Tuesday June 6th 2017

Half-term, so very few results and nothing to report. I can therefore give this space to others. The first section comes from Howard Holdsworth of Christ’s Hospital who has been closely involved with Sussex Cricket for many years. I was most interested to discover that this well-known Cup competition, named after the then Eastbourne College Headmaster, was instituted to give schoolboys a taste of overs cricket. I rather think it ought to be changed to give them a taste of declaration (=”proper”) cricket!

“The Langdale Cup came into being nearly 40 years ago. It is competed for by the 1st XIs of the Independent Schools in Sussex. It was first played on a knock-out basis. The aim was to give players the chance to experience 40 overs-a-side cricket, thus providing a new dimension to put alongside the declaration game. In October 2004 at the annual meeting Nigel Wheeler, as a parting gesture after 29 years as Master i/c at Eastbourne College, suggested that we moved to the T20 format which exists today. The first game was played between Eastbourne and Christ’s Hospital under the watchful eye of James Kirtley in April 2005. The first winners were Brighton who defeated Eastbourne in a thrilling final. Shortly after, Bede’s joined the competition and now nine sides compete in three groups of three.

As well as the group winners the best second-placed team goes through on net run rate. Last Monday, that slot went to Bede’s as they beat Brighton in the final group match. On Tuesday Hurstpierpoint and Bede’s defeated Ardingly and Bede’s defeated Eastbourne in a low-scoring match.

So the scene was set for the final which took place on Thursday at the County Ground at Hove (many thanks here go to all at Sussex CCC) and was a re-run of one of the early group games in which Hurst defeated Bede’s. Played in glorious weather, Hurst batted first. Bede’s claimed the prize scalp of Tom Haines, who last season made his debut as an opener for the full Sussex team, as early as the third over. Mainly due to tight bowling and excellent fielding Hurst struggled to break the shackles and ended on 117-5. Bede’s needed an A* performance and they got it from captain Joe Billings who made 76 not out as Bede’s passed the total with six wickets down and with two overs in hand. It was a remarkable innings, especially when one considers that he had arrived 45 minutes after the match had started as he had been completing an Economics A Level paper. (Such are the pressures of the modern summer Term!). There was a wobble mid-innings, but Billings received solid support from 15-year-old Scott Lenham (son on Neil and grandson of Les), who earlier had claimed two vital wickets with his off-spin. It was a superb advert for schoolboy cricket, as might have been expected from two schools which have played in three of the last four National T20 finals at Arundel. Also in attendance were the Sussex squad who were preparing to travel to Tunbridge Wells for their match with Kent the following day.”

From time to time there are unfortunate instances of poor behaviour by schoolboys and, even more regrettably, coaches. I asked Mark Williams, who for MCC has been primarily responsible for drafting the new Laws which come into force world-wide on October 1st, to make clear the current Laws on behaviour. His report is quite detailed and will remain available on this site until it is superseded in October. In effect, it is an expanded version of the document which the schools cricket committee has been regularly issuing for the last eight years. Click on the link here: Behaviour on the cricket field.

I am delighted to report on some cricket competitions in the Republic or Ireland. They have always been invited to offer results, but have not hitherto responded. As I am not short of space this week, I have left the results as sent rather than try to edit them into our normal format.

Results:

Bradfield 171-6 (20 overs),*Eton 120
Warwickshire Academy 271 (50 overs),*Eton 161-8
Berkshire Academy 187,*Eton 188-3
*John Lyon 181-3 (20 overs),Ibstock Place 75
Alleyn’s 113-7 (20 overs),*Ibstock Place 91
*KCS Wimbledon 180-4 dec,Ibstock Place 124-3

Cricket Results – 2017 Leinster Cricket School Boys

Senior League Final 23/05 @ Merrion CC
Catholic University School 155-5 (40 overs) D Brogan 32 Conor O’Gorman 28, David O’Halloran 25 R Shoebridge 1-15, J Meir 1-17, J Little 1-20
St Andrew’s College 108 all out (31.3 overs) J Little 28, S Gupta 24, A Blair White 14 C O’Gorman 4-29, N King 3-26, D Brogan 1-15

