Results archive – 2006

Wednesday July 26th 2006

Taunton enjoyed another outstanding season, with 15 wins, one loss, one tie and a draw. Josh Bess’s outstanding captaincy was an important factor as well as his 639 runs, and this young, hard-working side was a credit to Derek Baty, their coach, who retires after years of outstanding service to schools’ cricket in the South West, especially at Downside and Taunton.

King’s, Macclesfield had an exceptional batsman in Khalid Sawas, with 1192 runs including five centuries, and an average of 74.50; he was ably supported by the captain, Tom Parfett-Manning, with 673 runs and 33 wickets. Though they won 12 matches, they should perhaps have won more.

Marc-Antony Eysele of Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire missed his 1000 runs by just 16, and averaged 82; he also took 27 wickets with his off-spin.

It was an excellent season for the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, where twelve games were won and only one lost. They won the cup at the annual RGS tournament, defeating Colchester, Worcester, High Wycombe and Newcastle. The astute captaincy of Ant Drake was a key feature of the season which was very much an all-round team effort.

Luc Durandt led the way at Wellington in Berkshire where his 710 runs proved the mainstay of the batting, while Edward Young led the bowling with 31 wickets. A pre-season tour to Cape Town gave this very young side an excellent start, and they enjoyed a fine season, with ten wins including an eight-wicket defeat of Eton.

Merchant Taylors’ in Northwood were expecting a modest season, but lost only once, in the final match of the season. Ashish Mehta led the side well, scoring 571 runs, and the two left-armers, Josh Hershman and Ravi Patel, shared 64 wickets.

Haroon Khan with 838 runs and Matthew Surry with 752 laid the foundations of another good year at Felsted, while Danny Pheloung, last year’s leading wicket-taker in schools’ cricket, captured 54 wickets at an average of 15.88.

Stowe lost only one regular fixture and reached the semi-finals of the Independent Schools’ Twenty/20 competition. They were very well led by the all-rounder Ben Howgego.

Results (* denotes home side):

St Peter’s, York Festival
*St Peter’s, York, 163-5 (35 overs), Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 164-4
Cranleigh 223, Christchurch GS (Aus) 127
Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 166, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham 95
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham 148, *St Peter’s, York 149-9
Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 137, Cranleigh 138-4
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham 213, Christchurch GS (Aus) 214-6
*St Peter’s, York 160, Cranleigh164-3
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham 127, Cranleigh 128-5
*St Peter’s, York 262-8 dec, Christchurch GS (Aus) 127

Wednesday July 19th 2006

With schools moving ever more towards the limited-overs format, Trent (see last week), Harrow and Haberdashers’ Aske’s are the only ones to report an unbeaten season, though a few have yet to finish. For Harrow, it was their second unbeaten season in succession. Eton were defeated at Lord’s by 23 runs. They won most of their limited-overs games by batting second. The batting was dominated by a strong top four of George Harper, William Spencer, Sam Northeast and Glenn Querl, while the three spinners, William Spencer, Sam Northeast and Charlie Stewart, took 58 wickets.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s in Hertfordshire had an outstanding season, winning 19 out of 22 matches, the remainder being drawn. Gavin Baker scored 924 runs, including four centuries, and also took 30 wickets. Robert Clements had 672 runs and 41 wickets, and Ajay Soni 649 runs and 20 wickets. Edward Clements captained the side astutely.

Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh lost only once (to Fettes), but enjoyed another fine season. Hamish Locke scored 205 not out against Loretto, Carleon Browne 178 against Newcastle Royal Grammar School. But the biggest star was Alex Tilley, with five centuries and a total of 1171 runs, a first for Merchiston and rare in this normally damp part of the UK. In 2006, in May at least, Scotland enjoyed better weather than elsewhere.

They were also the only school to overcome Gordonstoun, who benefited from not only the unusual good weather but also the arrival of Preston Mommsen. He made his mark with 1062 runs and an average of 151, scoring five centuries. Michael Wiseman was the most consistetnt performer with the ball and Gregor Paterson led the side well.

The Perse school, Cambridge, though losing to Gresham’s early in the season, won a record fourteen matches in a row. Highlights were James Coe’s 131* against Culford, and Ed Pearson’s 109 not out against Bedford off 72 balls. Alex Fullarton took 40 wickets including 3 five-wicket hauls.

A vintage season for The Oratory saw openers Danny Housego and Ben Howell selected for England Under 17s. Batting honours, however, were taken by Simon Steel (West Indies Under 15), who hit majestic centuries against the MCC and Harrow ‘A’ XI. Losing the first match of the season to Lord Wandsworth College, they were thereafter unbeaten with 13 wins and five draws.

Marlborough completed their best season in living memory with 12 wins, two losses, and three draws. They lost to Sherborne early in the season but got their revenge in a return match at the Cheltenham festival where they beat Sherborne and Haileybury, but lost to Cheltenham. The captain, Ed Kilbee, led by example, scoring 804 runs.

It was another excellent season for Dulwich with ten victories, but three losses. Dhyan Ranatunga was the pick of the batsmen and Chris Jordan showing great ability with both bat and ball. The total of 300 for 9 off 50 overs against Krugersdorp High School. from South Africa was the highest total seen at the school for over fifty years and the side played excellent cricket to win a strong end of season festival against Ampleforth, Taunton and Uppingham.

Results (* denotes home side)

Hereford Cathedral School Old Boys 231-8 dec, *Hereford Cathedral School 232-9

Hereford Gentlemen 234, Hereford Cathedral School 238-5 (T Austwick 121)

*Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 233-5 dec (S Cole 125), Hulme GS, Oldham 170

*Appleby Eden CC 189-9 (35 overs), Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 180

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 201-7 dec (C Firth 102), *Barnard Castle 158-9
XL Club 155-9 dec, *Chigwell 156-1 (W Taylor 102)

*Exeter School 200-9 (40 overs), Haberdashers’ Aske’s 201-5 (played at Sidmouth CC)

*Devon U16s 165 (50 overs), Haberdashers’ Aske’s 166-5 (played at Axminster CC)

*Exeter CC 140-9 dec, Haberdashers’ Aske’s 144-4

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 204-7 dec, *Ottery St Mary CC 37
Cheltenham College Festival:
*Cheltenham 240-7 (50 overs), Haileybury 228-7
Marlborough 184-7 (50 overs), *Cheltenham 185-5
Haileybury 196-7 (50 overs), Sherborne 197-2
*Cheltenham 240-6 (50 overs), Sherborne 242-2
Haileybury 59, Marlborough 60-0

Sherborne 162-7 (50 overs), Marlborough 165-8

Wednesday July 12th 2006

Trent College enjoyed their best-ever season, winning all ten matches played. Strong seam bowling from Tom Crosse and Gregg Roberts, the latter averaging under eight, provided a good base for spinners Akhil Patel and Ian Johnston. The batting was based on Akhil Patel, brother of the Notts CCC player and Alex Robinson, son of the former England opener Tim. The final match against the Headmaster’s XI was a nail-biting affair, when the College chased 207 to win in the last over with nine wickets down.

State school cricket in Buckinghmashire is healthy, with Dr Challoner’s Grammar School leading the way. The school has won 80 of the 110 games played so far at all age-levels (with three teams in each year-group). The Under 15s reached the quarter-final of the Lord’s Taverners’ competition as well as the regional finals in the ESCA Twenty/20 competition. The school were county champions at all levels up to Under 15.

Loughborough Grammar School reached the final of the national Bunbury Cup for Under 13s and felt confident after scoring 225 for six from their 35 overs. However, this proved not enough for a strong Millfield side, who overhauled the total with seven balls to spare.

Bancroft’s lost their undefeated record to Haberdashers’ Aske’s, scoring only 144 all out in reply to the visitors’ 224 for seven in 40 overs.

Results (* denotes home side)

XL Club 236-7 dec, *Dauntsey’s 220

MCC 221-5 dec, *Cranleigh 222-2 (A Cope 120 not out)
*Wells Cathedral School 143-6 (35 overs), Queen’s, Taunton 146-4

*West Buckland 169-5 dec, Queen’s, Taunton 109-6

Past Captain’s XI 233 (40 overs), *Hampton 218-6

Old Hamptonians 161-8 dec, *Hampton 162-6
*Wellington, Somerset 219-3 (25 overs)(A Vaughan 101 not out), Truro 152-5
A.J.Palmer’s XI 189-8 dec, *Dauntsey’s 184
Marlborough 127(J White 5-20), *Rugby 32-2 (rain)

John Fisher 154 (40 overs), *Caterham 155-7

*KCS, Wimbledon 204-6 (40 overs), Caterham 123

*Caterham 103-8 (35 overs), St.Dunstan’s 45

Caterham 120 (35 overs),*Reigate GS 125-4

Old Peterites 192-8 dec & 213-8 dec, *St Peter’s, York 175 & 231-5 (I Jarvis 102 not out)

Fraser Bird XI 227-4 dec., *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 154-7

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 224-7 (40 overs), *Bancroft’s 144

Marlborough Blues 139 (T Graham 6-35), *Marlborough 143-9 (A Cunningham 5-45)

MCC 235-8 dec, *Denstone 186

*Denstone 242-8 dec (H Siddique 137), Wirral GS 209-5

*Denstone 251-6 dec, Wickersley 40-1

*Bishop Vesey’s 166-8 (35 overs), Denstone 167-5

Old Denstonians 237-4 (35 overs), *Denstone 236-4 (J Burnett 100 not out)

Queen Mary’s GS 122 (35 overs), *Denstone 123-1

Buckinghamshire County Cup finals (played at RGS High Wycombe):

Under 12 (25 overs): Aylesbury GS 98, Dr Challoner’s GS 99-2
Under 13 (30 overs): RGS, High Wycombe 80, Dr Challoner’s GS 82-1
Under 14 (30 overs): Dr Challoner’s GS 155-3, RGS, High Wycombe 73
Under 15 (30 overs): Dr Challoner’s GS 166-8, RGS, High Wycombe 134

Wednesday July 5th 2006

It was the end of an era at Eastbourne on Saturday when Nigel Wheeler, a giant of the South-East circuit, retired after thirty very successful years as Master i/c Cricket. Always an upholder of the highest standards, he pioneered unusual overseas cricket tours, which often included also taking a drama production at the same time. His cheery bonhomie, his colourful bow ties and his generous measures of Pimm’s will be much missed.

