Tuesday June 12th 2018

Ben Lodge of St Peter’s York, who hit six sixes in one over

Yesterday morning (Monday) by about 10am I had had remarkably few results when I would have expected to have a large sackful, given the fine weather. So I sent an email to Masters i/c. Some replied quickly with a result from Saturday, probably having rather got out of the habit after two weekends of half-term etc (it takes just three clicks to do this with electronic scoring). But more troubling was a reply from several that they didn’t play cricket on Saturdays in the middle of the exam season. Well, in a term of about 10 Saturdays, four of them taken out for exeats and in most years a couple rained off, it’s hardly a season at all. One well-known cricketing school has only six all-day fixtures scheduled for 2018.

I doubt whether boys (sic) have changed that much since I taught them for 35 years so the notion that they will spend a Saturday afternoon having a quiet five hours of vigorous revising by the river-bank seems pure moonshine. It’s either wishful thinking, window-dressing, paranoia or complete misunderstanding of the teenage mind. When will schools get a grip on this ludicrous obsession with exams (partly pressed on them by idiotic parents)? Not much good for mental health either, which we hear so much about (and fail to diagnose the very obvious cause). Or healthy eyesight which we read about recently (if it were actually true that they were endlessly revising, of course).

Happily, most sensible schools did play some cricket and there were some striking performances. Literally so in the case of Ben Lodge of St Peter’s York (pictured above) who in a National Schools T20 match hit six sixes in one over in an innings of 75. Not a record, of course, but pretty rare.

Chasing Bedford Modern’s 145 for six in 45 overs, Wellingborough came unstuck early on, but from 17 for three they recovered to win comfortably in the end, losing no further wickets. They were led by year 10 opening batsman James Sales with 68 not out who put on 124 with Nathan Piper (53 not out).

Another fairly dramatic recovery, but ultimately unsuccessful, occurred when Haberdashers’ Aske’s entertained Berkhamsted. The visitors, led by an opening partnership of 176 between Sam Quinn (86) and Scott Rolfe (103), reached a formidable 268 for 4 in 50 overs after winning the toss and making good use of an excellent batting strip. In reply, Haberdashers’ collapsed to 53 for five in the 11th over and later 91 for six. However, a superb partnership of 125 for the seventh wicket between Luca Ignatius (86) and Saavan Shah (60) threatened to turn the match on its head. But it was not quite enough, as the visitors held on to win by 22 runs.

It is rare for bowlers to take a stack of wickets, such are the restrictions on medium-quick bowlers especially. However, as is often the case with good inswing bowlers, batsmen clearly forgot the golden rule of playing such bowling, which is ALWAYS to get right forward, never back (except for a rank long-hop). Eltham’s Ben Day, a right-arm medium-fast bowler, came on first change on Saturday with King’s Canterbury on 40 for two. Bowling prodigious inswing, he had his first victim LBW and then a further four all bowled, plus one stumping. Taking six in a row, he might have had more but for a run-out and a wicket at the other end. His analysis was an impressive six for six as the visitors were skittled out for 63.


Milton Abbey 79-7 (15 overs),*Clayesmore 80-0
King’s Rochester 118-5 (30 overs),*Sevenoaks 120-1
Milton Abbey 118,* Clayesmore 120-3
*KCS Wimbledon 137-3 (20 overs), Sevenoaks 138-3
Bedford Modern 140-6 (45 overs),*Wellingborough 141-3
Berkhamsted 268-4 (50 overs) (S Rolfe 103),*Haberdashers’ Aske’s 246
*Wellington (Berks) 262-7 (55 overs), Eton 145
*Dauntsey’s 191-8 (40 overs), Monkton 125 (Monkhouse Intersport League)
Warwick 135,*King’s Worcester 85
*Oakham 334-7 (50 overs)(N Kimber 143), Felsted 170 (E Siddle 5-36)
*Seaford 163 (A Thwaites 5-42), Christ’s Hospital 164-4 (Martin Berrill Sports League)
*Worth 240-3 (35 overs)(K Nayee 130 not out), Caterham 112 (Martin Berrill Sports League)
Hymers 243-4 (40 overs) (S Elstone 115 not out),*QEGS Wakefield 132
King’s Canterbury 63 (B Day 6-6),*Eltham 64-1
MCC 230-6, *Bradfield 226-6 (I Malik 107) (S Gumbs 5-65)
*Cheltenham 91, Bradfield 92-5
*Woodhouse Grove 145, St Peter’s, York 148-7
*Gresham’s 111, Framlingham 114-8
*KCS Wimbledon 113, St John’s Leatherhead 114-0
Churchers 126.*King Edward VI Southampton 127-3
*Sherborne 240, Clifton 199
MCC 261-3 dec, (B Bishnoi 102),*High School of Glasgow 59
High School of Glasgow 72,*George Watson’s 72-0
*Mill Hill 115, St Albans 116-1
Warminster 59,*Clayesmore 61-2
Oakham 158-6 (20 overs), Old Oakhamians 136-7
Canford 207, *King’s Taunton 209-3
*Bristol GS 155 (40 overs), Colston’s 157-4
MCC 272-3 dec; *Glasgow Academy 51-5
Dollar 111-8 (20 overs),*Glasgow Academy 84-3
*Uppingham 137, Rugby 138-1
*Worth 240-3 (K Nayee 130 not out), Caterham 112
*Lord Wandsworth 141-4 (20 overs), Ardingly 112
Charterhouse 187-7 (50 overs), *Dulwich 180 (49)
Emanuel 261-6 (30 overs) (W Ellis 117 not out), *Colfe’s 147
*KES Birmingham 225-5, Trent 179-5
Lancaster RGS 119-8 (45 overs),*Sedbergh 120-6
*Trinity Croydon 144-9 (50 overs), Hampton 132
Durham 148-7 (40 overs),*Ampleforth 58

