07 Jun 2022
Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 4

Sports Report: Cloister Time, Week 4

Tuesday 17th May: Cricket

Development XI v Butterflies

This was another really useful Development Game, with an excellent partnership of 224 between Fletcher Rhodes and Seb Morgan who both scored well-deserved centuries, Fletch (123*) and Seb (110*). JP pupil James Kennedy also contributed 10 not out towards the end of the innings, which resulted in us scoring 267-1 off our 45 overs.

We then took regular wickets; George Batt 1-14. Will Whitehead 1-29 from his 9 overs, Stan Askew 2-19, all bowled well. There was a very interesting point in the game when at tea we challenged the boys to try to bowl the opposition out which resulted in some interesting fielding positions! A good team talk at the end, with some good learning and discussion once again. (PNG)

Jun Colts A v Salesian College, Hampshire School Cup (h):

The JCAs were playing at home against Salesian College for a regional cup fixture. The JCA lost the toss and were put into bowl. There was some good bowling at the start from George Davies and Jack Bristowe. George Davies took an early wicket bowling a batsman off his pads, then another wicket fell to a good runout from Jack Bristowe. However, we let their number 2 get set and eventually, he settled and got 82. Salesian College ended on 143 runs.

Amaar Malik and Will Alexander went in to open the batting. We lost an early wicket but Jack Bristowe and Amaar Malik both got set and we looked in a good place after 10 overs. Then Jack Bristowe was caught of a good ball and left us with a very solid platform. George Bowder and Amaar Malik once again settled the order both scoring at a touch above 1 a ball. Then they took a couple of quick wickets leaving us needing around 8 an over with 4 wickets in hand. Our lower order was not able to get the runs with some nice shots played by Angus Hay towards the bottom end of the innings in vain. Eventually the JCAs finished 137 – 8 of 20 overs losing by 4 runs. (BMG)

Wednesday 18th May: Cricket: Yearlings A v Bedales School

The encounter started our way as our wishes of wanting to bat first were granted, due to a successful toss by skipper James Kennedy. Stanley Askew and Arthur Hampel put up an exhilarating and swift opening partnership, ending with Stanley’s (51*) retired. Stanley’s ability to score a good amount of runs against the opening bowlers built the foundation to the start of our batting innings, setting a standard for the batsmen to follow. Arthur Hampel went the extra mile, staying in and producing a sweet knock of (45*). His ability to run between the wickets and create partnerships aided the result of a successful innings, wherein our hopes were high. Seb Kingsbury smashed a useful (35) runs, guiding our innings in the right direction, following on from the excellent start Stanley gave us. Aryaveer Baljee aided the opposition in the field, picking up a run out, but maintained his fielding standards in our time in the field.

After the opening bowlers, Isaac Claisse provided a handy couple of wickets, going for only 6 runs! His spell was followed by Seb’s, in which he plucked out two wickets in his last over. Michael Jin and Arthur James-Duff fielded brilliantly to restrict the opposition total, forcing the batsmen to consider the areas of the field in which they scored their runs. Aryaveer managed to claim another run out in the game. Tom Gordon bowled well to restrict the batsmen to scoring only 6 runs off his two overs, and seized the opportunity to grab a wicket. Aaryan Shrestha was electric behind the stumps, nearly claiming two stumpings. Aryaveer bowled the last few overs, picking up a wicket in the last ball of both overs, finishing his spell with 2-6. The slower balls clearly worked in his case!

Thank you to Archie Lawson for helping with the warm ups, scoring and being supportive to the team whilst off injured. Also, a thank you to Mr Conolly and Mr Taylor for umpiring and scoring respectively, and coaching us. A brilliant victory for the team by 61 runs, with everyone in the team having played their part. We go onto the next game, which is away at Abingdon! (Aryaveer Baljee, K)

Thursday 19th May:

Athletics: ATHLA

This year’s inter-house athletics competition took place in warm and calm conditions up at the University of Winchester Track facility, a stark contrast to the cold and wet experience of 2021.There were a number of fine performances throughout the afternoon and the individual Victor Ludorum titles went to Timothy Kashirin (E) in the Senior competition and Jeffrey Chan (C) in the Junior event. Timothy claimed double victories in the 100m and 200m and Jeffrey claimed double victories in the long jump and triple jump. There were also notable doubles for Freddie von Finke (D) in the senior Long and Triple Jump, Jad Garlick (C) in the junior Shot and Discus, Vincent Gueguen (H) in the junior 800m and 1500m and Harry Draper-Barr (I) in the senior Shot and Discus. Harry also broke the long-standing schoo record for the Discus.

