Tuesday May 7th 2013

The fine weather in the first part of term means that the National Schools Twenty20 is well under way. The competition involves just under 150 schools (out of 200 or so who appear in Wisden). Below you will find a composite list of results so far. A few areas with relatively simple structures have advanced to their regional semi-final stage. Elsewhere some have not yet started so one has to hope that rain does not interfere; one cannot reclaim good weather from previous weeks, whereas one can always postpone.

The early stages of the competition are arranged by regional organisers who are free to structure their area as they wish. Some are round-robin, some are knockout, some happen all on the same day and place, and others leave individual schools free to arrange their matches as they please; say, on a Tuesday afternoon at 4pm. The size of groups varies according to the number of entrants in any particular region. Unfortunately in a few cases participants withdraw at the last moment, which is especially unfortunate in a group where there were only three in the first place. In most structures, schools play at least two games, but in some it can be three or even four before regional finals are reached.

To see details of the 2013 competition click here. This comprises six linked spreadsheets. Click on the tabs at the bottom. During the season this will be updated every week. To see a photo-montage by Patrick Eagar of Finals Day 2012 click here

The Bank Holiday weekend was also for a very large number of schools an exeat weekend and so relatively cricket was played. Such a pity when the weather is so glorious. Rather reminiscent of 2012 when the only really sunny weekend for cricket in the whole season coincided with half-term. Nevertheless, at this stage of term, before the dreaded exam treadmill really gets going, schools sensibly try to pack in as much cricket as possible and there was time for a few remarkable performances.

In the last two weeks I have reported on prodigious feats of batsmanship in the Twenty20 competition. Last week Tom Kohler-Cadmore of Malvern ? no stranger to this column for his prolific batting ? demolished a no doubt shell-shocked Bloxham side by taking seven for 27 with his medium pace. Difficult enough to get seven wickets in an all-day game never mind when you are restricted to five overs.

In a 40-over game with Oundle, Uppingham?s Otto Esse bowled controlled and consistent offspin to return figures of eight for 19 from only eight overs, giving the home side a fairly comfortable victory.

Bristol Grammar School had a poor showing against Clifton as reported last week, but their batting commendably bounced back as Dan Tailor (105 not out) and Harry Thompson (89 not out) put on an unbroken stand of 187 for the third wicket leading to a good score of 256 for two in their 50 overs. King Edward?s Bath responded brightly but were strangled in the middle overs, just failing to reach 200.

This column always has a soft spot for those who fail to reach a century by one run. It would not have been Richard O?Grady?s first century (he had scored one before) but it would have been the first on his lovely home ground of The Head at Tonbridge.

Results:

