with both Wilf and Henry out this looked a good decision on PGS's behalf. However, Zain Malik initially with Chris Batten, started a rebuild of the innings, but Zain was out with the score on 60 and we were only scoring at approx 3.5 an over. Fletcher Rhodes, who struggled initially but then went onto hit some excellent shots particularly through the leg side, and Chris Batten put on 99 for the 4th wicket in good time before Fletcher was out for 43. Chris kept going, but was eventually out for a well-constructed 72, with good shots all around the wicket, a couple of shots off the front foot through extra cover particularly pleasing!

It was left to Dom Hall, Seb Morgan and George Gardiner to finish the innings off, which they did really well scoring 84 off the last 10 overs, with excellent and entertaining cricket, backed up by some good running between the wickets. One shot from Seb Morgan which cleared the square leg boundary by at least 10 metres was particularly impressive! Our final score of 274-6 was good, especially considering we were at 17-2 at one point.

Our opening spell of bowling was also very encouraging - Seb Morgan and Alex Claisse ran in and bowled good "areas", which meant that PGS were always behind the run rate. Alex was swinging the ball away and was rewarded when he clean-bowled the PGS opener batsman with an excellent delivery. We were bright and enthusiastic in the field and kept taking wickets at regular intervals resulting in PGS being bowled out for 91. Callum Whillock bowled an excellent spell and finished with 6-29, Zain Malik 2-22. A good day and hopefully much to look forward to. (PNG)

After losing the toss the JCAs went out to bat away against Portsmouth Grammar School. They started slowly thanks to some spirited opening bowling, and the first wicket fell with only 15 runs on the board. However, Bristow and Malik then went on to build a solid partnership with Malik going on to get 78* off 66. Bristow was then dispatched and on came a steady stream of batsman who all assisted Malik superbly, Sports Department notably Cloke-Browne with 22 off 13. We ended the innings with a respectable 167 runs from our 25 overs.

We started the bowling well and wickets came quickly as we removed their strongest batsmen early in the innings. From then on, the flow of wickets quickened, with the spinners enjoying particular success. Humphreys and Bowder shone with 4 and 3 wickets each respectively as we managed to get through most of their order. As well as this, the boys fielded well, and with Miers and Hoffman contributing well the required run rate began ticking up towards 10 an over. This ultimately proved too much for PGS, and they ended the innings on 120-9, 47 runs short of the target. (W. Alexander, B)

The JCBs played a 25-overs a side game and Winchester won the toss and elected to bowl. The season opened to the sound of ball missing willow as tight bowling, largely in the corridor of uncertainty, from Messrs Lloyd-Own, Ingram and Bhattachrya amongst others limited PGS to 27 for 1 after 9 overs. However, the PGS number 3 then found his range and they accelerated to 97 for 4 off 19 overs. A refocus at this point from the fielding time lead to regular wickets and restricted PGS to 122 from their 25 overs. (Nevertheless, catching practice will be on the agenda for the next practice as if every catch had been taken the PGS team would not have passed 90.)

In reply Ohata hit the ball with force and Kheterpal with style as they set about a 41-run partnership to put Winchester in charge. A particular feature was the good running between the wickets whenever the ball went behind square – runs that the opposition had refused were completed with ease. When Ohata was bowled for 19, Kitson came to the wicket and his quick-fire 30 not out combined with an easy-on-the-eye 24 not out from Kheterpal saw Winchester home with 8 overs to spare. (JM)

The Yearlings A began their campaign on a sunny Mead’s with a convincing win over PGS on Saturday afternoon. Despite the first game nerves (particularly for the coach when the home side won the toss and elected to bat) the team quickly settled in to their roles both as players and effective team members – helping both to score and to run the scoreboard. Having put 174 on the board, largely thanks to a fantastic run a ball 104* from captain James, the opening pair reduced their opposition to 14/3 in the sixth over. This gave everybody an opportunity to bowl and in the end wickets were shared between Kennedy (2), Askew, Lawson (2), Hampel, Brett (2) and James-Duff. The crowd of parents and boys were also treated to a great run out engineered by James-Duff and two top quality catches from Askew and Hampel, both of whom finished having playing their part in another catch each.

The statistics won’t show the work the extended A team squad put in from their return on Wednesday, nor will it show their excellent warm up both pre-game and between innings – but these things give the coaches even more to smile about than the manner of their victory.

As ever, appreciation and thanks to the parents and boys who support on the side, the umpires (without whom the game simply could not happen) and the ground staff who continue to prepare excellent pitches in this most beautiful of settings. (JPT)

Batting started merrily for the Yearlings B with a fine 27 from Sam Hawkins ably supported by Alex Simpson. However, then we became becalmed and did not post a high enough score. Despite an early wicket, we let the next two PGS batsmen run riot and by the time we got them out, it was too late. However, I was impressed by some at the death bowling by Tom Gordon in particular. (PAH)

The Yearlings C won the toss and put PGS in to bat. Ethan Xiao gave us momentum with three wickets off each of his first three overs, bowling figures of 3 for 13. He was in fact awarded man of the match for Sports Department his bowling. Some further consistent bowling and run outs brought PGS to 106 all out, a very obtainable total to chase.