The team titles were very closely fought and although Furley’s claimed the Senior Trophy (The Green jackets Trophy) and Cook’s the junior trophy (Mark Harris Cup) the two second places in these competitions saw Toye’s take the overall ATHLA trophy. The new Medley relay format saw victories for Toye’s in the ‘A’ string race and Furley’s in the ‘B’ string race.

Cricket: Development XI vs Haberdashers' Monmouth School

In my opinion this was our best performance of the season. After winning the toss, we posted a very useful total of 201-3 in our allotted 30 overs, thanks in the main to an excellent hundred from Wilf (112 off 94 balls); he was also well supported by both Henry who played a couple of wonderful off side shots in the Power Play in an opening stand of 66 and then Zain who contributed 25 in a stand of 104. This was a good score.

In the field we displayed a really good attitude and intent in most of what we did; good tight bowling, backed up by some good fielding and "togetherness". All the bowlers bowled well and economically, Alex and Callum at the start then Seb and Will Whitehead, with Chris and Zain each picking up 3 wickets at the end of the innings. A win by 97 runs. (PNG)

Friday 20th May: Cricket

1st XI v Bradfield College – National Schools T20 Reginal Quarter Finals (a):

Lost by 7 wickets. 54 ao v 59 for 3

Development XI v Lord Wandsworth College (h): Lost by 1 wicket. 95 for 0 v 96 for 9.

Saturday 21st May:

Athletics: Home match v Canford, Dauntsey’s, Portsmouth GS

We hosted out first home match in several seasons at the University of Winchester track where Canford, Dauntsey’s and Portsmouth GS were the visitors. The training undertaken in the first half of term is definitely paying dividends with more consistent performances across the team. Some highlights included Hunter Lui, Issa Duggan and George Cummings in the Junior Boys 100m, 1500m and 80m Hurdles; Laolu Agunbiade claiming first place in the Inter boys 200m, Gus Bowden taking wins in the Inter HJ, TJ and 100mH, Charles Hairy 1st in Inter Long Jump, Poom Phetkeereeskul 1st in senior javelin and Jack Pascoe 1st in the senior 800m. With a number of 2nd places too this saw all the Winchester teams take 2nd place in their respective age categories.

The comments from the visiting schools were very complimentary about the running of the event and the behaviour and conduct of our athletes so many thanks to all involved for making such a positive impression. (MSB)

Cricket v Abingdon, St Edward’s & Lord Wandsworth College

Another fine and sunny day and Lords manged to win the toss and post 308-9, one of the biggest totals I can remember against another school. The lads all batted well. Wilf having taken 17 balls to score his first run, batted with great intent. He shared an 86 run opening partnership with Henry, who also played well for his 32 and an 81run partnership with Zain who made 42 off only 30 balls. Wilf was out for 87 off 87, when a possible big hundred was in the making. Another excellent partnership of 75 between Chris and Seb enabled us to keep the run rate up, Chris scoring 34 and Seb 57 off 46 balls.