After a disastrous start on 4 for two after 5 overs, Marlborough’s captain Ed Kilbee (122) and James Allen (115) took the game away from Clifton with powerful striking to record the astonishing score of 358 all out. Kilbee took only 91 balls to reach his century and Allen 102 balls. This proved too much to chase for the home side who finished on 213.

There was quick scoring too at St John’s, Leatherhead where Sam Burge hit 149 in 103 balls, including six fours off one over, and Simon Barrett reached exactly 100 in 93 balls. Their third-wicket partnership of 262 led to a total of 327 for three in their 50 overs, which Caterham, who reached 149, could not match.

The Oratory’s Simon Steel (113 not out), a Barbadian, and Ben Howell (64 not out) produced a second consecutive outstanding display of attacking batsmanship to reach the target of 186 in 35 overs set by Harrow’s “A” XI in only 24 overs, without losing a wicket.

Canford must be tired of the sight of Julian Irving-Fortescue. In 2005, he scored a century against them for Winchester, and returned for MCC last week to repeat the achievement. Happily, the home team were equal to the challenge, thanks to Will Baylis who, having already bowled 13 pacy overs, scored 124 not out to overcome MCC’s declaration of 252 for the loss of five wickets.

There was a close encounter in the local derby at Bishop’s Stortford, where The High School put together a speedy 236 for six in 45 overs; Rajan Ahmed top-scored with 90, supported by a quick 45 from Ross Horne towards the end. The Bishop’s Stortford College captain Jonny Smith responded with a vigorous 122, and the total was reached with the College scoring 167 in the last 25 overs, with five balls to spare.

Results (* denotes home side)

Wellington Old Boys 253-5 dec, *Wellington, Somerset 257-8

Woodhouse Grove 263-6 dec, *Pocklington 168-9

*Framlingham 172-4 (30 overs) (P Clarke 100 not out), Culford 132-7

*Ratcliffe 208-3 (30 overs)(F Bainbridge 101), Derby GS 102 (D Cox 5-26)

*Dauntsey’s 280-7 (40 overs), Eton 2nd XI 201

*St George’s, Weybridge 147, Hampton 149-4

*The Edinburgh Academy 125 (50 overs), Merchiston Castle 126-5

*Repton 295-5 (50 overs) (R Whiteley 100 not out), Carey GS (Melbourne) 229-5

*Repton 294-3 (50 overs), Nottingham HS 237-8

Nottingham CC 181-3 (40 overs), *Ratcliffe 182-7

Harrow 272-7 dec (S Northeast 147), *Malvern 145

*Fettes 182-9 (50 overs), Gordonstoun 188-8

*Wrekin 123-8 (33 overs) v Wolverhampton GS (rain)

*Mill Hill 90 (R Patel 6-15), Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 91-3

Emeriti CC 232 (T Smith 7-27), *Ratcliffe 150-8 (R Drinkwater 5-12)

KES Birmingham 168-8 (40 overs), *Repton 169-4

Wellington, Somerset 76, *Hereford Cathedral School 77-0

Forest 130, Enfield GS* 131-2

Chigwell 119, *Enfield GS 124-2

MCC 263-6 dec, *Enfield GS 183-8

*Berkhamsted 214-9 dec, Enfield GS 94-3

*Taunton 132-9 (35 overs), Trinity (Sydney) 119-5

*Taunton 307-7 (40 overs)(J Raistrick 101), Budmouth Cricket Academy 113

*Fettes 182-9 (50 overs), Gordonstoun 186-8

Gordonstoun 102 (35 overs), Dollar Academy 104-4

*Merchiston Castle 299-4 (50 overs)(A Tilley 139), Fettes 238

The Gentlemen of Leicestershire 173, *Ratcliffe 175-4

Brighton GS (Melbourne) 154-8 (40 overs), *Haberdashers’
Aske’s 158-4

*Harrow ‘A’ XI 186 (35 overs) , The Oratory 187-0 (S. Steel 113 not out)

The Bishop’s Stortford HS 236-6 (45 overs), *Bishop’s Stortford College 238-4 (J Smith 122)

Shrewsbury 228-9 dec & 192-5 dec, *Uppingham 169 & 164

MCC 252-3 dec (J Irving-Fortescue 107), *Canford 253-5 (W Baylis 124 not out)

Durban HS (RSA) 246-8 dec, *Canford 101

*Canford 201-3 (40 overs), Wellsway 108

Gentlemen of Essex 192, *RGS Colchester 193-7

Reading 207, *RGS Colchester 186-9

Felsted 241-3 dec (M Surry 109 not out) & 173, *Framlingham 245-9 dec (R Newton 148) & 112 (M Drain 5-35)

MCC 172-6 dec, *Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 163

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 86, *Ormskirk 87-3

Camels 151-7 dec, *Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 127

Birkenhead 160-9 (30 overs), *Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 117

Sussex Martlets 219-6 dec, *Christ’s Hospital 220-5

*Christ’s Hospital 170-8 (40 overs), Caterham 152-8

*Dauntsey’s 289, Colston’s 200

*Hymers, Hull 165, St Peter’s, York 168-5

Brighton GS (Melbourne) 154-8 (40 overs), *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 158-4

D.I. Yeabsley’s XI 160-5 dec, *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 164-2

*Tiffin 234-7 (45 overs), John Fisher 111

*Taunton 213-7 (35 overs), King’s, Taunton 191-7 (J Butler 102)

Old Dunelmian XI 75, *Durham 76-0

*RGS Newcastle 225-5 (T Akehurst 110), amended to 169 (D/L), Durham 170-6

Marlborough 358 (E Kilbee 122, J Allen 115), *Clifton 213

Repton Pilgrims 195, *Repton 198-4

Harrow 236, Eton 213 (at Lord’s)

*Cranleigh 194-8 dec, Tonbridge 115 (S Waters 5-32)

*Cranleigh 216, Old Cranleighans 89

Hereford Cathedral School 216-7 (B Stebbings 104 not out), *KES, Birmingham 219-5

Blundell’s 231 (T Smith 122), *Queen’s, Taunton 222

*Queen’s, Taunton 242-3 dec (A Dodden 129 not out), Old Queenians 201

*Queen’s, Taunton 204 (50 overs)(B Ackland 101), Trinity GS (Sydney) 205-8

*King’s, Gloucester 235-4 (50 overs), Kingswood 126

*KCS, Wimbledon 244-7 (40 overs) (R Eaves 113), Hampton 247-5 (T Roland-Jones 125)

Caterham 219-7 (40 overs), *Hurstpierpoint 122

Old Caterhamians 212, *Caterham 187

Giggleswick 90 (J Wheatley 6-21) , *Woodhouse Grove 94-6.

Old Grovians 233-5 dec (J Lindley 105), *Woodhouse Grove 81

Clifton 161-9 (50 overs), *King’s, Gloucester 163-3

*Lord Wandsworth College 237-9 dec, Krugersdorp HS (RSA) 238

Wednesday June 28th 2006

Preston Mommsen, of Gordonstoun, is the first schoolboy to have scored 1000 runs this season, with 101 not out against Stewart’s Melville and 92 against Brighton Grammar School, touring from Australia. These two weekend wins give the Northerly Scottish school a record of nine wins from ten games, having lost only to Merchiston Castle.

Not far behind him is Marc-Antony Eysele, of Lord Wandsworth College, with 838 runs so far, including his fifth century in nine innings on Saturday against Reed’s. The daunting score of 310 for five declared proved too much for Reed’s to chase, but they managed to earn a draw with nine wickets down.

Ben Ackland, from Leinster, has been making a name for himself at Queen’s College, Taunton. The 16-year-old scored his third century of the season against King Edward VI College in Totnes (where the much-missed Tony Dixon, who died tragically young, had spent some years building up the cricket). Ben had also scored centuries against the Forty Club and MCC, and has even played two games for Somerset CCC 2nd XI.

There was a memorable run-chase at Hurstpierpoint, where the strong Sutton Valence team produced 223 for seven in only 35 overs. Tudor Carr for the home side came to the wicket at 21 for three, then watched as the total slumped to 69 for five, with 14 per over needed. He scored a breathtaking 152 in 87 balls in 83 minutes, including 16 fours and 8 sixes, giving Hurstpierpoint a win by three wickets with an over to spare.

Two hitherto undefeated sides put their records to the test when the home side, Haberdashers’ Aske’s, defeated Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet by the narrowest of margins. Two years ago, the fixture ended in a tie and last year Haberdashers’ won by one wicket off the last ball of the game. With the bowlers on top on a difficult wicket, Queen Elizabeth’s mustered only 134 for eight in 40 overs. The home side in reply found the going equally difficult, but the last pair Hemang Majeethia and Alex Cook squeezed them home with nine balls to spare. Haberdashers’, after a comfortable win against their Old Boys on Sunday, have now won ten games this season.

The Harvey Grammar School, winners of the 2005 Kent Cup for a record ninth time, have enjoyed a successful run after a pre-season tour to Barbados, despite heavy rain during this year’s drought in the South East. On Saturday, Charles Hemphrey (129 not out) and Trevor Squire (102 not out) shared a record unbeaten opening partnership of 248 to defeat Oakwood Park Grammar School by 169 runs, with Jan Metcalfe taking five for 16.

