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7th July

As we reach the end of the school’s season, I apologise for this column being delayed this week, but I have been on the road watching some excellent school cricket.

 

As co-organiser, I was present at the National Schools T20 Final in the beautiful surroundings of Arundel Castle, more of which later.  The cricket was excellent and while Whitgift won overall. Myerscough College, a tertiary sector college based at Old Trafford, that runs a BTEC in Cricket Studies for 16–18-year-olds, won many admirers with their brand of cricket. Their exciting semi-final win over a much fancied Malvern side,  who were going for their 3rd consecutive title, can be seen on the link to You Tube below. A full report on the day will appear next week along with photos.

 

We would like to thank the Friends of Arundel Castle Cricket Club for their excellent hospitality, our sponsors Gray-Nicholls for supplying polo shirts for the participants and our umpires, Martin Bodenham, Neil Richards, and Jim Lock who enjoyed the day probably as much as the boys who took part.

 

I was able to take in the Silk Trophy Festival at Shrewsbury that featured the hosts, Eton, Stowe and Rondebosch from Capetown, who concluded their UK tour there. They had a gruelling 18-day tour in which they played a staggering 15 games winning them all! Their fixture list included Whitgift and Malvern, regarded by many as the two strongest school sides in the country this year and it is no wonder that Rondebosch are ranked probably as the best school side in South Africa at present.

 

The last ever Eton v Harrow match took place at Lord’s last week resulting in a resounding win for the latter. While this is the end of an era, it may provide an opportunity for school cricket in general as the MCC have suggested that they would like to stage national schools’ finals there instead. We also saw the Finals Day of the School Sports Magazine Girls Under 18 T20 won by Bradfield, who defeated Bede’s om the Final.

 

Next week will be the last column of the season and by then, it may start becoming evident as school’s Wisden reports come in, who the front runners are for the Wisden School Cricketer of the Year are.

 

Results

 

National Schools Boys Under 18 T20 (held at Arundel Castle)

 

Semi-finals

 

Malvern 158-5 (20), Myerscough Manchester 160-8(19.5) Video

King’s Taunton 122 (20), Whitgift 124-0 (14.4)

 

Final

 

Whitgift 126-7 (20), Myerscough Manchester 116-8 (20)

 

 

The Cricketer Paper National Under 17 (35 overs)

 

Semi-final

 

Canterbury Academy 239-6, Winchester 180

 

Canterbury will play Shrewsbury in the final to played in late August/early September

 

Harrow 265-9, Eton 179

*Giggleswick 117-7 (20 Overs), Rossall 118-2

Rossall 235-5 (40 Overs) (H McAleer 115), *Edinburgh Academy 127

Rossall 174-7 (32 Overs) (H McAleer 101), King’s Macclesfield 116
Barnard Castle 268 (50 overs), Rossall 68

  • §UCS 146, *Gresham’s 147-3

MCC 193-9, MCS 194-6

MCC 231-9, New Hall 233-9

MCC 218, Reigate 119

Durham Academy 105, *Sedbergh 109-4

Birkenhead 189-5, UCS 185-1

MCC 109, *Bromsgrove 110-0

MCC 207-7 (45 overs), *Clifton 187-9

Denstone 206 (40 overs), *Solihull 207-8

*Hampton 239 (50 overs), Rondebosch 225-9

MCC 303-4 dec., *KEVI Camp Hill 168-5

*Abingdon 213-9 dec., Radley 175

MCC 129, *Reed’s 132-2

Eastbourne 161, Stamford 165-6

Queens Taunton 146 (40 overs), *Bristol GS 150-2

MCC 234-7 dec., *Oundle 229

Uppingham 151 & 176, *Shrewsbury 161-4 dec. & 167-3 (2-day game)

*Whitgift 223 (50 overs), Rondebosch 223-6

*Bradfield 268 (50 overs), Malvern 145

Trinity 206, *KCS 163

*NULS 83, Denstone 84-2

St Georges 201-9 (45 overs), *RGS Guildford 186

*St Peter’s, York 273-3 (H Nixon 100, D Johar 108) (35 overs), Bradford Grammar 138