We were very disciplined in the first 10 overs when we bowled. Abingdon were 28-2 off the first 10 and with a climbing run rate, were always struggling. Seb possibly bowling his best spell of the season finished with 3-23 off his 10 overs and both Paddy and Callum bowled some excellent deliveries, Paddy taking 2-41 and Callum 3-36 and Abingdon were bowled out for 125 and a win by 187 runs. A very pleasing response to the previous day's loss at Bradfield in the National T20, when we batted very poorly and were bowled out for 52 and lost by 7 wickets with over 10 overs to spare! (PNG)

2nd XI v Abingdon School (a) Won by 11 runs. 127 for 5 v 116 for 8

The captain won the toss for the 3rd XI and elected to bat on a hard wicket with a fast outfield in perfect batting conditions. The openers Kleingeld and Barnes started slowly accumulating 42 after 10 overs but after seeing out the opening bowlers, the run rate started to pick up. Halfway through the 30 overs, Winchester had scored 75-0 and on this pitch, we needed upwards of 160 to have a defendable score. In the 22nd over, both openers brought up their 50s and Winchester started to push towards the 150 mark. Kleingeld (66) got bowled meaning that Fennel came to the crease after 29 overs. Barnes (87) then played some lovely cuts through the covers until he was bowled leaving Brooke and Fennel to see Winchester scoring 179-2 off 30.

The bowling started well with Burge and Roberts leaving Abingdon on 53-4 after 12. With some quick wickets Bertie Courage was quick thinking behind the stumps and stumped out their number 1 from Burge’s bowling. The pressure was on Abingdon to start preserving their wickets as they were still matching the required run rate of 6 an over. Brooke and Thakur came in as first change with Brooke picking up a wicket each catching the batsman out with some trickery via the slower ball but after a dry patch of no wickets, Abingdon had the momentum. McCreery bowled full to a well-set field slowing the run rate down so Abingdon needed 49 off the last 4 overs. An exceptional piece of fielding from Bowder saving a certain four for no run meant that Abingdon needed 16 from the last over. McCreery was set to bowl the last over in which Abingdon only scored 8 meaning that Winchester 3rds won the game by 8 runs. Report by Captain Kleingeld.

4th XI v Lord Wandsworth College (a) We were beaten by nine wickets: Winchester made 109.

Sen Colts A started well in their match v St Edward’s Scool, and after 7 overs were 46-0 and looking good. St Edward’s then changed to spin, and the Winchester score slowed down. The batsmen dug in and worked hard and, although 146-6 was less than SCA were wanting, it was a defendable target. Unfortunately, SCA were not on top form with ball in hand, with uncharacteristically wayward bowling and a couple of crucial dropped catches allowing the risk-taking opponents to pass our score comfortably. This was a match that got away, but will hopefully fire the players up for the next against Eton next week. (LNT)

A lovely day on a good batting wicket on Meads provided the Junior Colts ‘A’ with a challenge, an Abingdon side that should have been our closest game of the season so far. Abingdon won the toss and chose to bat first. Their openers batted well putting on a 50 run opening partnership before the pressure, built up by some strong fielding, got to them and George Bowder was able to take the first wicket thanks to a catch in the deep by Anthony Cloke-Browne. Another wicket followed after, courtesy of a routine stumping from Angus Hay off the bowling of Henry Husband. They rotated the strike well and despite another wicket for Bowder, a brace for Jack Bristowe and a couple in one over for George Davis, both caught by Bowder, Abingdon’s score of 196 in 30 overs was very competitive.

We stared nicely with positive batting from our openers Amaar Malik (30) and Will Alexander (23), but after the wicket of Alexander there was a small collapse, some poor running between the wickets resulted in the loss of Bristowe and then Malik. Bowder attempted to steady the ship with a well-made 21, he was supported by a small cameo from Hay (12), but it was not enough. There were a few boundaries from Ted Miers towards the end but it was too little too late as ultimately, we fell 90 runs short which was disappointing considering the position we had got ourselves into after 10 overs. Thanks to Abingdon for a good game and we go again against Eton on Tuesday. (BMG)

The JCB team was involved in a really good game of cricket against Abingdon. The opposition won the toss and batted first, posting a score that proved tantalisingly just out of reach in the end. It was particularly pleasing to see good discipline and a positive vibe in the field with Michael Spearing safely pouching two catches and James Kitson throwing down the stumps for a run out. Regular wickets stopped the opposition from putting together an unreachable total: James Kitson's 4 for 15 lead the statistics but there was no obvious weak link in the bowling attack. That said 22 extra bolstered the Abingdon total.