There was high scoring and a close finish at Brentwood where the home side’s 249 for four declared was founded on an opening partnership of 190 between Aaron West, 15, who scored 128 and Chris Prowting, the captain, supported with 73. Bancroft’s were always in the run chase, led by captain James K. Lever (son of the former Essex and England fast bowler) with 78, but left themselves with too much to do in the final 20 overs, falling 13 short, thus drawing the game.

The Glasgow Academy have enjoyed a fine season with seven wins, and losses against only two schools. They almost lost to Lomond on Saturday, but held out to win by one run. The match was reduced to 22 overs because of the state of the ground, and The Glasgow Academy scored 116 for seven. Lomond in reply finished at 115 for 7.

The Independent Schools Twenty/20 competition has reached the semi-final stage, with Millfield playing Stowe, and Felsted against John Fisher. The final is on July 10th at Edgbaston.

Results (* denotes home side)

Sutton Valence 223-7 (35 overs), *Hurstpierpoint 227-7 (T Carr 152)

*Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 209-8 (40 overs), KEQMS Lytham 163

Christ’s Hospital 206, *Lord Wandsworth 207-7
*Wells Cathedral School 161-6 (30 overs), Wellington, Somerset 153
*Bristol GS 178-8 (25 overs), Wellington, Somerset 170-8
St.Peter’s, York 131, *Barnard Castle 133-4
*Uppingham 251-8 dec, Haileybury 113-8

King’s, Gloucester 214-6 dec, *Dean Close 191-7
*Haberdashers’ Aske’s 178-7 (40 overs), Aldenham 111-9

MCC 225-5 dec (C Offer 124), *St George’s, Weybridge 226-2 (N Bissessar 103)
*Worksop 246-3 (45 overs), Nottinghamshire CCC Cross Arrows 208

*Harvey GS 248-0 (30 overs)(C Hemphrey 129 not out, T Squire 102 not out), Oakwood Park GS 79 (J Metcalfe 5-16)

I Zingari 117 (W Spencer 5-23), *Harrow 118-3

MCC 166 (G. Moore 5-40) *Woodhouse Grove 155-8.

*Magdalen College School 242-6 dec, (R West 124), MCC 141
*Queen’s, Taunton 321-4 (50 overs)(B Ackland 137 not out), King Edward VI College, Totnes 227-8
*KEQMS Lytham 252 (45 overs), Stockport GS 253-8
Merchiston Castle 219-5 (40 overs), *George Watson’s 87

*Lancaster RGS 190-6 dec, Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 161

XL Club 237-4 dec, *Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 59-5

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 223-4 dec (S Cole 102 not out), *Stonyhurst 88

*Taunton 262 (50 overs), Canford 120 (R Debenham 5-43)

*Repton 300-7 (50 overs) (P Borrington 108), Wolverhampton GS 199-6

Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet 134-8 (40 overs), *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 135-9

Harrow 206-9 (55 overs), *Tonbridge 77

*Brentwood 249-4 dec (A West 128), Bancroft’s 237-7

*Sevenoaks 143-9 (30 overs), Worth 135

*Reigate GS 112 (35 overs), Sevenoaks 113-7

Scarborough College 132, *St Peter’s, York 136-5

Free Foresters 172-9 dec, *Marlborough 173-4

*King’s, Canterbury 254, Haileybury 257-5

*Charterhouse 256-3 (50 overs), Whitgift 203-9

MCC 187-3 dec, *William Hulme’s GS 28-4 (rain)

Cowley HS 191-5 (30 overs), *William Hulme’s GS 61-0 (rain)

The Glasgow Academy 116-7 (22 overs), *Lomond 115-7

John Lyon 236-7 dec (K Toor 111, J Hershman 4-55), *Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 128-6

OMT’s 181-7 (35 overs). *Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 184-7

King’s, Tynemouth 214-4 dec (O Steadman 114), *Durham 215-2
Brighton GS (Melbourne) 170-7 (40 overs), *Canford 171-5
*Canford 130-9 (40 overs), Maritzburg (RSA) 131-3
*RGS Colchester 144 (D Pheloung 6-40), Felsted 145-5
Old Haberdashers’ CC 196-9 (50 overs), *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 200-1

National 20/20 quarter final: *Shrewsbury 151-5 (20 overs), Stowe 152-8

Stowe 199, *St Edward’s 190

Stowe 246-8 (45 overs), *Bedford Modern 157-8

MCC 240-4, *Stowe 242-5 (B. Howgego 134)

Gordonstoun 249-4 (40 overs)(P Mommsen 101 not out, B Davis 108), *Stewart’s Melville 130
Brighton GS (Melbourne) 192 (50 overs), *Gordonstoun 193-2
Bradfield 90, *Millfield 91-1
Old Ratcliffians 222-5 dec, *Ratcliffe 166-5
*King’s, Rochester 136-6 (35 overs), Sutton Valence 139-1
MCC 203-8 dec, *Lord Wandsworth 204-7
Lord Wandsworth 310-5 dec (M-A Eysele 125), *Reed’s 138-9
*UCS Hampstead 152-8 (40 overs), St. Benedict’s, Ealing 100

*Queen’s, Taunton 224 (50 overs), King’s, Taunton 210

Wellingborough 202 (J. Barnett 5-58), *Uppingham 203-5 (A. Collins 126 not out)

*Uppingham 188, Durban HS (RSA) 189-5

*Worth 110, Lancing 112-5

*St John’s, Leatherhead 327-3 (50 overs) (S.Burge 149 not out, S.Barrett 100), Caterham 149

Caterham tri-nations Twenty/20 tournament:

*Caterham 219-4, Loyola (Melbourne) 109-6

Loyola (Melbourne) 49, Kearsney (Durban) 52-3

Kearsney (Durban) 117-9 (H Jones 5-14), *Caterham 65-8

Wednesday June 21st 2006

There was high scoring on the fast and bouncy pitch at King’s Taunton where the home side’s Jos Buttler, aged 15, scored 120 not out and Tom Elphinstone was on 99 not out as the 50th over ended at a score of 316 for two. Clifton produced a good score of 247 for eight in response, but it was not enough.

Just down the road at Taunton School, the home side also piled on the runs. Josh Bess scored 137 and Oliver Pyne 133 in a demanding total of 343 for four in 50 overs. Their neighbours, Queen’s Taunton, made a spirited reply of 271 for eight.

Kingswood rattled up 304 for 2 in only 40 overs with Robbie Hynes (133 not out) making his maiden century, ably assisted by opener Matthew Horsley in a record partnership of 252 runs for the second wicket. Prior Park in reply could understandably not match this scoring rate and finished at 145 for eight.

Worksop defeated a strong MCC side during the week by three wickets, but their unbeaten run was ended by Repton on Saturday. For the visitors, the Repton captain Christopher Paget was outstanding in taking seven for 37 with his off-spin, which he followed up with 85 in a partnership of 167 with Paul Borrington (son of the former Derbyshire opener) to overhaul Worksop’s total of 199 while losing only two wickets.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s continued their winning ways with a win over Bishop’s Stortford High School. Gavin Baker (105), who also played successfully for Middlesex 2nd XI during the week, scored his third century of the season to finish at 237 for seven in their 40 overs, and Bishop’s Stortford fell short at 111 for nine.

The Oratory again enjoyed success, not only in defeating Shiplake fairly comfortably, but in overwhelming Bendigo College from Australia. They scored 328 for 6 in only 45 overs and bowled out the overseas visitors for 160. They followed this up with a comprehensive victory over MCC. Chasing a declaration of 257 for 9 by MCC, Simon Steel and Ben Howell both scored 106 in a stand of over 200 to overhaul MCC’s target with eight wickets to spare.

There was a thrilling finish to the contest between Stowe and Bedford. The latter’s modest total of 209 (thanks to Rory Lyon’s six for 68) seemed under serious threat until Stowe lost their last five wickets for nine runs, with Charlie Wren taking 5 wickets in 13 balls, and the last Stowe wicket fell in the final over with the total at 206.

Results (* denotes home side)

*Hereford Cathedral School 245-1 dec (A Aston 123, T Austwick 115 not out), XL club 246-7 (M Bainton 156 not out)

Woodbridge 136-6 (20 overs), *Framlingham 139-1

*Blundells 214-8 (45 ov), Cardiff Eagles 177

MCC 173, *Worksop 174-7

St Paul’s 64 (T Handel 5-22), *Hampton 68-2

*George Watson’s College 151-5 (25 overs), Fettes 144-8

*Fettes 207, Glenalmond 102

*Seaford 84, Worth 85-3

*Merchiston Castle 252-8 (50 overs), Strathallan 169-5

King’s, Canterbury 223-9 (50 overs), *Whitgift 225-8 (T Lancefield 102 not out)

Shiplake College 114 (35 overs), *The Oratory 115-1

*The Oratory 328-6 (45ov), Bendigo College (Aus) 160

MCC 257-9 dec, The Oratory 260-2 (S Steel 106, B Howell 106)

*Kingswood 304-2 (40 overs)(R Hynes 133 not out, M Horsley 117), Prior Park 145-8

Brighton 234-9 (55 overs) (M Thornley 124), *Harrow 238-3

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 237-7 (40 overs) (G Baker 105), *Bishop’s Stortford HS 111-9