National Schools Twenty20 competitioncumulative
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North East section group 1
Newcastle School for Boys 111, RGS Newcastle 112-4
Hymers 103-6, *QEGS Wakefield 104-1
Hymers 164-3, Silcoates 138-9
Birkdale 118-4,*QEGS Wakefield 119-1
QEGS Wakefield win the group

North East section group 3
Worksop 163-9, Ampleforth 66
Woodhouse Grove 166, Ashville 153
Woodhouse Grove 71-9, Worksop 77-3
Woodhouse Grove 165, Ampleforth 147
Worksop win the group

North East section group 4
Pocklington 129-4,*St Peter’s, York 132-5
Pocklington 103, Bradford GS 104-1
*St Peter’s, York 155-6, Bradford GS 97-9
St Peter’s win the group.

North East section semi-final
*St Peter’s, York 203-3, QEGS Wakefield 148-4
St Peter’s now play Durham or QEGS Wakefield in the North East final

North West section group 1
Altrincham GS 114–5, Kings’, Chester 113
Altrincham GS 96–9, Birkenhead 100 – 7
The Grange School withdrew
Birkenhead win the group

North West section group 2
Hutton GS, Audenshaw HS and St. Ambrose all withdrew
Kings’ School, Macclesfield win the group (by default)

North West section group 3
AKS Lytham 86, Myerscough 90–2
Kirkham 59, RGS Lancaster 60–2
AKS Lytham 143–8, Kirkham 146–6
Myerscough 126, RGS Lancaster 73–7
Myerscough win the group

North West section group 4
Cheadle Hulme 174–3, Wilmslow HS 125 – 6
Stockport GS 137-6, Wilmslow HS 94
Stockport GS 130-7, Cheadle Hulme 133
Cheadle Hulme win the group

North West section quarter-finals
Manchester GS 172–7, Kings’ Macclesfield 173-7
Bolton 74-9, Myerscough 78-2
Birkenhead 107-8, Sedbergh 118-8
*Cheadle Hulme 162-4, Merchant Taylors’ (Crosby) 163-8

North West section semi-finals
Merchant Taylors’ 136–4; King’s, Macclesfield 139-6
Myerscough 138-6, Sedbergh 139-2
King’s Macclesfield now play Sedbergh in the North West final

East section group 1
Nottingham HS 124-6, Trent 125-1
Loughborough GS 79-8, Repton 80-3
Trent 139-4, Repton 141-4
Repton win the group

East section group 2
*Oakham 133-6 (20 overs), Oundle 121-9 (H Tyler 5-14)
Leics GS 68, Stamford 69-1
Stamford 137-7 (20 overs),*Oakham 123-8
Stamford win the group

East section group 3
Stowe 117-5, Uppingham 63
Rugby 142-9, Wellingborough 107-5
Stowe 104-6, Rugby 95-7
Stowe win the group

East section group 4
Kimbolton 113-6, Bedford 114-2
The Leys 153-3, The Perse 104-9
Bedford 118-7, The Leys 112-5
Bedford win the group

East section group 5
Gresham’s 110, Norwich 111-1
Framlingham 134-7, Culford 110-7
Framlingham 118-6, Norwich 122-5
Norwich win the group

East section group 6
St Joseph’s 99, Felsted 110-3
Shenfield 163-3, New Hall 88
Shenfield 122-9, Felsted 126-5
Felsted win the group

East section quarter-finals
Stamford 203-6, *Repton 160-4
Trent 150, Norwich 151-4
The Leys 122-6, Stowe 123-4
Felsted 133-6, Bedford 137-4
Semi-finals: Stamford v Stowe; Norwich v Bedford

West Midlands and Wales section group 1
Newcastle-under-Lyme 101-6, Ellesmere 105-6
*Shrewsbury 105-8, Ellesmere 96-7
Queen Mary’s withdrew
Shrewsbury win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 2
*Wrekin 112-4, Bablake 69
Bromsgrove 155-5, Wolverhampton GS 34
*Wrekin 75, Bromsgrove 76-4
Bromsgrove win the group

West Midlands and Wales section group 3
Cathedral School, Llandaff 118-9, Dean Close 120-1
West Midlands and Wales section group 3
Monmouth 121-4, Wycliffe 100-5
Dean Close win the group