In rely, Harry Perks began with some lusty blows and when he departed following a fine reaction catch at short extra cover, Vikrant Kheterpal (26) and Milo Hoffman (57) put together an excellent partnership of 70. At 88 for 1 with 9 overs still to go, Winchester was on top. A hat trick in the following over dented the momentum however and despite the efforts of Max Ingram, Jonas Bhattacharya and Maxence Hairy to get things moving again, Winchester finished frustratingly short. Nevertheless, much should have been learnt from such a keenly contested game. Abingdon 131 all out (24.4 overs) Winchester 123 for 9 (25 overs), Winchester lost by 8 runs (JM)

The first game of the season for the Jun Colt Cs started inauspiciously with a run out in the first over but steady batting by Max Collinson and Gugliemo Belingheri laid an excellent platform for later batters such as Rhys Downer to push us on to a respectable 130 all out from 23 overs. Abingdon started well and were soon 50 for 1 before an inspirational over from William Shi yielded four wickets and the game was flipped on its head. Tight bowling from Benedict Judge, Jamie Cotterell, Max Collinson, Freddie Holdsworth and Joe Miers saw us close out the game with our opponents 16 shy of the total. (RS)

The Yearlings A made the journey to Abingdon with the wind in their sails having won their last game comfortably. Indeed, the game started well with skipper James Kennedy winning the toss and electing to bat. He and Stanley Askew opened up the batting steadily, with good rotation of the strike and a few boundaries punishing any loose balls. They moved along to a fifty partnership before Stanley top edged a pull shot and was out for a well-made thirty three on the fine leg boundary; a real shame for him as he looked in good form.

Abingdon were then able to squeeze us and two more wickets fell cheaply with neither batter troubling the scorers. James Kennedy managed to manoeuvre his way cleverly amongst the panic to a well-crafted fifty. He then pushed on with the help of Aaryan Shrestha (who hit a lovely six over long on). The final over loomed large with James on 88* he was on track to get his second ton of the season, but he selflessly took a single for the good of the team meaning he finished on a majestic 95*. Winchester finished up on 159/4, a little below par we thought but very defendable none the less.

Stanley and James opened up the bowling well but were unable to take any wickets, despite finding the edge or forcing poor shots on multiple occasions. Twice we were celebrating run outs only to realise they had not been given. The game then meandered on with the openers looking very comfortable, this partnership was stopped by a great stop then throw by Stan to run their best batsmen out. This was followed by a wicket from Sebastian Kingsbury and then it was anyone’s game, however it just slipped away from us due to the batsmen rotating the strike too easily and further wickets failing to fall.

A close game and a tough loss but we will come back stronger against Eton on Tuesday. Thank you to Mr Taylor for umpiring and to the supporters who came to watch. (Archie Lawson, I)

The Yearlings B match turned into a two-innings game. We batted first with some lovely fluid stroke play, but failed to find the boundary often enough. Aarav starred with the bat, supported by Freddie who excelled at the quick single. I shall now gloss over the bowling. Batting again, we were well behind the opposition and had to go for quick runs. They started brightly with Ari top scoring with 30 before he ran himself out. Ollie hit the ball hard as did Jamie later on in his innings. Thank you to the captain for keeping things going and to the team for a chipper atmosphere despite the loss. (PAH)

Winchester Yearlings C won the toss and elected to go into bat. After a wobbly start, losing wickets fast we managed to set a first-innings target of 56 runs. Abingdon went into bat and reached 90 for 8. The second innings was a more positive affair with Rufus Hampson and Vardhan Mehrota getting the lion's share of the runs. With Abingdon needing only 66 to win it was going to be tough but possible. The final innings were played in great spirit and with a will to win. The required runs were reached by Abingdon with 4 overs to spare. All players enjoyed a good competitive game of cricket in the early summer sunshine. Vardhan Mehrotta was awarded player of the match for his batting and wickets taken bowling. (PM)

Yearlings D v Lord Wandsworth College Boys (h)

