A baking hot summer has seen plenty of cricket in warm conditions with blue skies. The combined total of 19 College teams have won 47% (Played 133, Won 63, Drawn 1, Lost 69) of their completed matches. The highlight was the Junior Colts 1st XI reaching the semi-finals of the national U15 ESCA Cup for the first time since 1985 after scintillating victories against King’s College Taunton & Canford. A great achievement getting to the last four of a competition in which over 1,300 schools enter.

It was a tough season for the XI in terms of results, but it finished with a creditable draw in the traditional two-day Colours match away at Rugby. The young side battled hard, gained valuable experience and developed a strong camaraderie. This was in no small part down to the outstanding leadership of captain Dominic Coulson (C1 U6), who has been an inspiration and role model for the younger players. All-rounder Coulson finished the season with 275 runs and 13 wickets. Notable batting successes came from Will Cook (SU L6) 104 v Cheltenham & 54 v Bradfield, Ben Spink (SU Hu) 79 v Rugby, Toby Hargrove (LI L6) 52 v Aitchison College Lahore and Harry Brooks 52 (TU L6) v Rugby. In the bowling department Jack Cleverly (SU Hu) finished the season with 14 wickets, Orlando Mace (B1 U6) with 12 and Freddie Coen (C2 L6) with 10.

The Colts 1st XI enjoyed a successful finish to their season with victories against St Edward’s, Bradfield and Cheltenham in which Ned Corfield (C2 Hu) and Arthur Hardwick (TU Hu) shared an unbeaten partnership of 87 for the 9th wicket to win in dramatic circumstances. They enjoyed a trip to Trent Bridge during Skill-Up Week to watch the England team break the world record against Australia, as well as a visit to the ECB National Performance Centre in Loughborough.

In addition to the cup run, the Junior Colts 1st XI won a number of T20 matches, including the Wiltshire Cup final v Dauntsey’s. Captain Freddie Kottler (C2 Re) scored 128 v Uppingham in the end-of-term festival and seamer Hugo Mayne (C3 Re) and leg spinner Archie Del Mar (B1 Re) spearheaded the bowling attack. The Yearlings 1st XI secured the Turner Cup and the Wiltshire U14 County title in a season where they won 8 out of 10 matches, only losing narrowly to Eton & Radley.

Girls cricket continues to flourish, and the Girls XI won 7 out of their 8 matches, losing to Bradfield by 1 run in the final match of the season. Charlotte Stafford (MM Re), Poppy Bell (IH Re), Emma Sharp (IH Re), Tallulah Baker (EL Sh), Freya Hogevold (NC Sh) and Rose Curtis (MO Sh) were among the star players. Summerfield completed a House Cup Double by winning the Lowers by one wicket off the last ball in a dramatic final against C3, with Ollie Cook (SU Re) scoring 65*.

Across the College since half-term, five-wicket hauls have been taken by Sam Martin-Jenkins (LI Sh), Oliver Light (B1 Re), Will Sankey (B1 Sh), Jack Cartwright (C3 Sh), Henry Pritchard (C3 Re) and Adam Cripwell (SU Sh). Harry Cowling scored a phenomenal 215* in an U14 cup match and there were half-centuries from Will Hammersley (PR Re), Felix Henderson (TU Hu), Max Russell (TU Sh), James Watson (SU Sh), Sam Baines (BH Sh), Ollie Clayton (SU Re), Adam Summers (TU Sh), Ollie Cook (SU Re), Oscar Waters (C1 L6), Cameron Heyring (C1 Re), Giles Hocking (C1 Re), Oscar Shepherd (SU Sh), Harry Campbell-Walter (BH Sh), Donald Corbett (TU Sh) and Toby Yates (C3 Sh).

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, Harry Cowling (C1 Sh) Hampshire and Donald Corbett (TU Sh) Somerset. Rosie Pembroke (EL Hu) has played for the full Wiltshire Ladies team.

Many thanks to everyone involved: Pupils, Staff, Parents, Grounds Staff, Caterers, Transport Co-ordinators, Scorers, Umpires etc. for making it such an enjoyable season.

Mike Bush
Master i/c Cricket