West Midlands and Wales section, group 4
King’s Worcester 125-6,*RGS Worcester 123-8
Malvern 181-2, Warwick 85
King’s Worcester 66, Malvern 67-1
Malvern win the group

West Midlands and Wales quarter-finals
Shrewsbury 182-3, Wrekin 82-8
Malvern 191-1, Ellesmere 124–9
*Dean Close 101-6, King’s Worcester 105-1
Malvern withdrew, so Bromsgrove win
Semi-finals: Bromsgrove v Shrewsbury; Malvern v King’s Worcester

South East section group 1
St Lawrence 192-5, *Ashford 128-5
Simon Langton GS 197-3 (E Fox 103 not out), *Kent College 115

South East section group 2 (reduced to 5-over matches)
Charterhouse 43-2, Reigate GS 28-1
Reigate GS 25-5, Cranleigh 29-0
Charterhouse 44-2, Cranleigh 30-4
Kingston GS withdrew
Charterhouse win the group

South East section group 3
*Bede’s 159-5, Brighton College 59
*Bede’s 144-5, Hurstpierpoint 114-9
Hurstpierpoint 144, Aldridge 96
Bede’s win the group

South East section group 4
*Tonbridge 166–4, Skinners 100–9
Eastbourne 102–9, *Tonbridge 103–5
Claremont 131-4 Skinners 98
Tonbridge win the group

South East section play-offs
Charterhouse 164-7, Simon Langton 107-9
Tonbridge 160-5, Charterhouse 162-3
Charterhouse win the South East section and now play the London winners

North London section group 1
NewVic 122-7,*Aldenham 66
*St Albans 160-4, NewVic 113-9
St Albans win the group

North London section group 2
UCS 112, Highgate 92
UCS 65, Merchant Taylors’ 68-0
Moulton withdrew
Merchant Taylors’ win the group

North London section final
*St Albans 139-3, Merchant Taylors’ Northwood 140-4
Merchant Taylors’ win North London

South London section group 1
Whitgift 207-2, Emanuel 71-5
Emanuel 92-8, Epsom 96-2
Whitgift 179-2, Epsom 81-9
Whitgift win the group

South London section group 2
Hampton 143-7, Langley 116
Hampton 188-5, Dulwich 125-7
Hampton win the group

South London section group 3
Wilson’s 106-2, KCS Wimbledon 107-1
KCS Wimbledon 93, Eltham 94-2
Eltham win the group

South London section group 4
Lingfield 99-9, Caterham 100-3.
Trinity 96, Reed’s 97-0
Caterham 96-7, Reed’s 97-5
*Trinity 152-4, Caterham 129
Reed’s win the group.

South London section semi-finals
*Whitgift 230-6, Hampton 120-5
*Eltham 171-4, Reed’s 153-5
Whitgift now play Eltham in the South London final, to play Merchant Taylors’ in the London final

South West section group 1
Downside 98-6 (20 overs),*Clifton 101-2
*Clifton 124-5, Colston’s 42-2 (9 overs); Clifton win on D/L
Colston’s 120-9, Bristol GS 110-5
Colston’s 163-4, Downside 75
Clifton win the group

South West section group 2
Stroud and South Glos 127-6, QEH 99-7
Taunton 102-6, Stroud and South Glos 103-5
Stroud and South Glos win the group

South West section group 3
Blundell’s 70, Plymouth 73-4
Plymouth 85-8 Millfield 86-0
Millfield win the group

South West section group 4
Sherborne 107, King’s Taunton 108-1
Mount Kelly 67-7, King’s Taunton 68-1
Mount Kelly 153-5, Sherborne 105-9
King’s Taunton win the group

South West section play-offs
Colston’s 168-7,*Stroud and South Glos 172-2
*Clifton 189-4 (R Clarke 123 not out),Taunton 152-4
*Millfield 232-2, Mount Kelly 102-7

South West section semi-finals
*Millfield v SGS; *King’s Taunton v Clifton

South Central section group 1
St Edward’s 175-6,*Dauntsey’s 140-3
St Edward’s 203-5 (H Ward 101), Elizabeth (Guernsey) 149-7
Elizabeth (Guernsey) 112-8,*Dauntsey’s 116-9
St Edward’s win the group

South Central section group 2
Abingdon 106 (20 overs),*Wellington (Berks) 107-3
Reading Blue Coat withdrew
Wellington win the group

South Central section group 3
Marlborough 124-4, Portsmouth GS 125-4
Magdalen College School 245-2, Portsmouth GS 103
*Marlborough 105-8, Magdalen College School 108-6
Magdalen College School win the group

South Central section group 4
RGS High Wycombe 107-8, Lord Wandsworth 109-2
RGS High Wycombe 109-7, Shiplake 110-0
*Radley 181-6, Shiplake 92
Lord Wandsworth 72, Radley 75-2
Radley win the group

South Central section group 5
*Bradfield 140-4, Winchester 68
*Bradfield 166-7), John Hampden GS 90-5
The Oratory withdrew
Bradfield win the group

South Central section play-off and semi-final
*Bradfield 161-4, St Edward’s 135-9
Bradfield 149-5, Magdalen College School 95
Bradfield now play Radley in the final of this section


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