Tuesday May 22nd 2012

It was with great sadness and shock that I heard of the recent sudden death of Martin Stovold, a good friend of over twenty-five years and Master in charge at Cheltenham for most of that time. Though the end came surprisingly and shockingly quickly three days after he had been on a Geography field trip, he had been battling with a long-term pulmonary illness for some time even while he was equally a Housemaster, Geography teacher and Master in charge of cricket. He was a great servant to schools cricket, especially at Cheltenham College; one of his former pupils in South Africa was Jacques Kallis. Further details. including those of a memorial service this Saturday, can be found at http://www.cheltenhamcollege.org/senior-home

The weekend produced a pretty full progrmme of schools cricket and the next few days? forecast looks very promising, at last. Just in time for half-term and yet more exams.

Gripping stuff at Uppingham when they entertained Trent. At one stage 76 for two, the home side succumbed to the off-spin of Ross Carnelley (six for six) to be all out for 102. The visitors were also struggling at 54 for six and even worse at 92 for nine. However, with scores level the number 11 was clean bowled to produce a tie. In their?next home game, Uppingham must have feared that their very modest score of 100 all out would prove wholly inadequate against Repton, but their fierce bowling performance shocked the visitors with some unplayable deliveries: Rupert Clark (four for ten), Shiv Thakor (four for 25) and Devesh Patel (two for six) removed the opposition for an even more modest 46.

I have remarked before that there is something in the air of the fine but small county town of Taunton that is able to support three excellent cricket schools. I mentioned King?s two weeks ago, but Tom Abell, son of a member of the teaching staff, has now scored nearly 3000 runs for Taunton School and this year is averaging 230 with scores of 93, 63, 143 not out and, last week, 162 not out. Altogether he has scored twelve centuries and a thirteenth in a 20-over game.

Kit Patrick, a member of the Wiltshire Academy, managed to take seven for 14 for Dauntsey’s against King Edward?s Bath, despite the limitations on seam bowlers. The previous week he took five for 11 against Beechen Cliff.

Results:

*Oakham 290-4 (50 overs), Bedford Modern 121

*Uppingham 102 dec(R Carnelley 6-6), Trent 102

*Stowe 98-9 (20 overs), Bedford 99-2

*Charterhouse 167-5 (50 overs), Whitgift 157

Warwick 247-6 (50 overs), KES Birmingham 205-7

*Felsted 207 , Oundle 169-7

Dulwich 253-8 (50 overs), *Brighton 111

*Stowe 201-7 (35 overs), Bloxham 118

*Kingswood 189-4 (40 overs)(Peak Sports League), Wycliffe 190-4

*Kingswood 173-7 (40 overs), Wells Cathedral 126 (O Meyer 5-10)

King?s Taunton 164, *Queen?s Taunton 71

Blundell?s 158, *King?s Taunton 162-2

*Shrewsbury 161-9 (50 overs), Sedbergh 138

*Uppingham 100, Repton 46

*Bristol GS 149-7 (40 overs), Kingswood 154-3

*Abingdon 147-9 (50 overs), St Edward?s School 148-5

*Stowe 217, Rugby 105-9

Pocklington 94, *Hymers 95-8

*Malvern 246-5 (40 overs),? Dean Close 136-9 (A Shah 5-27 )

*Portsmouth GS 171 (50 overs), Lancing College 176-6

Clayesmore 95 (30 overs), *Wells Cathedral School 96-7

*KCS Wimbledon 184-8 (50 overs), St Paul’s 100

Charterhouse 174, *Winchester ?114

Haberdashers’ Aske’s 172-5 (40 overs), *St Albans 157

St John’s Leatherhead 196-6 (50 overs), *Epsom 134

City of London Freemen’s?192-4,?*John Fisher?111

*Shrewsbury 161-9 (50 overs), Sedbergh 138

Eton 138 (55 overs), *Wellington (Berks) 139-6

Lancaster RGS 159-9 dec, *King’s Macclesfield 119-8

*St Edward?s Oxford 258-7 dec, Free Foresters 226 (R Howitt 101)

*Brentwood 218-3 (45 overs),? Bancroft’s 120

Dulwich 110 (50 overs), *Cranleigh 113-1

Sevenoaks 94 (J Alibhai 5-31), *Haileybury 97-3

Taunton 262-2 (T Abell 162 not out), *King?s Bruton 185-8

*Felsted 270-9 dec (R Hassan 114), King’s Canterbury 180

Berkhamsted 119, *Merchant Taylors?, Northwood 120-8

*Oakham 218-4 (40 overs), Warwick 52

XL Club 166-5 dec, *Glasgow Academy 153-8

Caterham 116, *St George?s,Weybridge 119-4

*St George?s, Weybridge 135, RGS Guildford 137-2

Sussex Martlets 147, *St George?s, Weybridge 148-3

*Glasgow Academy 174-6 (30 overs), Hutchesons? GS 68-9

Woodhouse Grove 130, *QEGS Wakefield 117 (R Sharrocks 5-36)

*Oratory 56 (F Simon 5-7), St Edward’s Oxford 59-0

*Abingdon 147-9 (50 overs), St Edward?s Oxford 148-5

King Edward?s Bath 99 (K Patrick 7-14), *Dauntsey?s 105-4 (Peak Sports League)

Sevenoaks 94, *Haileybury 98-2

*Stowe ?218, Rugby 112-9

Haberdashers? Aske?s 172-5 (40 overs), *St Albans 157

*Bradfield 251-4 dec, Butterflies 136

*Radley 236-4 (50 overs)(N Gubbins 124), Bradfield 144

National Twenty20 competition, East section, group 6

Oakham 115-6, Stamford 83-9

Leicester GS 102-7, Oakham 96-8

Rugby 96-8, Oakham 97-1

Rugby 109-3, Leicester GS 94-8

Rugby 118-6, Stamford 94-8

Leicester GS 87-7, Stamford 88-5

Oakham win the group round on a faster overall Net Run Rate

?National Twenty20 competition, East section, group 7

?*Stowe 98-9 (20 overs), Bedford 99-2

?National Twenty20 competition, North West section final

?Kirkham 34 GS, *Sedbergh 35-2

Sedbergh win the North-West section

National Twenty20 competition, South East section group 4

Brighton 108-6, Eastbourne 102-9

Brighton win the group round

National Twenty20 competition, South West section group 4

?*Taunton 199-5 (C Solanki 100), Wellington 71-6

National Twenty20 competition, West Midlands section group 1

Wycliffe ?88 (W Wright 5-5), *Malvern 89-2

National Twenty20 competition, West Midlands section semi-final

Denstone 97-6, *Shrewsbury? 99-4

National Twenty20 competition, North London section group 2

St Albans 161-5, Westminster 103

St Albans 218-4, Aldenham 87

St Albans win the group round

National Twenty20 competition, South Central section group 2

*Wellington (Berks) 121-5, Bradfield 92-4 (rain). ?Bradfield win on Net Run Rate

 

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