Senior IIs League Final (Alf O’Connell Trophy) 22/05 @ St Columba’s College
Catholic University School US 126/3 (20 overs) P Duffy 34, A Naughton 29 R Shoebridge 1-26 M Kilmartin 1-34)
St Andrew’s College 118/9 (20 overs)R Shoebridge 56, H Deacon 19 S Foley 2-7, P Duffy 2-19

Third Year Final (Under 16s) 25/05 @ Wesley College
Wesley College 171-5 (30 overs) M Collins 50 no, C McKay 37 T Elliot 36 T Power 25 J Barry 2-35, N Maguire 1-36, M Tonge 1-39, A Tonge 1-44
Catholic University School 159-7 (30 overs) M Tonge 49, N Maguire 39, A Tonge 12 C Rock 12 S Ruttle 4-36 J Atkinson 1-25, C McKay 1-44, M Collins 1-48

Second Year Final (Under 15s – Morrison League) 26/05 @ Leinster CC
Catholic University School 199/5 (30 overs) Nathan McGuire 114, Ben Lockhart 28*, Mark Tonge 14, Matthew Tonge 13, Andrew Tonge 11, Andrew Doheny 4-46, Daniel Thorne 2-52
St Joseph’s Rush 161/6 (30 overs) Jack McGee 89, Adam Brogan 16, Daniel Thorne 15, John Kirk 12, Eoin Keohane 2-35, Nathan McGuire 2-39, Cian Rock 1-46

First Year Final (Under 14s – Harry Risk League) 1/06 @ Catholic University School
St Mary’s College 52 (21.3 overs) N O’Reilly 12, M O’Connor 12, J Forbes 2-12, C Hewitt 2-12, S Verrion 2-12
St Andrew’s College 53-1 (13.2 0vers) J Forbes 21, R Amrah 18, D Clancy 1-14

First Year B League (Under 14s – Raftery Trophy) 31/05 @ The High School
Clongowes Wood 136-3 (20 overs) L Dowling 78, R Maher 21, F King 2-4, D Clancy 1-7
St Mary’s College 96 (18.4 overs) C Jacobs 17, T Patterson 11, M O’Connor 3-4, H Wilkinson 1-6,

National Schools Twenty20 competition (cumulative)
Click to see the current state of the National T20.

North East section group 1
*Silcoates 61-8, Worksop 62-0
Birkdale 108-9, *QEGS 112-4
*Silcoates 126-7, Birkdale 131-2
Worksop 152-6,*QEGS 146-6
Worksop win the group

North East section group 2
Pocklington 166-6, *Hymers 123-9
Woodhouse Grove 114, Pocklington 114-8
(Pocklington win by losing fewer wickets)
Woodhouse Grove 125-7, Hymers 70
Pocklington win the group

North East section group 3
Ashville 145-6, *Bradford GS 150-1
St Peter’s York 185-5, Ashville 67
St Peter’s York 179-5, *Bradford GS 71
St Peter’s School York win the group

North East section group 4
Barnard Castle 90, RGS Newcastle 91-6
Durham 138-7, RGs 141-5
RGS Newcastle now play St Peter’s York

North East section semi-finals and final
Pocklington 83-9, Worksop 85-3
St Peter’s York 156-6, RGS Newcastle 89
St Peter’s York 103, Worksop 100
St Peter’s York now play Sedbergh for a place on finals day at Arundel

North West section group 1
Merchant Taylors’ (Crosby) 140-7, King’s Chester 142-3
King’s Macclesfield 173-8, Grange 88
Grange 143-6, Merchant Taylors’ 148-0
Kng’s, Chester 120-8, King’s, Macclesfield 104-7
King’s, Chester win the group

North West section group 2
Birkenhead School 290-2, Wilmslow HS 48
Birkenhead School 237-2, Liverpool 50
Birkenhead win the group

North West section group 3
Bolton 203-1, *AKS Lytham 121-8
*AKS Lytham 244 -4, Kirkham 220 – 6
Altrincham GS 91, Bolton 95-1
Bolton win the group

North West section group 4
Manchester GS 185-4, Stockport GS 111-5
Audenshaw 72, Cheadle Hulme 73-0
Audenshaw 160-7, Stockport 129-8
Cheadle Hulme 84, Manchester GS 86-5
Manchester GS win the group