*Abingdon 92 * (40 overs), Clifton 95-3

MCC 210-2 dec., *KEVI Stratford 80-8

*Worksop 32308 (50 overs), Bloxham 80

MCC  241-5 dec., Whitgift 245-7

MCC 250-4 dec., King’s Canterbury 198-7

St John’s 91 (50 overs), Abingdon 95-5

Hampton 250-8 dec., Dulwich 110

*MT Crosby 182-9 (45 overs), Perse 142

Durham 169-9 (45 overs), *MT Crosby 48

Oakham 193 (50 overs), Sedbergh 197-3

Abingdon 152, Oundle 154-5

MCC 209-6 dec., Bishops Stortford HS 198-9

Hurstpierpoint 292 (50 overs), Worksop 295-7

Cranleigh 273-6 dec. & 223, Charterhouse 223-2 dec. & 232-6 (2 days)

 

 

BOWS Festival (50 overs)

*Wellington 148, Oakham 149-9

Brighton 244, Sedbergh 245-9

Oakham 193, Sedbergh 197-3

Brighton 250-7, Oakham 89

*Wellington 195, Brighton 180

Wellington 219-6, Sedbergh 220-6

 

Sedbergh win the festival

 

Silk Trophy (50 overs)

Stowe 282-6, *Shrewsbury 207

Rondebosch 208, Eton 178-8

Eton 206, Stowe 171

*Shrewsbury 211, Rondebosch 213-3

Stowe 126, Rondebosch 127-4

Eton 190-9, *Shrewsbury 191-7  Video

 

Rondebosch win the Silk Trophy

 

SPREW Festival

St Peter’s 189-8 (35 overs), *Warwick 125

Epsom 193-8 (35 overs), Repton 194-3

Epsom 322 (50 overs), *Warwick 94

St Peter’s 129 (20 overs), Epsom 131-6

Repton 323-8, St Peter’s 206

Repton 250-5 (20 overs), Warwick 114-9

 

Repton win the festival

 

 

RGS Festival (50 overs) Live Video

 

Guildford 343-8, Newcastle 298

Colchester 165, Worcester 165-2

Worcester 185, *High Wycombe 186-7

Colchester 209, Guildford 214-5

Worcester 202, Lancaster 213-5

 

 

Girls Cricket

 

School Sport Magazine National Schools U18 Girls T20

Quarter Finals:

Shrewsbury bt Repton by 24 runs

Berkhamsted bt Oundle (conceded)

Bede’s 243-1 (M Taylor 102*), Cranleigh 115-8

Bradfield 124-3, Millfield 123-7

 

Semi Finals: Bede’s 102-3, Berkhamsted 100-7

Shrewsbury 83, Bradfield 87-0

 

Third Place Play-off: 

Berkhamsted 102-9, Shrewsbury 104-4

 

Final: Bradfield 90, Bede’s 60

 

 

21st June

As I write this on the Summer Solstice, the weather finally seems to have settled down and is warming up nicely, here in West Lancashire. The decking has had its annual coat of paint, the outdoor furniture is out of storage and the borders are being populated with bedding plants. Hopefully the last couple of weeks of term will be fine and we can see some spectacular cricket that can be reported here.

Despite fine weather in the south at the weekend and cloudy but cool conditions in the North, large swathes of the Midlands were affected by heavy rain. This led to many games being washed out, especially when schools were reverting to a normal programme of games after an intense period of exams. My former employer, Shrewsbury were due to play a large block of both boys and girls matches against Rugby, who they hadn’t played for many years.

The performances of the week must go to 4th former Wills Bennison who scored 198 in St Peter’s, York’s win over Pocklington, and Chloe Taylor, who scored 102* in Shrewsbury’s 100-ball tournament win over Sedbergh. Winchester’s la Fontaine Jackson also scored 136 in the Under 17 cup in his side’s win over St. Edward’s.

Malvern in their regional semi-final win over King’s Worcester broke what are believed to be tournament records with their score of 275-1 being the highest ever recorded. Worcestershire Academy player Olly Cox scored 170 in the match that is also the record individual score.

In the Under 18 T20, Whitgift became the first school to book their place at the Finals Day to be held at Arundel Castle on Sunday 3rd July. Spectators are welcome and entrance is free. Play starts at 10am.