*Worksop 199 (C Paget 7-37), Repton 200-2
*King’s, Taunton 316-2 (50 overs) (J Buttler 120 not out), Clifton 247-8
Dauntsey’s 259-7 (50 overs), *King’s, Bruton 222-7
Old Dauntseians 248-4 (40 overs), *Dauntsey’s 206-7
Felsted 156, *Oundle 160-3
*Tiffin 215-8 dec (T Reynolds 5-51), St George’s, Weybridge 219 for 3 (T Reynolds 111 not out)
*St. Joseph’s 178-9 dec, RGS Colchester 179-5
Christ’s Hospital 206,*Lord Wandsworth 210-7
Old Blues 217-8 dec (N J Green 108, S A D Millicheap 5-48), *Christ’s Hospital 160-9
*Taunton 343-4 (50 overs)(J Bess 137, O Pyne 133), Queen’s, Taunton 271-8
*King’s, Rochester 150 (40 overs), Lancing 153-5
*Sevenoaks 169-7 (35 overs), Eltham 164
*Marlborough 254-4 dec (E Kilbee 83), Bradfield 195
Canford 81 (C Ashling 6-11), *Millfield 82-1
Bedford 209, *Stowe 206

*Hereford Cathedral School 181 (B Stebbings 106), Wrekin 182-3
Trinity 251, Reigate GS 242
*Stewart’s Melville 205 for 8 (35 overs), The Glasgow Academy 101

City of London Freemen’s 168-8 (40 overs), *Caterham 96
Bancroft’s 177-9 dec, *Mill Hill 138-7
Bucks Chilterns University 132-6 (20 overs), *Canford 133-7

*Exeter 171-9 (35 overs), West Buckland 157-8

*Giggleswick 245-5 (45 overs), Rossall 190-7

Woodhouse Grove 202-6 dec, *QEGS Wakefield 122

Woodhouse Grove 220-8 dec, *Arnold 141-4

Wednesday June 14th 2006

Few things are more frustrating for schools’ cricket coaches than to be cancelling all fixtures during the May monsoons, and then not to have your cricketers available (because of public exams) when the sun starts to shine. With all too common timing, alas, that is exactly what has happened this season.

Nevertheless, at least Saturday fixtures resumed after a lay-off, in many cases, of four weeks. The most prolific run-scoring was at Lord Wandsworth, where Hampton’s Akbar Ansari (158 not out) and Alex Lightman (103 not out) put on an impressive partnership of 255 to declare at 286 for one. Marc-Antony Eysele, who had already scored three centuries this season in five matches, replied in fine style for Lord Wandsworth with 142, and the home side overhauled Hampton’s formidable total in the last over of the day.

Equally prolific was the scoring at Whitgift where, for Brighton, Michael Thornely (82) and his brother Andrew (91) put on 176 for the second wicket to reach 301 in 50 overs. Whitgift responded positively, reaching a score (275) which would be enough to win most games.

Taunton, the outstanding school team of 2005, last year saved their unbeaten record by overcoming Sherborne’s 262 on the last ball of the match. This year it was even closer, with scores tied. Sherborne in 50 overs scored 197 for five with captain Charlie Esson undefeated on 84. Taunton were going strongly at 142 for one when captain Josh Bess was dismissed for an excellent 75. Wickets began to fall, and 5 were needed for victory in the final over. Ben Lyons, the hero of the Millfield tie three weeks ago, took two wickets for no runs in the first five balls, but Taunton’s Toby Edgell struck the last ball of the game for four to tie the match.

The Perse school (181 for 8 in 40 overs) recorded their seventh win in a row against Bishop’s Stortford College (168 for 9), having lost on the first day of the season to Gresham’s, but Haberdashers’ Aske’s remain undefeated and registered their sixth win of the season. Gavin Baker with 162, his second century this year, led the way to a declaration of 260 for two for Haberdashers’ and St Albans had difficulty in responding to this formidable score, managing only 89.

Two opening batsmen from the same school have rarely, if ever, represented an England Youth XI, but that has been achieved by Benny Howell and Danny Housego of The Oratory. They will be playing for England Under 17, having opened the batting for their school since the age of 13, breaking all sorts of records in the process. Housego, nominated young player of the year for Middlesex Under 19, also plays for the Middlesex second team, while Howell practises with the likes of Warne and Pietersen, playing for Hampshire 2nd XI.

Results (* indicates home side)

*KEQMS Lytham 239-5 (40 overs), Kirkham GS 186

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 260-2 (40 overs) (G Baker 162 not out), *St Albans 89

XL Club 211-8 (40 overs), *Canford 212-3

King’s, Taunton 220-8 (50 overs), *Canford 173

Clayesmore 224-8 (40 overs), *Monkton Combe 139

*St.Peter’s, York 273-6 dec, Pocklington 150

Radley 208 (55 overs), *Harrow 209-7

*Bedford 154, Oundle 155-5

*Dulwich 250-4 dec (D Ranatunga 118), Haileybury 179-7

*Repton 261-4 (50 overs) (C Paget 107), Uppingham 166 (J Lamb 5-38)

Brighton 301, *Whitgift 275

*King’s, Taunton 301-7 (45 overs), XL Club 205-7

King’s, Taunton 220-9 (50 overs), *Canford 173

*Ampleforth 220-4 dec (T Bromet 120 not out), Durham 161-7

Worth 247-9 dec, *Ardingly 156-7

Eton 2nd XI 151, *The Oratory 154-2

Rugby 254-4 dec (A Davison 130), *Stowe 181-8

*Reigate 155, Tiffin 156-5

Kingswood 174-8 (40 overs), *Bristol GS 172-9 (A Maspero 5-27)

*Christ’s Hospital 166, Reed’s 168-4

XL Club 151-8 dec, * The Glasgow Academy 153-6

Hutcheson’s GS 92 (30 overs), *The Glasgow Academy 93-4

Enfield GS 174-9 (40 overs), *Bancroft’s 175-4

Merchiston Castle 289 (50 overs)(C Brome 178 ) *Newcastle RGS 206 (K Kurien 7-27)

Skinners 185-5 (35 overs), *Sevenoaks 118

St Edward’s 195, *Marlborough 196-3

*Reigate GS 155, Tiffin 156-5

Monmouth 195–7 (50 overs), *Clifton 196–7

*Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol 169 (40 overs), Queen’s, Taunton 170-6

Malvern 206-9 dec, *King’s, Gloucester 156

Brighton 301 (50 overs), *Whitgift 275

Hampton 286-1 dec.(A Ansari 158 not out, P Lightman 103 not out), *Lord Wandsworth 288-4 (M-A Eysele 142)

Chigwell 203 (R Fiskin 6-81), *Westminister 180-5

Bloxham 176 (S Harding 5-26), *Wrekin 177-1 (M Pote 108 not out)

Hereford Cathedral 225-7 dec, *Dean Close 168

*Perse 181-8 (40 overs), Bishop’s Stortford College 168-9

*Eastbourne 263-3 (50 overs)(A Stewart 136 not out), Epsom 128 (F Florry 5-16)

*Bedford 154, Oundle 155-5

Caterham 159-6 (35 overs), *Wallington GS 115

Bath CC 257-8 (50 overs), *Millfield 259-5 (J Fear 102)

St. John’s, Leatherhead 171-9 dec, *Cranleigh 172-1

Blundell’s 278-2 dec (J Williams 106*), *West Buckland 52

*Sherborne 197-5 (50 overs), Taunton 197-7

RGS, Guildford 226-9 dec, *St George’s, Weybridge 184-8

*Norwich 179-8 dec, Framlingham 182-1

*King Edward’s, Bath 143, Dauntsey’s 145-8

*Lancing 221-6 dec, Hurstpierpoint 222 for 2

Sussex Martlets 172, *Hurstpierpoint 175-5

*Exeter 251-6 (40 overs)(J Parkin 130 not out), Kelly 111-5

*Giggleswick 120 (35 overs), Ashville 83-8

St. Edmund’s, Canterbury 148-9 (35 overs)(J Field 5-22), *Sutton Valence 151-2

Old Suttonians 191, *Sutton Valence 192-7 (T Withers-Green 102 not out)

*Woodbridge 155 (D. Bhaskar 5-37), RGS, Colchester 157-4

*Fettes 160, Dollar Academy 130

Worksop 249-8 dec, *Denstone 114

Wednesday June 7th 2006

Bedford and Tonbridge played their traditional half-term two-day fixture, just as Alastair Cook, who was playing for Bedford two years ago, was preparing to bat at number three for England. Other first-class players such as Ed Smith, Dan Cherry and Will Smith have graced the fixture in recent years. Both sides were rusty after the recent rains, and so the first day was disappointing. Tonbridge’s captain Ed Hills (65) gave Tonbridge a first-innings score of 166, especially helped by Alex Botting in a 9th-wicket stand of 46. Andrew Bird (four for 16) was the pick of the Bedford bowlers.

Bedford’s declaration at 125 for 9 gave a challenge to Tonbridge, which they accepted on a thrilling second day. Andy Dick (80) and Hugo Hill’s 57 gave them the opportunity to declare at 209 for 6, leaving Bedford to score 251 to win from what turned out to be 62 overs. Tight bowling and good field placements restricted the Bedford batsmen at first, but Alex Wakely (126) timed their acceleration to perfection, his innings ending with three overs to go. Needing 14 in the last over, with six down, Bedford managed only three, but it was a thrilling draw.

In a high-scoring 50 overs match, Merchiston Castle ended Gordonstoun’s very successful run, scoring 269 for eight before dismissing the home side for 245.

To see the coaching difficulties faced by schools, even famous cricketing ones, we need look no further than the current public examination system. As schools returned this week, they were plunged into a non-stop round of exams for all three of their most senior year-groups. Years 11 and 12 started before half-term, and Year 13 takes over exam mania on about June 12th. After that, it now seems de rigeur for much of Britain’s gilded youth to make a nuisance of themselves (post-exam-stress-relief) on the beaches of Cornwall, thus leaving little time for much serious coaching at senior level. No wonder that a former master-in-charge at one of our best cricketing schools remarked recently that standards were on a serious slide, particularly since the introduction of AS levels in 2002.

