07 May 2024
Sports Report – Cloister Time 2024, Week 1

Sports Report – Cloister Time 2024, Week 1

Tuesday 16th April 2024:

U18 v Hampshire Cricket College (h): Won by 79 runs. 155 for 8 against 76 ao.

JCA’s v Bishop Wordsworth’s School (h): Won by 56 runs. 120 for 7 against 64 for 8.

Thursday 18th April 2024

Cricket U17A’s v Southampton Hawks Academy (h):

Sebastian Morgan lead our U17s in this T20 match against the Southampton Hawks Academy. Our guests won the toss and elected to field, allowing Vedant Shah an opportunity to showcase his stroke-making in the powerplay, as he drove fluently down the ground before lifting his next drive clear over mid-off. After he and Kennedy had departed in quick succession, Morgan and Bristowe took on the challenge and built a good partnership. Bristowe rotated the strike well whilst Morgan displayed some destructive shots and being especially dismissive against the short ball. Once he had retired for 63 from 30 balls, Kanbi and Malik were able to add another 32 runs in the closing overs.

Davies and Fernando went searching for swing with the new ball and challenged the batters whilst keeping easy scoring opportunities to a minimum. This early pressure provided a run out opportunity which Humphries took. Outside the powerplay, Lawson and Bowder sustained the pressure as Lawson picked up two more wickets. As a partnership developed and our guests looked to increase their scoring rate, Humphries and Kanbi were bought into the attack. However, it was some good work in the field by Bristowe that provided the breakthrough with another run out, before Bowder returned to provide a stumping for Kennedy to close out the innings and a promising performance by our U17s. Won by 74 runs. 171 for 4 against 97 for 5. [JMB]

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April 2024: Golf, Swift Tour Championship at the JCB G&CC

The Winchester College team finished tied 8th place in the school competition. Harry H (I) & Ray S (E) both finished in the top 25 individually, highly commendable given the very high quality of the field, from many of the best golfing schools & academies across the UK.

Saturday 20th April 2024

Athletics v Charterhouse (a)

For our first meet of the season, we had a full team for all three age groups make their way down to Charterhouse to compete against the hosts, Marlborough and Seaford. We got off to a good start with Gus B (F) and Felix C (E) winning the Senior Boys and Inter Boys Hurdles races, with Gus managing to break the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles Record in the first meet of the season running a time of 15.60s breaking the previous record set in 2014. Other first places included strong wins in the Inter Boys Long jump by Seb B (G) and Edward F (B) for both A & B string and Issa D (I) and Ivor M (G) easily beating the rest of the field as they both took 1st place finishes in the 1500m and 800m respectively. In the Senior Boys Kaito K-W (F) picked off where he left off last year and easily beating competition in the Senior Boys 400m with hopes of breaking the Senior 400m record this season and the A string 4x100m team secured a win after the Charterhouse team missed the memo on having to stay in their own lane. In the Junior Boys there were encouraging results from the JP including a 1st place finish for Jaren L (K) in the B string 100m, 2nd place for Elan O (A) in the 200m and 2nd place for Osamede A (G) in the shot putt. Winchester came 3rd out of 4 with lots to build for most athletes ahead of the Lutra Shield Competition on Thursday in Yeovil.

Cricket v Bradfield College (h) & (a)

On a dry, sunny day, but with a cold northerly breeze, the wicket looked good for batting, so unsurprisingly Henry elected for Lords to bat first having won the toss.

We batted very sensibly to start with picking up on anything loose and generally running well between the wickets. At drinks and after 17 overs we were scoring at just under 4 an over, but had not lost a wicket. Charlie and Henry then picked up the tempo, both were strong through the offside, Charlie picking up on anything short, while Henry played their off spinner particularly well, hitting him over extra cover and reversing too and it was a little surprising when Charlie was caught at square leg trying to lift it over him for a well constructed 64, but a 132 opening partnership was a perfect start. Seb joined Henry and also played well, but a key part of another excellent partnership of 98 was the excellent running between the wickets, turning 1s into 2s on a regular basis and Henry moved onto a very well deserved 100. Seb had scored 53 off 53 balls when he was stumped. Aaron then came in with Henry and added great impetus to the scoring making a quick fire 34 from 17 balls including 3 x 4s and a six, meanwhile Henry scoring freely and manipulating the strike well, was eventually out in the last over for 116 from 130 balls and in my opinion probably his best innings for Lords in 50 appearances. We closed our innings on 283-3 from our 50 overs.