*Wellingborough 160-4 (35 overs), Northants CCC Under-17 49
Oundle 138 (40 overs) (O Esse 8-19), *Uppingham 141-3
Ardingly 109-8, *Cranleigh 103-6
Kirkham GS 87 *Giggleswick 88-2
MCC 226-7 dec, *Kirkham GS 220-7
*Merchant Taylors’ Crosby 52, Ellesmere 56-4
*RGS Worcester 196-8 (40 overs), King’s Worcester 118
*RGS Worcester 137 (50 overs), KES Birmingham 138-4
*Rugby 219-7 (40 overs), Queen Elizabeth?s Wyggeston 146
*Tonbridge 255?7, Cranleigh 168
Bede’s 296-8 (50 overs), *Eton 163
MCC 168 (A Shah 5-39 ), *Malvern 169-2
*Dulwich 205, MCC 209-1 (A Shales 144 not out)
Durham Pilgrims 96, *Durham 100-8
*Bedford Modern School 135, Stowe 136-3
MCC 256-2 dec, *Haberdashers? Aske?s 229-2 (W Wright 102)
*Wrekin 131, Denstone 132-2
King?s Taunton 272-6 (50 overs), *Sherborne 238
MCC 260-7 dec (J Wells 124 ), *Felsted 261-6
Winchester 117 (35 overs), *Canford 118-4.
Eastbourne 130-5 (20 overs), *Lancing 98 (Langdale Cup)
XL Club 152, *Oakham 153-1
*Tiffin 132-7 (35 overs), Lord Wandsworth 133-8 (A Watkins 5-20)
*Radley 143 (50 overs), St Edward’s 144-4
Free Foresters 198 (45 overs), *Shrewsbury 192
*Sutton Valence 103-7 (30 overs), Bede’s 105-5
*Bede’s 210 (50 overs) (M Crane 6-62), Lancing 53
*Wycliffe 234-3 (30 overs) (J Bamber 101 not out), Sir Thomas Rich?s GS 98
Sherborne 163 (35 overs), *Bryanston 166-7
*High School of Glasgow 109-8 (30 overs), Glasgow Academy 110-7
Haberdashers’ Aske’s 189-6 dec, *Merchant Taylors’ 193-2
*Lancing 181-8 (45 overs), Bradfield 182-4
*Bristol GS 256-2 (50 overs) (D Tailor 105 not out), KES Bath 199-6
*Lord Wandsworth 172 (50 overs), St Paul?s 150-9
Manchester GS 193 (50 overs), *Woodhouse Grove 196-9
Cheadle Hulme 231-8 (J Scott 102) , *King?s Macclesfield 171
*Hampton 237-9 (50 overs) (C O’Brien 129), Dulwich 238-3
Ratcliffe 209?5 (40 overs) (D Warne 102), *King Henry VIII Coventry 200
*Bancroft?s 125, St Albans 127-5
*Birkenhead 56 (H Stow 5-12), Ellesmere 57-2
Latymer Upper 91, *Mill Hill 94-4
Ipswich,165, *Royal Hospital 166-8
*Eton 216 (55 overs), Wellington 207
*St John’s Leatherhead 169, Trinity Croydon 170-8
*Silcoates 240-1 (45 overs) (C Mitchell 124), Hymers 187
Taunton 124 (50 overs)(T Smith 6-29), *Clifton 125-1
RGS Worcester 206-7 (35 overs), *Hereford CS 160-7
RGS Worcester 260-5 (50 overs), *Warwick 195
*Winchester 204-7 (50 overs), Cranleigh 205-8
Free Foresters 252-7, *Winchester 120-8
Merchant Taylors?Northwood 221-8 (30 overs), *Reading Blue Coat 119
*Merchant Taylors Crosby 214-5 dec, Kirkham GS 205-7
MCC 254 (T Finzel 113), *Bede’s 255-5
*Tonbridge 268?8 (50 overs), Charterhouse 186
*Kimbolton 191-7 (45 overs), Bedford Modern 164
*Harrow 283-3 (55 overs)(M Cousens 138 not out), Bradfield 158
*Lancing 181-8 (50 overs reduced to 45), Bradfield 182-4

National Schools Twenty20 competition ? round 1
(this is a composite version including results published previously)

North East section group 1
Ashville 134-4, *Pocklington 135-2
Woodhouse Grove 123-3. Hymers 83
Hymers 159-5 Ashville 128
Woodhouse Grove 128-3, *Pocklington 97-9
Woodhouse Grove win the group

North East section group 2
St Peters 168-7, Silcoates 69
Birkdale 144-3, Silcoates140-7
St Peters 164-4,Birkdale 67
St Peter?s win the group

North West section group 1
King’s, Macclesfield 147-6, Altrincham GS 94
*King’s, Chester 110-6, Wilmslow HS 84
Wilmslow HS 187-4, Altrincham GS 133
King’s, Macclesfield 117-7, *King’s, Chester 105-8
King?s Macclesfield win the group

East section group 1
King?s Ely 106-9, Wisbech GS 107-4
Gresham?s 160-4, Norwich 127-9
Gresham?s 157-6, Wisbech GS
Gresham?s win the group

East section group 2
Bedford Modern 150-4, Wellingborough 151-1
*The Leys 140-8, Wellingborough 133-5
Bedford Modern 111, *The Leys 112-3
The Leys win the group

East section group 3
Shenfield 119-8, *Felsted 123-0
*Felsted 134-5, Ipswich 129-7
St. Joseph’s 98-8, *Felsted 99-7
Felsted win the group

East section group 4
Denstone 141-7, *Ellesmere 81-9
Denstone 156-5, Bablake 81
Denstone win the group

East section group 5
*Uppingham 113-9, Oakham 114-2
Stamford 165-4, *Uppingham 94-6
Oakham 142-5, Stamford 113
Oakham win the group

East section group 6 (played at Northants CCC)
Rugby 193-1, Oundle 111-8
Stowe 126-6, Bedford 143-5
Rugby 131-3, Bedford 132-2
Bedford win the group

East section play-offs
Bedford 155-5, *Oakham 135-5
(Others still to be played)

West Midlands group 1
Monmouth 126-7, *Malvern 129-2
Bloxham 40 (T Kohler-Cadmore 7-27 ), *Malvern 42-0
Malvern win the group

West Midlands section group 2
Bromsgrove 153, Wycliffe 78-6
Dean Close withdrew
Bromsgrove win the group