North West section group 5
Sedbergh 235-3, Myerscough 114-9
Sedbergh 195-5, Lancaster RGS 97
Sedbergh win the group

North West play-offs
Birkenhead 158-5, Manchester GS 151-6
Birkenhead 136, King’s Chester 135-7
Sedbergh 179-4, Bolton 110-8
Birkenhead now play Sedbergh 

North West final
Sedbergh 190-5, Birkenhead 124-4
Sedbergh now play St Peter’s York for a place on finals day at Arundel

East section group1
*Trent 186-3, Nottingham HS 107-8
Trent 197-4 Repton 87
Trent win the group

East section group 2
Oakham 99-9, *Oundle 95
Stamford 101, Oakham 105-3
Oakham win the group

East section group 3
Stowe 146-8, Rugby 150-1
Stowe 131-6, Leicester GS 134-2
Rugby 168-7, Leicester GS 120
Rugby win the group

East section group 4
*Kimbolton 125-6, Wellingborough 129-2
*Bedford 174-4, Wellingborough 106-7
Bedford win the group

East section group 5
The Perse 92, *The Leys 95-1
Felsted 160-4, The Perse 154-8
*The Leys 188-5, Felsted 141
The Leys win the group

East section group 6
Gresham’s 69-8, Norwich 70-4
Gresham’s 138-3, Framlingham 141-2
Norwich 175-5, Framlingham 152-7
Norwich win the group

East section group 7
Shenfield 174-6, Brentwood 113-6
Ipswich 171-8, Brentwood 123-8
Shenfield 100-2, Ipswich 96-8
Shenfield win the group

East section quarter-finals
*Shenfield 156-7, Leicester GS 136-5
*The Leys 140-3, Norwich 94
Two others still to be played

West Midlands and Wales section group 1
Wyclffe 37, Dean Close 38-0
Monmouth 155, Llandaff Cathedral 133-6
Dean Close 113-5, Monmouth 114-4
Monmouth win the group
Dean Close runners-up

West Midlands and Wales section group 2
Malvern 149-5, RGS Worcester 150-4
Bablake 94-6, RGS Worcester 98-2
Malvern 188-4, Bablake 75
RGS Worcester win the group
Malvern runners-up

West Midlands and Wales section group 3
Wolverhampton GS 126-6, Wrekin 114-8
Bromsgrove 166-4, Wolverhampton GS 133-4
Wrekin 107, Bromsgrove 109-1
Bromsgrove win the group
Wolverhampton GS runners-up

West Midlands and Wales section group 4
Shrewsbury 176-3, Oswestry 67-6
Ellesmere 109 (Owens 5-12), Newcastle Under Lyme 113-1
Shrewsbury 157-7, Newcastle Under Lyme 55-8
Shrewsbury win the group
Newcastle Under Lyme runners-up

West Midlands and Wales section quarter-finals
*Shrewsbury 145-6, Woverhampton GS 87-9
*Bromsgrove 149-6, Newcastle Under Lyme 142-7
*Monmouth 108-2, Malvern 109-5
RGS Worcester 98, Dean Close 100-7

West Midlands and Wales section semi-finals/ finals
Bromsgrove and Malvern have withdrawn, so the next stage is
Shrewsbury v Dean Close or Newcastle-under-Lyme

South East section group 1
Bede’s 126, *Eastbourne 127-3
*Eastbourne 140-6, Brighton 102
Bede’s 115-7, Aldridge Cricket Academy 94-8
Eastbourne 127-3, Bede’s 126
Eastbourne win the group

South East section group 2
Cranleigh 175-6, *Reigate GS 90
Cranleigh 207-2, St Lawrence 62
Reigate GS 166-3, St Lawrence 125-9
Cranleigh win the group

South East section group 3
Claremont 107-3, Ashford 91-8
*Hurstpierpoint 161-4, Claremont 137-2
Hurstpierpoint win the group

South East section group 4
Tonbridge 242-6, Kent College 52
*Tonbridge 235-4 (J O’Riordan 121), Simon Langton 100
Tonbridge win the group