Alex and Stan opened the bowling and made quick inroads into the Bradfield batting, Stan clean bowling both the Bradfield number 2 and 3 batters, Alex working hard for his wicket very well caught by Aneesh at mid on and we had reduced Bradfield to 23-3.just the start we needed. However, both the Bradfield Number 4 and 5 then came together, starting quite slowly which meant the required rate rose quite quickly to 7 an over, but as their confidence grew they started to put anything loose we bowled away for boundaries and keeping up with the run rate. Having put on a partnership of 121, it was a great relief when Charlie returned to the attack and clean bowled their dangerous Number 5 batter who had scored a hundred against us the previous season. Alex then picked up a wicket, neatly caught by James behind the stumps, Bradfield were now 150-5 and we were in the ascendency, however their number 7 hit a few lusty blows, but the rate was rising thanks to good bowling in particular from Charlie who also manged to clean bowl him.

Stan then returned to the attack bowling a great spell. Running in hard, he picked up 2 more wickets including their number 4 who had made 84, clean bowling him with a great yorker. Charlie also picked up another wicket and Stan took the last wicket caught by Aneesh and Bradfield were all out for 216, a win by 67 runs. Stan took 5-43 on his debut for Lords, Charlie 3-38 and Alex 2-57. Debutant Rhys and Aaron also bowled important spells in the middle of their innings

This was a good team effort in the field and they responded particularly well I felt when Bradfield had their big partnership encouraging and supporting each other through. (PNG)

2nd XI (a): Won by 8 wickets. 136 for 2 against 135 for 5.

The 3rd XI travelled to Bradfield in high spirits, with it being the first match of the season, we were confident that would seal a win. Unfortunately, our confidence was misplaced and after a lost toss, we batted first and lost our 2nd, 3rd and 4th batsmen to 0 runs. A steady performance from House (19), Kitson (26) and Ingram (23) to steady the sinking ship was, alas, in vain, and we ended our innings on 110 all out.

To bring the game back from the brink of death we knew we would have to bowl like we had never bowled before. Jackson and Bhagobati came in with fire and fury, albeit a severe lack of consistency, to claim their openers and fourth batsman for 17 runs. Whilst we had started well, we just couldn’t keep their run rate low enough, despite Collison bowling 5 overs for a respectable 25 runs, and Bradfield caught up to our total with 5 wickets remaining. Lost by 5 wickets. 110 ao against 11 for 5. [T Miers (B) VI Bk2]

U16A (h): Lost by 10 wickets. 44 ao against 48 for 0.

Lead by Mr Flynn and Mr Smith, the U15A cricket season finally came to a start with tough fixture away against a strong Bradfield team. Having lost the toss Bradfield chose to bat on what looked like a tricky surface but actually played really well all day with a fair contest between bat and ball. Amar F (I) opened up and took the first wicket (a lovely caught behind from Plum) in the 5th over with the score at 14-1. A steady 2nd wicket partnership of 74 from the Bradfield number 2 & 3 put them back on track. Three quick wickets, 2 from Caspar E (A) and 1 from Tom H (E) got our fielding innings back on track reducing Bradfield from 88-1 to 100-4 after 20 overs. However, things turned in Bradfield's direction with some big hitting from their number 4 along with a few good partnerships lead them to a 1st innings score of 176-6. Probably 20/30 too many from the position the Winchester boys were in.

The Winchester innings opened up by Plum (43 of 32 balls) and Ayush (56* off 89 balls) started well with an opening partnership of 63. Some fierce hitting from Plum ensured that he put the pressure on right from that start and Winchester looked comfortable from the get go. After Plum lost his wicket the innings never really recovered with quick wickets falling and partnerships struggling to from. Ayush batted incredibly well with wickets falling around him and held the innings together by a thread. These few wickets in the middle overs ultimately was the downfall and Winchester fell 32 runs short.