West Midlands section group 3
Wolverhampton Grammar beat Solihull by two runs
Wolverhampton Grammar beat Adam?s Grammar by ten runs
Adam GS beat Solihull by eight wickets.
Wolverhampton GS win the group

West Midlands section group 4
Denstone 141-7, *Ellesmere 81-9
Denstone 156 – 5, Bablake 81
Bablake 116-8, *Ellesmere 117-1
Denstone win the group

West Midlands section group 5
Wrekin 38 (20 overs), *Shrewsbury 38-0
Oswestry 111-6 (20 overs), Wrekin 112-3
Oswestry 41 (20 overs), *Shrewsbury 42-1
Shrewsbury win the group

West Midlands section group 6
King’s Worcester 140-7, *RGS Worcester 143-5
Llandovery 120, King’s Worcester 115
Llandovery 105, *RGS Worcester 107-2
RGS Worcester win the group

South East section group 1
*King’s Canterbury 156-5, Duke Of York’s RMS 100-6
*King’s Canterbury 155-5, St Lawrence 96-8
King?s Canterbury win the group

South East section group 2
*Tonbridge 187?2 (J Smallwood 100 not out), Judd 85
Sutton Valence 107, Sevenoaks 81?9
*Tonbridge 193?2, Sutton Valence 82?6
Sevenoaks 118?8, Judd 107?8
Tonbridge win the group

South East section group 3
Hurstpierpoint 138-9, Reigate 86
Hurstpierpoint 98-2, Ardingly 99-8
Ardingly 109-8, Cranleigh 103-6
Ardingly win the group

South East section group 4
Bede’s 130-7, Lancing 102-5
Brighton 126-6, Bede’s 127-5
Brighton 137-5, *Eastbourne 118-9
*Eastbourne 153-8, Lancing 128-5
Bede?s win the group

South East section play-off
*Tonbridge 108, Ardingly 82
*Tonbridge 104-6, Bede’s 106-4
*Bede’s 187-3, King?s Canterbury 25
Bede?s win the South East section

North London section group 1
*St Albans 142-5, Aldenham 136-9
Haileybury 153-6, Chigwell 127-3
*St Albans 123-7, Haileybury 103
St Albans win the group

North London section group 2
Westminster 82-9, Forest 84-2
Westminster 143-4, Berkhamsted 144-3
Berkhamsted 158-5, Forest 149-9
Berkhamsted win the group

North London section play-off
*Berkhamsted 120-8, St Albans 121-2
St Albans win the section play-off

South London section group 1
*Alleyns 142-3 (20 overs), St Benedict?s 144-5
St Benedict?s 128-9 (20 overs), *Hampton 129-2
*Whitgift 151-7 (20 overs), St Benedict?s 78-5
Hampton win the group

South London section group 2
Caterham 93-6, Eltham 94-2
RGS Guildford 101-8, Reed?s 104-5
Eltham 110-5, RGS Guildford 78
Caterham 83-9, Reed?s 84-1
Caterham 115-6, RGS Guildford 116-4
Eltham 151-3, Reed?s 126-5
Eltham win the group

South London section group 3
* St George’s, Weybridge 168-6, John Fisher 113-6
* St George’s, Weybridge 59, Langley Park 60-1
Langley Park win the group

South London section group 4
*KCS Wimbledon 89, Dulwich 91-1
Trinity 164-9, Epsom 168-2
Dulwich 205-6, Epsom 103
Dulwich win the group

South London section play-offs
*Dulwich 146-8, Langley Park 71 (D Chohan 5-10
(Others still to be played)

South West section group 1
Clifton 126-3, *Queen Elizabeth?s Hospital 48
*Clifton 183-2, Bristol GS 161-8
(Others still to be played)

South West section group 2
KES Bath 106, *Monkton Combe 107-3
(Others still to be played)

South West section group 3
Taunton 88-8, *Millfield 89-2
(Others still to be played)

South Central section group 1
Wellington 131-8, Dauntsey’s 132-7
Wellington beat Forest
Oratory 100-8, Dauntsey’s 102-6
Dauntsey?s win the group

South Central section group 2
Bradfield 232-5 (R. Higgins 160*), Pangbourne 85-7
Pangbourne 132, Lord Wandsworth 138-2
Lord Wandsworth 84-6, *Bradfield 88-0
Bradfield win the group

South Central section group 3
Portsmouth GS 130-6, *St Edward?s 127
Peter Symonds withdrew
Portsmouth GS win the group

South Central section group 4
Magdalen College School 129-8, Abingdon 114
Dr Challoner?s GS 93-9, Abingdon 97-6
Magdalen College School 135-1, Dr Challoner?s 139-6
Magdalen College School win the group on NRR

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