South East section semi-finals
*Tonbridge 163-8, Eastbourne 119-7
Hurstpierpoint 118-9, Cranleigh 121-3

South East section final
*Tonbridge 128-7, Cranleigh 123-6
Tonbridge now play the winners of the London section for a place on finals day at Arundel

North London section group 1
UCS Hampstead 95,*Merchant Taylors’ 98-1
Aldenham 141-7, Forest 144-6
*Merchant Taylors’ 214-2, Forest 118
Merchant Taylors’ win the group

North London section group 2
*St Albans 183-2, Bancroft’s 163-7
St Albans win the group

North London section final
*Merchant Taylors’ 150-6, St Albans 132-7
Merchant Taylors’ win the North London section and now play the winners of South London

South London section group 1
St Benedict’s 82-8, Whitgift 85-1
Whitgift 192-5, Reed’s 163-6
Whitgift win the group

South London section group 2
Dulwich 178-8, Caterham 131-6
Caterham 142 -6, Eltham 135- 8
Eltham 130-6, Dulwich 134-2
Dulwich win the group

South London section group 3
Epsom 124-7 Hampton 125-5
Trinity 179-5 Langley Park 126-8
Trinity 156-6 Hampton 103
Langley Park 105-5, Epsom 106-2
Trinity win the group

South London section group 4
*Wilson’s 73-7, KCS Wimbledon 74-3
*KCS Wimbledon 167-5, Kingston GS 142-7
John Fishers withdrew
KCS Wimbledon win the group

South London section semi-finals
Whitgift 173-0, Dulwich 151-7
KCS Wimbledon 140-6, Trinity Croydon 141-7
Whitgift now play Trinity Croydon

South West section group 1
Clifton 156-8, *Downside 74
Downside 127-8, Colston’s 128-4
Colston’s 104-8, *Clifton 105-1
Clifton win the group
Colston’s runners-up

South West section group 2
Bristol GS 108, SGS (Filton) 109-4
Bristol GS 112-9, Taunton 116-5
*SGS (Filton) 140-7, Taunton 136 (M Omar 5-17)
SGS (Filton) win the group
Taunton runners-up

South West section group 3
Mount Kelly 148-3,*Clayesmore 95
Mount Kelly 178-5, Blundell’s 182-5
Blundell’s 84-9, King’s Taunton 85-1
King’s Taunton win the group
Blundell’s runners-up

South West section group 4
South Dartmoor 81-9, Sherborne 83-2
*Sherborne 149-6 (20 overs), Millfield 150-7
Millfield win the group
Sherborne runners-up

South West section quarter-finals
Taunton 90-6, Clifton 91-3
*King’s Taunton 240-3 (T Banton 155), Sherborne 107-8 (J. Clark 5-10)
Millfield 188-5, Blundells 52
Colston’s beat SGS (Filton) on a bowl-out
King’s now play Colston’s and Clifton play Millfield

South Central section group 1
*Oratory 133-6, RGS High Wycombe 137-5
Radley 160-4, RGS High Wycombe 161-3 (E Casterton 109 not out)
Radley 179-4, Elizabeth Guernsey150-6
RGS High Wycombe win the group

South Central section group 2
St Edward’s 154-4, Abingdon 107-9
Magdalen College School 211-5, Reading Blue Coat 70
*St Edward’s 128-5, Magdalen College School 106
St Edward’s win the group

South Central section group 3
Wellington (Berks) 198-6, Dauntsey’s 93
Wellington (Berks) 93, Bradfield 94-1
Lord Wandsworth 91-9,*Bradfield 92-4
Dauntsey’s 153-6, Lord Wandsworth 130-8
Bradfield win the group

South Central section group 4
Portsmouth GS, 174-5,*Winchester 130-8
Portsmouth GS 153-6, Marlborough 145-7
Marlborough 147-3,*Winchester 111-5
Portsmouth GS win the group

South Central section semi-finals
*St Edward’s 177-7, Portsmouth GS 111
RGS High Wycombe 103-4 (20 overs), *Bradfield 106-4

South Central final
*St Edward’s 122-5 (20overs), Bradfield 120-6
St Edward’s now play the winner of the South West section for a place on finals day