The Yearling Ds produced a superb performance to overcome a determined side from Lord Wandsworth College. Quality Winchester bowling from the likes of William Hagger, Henry Morris-Weston, Anton Oliver, Zain Naqui and, most notably, Johnny Wyatt (who took 2 for 14 from his three overs) reduced their opponents to 108. This total was then seen off comfortably with two overs to spare - a man-of-the-match 25 not out from Henry Spoerri was ably supported firstly by Hagger (15), and then later by Naqui (who made a quick-fire 10 not out to see the game home). Special mentions in the field must also go to Spoerri (two catches) and Tom Simpson (one sensational run out). (JL)

Sailing: 1st vs Radley College

We had excellent conditions for our match against Radley at Farmoor, a decent breeze but the water was not too choppy. The team won three out of their four races: as is so often the case, a misjudged start can lead to an irrecoverable position. There were a few good mark traps, but decisively, when the wind dropped for the last couple of races, our training in light winds at Spinnaker paid off and our sailors got every last fraction of a knot of boat speed out of the available wind. A shout out to Luke Edwards and Alex Parkinson in JP who were very dynamic in their boat and sailed fast. They will be a real force to be reckoned with once they have a little more team racing experience under their belts. (JAAB)

Tennis – Eton College

U18A (a) Score: 5 – 4

The U16A team had a close-run contest which went down to the wire. Eventually, despite strong performances, especially from Simon Ormond and Ivo Sawbridge who won 2 out of their 3 matches, Eton just managed to clinch the fixture 5-4. This was a competitive performance overall by the team. There were close contests throughout and the sunshine helped everyone enjoy a pleasant afternoon's tennis. The U16B team came up against a formidable opposition but still managed to win some matches. There were close contests throughout and the sunshine helped everyone enjoy a pleasant afternoon's tennis. L2-7 (TERC)

The U15 A team managed a clean sweep although had some excellent close matches including the final for the top pair, Daniel and Adan, which they won in a nail-biting tie-breaker. The B team played well although couldn't quite get a win despite a close tie-break lost by Oli Frost and Stefan. The Cs and Ds started well with an early win from Charlie and Ollie Bell but it wasn't enough to stop Eton taking the remaining games. Overall despite the one-sided results in both directions it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the boys appreciated the delicious match teas. (LJR)

It was a lovely afternoon for tennis as the U14 A & Bs welcomed the Eton Bs and Cs on Palmer. The U14As were on fine form, as we cruised home to a 6-3 victory over a strong Eton side. In particular, our 2nd pair of Max Jackson and Theo Coles showed excellent teamwork skills and managed to come away from the afternoon undefeated, despite strong pressure from Eton. Likewise, the 1st pair of Will Hammerson-Jones and Pholnart Sukriswong were narrowly prevented from walking away with three straight victories by the Eton 1st pair, in an intense final game to close out a lovely afternoon. The U14Bs were still finding their footing, and unfortunately came away with a 1-8 loss to the Eton C team. They showed good determination in the face of an occasionally vocal Eton side, but narrowly lost out in the long run. This was a good learning experience for our Bs, who continue to distinguish themselves in their positive attitude and good sportsmanship. (WJH)

What a glorious day for the U14 Cs & Ds last Saturday! Our boys had 45 minutes to warm up in the shining sun waiting for our late opposition. This extra preparation along with the sheer force of will to stand up to Eton allowed us to win every single set that afternoon. Special mention should be made of the following pairs: Indy Jaratt (C) and Harry Tang (A) who didn’t let the first pair of the opposition win a single game when they faced them; Max Arnold (D) and Tony Jiang (K) for their great volleying skills; Matthew Cave (E) and Lachlan Lui (C) for a very consistent score of 6-1 in every set and overall great play. (KF)

Finally, congratulations to Harris Faizi & Jayden Chin, along with Rudra Patel, who took the Inter-house badminton Doubles (Claw Pot) & Singles (Jam Pot) titles.

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“Be wary of someone who tells you hard they work. Hard workers just work hard and let their results speak for themselves.” (UConn Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma)

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

24th May 2022

Twitter: @WinCollSports