The 3 other semi-finalists won’t be known until next Monday as in the South West King’s Taunton will play Bradfield hopefully at Clifton, while Trent travel to Malvern in the Midlands Group. In the North, the North West group still has to be decided – Sedbergh will take on Myerscough Manchester at St Peter’s, York with the winners playing off against St Peter’s for the right to represent the North at Finals Day. All of these games will take place on Monday 27th June.

The National Under 17 has reached its quarter final stage with Canterbury Academy’s 3 run win over Epsom College the highlight of the 3rd round, while the Girls Under 18 100-ball competition is also at the same stage. Results for both competitions can be found below.

Results

*Woodhouse Grove 138, St Peter’s140 -1

*St Peter’s148-9 (20 overs), Warwickshire EPP 149-7

Warwickshire EPP 321-8, *St Peter’s 220-7

*St Peter’s 155-4 (20 overs), Old Peterites 156-5

*St Peter’s 327-4 (40 overs) (W. Bennison 198), Pocklington 260-9 (H Jackson 128)

XL 196-5, *Christ’s Hospital 195-3

Bede’s* 258-7 (40 overs), Ardingly 205-6

Haberdashers 129-7 (50 overs), *Abingdon 128-8

*Berkhamsted 223-7 (50 overs), Bedford 224-9

*Brighton 225-9 (50 overs), Seaford 155

Bradfield 259-5 dec., *Haileybury 141

*Hampton 108 (50 overs), KCS 92

Charterhouse 256-6 (50 overs), *Lord Wandsworth 228

*Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 236, MCS 165-9

Tiffin 138, *Reed’s 140-1

*Sevenoaks 251-9 (50 overs), King’s Canterbury 155

Bancroft’s 203-6 (40 overs), *St Alban’s 205-6

*St. Paul’s 381-5 (50 overs), RGS Guildford 158

*King’s Macclesfield 227-5 (40 overs), Birkenhead 62

*Ley’s 218-9 (40 overs), Brentwood 166

Sedbergh 95 (50 overs), *Manchester GS 96-3

Gresham’s 269-8 (50 overs), *Perse 178

*Tonbridge 330-5 (55 overs), Wellington College 205

Oundle 222, *Uppingham 162-3

Repton 254-4 (28 overs), *Warwick 132-7

Old Wykehamists 204-8 dec., *Winchester 205-8

MCC 215-5 dec., *Aldenham 216-9

*Charterhouse 199, Winchester 201-6

MCC 236-9 dec., *Gresham’s 242-6

National s Under 18 T20

South East Group

Final

*Whitgift 178-7, Hurstpierpoint 114

Whitgift qualify for Finals Day

 

North Group

NW Semi-Final

Sedbergh v Myerscough, Manchester at St. Peter’s, York on Monday 27th June

The winners will play St. Peter’s on the same day for a place at Finals Day to represent the North

 

South West Group

South Central

Final

Bradfield 197-3, Wellington 123

Bradfield play King’s, Taunton at Clifton College on Monday 27th in the South West Final

 

East

East Midlands and East Anglia

Final

*Felsted 150-5, Trent 151-4

Trent play Malvern in the East and West Midlands Final on Monday 27th at Malvern

 

West Midlands

Semi-Final

*Malvern 275-1 (O Cox 170), King’s, Worcester 139-7

Final

Malvern 171-8, Bromsgrove 127

Malvern play Trent in the East and West Midlands Final on Monday 27th at Malvern

 

The Cricket Paper National Under 17 Cup

Third Round

Newcastle Boys School 113-7, *Sedbergh 114-3

Canterbury Academy 153, *Epsom 150-9

*Winchester 243-3 (la Fontaine Jackson 136), St Edward’s 112

 

Girls Cricket

The Cricket Paper National Girls 100-Ball

Second Round:

Oxford High 121-2, Marlborough 57-9

Felsted 117-4, Ipswich 98-7

Bradfield 126-6, Forest 120-7

King’s, Taunton 149-2, Clifton 118-5

Shrewsbury 149-4, Repton 108-6

Sedbergh 91-2, Trent 90-9

Rugby 173-3 Leicester Grammar 59ao

Bede’s Senior 201-2, Lord Wandsworth 59-9

Quarter Final Round:

Shrewsbury 172-4 (C Thomas 102*), Sedbergh 123-3

Bradfield 61-1, King’s Taunton 60ao.