Overall it was a good effort from the boys and we look forward to out next fixture this Saturday against Harrow on Meads. Lost by 32 runs. 144 for 7 against 176 for 6. [TJF].

JCB (a): Lost by 8 wickets. 137 for 1 against 138 for 2.

Bradfield U14A won the toss and elected to bat. Ray (D) and Ollie (B) opened the bowling tidily for the home side and the early breakthrough came through a sharp piece of fielding by Isaac (K) in the deep running out the Bradfield opener. With no further wickets falling, Bradfield’s big hitting number 3 upped the run rate gradually. Winchester persisted with spin from both ends, finally getting the breakthrough dismissing the Bradfield number 2. A third wicket came after the batsmen attempted a reverse sweep, and just after drinks we finally dismissed the number 3 for 65 with one of the worst balls of the innings so far. The next over saw two more wickets fall in the form of a run out and then Henry (I) bowled the Bradfield number 6. After 19 overs the match looked intriguingly poised with Bradfield on 98/6. Sadly, Winchester could not find the killer blow. Isaac and Ray kept the pressure on, keeping the run rate down and taking three wickets between them before a sharp piece of fielding from Ray saw the Bradfield number 11 run out off the last ball of the innings. However, by that stage Bradfield had ground their way to 171 which looked a challenging target.

After 10 overs Winchester were on a disappointing 27/4 though Max (F) (15) and Oscar (11) steadied the ship with a solid partnership of 29. A flurry of wickets bought Isaac to the crease who played positively scoring a rapid 23 including a flurry of boundaries. Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall at the other end before Isaac was last man out to close the innings on 96. On paper a sizeable defeat though in reality a fine innings by the Bradfield number 3 was all that separated the sides. [C. Wilson, (E)].

Great team spirit was on display for the Mighty Yearlings B. Ably captained by Bertie C, the team plugged away to take 6 Bradfield wickets, William Rbeing the most dangerous. The team was sprightly in the field right until the end. They started the run chase with intent, Ed L and Sid S-M running inventively between the wickets. However, inventiveness turned into rashness and they were both run out. Phil C batted really well until he was spectacularly caught. Then wickets tumbled and the chase tailed of to an eventual loss. [PAH]

The Yearlings C Team were faced with the daunting task to competing against Bradfield. The fixture did not start in our favour, as we lost the toss and Bradfield opened the batting. Winchester bowled well, as J. Hoskin (D) starred, taking two wickets and a catch. Despite this they still managed to score 158 runs, averaging 6.3 per over, due to some rusty fielding. In batting, we started well with the opening partnership of W. Hunt (H) and R. Fletcher (I), but our batting order quickly collapsed with some great bowling from Bradfield. All, in all, we only managed to get 63 runs on the board and lost by 95. It was a good learning experience and gave us some preparation for next week’s trip to Harrow. Man of the Match goes to Hoskin. [PM]

Sailing – Mixed U18 BSDRA Southern Area Championships (h)

On the first Saturday back after the Easter Holidays, the sailing team rose early and travelled to Spinnaker Sailing Club for the first team racing fixture of this season involving 20 teams and hosted by us. Weather conditions could not have been better: blue skies and a relatively consistent breeze.

We had hoped to start strongly in the round robin but unfortunately the first two races, although extremely closely contested, did not quite go our way. Undeterred, we returned to the race course with renewed concentration and saw much greater consistency, winning seven out of the remaining eight races beating schools such as Wellington, Bryanston and Eton in the process.

The highlight of our day was the race against the Ryde 1st team, one of the strongest teams there who went on to win the entire event. We started aggressively, pushing one of their boats over the line early and establishing a winning combination, albeit very unstable. However, the outcome was still undecided approaching mark 3. The fleet all compressed as we prepared to gybe, but tactical positioning on the left hand side of the course by Noah, sailing with Olivia , and Rupert, sailing with Amelie enabled us to prevent two of their boats from gybing for long enough to ensure that we had control heading into the final upwind. This, combined with some good boat speed under pressure by Luke, sailing with Thomas, meant we crossed the finish line in 1,3,4 – a convincing win for Winchester and the only loss that the Ryde 1st team suffered all day.