There seemed to be some hope recently that the summer term might revert to teaching rather than non-stop exams, with the revived discussion of making the UCAS application post-results (a discussion that has been running for twenty years), but the current proposed solution could make matters even worse. Instead of having public exams at Christmas and then applying for University for the following autumn (the ideal arrangement), it is proposed that the timetable should be similar to the current one, but with all public exams even earlier in the summer term. What with regular May monsoons and wall-to-wall exams, what hope is there for cricketing schools trying to produce the next generation of Flintoffs? In the meantime, the entire school year (for all ages) has been hi-jacked by the need to resolve University entrance in a ridiculously short period.

Results (* denotes home side)

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 60 (16 overs), Wrekin 62-4 (played at Ellesmere);

Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 159-3 (20 overs) (M Dawber 111), *Ellesmere 128-5

*Tonbridge 166 and 209-6 dec, Bedford 125-9 dec and 242-6 (A Wakely 126)

Budmouth Academy 141-8 (40 overs), *Canford 141-4

*Canford 233-2 dec, Hetairoi 57

Merchiston Castle School 269-8 (50 overs)(A Tilley 103), *Gordonstoun 245 (P Manson 107)

*Merchant Taylors’ Northwood 203-8 dec. ( T Macdonald-Baker 6-66), Cricket Society 122-7

MCC 221-2 dec (M Murray 100 not out), *Caterham 24-1 (rain)

*The Glasgow Academy 143 -8 (30 overs), George Heriot’s 76

Wednesday May 31st 2006

Felsted, unbeaten for two years, have lost twice this season (to King’s, Canterbury and an immensely strong MCC team), but have mostly continued their winning ways. An intriguing draw with Uppingham was a highlight. Uppingham at 123 for nine were in serious trouble, but recovered remarkably to reach 202. Felsted in reply were in a strong position with half-centuries from Matthew Surry and Haroon Khan, but wickets started to fall just as the rain did. With both sides hampered by the conditions, Felsted continued to press for victory, but finished four runs short with nine wickets down.

In their encounter with Haileybury, Felsted’s Frederick Blackwell scored 98 before lunch and went on to 125. His partner in a remarkable stand of 238 was Haroon Khan (145 not out).before the home side declared at 306 for two. Haileybury batted positively in reply but the game petered out to a draw with the visitors on 225 for six. Daniel Pheloung has taken 33 wickets for Felsted this season, including six for 12 against The Leys.

With the School season at the half-way mark Oundle, with five wins, have four individual batsmen with centuries: Peter Auld (103 v Stamford), Michael Outar (110 v
Shrewsbury), Greg Smith (100 not out v Stamford) and Joe Austin (103 not out v MCC).

Elsewehere,, depressingly little cricket was played in the week before the examination season takes over the summer term.

Results (* denotes home team)

King’s, Tynemouth 223, *RGS Newcastle 224-5

Northern University Students 105-3 v *Durham (rain)

Uppingham 202, *Felsted 198-9

*Felsted 306-2 dec (H Khan 145 not out, F Blackwell 125), Haileybury 225-6

Felsted 220-4 (30 overs), *The Leys 55 (D Pheloung 6-12)

King’s, Grantham 109, *Worksop 112-2

*Harrow 196-8 (45 overs), St Edward’s, Oxford 75

*Sherborne Senior Colts 133-6 (30 overs), Clayesmore 1st XI 135-6

*Dauntsey’s 125 (40 overs), Beechen Cliff 126-3

Merchistonians 85, *Merchiston 86-3

*Gresham’s 160-9 dec (J Austin 5-26), Oundle 161-3

MCC 205-7 dec, *King’s, Rochester 110 (M Rajabali 5-7)

Wednesday May 24th 2006

Robin Marlar, President of MCC, recently struck a blow for the civilised values of cricket while watching a University match. Rightly appalled by the ghastly “make more noise” culture which has spread like a cancer in amateur cricket, especially schools and Universities, he marched onto the field and demanded that the fielding captain control his players and play within the Laws. Thereafter the match was played in the proper spirit of the game. As those Laws of the game state: “It is against the spirit of the game… to seek to distract an opponent either verbally or by harassment with persistent clapping or unnecessary noise under the guise of enthusiasm and motivation of one’s own side”. It is surely incumbent on all Masters in charge, coaches, umpires and, above all, captains to uphold this important Law of the game but, alas, it all too rarely happens.

Further, sledging of any kind is counter-productive: any half-decent batsman will be all the more determined not to get out under this supposed pressure, while any half-decent bowler needs no inane “come on boys, clap clap clap” encouragement to bowl well or ecstatic cries of “well bowled Fred” when the batsman has just left the last six balls.

I myself was very impressed recently by the Master in charge of Bristol Grammar School who sent home his number four batsman who had (somewhat spectacularly) questioned the umpire’s decision, even though he was their star opening bowler. Firm action of this kind must be applauded by all who love the game and wish to see it played in the proper spirit.

Sherborne having won five out of five school matches, enjoyed a breath-taking tie with Millfield. Against Marlborough earlier in the week, they scored 213 for three from 50 overs, and dismissed the visitors for 120. In a rain-affected match on Saturday, they scored only 127 for seven in 35 overs; the first ball of the Millfield reply was a six but then wickets fell regularly, despite excellent batting by Tom Maynard, son of former Test player Matthew Maynard. Nevertheless, at 118 for five they were well-placed. Ben Lyons (six for 36) dramatically took further wickets, leaving Millfield poised on 126 for 9, and the last man was run out with the scores level.

At Lord Wandsworth, Marc-Antony Eysele continues to make a name for himself with his third century of the season. He has now scored 451 runs in five innings, not out twice. Sunny Gordonstoun extended their successful run with their seventh win out of seven, but elsewhere very little cricket was played because of the rain.

Results (* denotes home team)
Stowe festival for the Independent Schools Twenty/20 competition (1st round)
Shiplake 172-5 (20 overs), Stowe 173-4

Rugby 109-9 (20 overs), Uppingham 113-2

Uppingham 97, Stowe 98-5

Rugby 175-8 (20 overs), Shiplake 122-8

Uppingham 195-8 (20 overs), Shiplake 104

Rugby 89-5 (20 overs), Stowe 90-7

Other results:
Queen’s, Taunton 164, *Exeter 165-3

Derbyshire U17 158-8 (40 overs), *Repton 161-5

MCC 186–7 dec, *Clifton 187–6
RGS, High Wycombe 27-2 v *Haberdashers’ Aske’s (rain)

MCC 206-5 dec., *Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 33-1 (rain)

*King’s, Grantham 177-6 (30 overs), Ratcliffe 5-0 (rain)

*Norwich 141, Wymondham 131

Leicester Gents 143-6 dec, *Uppingham 90

Merchiston Castle 256-3 (40 overs), *Fettes 177

*King’s, Bruton 96, Taunton 97-1

*Oundle 15-1 v Stowe (rain)

Marlborough 210-3 (40 overs), *Radley 121

MCC 231-7 dec, *King’s, Taunton 198

Wellington, Somerset 63, *King’s, Taunton 64-0

*Sherborne 213-3 (50 overs), Marlborough 120

Mount St Mary’s 72-5 (35 overs), *Denstone 76-0

Lord Wandsworth 197-7 dec (M-A Eysele 110), *St.George’s, Weybridge 198-5

*Trinity 131 (35 overs), Eltham 133-3

*Bancrofts 141-8 (40 overs), Eltham 143-6

*Perse 194-6 (30 overs), King’s Ely 63-6

Dauntsey’s 157 (40 overs), *Prior Park 131

Hurstpierpoint 235-8 (40 overs)(T Carr 115), *Ardingly 193-8

Strathallan 161, *Gordonstoun 162-2

MCC 144, *Gordonstoun 146-2

St John’s, Leatherhead 30-0 v * St Paul’s (rain)

*Bishop’s Stortford College 150-6 (40 overs), Chigwell 112-5

*Sherborne 127-7 (35 overs), Millfield 127 (B Lyons 6-42)

Wednesday May 17th 2006

Scores of 300 are becoming almost commonplace in schools’ cricket these days. In 40 overs and on a large ground, KEQMS Lytham rattled up the astonishing score of 363 for 5, led by captain James Atherton with 91. In reply Burnley, even with their Lancashire 2nd XI player Vishal Tripathi (67), struggled to keep up with the required rate and perished in the attempt, reaching 136.

After losing their opening batsman without facing a ball, Enfield Grammar School’s Shawn Levy (210 not out) and Jack Plumb (101 not out) again dominated the opposition, this time Mill Hill, with 329-1 declared, and the visitors were bowled out for 173.

Even in an Under 15B match, Dulwich scored 307 for 7 in 30 overs against KCS Wimbledon. Arthur Mitchell in his first game for the team, and presumably his last, struck 230 not out.

Eastbourne too knocked up 312-7 in 50 overs in an all-round batting effort against Hurstpierpoint, who managed 181 in reply.

Jack Killannon batted throughout the Berkhamsted Collegiate’s innings of 223 for 6 declared, himself scoring 173 not out, while Chris Jordan (133 not out) struck his second century of the season (the first was against Tonbridge) for Dulwich against KCS Wimbledon.

Leg-spinner William Spencer, who has played for the 1st XI since the age of 13, took his 100th wicket for Harrow, who have not lost a match for two years.

A thrilling finish ended the unbeaten run of Bancroft’s when Chigwell with 203-7, led by William Taylor’s aggressive 115 not out, proved too much for the home side, finishing 8 short.

Even more thrilling was the finish at Cheltenham where Malvern bowled tightly to restrict the home side to 140 in 40 overs. At 95 for 4 in reply, Malvern were well-placed, but some good captaincy by Kyle Stovold and some more tight bowling, notably by Charlie Hall (3 for 9) and James Shackleton (4 for 37), exerted pressure and, with nine down, Edward Smith on 61 was run out on the last ball of the 39th over, still one run short.