Rugby v Oxford High

Bede’s Senior v Felsted

 

7th June

7th June

Having arrived back from the Far East in time to see Joe Root’s magnificent century at Lord’s on Sunday morning, jet lag has finally worn off and normal service is resumed for regular readers of this column.

This is always a funny week in terms of results as most schools now opt for a week for the Spring Bank Holiday week, a situation further complicated by the Platinum Jubilee holiday. While some schools played on the first Saturday of half term, when many schools played Old Boy’s sides as they had prize giving and speech days, only Scottish schools appear to play on the second Saturday.

There is unlikely to be a large amount of cricket played this week in schools as this is the busiest week of the exam season and already several schools in the final phases of the T20

T20 competition have asked for an extension of dates to play their semi-finals nest week. The Under 17 competition however should provide some entertainment as this reaches the quarter-final stage.

Results

*Shrewsbury 249-8 (40 overs), Shrewsbury Saracens 199-9

Old Carthusians 100 (30 overs), *Charterhouse 101-1

*Epsom 209-9 dec., Old Epsomians 190

*Harrow 249-5 dec., Harrow Wanderers 191-9

* Marlborough 212-3 (20 overs), Marlborough Blues 130-7

Old Oakhamians 194 (20 overs), *Oakham 192-8

Old Stoics 121-6 (20 overs), *Stowe 125-4

*Wellington College 213-4 (35 overs), Old Wellingtonians 194

*Clifton 187-4 (20 overs), Old Cliftonians 103-9

 

 

National Schools Twenty 20 Cup

 

North East Finals Day (held at York CC 27th May)

St Peter’s 117-8, Ampleforth 114-4

Durham 110, Worksop 112 – 7

Final: Worksop 132, St Peter’s 133-5

St. Peter win and face the winners of the North West

 

North West Quarter Finals

Sedbergh 185-4, Wirral GS 121-7

Cheadle Hulme 159-6, Manchester GS 152-5

Myerscough Preston 114-5, Myerscough Manchester 115-6

RGS Lancaster (bye)

Semi final

RGS Lancaster 68-9, Myerscough Manchester 69-4

Sedbergh v Cheadle Hulme to be played after half term

South Group

London Winners: Whitgift

South-East Winners: Hurstpierpoint

Whitgift will host Hurstpierpoint next week in the final

South West

Tier 1

 

Wellington 167-5, *Blundells 98

Blundell’s 93, King’s 97 for 3

King’s Taunton win the group and face the winners of South Central

 

South Central

Quarter Finals

Winchester 52, Bradfield* 58/3

Wellington 126-10 , MCS* 118-7

Radley124-5, St Edwards 87-3 won by 7 wickets (Duckworth Lewis).

Dauntsey’s 141-9 off 20, *Marlborough 142-2 off 18.3

Semi finals will be played after half term

 

West Midlands

Quarter finals

Malvern 220-3, RGS Worcester147-7

Warwick 109, Kings, Worcester 110 – 1

Shrewsbury 205-3, Wrekin 107-7

Bromsgrove 146-7, Ellesmere 59-9

Malvern face Kings and Bromsgrove play Shrewsbury in the semi-finals after half term

 

 

The Cricket Paper National Under 17 Cup

Third Round

Denstone 122-9, Shrewsbury 124-4

 

 

Girls Cricket

Shrewsbury 176-4, Marlborough 91/6

Berkhamsted 113-6 (20 overs), Felsted 51

 

The Cricket Paper National Girls Under 18 Hundred Cup

 

Shrew

24th/31st May

Apologies for the lack of coverage last week. As you will know I am still in the Far East and technical issues with the hosting website meant that only a Korean version was available. As my Korean is limited to say the least, no update appeared.

As we are now into half term, very few games took place last weekend and even fewer schools in results. Exams have now started too and many schools have scaled down matches. The variable weather experienced around the country has also taken its toll and several of the T20 competition matches have been decided by the rather unsatisfactory Duckworth Lewis Stern method.

Most regions are now in their final stages and in another two weeks we should be at the national quarter final stage in preparation for finals day at Arundel on July 3rd.

Normal service will be resumed next week as I return home at the weekend!