Oli Street and Monty Callaghan took to bat. A solid performance from both boys and the extras left us needing 20 runs with 8 overs to go. Both boys were retired and warmly clapped off the pitch. With the fall of just one wicket their target was reached with wickets and overs to spare. An encouraging first performance. (RS)

The Yearling Ds began the season with a tense nine-run victory that saw some promising performances with the bat from openers Alberto Gianni Garcia (16) and Will Hagger (retired on 16), as well from late addition Alex Parkinson, who made a quick-fire 11 to bring Winchester's total to 115. The standout performance, however, came from Henry Morris-Weston, who took 2/3 from two overs and made a runout on the way to ensuring a thoroughly deserved win in this close and hard-fought opening contest. (JL)

Sailing: BSDRA Southern Area Championships (h)

We kicked off the summer sailing season with our ‘home’ event, organised by Winchester College and held at Spinnaker Sailing Club. There was a high level of interest in the event and we had 16 teams competing – we even had to turn down a few second team entries, although every school who wanted to bring a team was able to do so

The day started with a light, variable, breeze, with the first race starting at around 0950. The course manager had some difficulty maintaining a suitable racing course and after the first dozen or so races we had to postpone for lunch due to lack of consistent wind. Fortunately, the afternoon brought a decent sea breeze and good sailing conditions, and we got through the remaining races in the schedule up to race 64, with each team racing 8 times. Whether we got through to the knockouts all hung on the last race: this started in a somewhat desperate position off the line but our team gradually clawed back, and up the final beat it looked like we might be in a winning combination. From the shore, it looked like we’d just secured the win, but from the finish boat it turned out that one of our boats had just been pipped at the post! After ties had been broken, this left us as 5th out of 16 teams at the event: a creditable position against some good opposition for the first event of the season. (JAAB)

Tennis vs Magdalen College School

The senior team’s first match of the season ended up being a tight affair against MCS at home. Both the 1st pair of Archie Sillars and Ollie Gibbon, and 2nd pair of Chris Lee and Freddie Van Every secured crucial draws late on to take home the 1st VI fixture for Winchester 5-4, but it was actually our 3rd pair of Lukas Brunner and Rigby Swarovski-Adams who ended up being the best-performing pair, winning two out of their three matchups. After an unbeaten season last year, it was an ideal start for the 1 st VI.

The 2nd VI, though, weren’t quite at their best, which is understandable for the first game of the summer. Though they ended up losing 4-6, a noteworthy highlight included a tight thriller in the 2nd pair matchup, which still continued for half an hour after all the other matches were finished. Niccolo Buccellati and Alistair Cliff both hit some fantastic serves, but just came up short overall; it was a commendable performance from them.

The 3rd VI were crucial in securing the complete fixture against MCS, winning just 5-4 over at Warden’s Gardens. Huw Jiang and Toh Pungpapong, playing as 2nd pair, breezed past all of their opponents, with high-quality net play being a strong contributor to their wins. With the scores at 4-4 leading into the final match, Tom Howman and Yasu Suzuki stepped up to the plate as 1st pair, and came back from 3 games down to take the match, and the fixture for Winchester. Sports Department MCS always provide a high-level competitive fixture; it was wonderful to start the season with match play of this quality, and in the sunshine to boot! (RJHM)

A first-rate effort from the U16As this weekend. Xingchen and Ivo saw off the competition with consecutive wins of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-5 and 6-2. Simon and Hugh showed promise and stamina winning half their sets and enduring multiple deuces. Finally, Miles and Charlie showed Winchester's strength in depth winning 3 of their 4 sets. An encouraging start for the U16Bs. Evan and Bertie were clinical in their performance winning all four sets, never dropping more than 3 games in a set. Brian and John Paul showed some admirable, if not always completely convincing, creativity on court. The consistent use of the lob was novel in its approach. A particular highlight for the pair was coming back from 1-5 to win 6-5 in their first set, bravo! Finally, William and Charlie showed exceptional mental fortitude winning a tiebreak 17-15 and enjoying some of the closest games of the day. (TERC)

The U15s had a tough first fixture against a formidable MCS team, but enjoyed playing tennis on a beautiful sunny day. The As & Bs were playing on grass for the first time this season and took some time getting used to the terrain. The scores were often close across the teams and Harry and Vincent at A2 lost two nailbiting sets 5-7, 5-7. The Cs also had a tough time of it on the astro courts although Felix and Oliver at pair 2 fared particularly well. (LJR)

After a slow start the U14 teams adjusted to playing on grass, and had some tight sets, even if the score did not reflect this. They showed enormous potential and greatly enjoyed playing in the sun by the river. It was particularly pleasing to see the levels of support for each other on display. (AMH)

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” (Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

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