Another very close game was recorded at John Lyon where Haberdashers’ Aske’s, after four successive victories, mustered the disappointing total of 164 for 9 in 40 overs. John Lyon made a gallant attempt at the target, but finished 4 runs short.

Results (* denotes home side)

MCC 250-4 dec, *Framlingham 189

*Framlingham 212-4 (20 overs), St. Joseph’s 155-7

Dean Close 155-6 (35 overs), *Bromsgrove 156-3

*Bromsgrove 178-9 (50 overs), Worcestershire Young Cricketers 176-9

*Oundle 171-7(40 overs), Uppingham 173-6

Derby Friars 167-8, *Repton 168-3

Latymer Upper 148-9 dec (J Hershman 5-53), Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 100-7

Dr Challoner’s 172 (40 overs), *St George’s, Weybridge 174-4

MCC 230-7 dec, *St.Peter’s, York 223-8

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 164-9 (40 overs), *John Lyon 160-7

*Arnold 146, Bolton 150-2

Hutton GS 206-5 (40 overs), *Arnold 199-5 (J. Parker 101)

*Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 146-5 (20 overs), Oswestry 51

*Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 169-8 (40 overs), Wirral GS 83

XL Club 244-4 dec (P Johnson 100), *Ratcliffe 158-7

Kelly 70, *Wellington, Somerset 74-5

MCC 141,*Taunton 143-5

*Hampton 148-6 (20 overs), Reed’s 92-8

St. Benedict’s, Ealing 78-4 (20 overs), *Reed’s 79-5

Chigwell 203-7 (40 overs)(W Taylor 115 not out),*Bancroft’s 195

*King’s, Gloucester 178-5 (40 overs), Pate’s GS 62

Wellsway 165-4 (35 overs), *King’s, Gloucester 166-6

Blundell’s 173-3 (35 overs), *Plymouth 176-1

MCC 158, *Fettes 159-2

*Hampton 132, Harrow 133-3

MCC 210-4 dec, * Durham 80

Bryanston 2nd XI 158 (35 overs), *Clayesmore 159-6

Loretto 234-7 (40 overs), *Strathallan 237-3 (N Lau 111 not out)

*KEQMS Lytham 363-5 (40 overs), Burnley 136

Winchester 78, *Canford 80-2

MCC 205-4 dec, *Giggleswick 195

Essex Gents 201-9 dec (B Davies 5-54), *Framlingham 202-1 (P Clarke 103 not out)

*Nottingham HS 147-9 dec, Worksop 150-6

Worksop 239-2 dec, *Woodhouse Grove 110

*RGS, Guildford 195-6 (35 overs), Christ’s Hospital 99-9

Fettes 117, * Strathallan 69 (S MacLennan 5-16)

*Merchiston Castle 181 (50 overs), Edinburgh Academy 141

Wellington 85 (55 overs)(W Spencer 5-17), *Harrow 86-1

Oakham 88, *Repton 89-0

*Dauntseys 202-9 (30 overs), Clayesmore 203-9

Denstone 159, *Wrekin 74-4

*Haberdashers’ Aske’s 204-6 dec, Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 112-5

Whitgift 208-9 (55 overs), *Tonbridge 212-8

*Dulwich 233-6 dec (C Jordan 133 not out), KCS Wimbledon 136

*Chigwell 249-3 dec (R Bhome 106 not out), Highgate 129-5

Stowe 240-7 dec, *Radley 147-4

*King’s, Canterbury 207-4 dec, Sevenoaks 138-8 (W Chilcott 5-21)

*Wilmslow High 201-9 (30 overs), William Hulme’s GS 118-9

RGS Newcastle 233-5 dec (T Akehust 102 not out), * Durham 161-7

*Cheltenham 140 (40 overs), Malvern 139

Canford 192-7 (50 overs), *King Edward’s, Southampton 140

*Dauntsey’s 202-9 (30 overs), Clayesmore 204-9

Downside 112 (20 overs), *Dauntsey’s 113-7

*Queen’s, Taunton 235-2 dec (B Ackland 127 not out), XL Club 117

Queen’s, Taunton 164-8 (40 overs), *Exeter 166-3

*Kingswood 195-7 (40 overs), Monkton Combe 52

*Dauntsey’s 115-5 (20 overs), King’s, Worcester 116-3

Millfield 257-3 (20 overs)(P Keiswetter 130 not out),*Dauntsey’s 103-4

*Emanuel 102, Tiffin 104-4

St Benedict’s 119 (A Reynolds 5-27), *St George’s, Weybridge 120-3

*Ratcliffe 115 (40 overs), King Henry VIII Coventry 116-4

*Perse 250-1 dec (J Coe 131 not out), Culford 114 (A Fullarton 5-29)

St John’s, Leatherhead 194-6 (45 overs), *Lord Wandsworth 176

Berkhamsted Collegiate 223-6 dec (J Killannon 173 not out), UCS 140-8

King’s, Rochester 162-5 (35 overs), St Lawrence Ramsgate 159-5

*Eltham 146 (35 overs), Judd 148-6

Warwick 227-8 dec., *RGS Worcester 1-0 (rain)

*Reigate Grammar School 1st XI 167-8 (40 overs), City of London Freemen’s
164-7

*Bishop’s Stortford College 190-9 (49 overs), Colchester RGS 130-7

*Taunton 237-9 (50 overs), Clifton 151

Bancroft’s 225 (40 overs), *St Albans 183

MCC 227-5 (S. Higgins 5-47), *Sutton Valence 212 (S.Hume 9-56)

*Sutton Valence 216-8 (30 overs), St. Dunstan’s 72

King’s Taunton 56, *Millfield 57-0

*Caterham 208-8 (40 overs), Seaford 159

Trent 157 (M Mckeever 5-23), *Shrewsbury 0-0 (rain)

*Blundell’s 242-5 (50 overs) (H McDowell 117*), King’s, Bruton 128-8 (rain)

The Glasgow Academy 165-4 (30 overs), Kelvinside Academy 81

Eastbourne 312–7 (50 overs), Hurstpierpoint 181

Stonyhurst 112, *Rossall 113-1

Old Rossallians 127-8 dec, *Rossall 92-2 (rain)

Dame Allan’s 120 (30 overs), *King’s, Tynemouth 121-3

*Enfield GS 329-1 dec (S Levy 210 not out, J Plumb 101 not out), Mill Hill 173

Mill Hill 92, *Latymer Upper 94-3

Hampton 261-8 (50 overs), *Trinity 76

*Sherborne 213–3 (50 overs), Marlborough 128

Uppingham 183-4 dec,*Bedford 184-3

*Lord Wandsworth 169-9 dec, Tiffin 58-6

St.John’s Leatherhead 194-7 (45 overs), *Lord Wandsworth 176

Hampton 146-7 (20 overs), *Lord Wandsworth 135-5

*Lord Wandsworth 169-2 (20 overs), St Benedict’s, Ealing 48

Wednesday May 10th 2006

It’s not often that you go on a school pre-season tour and find yourself playing for your country in a First-class match against Zimbabwe. That’s what happened to Antiguan Orlando Peters who has been a pupil at Sutton Valence for five years. He showed his outstanding promise with centuries on both Saturday and Sunday, with 137 not out against Caterham and 100 against Band of Brothers.

Rain ruined many fixtures, but Eton and Wellington at least managed a 30-over match. Luc Durandt (100 not out), still only 16, led Wellington to an 8-wicket victory, having scored five centuries in his school’s season last year.

Charterhouse had a fine victory over Tonbridge with captain Harry Schofield (126 not out) scoring his second unbeaten century of the season.

Millfield is used to outstanding sporting performances, but James Fear (180 not out) and Kieran Powell (101) broke their school’s prodigious records with a stand of 286 for the first wicket against MCC to reach 341-3 declared. MCC finished on a creditable 299-9 in a drawn game.

In another MCC game, two brothers scored centuries for opposing sides, with Matthew Austin (111) from Cambridge University leading his side to 254-6 declared, while his younger brother Joe (103 not out) nearly steered Oundle to victory (234-9). Their father Lorrie, who also played for MCC, no doubt proudly observed them both.
Matthew Horsley, aged 16, scored his maiden century for Wycliffe against King Edward’s, Bath, while Charlie Esson for Sherborne recorded his second unbeaten century of the season, posting the formidable score of 304 for 1 in 50 overs to defeat King’s Taunton.

In a thrilling match, Bancroft’s were reduced to 16 for 4 in reply to Ilford High School’s 196 for 6 in 40 overs, but strong middle order batting clinched a win by three wickets with two balls to spare.

Results (* denotes home side):

*Haberdashers’ Aske’s 206–5 (40 overs) (G. Baker 102 n.o.), Mill Hill 138–8;

*Highgate 178 – 9 dec, Mill Hill 67 (N. Chibber 5-11, N. Brand 5-19);

*Q.E.G.S.,Wakefield 139, St Peter’s, York 142-6

*The Leys 121 (A Fullarton 5-20), Perse 123-3

Cheltenham 234-4 , *Radley 137.

*Cheltenham 251-3 (40 overs) (K Stovold 100, J Mills 105),*Dean Close 131.

Cheltenham 113, *Sherborne 156.