Results

*Whitgift 235-9 (50 overs), Bede’s 236-5

*Oakham 219, Stamford 202-7

National Twenty20 Competition

North East Finals Day (held at York CC 27th May)

St Peter’s 117-8, Ampleforth 114-4

Durham 110, Worksop 112 – 7

Final: Worksop 132, St Peter’s 133-5

St. Peter win and face the winners of the North West

 

North West Quarter Finals

Sedbergh 185-4, Wirral GS 121-7

Cheadle Hulme 159-6, Manchester GS 152-5

Myerscough Preston 114-5, Myerscough Manchester 115-6

RGS Lancaster (bye)

Semi final

RGS Lancaster 68-9, Myerscough Manchester 69-4

Sedbergh v Cheadle Hulme to be played after half term

South West

Tier 1

Wellington 167-5, *Blundells 98

Blundell’s 93, King’s 97 for 3

Kings win the group and face the winners of South Central

South Central

Winchester 52, Bradfield* 58/3

Wellington 126-10 , MCS* 118-7

Radley124-5, St Edwards 87-3 won by 7 wickets (Duckworth Lewis).

Dauntsey’s 141-9 off 20, *Marlborough 142-2 off 18.3

Semi-finals will be played after half term

 

West Midlands

Malvern 220-3, RGS Worcester147-7

Warwick 109, Kings, Worcester 110 – 1

Shrewsbury 205-3, Wrekin 107-7

Bromsgrove 146-7, Ellesmere 59-9

Malvern face Kings and Bromsgrove play Shrewsbury in the semi-finals

 

The Cricket Paper National Schools Under 17 Cup

Third round

Abingdon 111-6, Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 112-3

St Edwards 185-6, Berkhamsted 179-9

Hurstpierpoint 143-8, Epsom 144-4

 

 

 

24th and 31st May

Apologies for the lack of coverage last week. As you will know I am still in the Far East and technical issues with the hosting website meant that only a Korean version was available. As my Korean is limited to say the least, no update appeared.

As we are now into half term, very few games took place last weekend and even fewer schools in results. Exams have now started too and many schools have scaled down matches. The variable weather experienced around the country has also taken its toll and several of the T20 competition matches have been decided by the rather unsatisfactory Duckworth Lewis Stern method.

Most regions are now in their final stages and in another two weeks we should be at the national quarter final stage in preparation for finals day at Arundel on July 3rd.

Normal service will be resumed next week as I return home at the weekend!

Results

*Whitgift 235-9 (50 overs), Bede’s 236-5

*Oakham 219, Stamford 202-7

National Twenty20 Competition

North East Finals Day (held at York CC 27th May)

St Peter’s 117-8, Ampleforth 114-4

Durham 110, Worksop 112 – 7

Final: Worksop 132, St Peter’s 133-5

St. Peter win and face the winners of the North West

 

North West Quarter Finals

Sedbergh 185-4, Wirral GS 121-7

Cheadle Hulme 159-6, Manchester GS 152-5

Myerscough Preston 114-5, Myerscough Manchester 115-6

RGS Lancaster (bye)

Semi final

RGS Lancaster 68-9, Myerscough Manchester 69-4

Sedbergh v Cheadle Hulme to be played after half term

South West

Tier 1

Wellington 167-5, *Blundells 98

Blundell’s 93, King’s 97 for 3

Kings win the group and face the winners of South Central

South Central

Winchester 52, Bradfield* 58/3

Wellington 126-10 , MCS* 118-7

Radley124-5, St Edwards 87-3 won by 7 wickets (Duckworth Lewis).

Dauntsey’s 141-9 off 20, *Marlborough 142-2 off 18.3

Semi-finals will be played after half term

 

West Midlands

Malvern 220-3, RGS Worcester147-7

Warwick 109, Kings, Worcester 110 – 1

Shrewsbury 205-3, Wrekin 107-7

Bromsgrove 146-7, Ellesmere 59-9

Malvern face Kings and Bromsgrove play Shrewsbury in the semi-finals

 

The Cricket Paper National Schools Under 17 Cup

Third round

Abingdon 111-6, Merchant Taylors’, Northwood 112-3

St Edwards 185-6, Berkhamsted 179-9

Hurstpierpoint 143-8, Epsom 144-4

 

 

 

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