Overall, Winchester finished the day in 7th place out of 20 teams. While we missed out on the semi-finals this time, our performance against some of the stronger teams attending and steady improvement throughout the day leaves us optimistic going forward. Thank you so much to Dr Barron for organising such a brilliant event and ensuring that the whole day ran so smoothly and we look forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings. R. Balmain (K)

Rowing – Inter-Regional Regatta

The J15’s and J16’s competed at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta in Nottingham. After a long drive we arrived just in time to launch the 8+, a mixed boat of J15’s and J16’s coxed by J. Mackinnon (I) . They raced a time trial of 1000m and were placed into the B final. Then it was the J15 4+ and J16 4+’s turn to race their time trials, both boats had a bit of a wait on the start line. The J15 4+ progressed to the B final and the J16 4+ made it to the A final.

All 3 finals were exciting races to watch, the 8+ had its final first, they looked strong off the start and managed to hang onto the leaders for as long as they could, they finished in 3rd place. The J15 4+ was next, their race started and all boats were level until our 4+ started to pull away and managed to get a boat lengths lead over the other crews, they finished in 1st place. Our last final was the J16 A final, again this race started neck and neck between all crews, it was a nail biting watch, we managed to stay with the pack for the first half of the race and ended up coming a close 5th. All 3 time trials and finals were well raced by all, it was a great way to kick off regatta season and for some of the boys this event was their first race and for the majority of the boys it was their first taste of side by side racing. WCBC is looking forward to our next event. [SLG]

Sunday 21st April 2024

Cricket: Lords v Free Foresters (h):

Having elected to bat first, Morgan and Bristowe found the opening bowling tight and scoring opportunities fairly limited. Morgan looked to be positive but miscued his shot to be caught in the ring. Lam joined Bristowe but the latter was trapped LBW when sweeping and then Lam's leading edge provided a simple catch to leave us 38-3. Captain Nicholls and Kanbi then changed proceedings as they built their partnership. Nicholls struck confidently straight and through the covers whilst Kanbi worked the ball behind square on both sides of the wicket providing a good foil for one another and challenging the bowlers' lines and lengths. We lunched at 95-3 and then the pair began to accelerate beyond 50 runs apiece. Nicholls continued to push before being bowled for 81 and end the near run-a-ball 145 run partnership. He was soon followed by Caird before Hockey provided a flurry of runs to take us to 244-5 from 51 overs and a declaration. Kanbi's unbeaten 76 was his first batting milestone for the School and shows the promise he will look to fulfil across this and next summer.

Askew and Caird opened up with the ball and the Captain supported them with plenty of catchers. Askew bowled nicely before being replaced by Hockey from the School End, however, it was Caird's spell from the Garnier Road End that did the damage on this occasion. Hamish bowled both openers before finding a fine edge through to Husband's gloves which left the Free Foresters 41-3 at Tea.

What followed after Tea surprised everyone, including the FF scorer who had already witnessed two hat-tricks in other games in the week beforehand. Bowder was tossed the ball from the School End and promptly bowled the No.3 batter around his legs when looking to sweep fine. George's next ball then struck off stump. His third of the over wrapped the front pad in line and the finger was raised to complete his hat-trick to spark wild jubilations amongst the team and padding up panic in the away changing room. George's fourth ball struck middle stump before the eighth batsman found an answer to the mystery and blocked the fifth. George's sixth ball struck off stump again! Everything after that over felt anti-climatic. A few lusty blows changed the scoreboard a little before Bowder collected his sixth wicket and then Humphries picked up the last wicket, LBW with his third ball. It was an extraordinary finish to the game and George was duly presented with the MoM award by our guests which he will have to wait a year before he can enjoy. Won by 150 runs. 244 for 5 against 94 ao. [JMB]

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

Sporting quote for the week:

“Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.” John Wooden Former UCLA Basketball Coach

M.S. Burley

Director of Sport

23rd April 2024

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