*Chigwell 115, Colchester RGS 119-5

Colchester RGS 172-5 dec, *Ipswich 130-8

*RGS, Worcester 177-8 (50 overs), Bromsgrove 178-5

Free Foresters 133 (J Wilson 5-43), *Repton 134-2

*Bishop’s Stortford College 170-1 (40 overs), Felsted 171-2

*Bishop’s Stortford High School 199-9 dec, Felsted 200-3 (M Surry 105 not out)

Essex U17’s 274-7 dec, *Felsted 274-7 (H Khan 120)

Oakham 150-8 (40 overs), *Uppingham 151-5

MCC 254-6 dec (M Austin 111),*Oundle 234-9 (J Austin 103 not out)

Cardiff Eagles 225-7 (50 overs), *Millfield 226-8

*Norwich 193-4 dec, XL Club 194-7

*Bloxham 132-8 (35 overs), Warwick 102

MCC 209-5 dec, *Leeds GS 211-2

*Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 167-3 dec, Enfield GS 85-6

MCC 159, *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 160-7

Ilford CHS 196-6 (40 overs), *Bancroft’s 204-7

MCC 257-2 dec. (C Ogilvie 116), *Ratcliffe 122

Brentwood 121 (35 overs), *Eltham College 124-5

*The Glasgow Academy 157-9 (30 overs), Kelvinside Academy 42

Lomond 81 (30 overs), *The Glasgow Academy 82-5

*Yarm 149-3 (24 overs), King’s, Tynemouth 91-3

Benwell Hill CC 112-4 (20 overs), *King’s, Tynemouth 104-6

*Christ, Brecon 160-6 (35 overs), Llandovery 96

*St George’s, Weybridge 196 (40 overs), Caterham 123

XL Club 178-8 dec, *Sutton Valence 179-9

*Marlborough 272-3 dec (E Kilbee 126), Winchester 81

*Queen’s, Taunton 199-1 (40 overs), Richard Huish 203-6

MCC 205-3 dec, *Rydal Penrhos 119

Wellington, Somerset 127 (40 overs), *Blundell’s 128-2

Kingston GS 97, *Reed’s 100-3

Lord Wandsworth 120, *Reed’s 121-3

*Fettes 190-3 (35 Overs) (S MacLennan 103 not out), Edinburgh Academy 94 (O Hunt 5-26)

*Clayesmore 149-5 (40 overs), Budmouth Academy 150-5

Harrow 209 for 9 (55 overs), *Bradfield 102

Warwick 142 (50 overs)(G Roberts 6-29), *Trent 143-1

MCC 252-6, *Trent 253-6 (A Patel 111)

Radley 185-5 (45 overs), *St Edward’s, Oxford 141

*Durham 182-2 (20 overs), Yarm 84-8

RGS, Guildford 116-4 v *Hampton (rain)

*Merchiston Castle 277-7 (45 overs) (A.Tilley 138), Dollar 119-8

Westminster 112 ( J Hershman 5-28), *Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 115-3

Clayesmore 171-7 dec, *Milton Abbey 99-7

*KCS, Wimbledon 97-7 v Whitgift (rain)

*Oundle 266-7 dec (M Outar 110), Shrewsbury 151-3 (J Taylor 101 not out)

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 220-5 (50 overs), *Berkhamsted 141

*Wycliffe 170 (40 overs)(S Russell 102), Kingswood 174-5

*Kingswood 203-3 (40 overs)(M Horsley 101), King Edward’s, Bath 174

Bradford GS 100, *St Peter’s, York 101-2

Liverpool 90, *Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 74

*Merchant Taylors’, Crosby 140-8 (40 overs), King’s, Chester 121

*Cheltenham 235-4 dec, (J Mills 121 not out), Rugby 198-9

City of London 192-9 (35 overs), *Chigwell 193-3

*King’s, Macclesfield 206-2 (35 overs), Denstone 151

*Denstone 266-8 dec (H Siddique 143 not out), Newcastle RGS 67 (J Burnett 6-10)

Corfe Hills 156-6 (30 overs), *Canford 162-5

*Canford 256-3 (50 overs), Portsmouth GS 140

*Sedbergh 233-8 dec, Durham 200-6

*Woodhouse Grove 110 (40 overs), Huddersfield New College 111-8

*Woodhouse Grove 162, Silcoates 112

Watford GS 49-3 v *Queen Elizabeth’s, Barnet (rain)

*KES, Birmingham 179, RGS, Worcester 180-5

*Gordonstoun 271-4 (40 overs)(P Mommsen 150 not out), North of Scotland U18 123

RGS, Newcastle 171-8 dec, *St. Bees 79

Bancroft’s 196-9 (40 overs), *Forest 77-4 (rain)

Eton 137 (30 overs), *Wellington, Berkshire 138-2 (L Durandt 100 not out)

Princethorpe 118 (50 overs)(R Cox 5-23), *Ratcliffe 50-5 (rain)

*Wellington, Somerset 146, Queen’s, Taunton 150-5

Bryanston 175-7 ( 50 overs), *King’s, Bruton 176–7

*Trinity, Croydon 20-6 v St George’s, Weybridge (rain)

Emeriti 102, *St George’s, Weybridge 105-2

*Taunton 294-4 (50 overs), Blundell’s 170-9

Reigate 141, RGS, Guildford 142-6

City of London Freemen’s 125-7, RGS, Guildford 126-8

Lord William’s, Thame 107, *Stowe 108 for 1

Christ, Brecon 84, *Hereford Cathedral School 86-5

*Edinburgh Academy 254-6 (45 overs)(P Loudon 135), Strathallan 205

*Chigwell 167 (A Fullarton 5-35), Perse 171-1

*Sutton Valence 270-4 (40 overs)(O Peters 137 not out) v Caterham (rain)

*Sutton Valence 274-4 (O Peters 100), Band of Brothers 246-6

Uppingham 202, *Felsted 196-9

The Glasgow Academy 118-8 (30 overs), High School of Glasgow 115

*Charterhouse 238-3 (H Schofield 126 not out), Tonbridge 104

*Millfield 341-3 dec. (J. Fear 180 not out. K. Powell 101),. MCC 299-9

Worcestershire CCC Academy 127, *Millfield 131-3

MCC 220-5, *Sedbergh 188-7

*Sedbergh 233-8, Durham 200-6

*Sedbergh 205-3 (35 overs) (J Clarke 103 not out), Old Sedberghians 179-2

*Sherborne 149 (50 overs), Bryanston 103

*Sherborne 304 for 1 (50 0vers) (C Esson 116 not out), King’s, Taunton 135

*Prior Park 145, Monkton Combe 146-9

Bedford 148, *Oakham 149-2

*Sevenoaks 132-8 (45 overs), City of London Freemen’s 110-3 (rain)

*Norwich 184-4 dec, Culford 185-2

Clifton 170–6 (40 overs), *Prior Park 167

Bristol GS 211 (45 overs), *Clifton 176

Wednesday May 3rd 2006

Enfield Grammar School is one state school (of many) which provides an outstanding “Chance to Shine” for its pupils (see last week), with three senior sides and A & B XIs from Years 7 to 10; these eleven sides all play most weekends, largely against independent schools. Last week, in a superb opening partnership, Shawn Levy (150) and Jack Plumb (100 not out) shared a stand of 250. In reply, St Albans batsman Simon Gregory was unbeaten with 134 in the 45-over match, but at 239-4 they could not quite match Enfield’s 264-1.

Jack Walker (106 not out) and Max McLaren (101 not out) also shared a double-century opening stand of 217 for Canford against Prince Henry’s. Peter Auld (105) and Greg Smith (100 not out) were not far behind, with 188 for Oundle’s second wicket against Stamford.

At Gordonstoun, snow was falling heavily in late March, but this soon gave way to sunshine, in which the side has flourished. Led by South African newcomer Preston Momsen with 414 runs in four innings (dismissed only twice) they have won all four matches played so far.

Dean Majed on his debut scored 105 not out for Bancroft’s while Jack Lewis, after being dispatched for 16 in his first over, took 6 wickets for 7 runs in his remaining five. For Lord Wandsworth College, Marc-Antony Eysele has scored centuries in both games played so far, while Lucas Carlisle scored his first hundred for Worksop against a very disciplined Oakham attack.

Captains led the way in a tight high-scoring match at Wellington. Edward Kilbee (165 not out) gave Marlborough the formidable score of 286 for 3 in 55 overs, but Wellington, who finished on 269 for 9, looked like getting them until the captain Ben Kingsnorth was out for 104 with four overs to go.

Shades of A.E.J.Collins, whose score in a junior house match in 1899 is the highest ever recorded in cricket: Ben Howgego hammered 201 not out in a 20-over house match at Stowe. His first century came in 53 balls and his second in 27. Twenty one of his final 36 balls were sixes.

Results (* denotes home side)

MCC 233-4 dec, *Arnold School 102-8

MCC 161-9 dec, *Repton 158-9

Northants Amateurs 136 (45 overs), *Oundle 137-6

MCC 180-4 dec, *Colchester RGS 110

MCC 202-8 dec, *Hampton 203-4 (A Ansari 109 not out)

*Haberdashers’ Aske’s 208-5 (40 overs) (G.Baker 102 not out), Mill Hill 138-8

UCS Hampstead 122, *Enfield GS 123 for 3

Gloucestershire CCC Academy 276-6 (50 overs) (J Levitt 100 not out), *Millfield 205

Exeter University 162, *Millfield 166-8

Reed’s 129, *Tiffin 69-6

*Bancroft’s 279-4 (35 overs) (D Majeed 105 not out), Caterham 85 (J Lewis 6-23)

Forty club 131 (T Ullyott 5-35), *Worksop 133-2

Stowe 138-9 (35 overs), *Abingdon 122

St George’s, Weybridge 122, *Kingston GS 70-9

Staffordshire Gentlemen 207-2 dec, *Wrekin 167–9

MCC 179-6 declared, *Wrekin 106-9

Aldenham 178 (35 overs), *Berkhamsted 122

Loretto 149-4 (35 overs), Fettes 151-3

*Dauntsey’s 178-8 (40 overs), Monkton Combe 182-6

*Oakham 206-5 (45 overs), Kimbolton 141

Middlesbrough Cricket Academy 226-3 dec, *Durham 227-6

*Liverpool 129; KEQMS Lytham 130-7

MCC 199 -3, KEQMS Lytham 104

Canford 2nd XI 211 (35 overs), *Clayesmore 160-5

John Fisher 171, *Eltham College 172-7

*Queen’s,Taunton 211, Wycliffe 158

*Canford 253-3 dec (J Walker 106 not out, M McLaren 101 not out), Prince Henry’s 180-8

