Overall P: 86; W: 37; L: 49

A sunny Summer Term has meant there has been plenty of cricket played. The combined total of 19 College teams have won 43% of their completed matches including block fixtures against Eton, Sherborne, Winchester, Wellington & Radley. A highlight has been the Junior Colts 1st XI reaching the Quarter Finals of the U15 ESCA National Cup after a nail-biting one-wicket defeat of King’s Taunton with captain Freddie Kottler (C2 Re) making 56.

An inexperienced XI have made encouraging progress despite a tough season in terms of results. They fought bravely in matches against Eton, Magdalen College School and Radley (losing by only three runs). Rain cruelly intervened after promising starts against both Wellington and Clifton. Dominic Coulson (C1 U6) has captained the young side with patience and intelligence, consistently leading by example and setting high standards. His 65 against Radley was an innings of great character. Other half-centuries have been scored by Ben Spink (SU Hu), 64* v Sherborne and Harry Brooks (TU L6) 63* v Portsmouth GS. Both Spink and wicket-keeper Freddie Kottler (C2 Re) were unbeaten on 46* at Wellington when the weather intervened. In the bowling department Jack Cleverly (SU Hu) is the leading wicket taker, but there have been other promising contributions from captain Coulson, Orlando Mace (B1 L6), Freddie Coen (C2 L6), and Hugo Mayne (C3 Re).

Across the College five wicket hauls have been taken by Adam Cripwell (SU Sh), Finn Dowling (PR Re), George Hentenaar (C2 L6) and Max Meyrick (TU Hu). Will Hammersley (PR Re) has scored the only century of the term, 111* v Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in the U15 T20 cup. Half centuries have been registered three times by Donald Corbett (TU Sh), twice by Freddie Kottler (C2 Re) along with Sam Baines (BH Sh), Hugo Beckwith-Moore (CO Hu), Archie Darke (LI Sh), Freddie Hall (C2 Hu), Harry Heneage (SU L6), George Hentenaar (C2 L6), Giles Hocking (C1 Re), Jamie Hodgskin (BH U6), Harry Keenan (CO Hu), Leo Lambert (B1 L6), Sam Martin-Jenkins (LI Sh), Hugo Mayne (C3 Re), Oscar Pownall (C2 Sh) & Alastair Sheldon (LI L6).

The Colts 1st XI secured a nail-biting victory over Wellington with captain Hugh Norman’s (SU Hu) 48* seeing them home by two wickets. The Yearlings 1st XI have secured good wins against Sherborne, Winchester and Wellington.

The Girls’ XI have continued their unbeaten run with wins against Wellington, Bradfield, St Edward’s, Cheltenham & Westonbirt, both Charlotte Stafford (MM Re) and Rose Curtis (MO Sh) have made their maiden half-centuries and Tallulah Baker (EL Sh) has impressed with her bowling.

On Prize Day the Girls’ XI played their inaugural match against Rugby, winning by eight wickets and the XI secured a tense four-wicket win over the Lord’s Taverners off the penultimate ball with Jack Cleverly (SU Hu) taking five wickets.

There has been county representation from: Will Hammersley (PR Re) Oxfordshire, Freddie Kottler (C2 Re) Middlesex, Will Pembroke (C3 Re) Wiltshire, Sam Baines (BH Sh) Gloucestershire and Donald Corbett (TU Sh) Somerset. Rosie Pembroke (EL Hu) has played for the full Wiltshire Ladies team scoring 57 against Dorset.

In the House competitions, Summerfield beat C1 in the final of the Uppers with Will Cook (SU L6) making 66* and the Lowers Semi Finals (C2 v Summerfield & C3 v B1) will take place after half-term.

Elsewhere in June, we look forward to block fixtures against St Edward’s, Bradfield and Cheltenham in June before welcoming Aitchison College, Lahore and then the traditional two-day match away at Rugby in the final week of term.

Mike Bush
Master in Charge, Cricket