Hampton 228, RGS High Wycombe 109 (A Ansari 5-29)

Merchiston Castle 216-7 (50 overs), *Fettes 219-4

*KEQMS Lytham 224 -8 dec, Sedbergh 225-7

*Merchant Taylors’ Northwood 232-7 dec (A Mehta 101 not out), St Paul’s 161-5

*Caterham 217-9 (40 overs), King’s Rochester 131-6

*Whitgift 189 (55 overs), Harrow 190-4

*Taunton 248-2 dec, XL Club 222-6

*Bristol GS 136 (50 overs)(R.Debenham 5-16),Taunton 137-3

Dollar Academy 133, *Strathallan 134-4

Rossall 202-4 dec (L. Dingle 129 not out), *Arnold 203-9 (J. Cain 117)

Rugby 57 (A. Wakely 5-15), Bedford* 57-1

*Woodhouse Grove 135 (40 overs), Ashville 112

*Woodhouse Grove 272-9 dec, Kirkham GS 149

*King’s Taunton 262-9 (45 overs)(C Lenygon 120 not out), Budmouth Academy 160-7

King’s Bruton 93 (50 overs), *King’s Taunton 98-3

Malvern 131 (C. Carlile 5-23) *Repton 135-4

Marlborough 286-3 (55 overs)(E Kilbee 165 not out), *Wellington, Berkshire 269-9 (B Kingsnorth 104)

Tiffin 151, *Trinity 117

Oundle 175, *Haileybury 144

Merchant Taylors’ Crosby 178 (M Fray 5-33), *Bolton 153

Mount St Mary’s 91, *Ratcliffe 94-5

UCS Hampstead 59, *Haberdashers’ Aske’s 62-0

Framlingham 167-9 (35 overs), *Brentwood 151-9

*Sedbergh 182-8 (40 overs), Giggleswick 135-9

Stowe 225-7 dec, *Uppingham 207-7

Gordonstoun 205 for 1 (30 overs)(P Momsen 144 not out), *Robert Gordon’s 106 for 6

*Bancroft’s 223-6 (45 overs), Colfe’s 83

Cranbrook 105 (40 overs), *Eltham 107-0

*Hurstpierpoint 173-6 dec, Worth 132-7

*Bryanston 116, Monkton Combe 117-7

St.George’s, Weybridge 202-6 dec, *Christ’s Hospital 114-7 (T.Reynolds 5-14)

St Albans 136 ,*Watford GS 137-5

*St Albans 215-4 (30 overs), Dr Challoner’s GS 205-4

Enfield GS 264-1 (45 overs) (S Levy 150, J Plumb 100 not out), *St Albans 239-4 (S Gregory 134 not out)

Queen’s, Taunton 209-9 (50 overs), *Monmouth 189-9

*Sherborne 157, Cheltenham 113

Eastbourne 239-7 dec, *King’s Canterbury 146-3

*Stamford 89, Uppingham 90-1

Leicester Beauchamp 96, *Uppingham 97-5

*Sutton Valence 197-9 dec, Reeds 125-7

Kingswood 177-9 (40 overs), *Dauntsey’s 178-7

*Worksop 230-7 dec. ( L Carlisle 100), Oakham 144–7

KES Birmingham 98 (M McKeever 5-14), Shrewsbury 100-1

Millfield 238-8 (50 overs), *Blundell’s 100

*Sussex Martlets 232-2 (J Dahl 133), St George’s, Weybridge 211-8

Hurstpierpoint 173-6 dec, Worth 131-7

MCC 155-6 dec, *Worth 118 (C F Smith 6-39)

Lord Wandsworth 188-7 (M-A Eysele 103 not out); *Portsmouth GS 70

*Clifton 243–3 (50 overs), Dean Close 205

MCC 198-3 dec, *Rossall 130

Latymer Upper 137, *Watford GS 141 for 6

Wellington, Somerset 130, *Plymouth 133-2

*Wellington, Somerset 61, Exeter 74-1

Dulwich 222 (C Jordan 108), *Tonbridge 98

*Dulwich 219, Free Foresters 93

*King’s School Gloucester 236-4 dec, Hereford Cathedral School 232-6
*Perse 261-5 dec, Norwich 93

King’s Macclesfield 248-3 dec, (K Sawas 100, T Parfett-Manning 102), *Bishop Vesey’s 102

*King’s Gloucester 236-4 dec, Hereford Cathedral 232-6

Malvern 175-9 (40 overs), *King’s Gloucester 109

*Chigwell 115, Colchester RGS 119-5

*Worksop 230-7 dec (B.Bayley 5-59), Oakham 146-7

Wednesday April 25yj 2006

The Ashes series caught the imagination of the country, but fewer than 10% of state schools offer any serious cricketing opportunities, according to the founder of Chance to Shine (www.chancetoshine.org). This admirable organisation seeks to remedy the deficiency. The aim is not just to produce the next generation of first-class players but also to educate pupils more generally through the medium of cricket.

Another excellent initiative is the (Under-18) Schools Cricket Almanac (www.wisteriabooks.co.uk), which gives details of each school’s season. With a Foreword by Christopher Martin-Jenkins, it includes articles by Ian Botham, Clare Connor, Jack Russell and others. This first edition is inevitably dominated by independent schools, where cricket still thrives, but it shares a wish with Chance to Shine (and The Times) to include far more state schools in future.

The outstanding performer of the week was Hamish Locke of Merchiston Castle who scored 205 not out in 35 overs, with 10 sixes and 27 fours.

Simon Barrett of St John’s, Leatherhead has started the season forcefully with high scoring on an April tour to Malta, and followed up his 149 not out against Eastbourne with a hat-trick.

Another young player to impress was Oliver Stedman who scored a century on his debut for King’s Tynemouth, aged only 15.

Results (*denotes home side):

*Colchester RGS 158-5 (40 ov), Brentwood 142; Oundle 225-1 (40ov), *Kimbolton 91; MCC 199-4, *St Edward’s, Oxford 160-8; *Canford 216-9 (50ov), Dorset Development XI 217-5; *Gordonstoun: 255-6 (N.Ross 100n.o.); Aberdeen University 176-6; *Gordonstoun 228-6 dec., Glenalmond 184; XL Club 203, *Gordonstoun 206-5 (P.Momsen 112n.o.); Taunton 191-7 (40ov), *Exeter 113; Reigate GS 210-7, *Hampton 212-2; Lords & Commons 190-5 dec., *Westminster 194-1 (D. Brodie 119n.o.); Butterflies 201, *Westminster 202-6; MCC 80-2 v *Marlborough (rain); *Marlborough 197, Eton 48; *Shrewsbury 116-7 (40ov), RGS Worcester 118-3; *Reigate GS 210-8 (50ov), Hampton 213-2; *Framlingham 255-8 dec., Ipswich 221-6; St. Albans 136, *Watford GS 137-5; *King’s Gloucester 191, Sir Thomas Rich’s 40; Colchester RGS 97 *Royal Hospital School 98-5; *Caterham 250-4 dec., Alleyn’s 178-3; *Queen’s,Taunton 186-3 (50ov), Clifton 156-9; *Oakham 210-5, Kimbolton 142 (Y.Tariq 6-21); Latymer Upper 99 (R.McKay 6-17), University College School 100-7; *Sevenoaks 58, Tonbridge 59-3; Judd 119-9 (35ov), *Sevenoaks 103; *Norwich, 204-8 dec.(T.Double 105), St. Joseph’s, Ipswich 151-4; Stowe 189-6 dec., *Lancing 190-6; *Stowe 241, Wellingborough 175-7; Cambridge University Crusaders 208 (A. Bird 6-15), *Bedford 181; *Oundle 235-4 dec.(P.Auld 105, G.Smith 100n.o.), Stamford 81; *Sedbergh 167, St. Peter’s, York 92-6; *Lord Wandsworth 185-9 (M.Eysele 109), Oratory 160; *Ashville 131, Durham 132 –2; *Felsted 142, King’s, Canterbury 143-2; *Bedford 178, St. Edward’s, Oxford 121-8; *RGS High Wycombe 184, Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 164-9 (P.Langley 5-27); *Harrow 233-3 (55ov) (S.Northeast 122), Charterhouse 231-9; Ewell Castle 127-5 dec., *Worth 128-7; *Cranleigh 250-4 dec. (S.Meaker 126n.o.), Wellington, Berks 174 (P.Roper 5-45); *Merchiston Castle 354-4 (50ov)(H.Locke 205n.o.), Loretto 40; KEQMS Lytham 129-7 (45ov),*Lancaster RGS 130-2 (M.Whaling 100); RGS Guildford 188-9 (50ov)(H.Clarke 5-25), *Whitgift 190-3; *Mill Hill 166-4 dec., The Leys 168-7; Old Boys XI 163-7 (40ov), *King’s,Tynemouth 164-4 (O.Stedman 102n.o.); *St John’s, Leatherhead 304-3 (40ov) (S.Burge 110 n.o.), Lloyd’s of London 213; *St John’s, Leatherhead 240-5 (45ov) (S.Barrett 149n.o.), Eastbourne 130; Sherborne 221 for 3 (50 ov) (C.Esson 101n.o), *King’s Bruton 118; *Worksop 179, Loughborough GS 131-7; *Epsom 200 (A.Jones 152), City of London Freemen’s 97-4; Lancing 54 (J.Billings 6-6), *Epsom 55-1; Southern Sabres U.15 115 (M. McGahan 6-22), *Ardingly 119-4; City of London Freemen’s 238-6 dec., *Reed’s 169-7.