Team of the week
The Yearlings 5 Cricket side were magnificent. They batted first and took an impressive, relatively speaking, 68 run lead. After match teas the boys went out to field and through an outstanding performance took 9 wickets inside the first 11 overs. Tom Allen-Ellis took 8 wickets from 4 overs! However, as it turned out for our team it wasn’t meant to be and in the 14 over, a balanced one run vs one wicket competition fell in the oppo’s favour. This team has only experienced victory once during the season but their positivity and resilience to soldier on is commendable and during today’s performance they went up a gear and did themselves proud.
What a great end to the season with over 40 athletes representing the College at Cranleigh. With 11 victories over all age groups the highlights were Ted Johnson winning the Senior Javelin as an intermediate, Marcus Nye winning both the 800m and 1500m by 80m in both events.
The day finished off with Wellington winning the Junior boys 4x400m relay, coming 3rd in the inters and a brilliant run by Fennell, Johnston, McClelland and Agbedejobi coming 2nd. In the girls 4x100m relay junior girls came 2nd and the inter girls 3rd. A brilliant performance by all the relay teams and loudly cheered on by their team mates. Team of the day were the Junior boys, who, in an incredibly strong field came 2nd overall.
This week the Girls played Bradfield who had a largely senior girls side and scored 147 but a young Wellington side made a valiant effort of the chase, scoring 128 but ultimately were not able to get over the line. The Yearlings 1 played Leighton Park who scored 71 in their 20 overs and the Wellington boys chased this down within 8 overs for the loss of no wickets to progress to the County Cup semi-final, where they played a strong Bradfield side who scored 218 which was too much for the Yearlings 1 who were knocked out of the County Cup. The JC reached the T20 County Cup final after defeating Claire’s Court to reach the final with Robbie Offord seeing the side home chasing 76, having been 2-2 off 2 overs. The weekend saw the Tonbridge block with some tough fixtures for the 1st XI and Yearlings 1 but there were also some great games with some wins elsewhere. The Yearlings 5 side were magnificent. They batted first scoring a modest total but the boys went out to field and through an outstanding performance took 9 wickets inside the first 11 overs. Tom Allen-Ellis took 8 wickets from 4 overs! However, as it turned out it wasn’t meant to be and in the 14th over, a balanced one run vs one wicket competition fell in the oppositions favour. The JC 1s had a very tight game in which the JCs suffered the agony of their 3rd 1 run defeat of the season. Oscar Clark took 3 wickets and Archie Renwick, 4, but only Otto Thompson, with 46 not out, managed to come to terms with a slow pitch and lush outfield. The JC 2 and 3 both recorded solid 5 wicket and 50 run wins. In the JC3 Jeevan Sandher took 3 wickets after opening the batting with a pugnacious 43. This was the JC3’s 6th won on the bounce. The Colts 1 also recorded a win and most notably Max Watson made a stunning 91 from 36 balls. Finally, the 2nd XI chased 241 – with Charlie St Quinton making 67, Jack Reid 75 and Finn Sykes 34.
In their annual ‘Battle of Crowthorne’ match against Crowthorne and Crown Wood CC, the staff bowled first and on a beautiful New Ground pitch, the runs flowed for the visitors. As many teachers brushed off the cobwebs to their game, it felt as if we would be chasing a huge total, but once McGarey took a blinder in the field, the wickets started to fall and the experienced batsmen were bamboozled by the variety of deliveries dished up by the Wellington bowlers. 175 off 20 overs seemed a tall ask for a team that only possessed 3 bats between us. Messrs Laing and Tulley came out all guns blazing and whilst Laing fell to a peach of a catch, O’Loughlin and Macleod ensured the runs still flowed. With batsmen needing to retire on 25, the middle order came in and the game tightened up and a few body blows left some staff reeling. A sterling innings of 27* from 11 balls by White (JS) wrestled control back to the staff and it left it for final batsman Rattray to deliver the coup de grace with three balls to go and the trophy will now return to the College. Well played all.
A very windy afternoon at 1000 yards, not ideal conditions. A great shoot from Charlie Crosby (Bn) despite the conditions but pipped again by Chris Vonchek (T) who seems unstoppable at present.
The annual match against the OWs, 3 ranges with 7 to count at each distance. A strong OW presence today with many of the recent leavers bolstering their team. Great shooting in very windy conditions from all the pupils but the OWs prevailed to win by a good margin.
Top for the Ows was Ed Welford who now holds The Beverley trophy and for the pupils it was Jemima Hince (C) winning The Parkinson Trophy, she also won the Under 23 prize in the Inter counties individual competition held that morning and OW Jamie Allum took the U25 trophy as well.
Top score medals from the afternoon went to James Oakland (S) and Max Heeschen (Bl) shooting his cadet target rifle, great scores from both of them.
The Tennis teams have had a great week.
On Wednesday, the U15 girls AEGON team went to St. Mary’s, Ascot, in the County Final. The match was very tight, and at 3 sets all, Daisy Bristowe and Scarlett Hewett won a tie-break shootout, to win the match. The U15 girls are now county champions and will move on to further national competitions next term. Credit also to 3rd former Sophie Burgess who has played every game for this team, and not lost a set.
On Saturday, 12 mixed doubles teams enjoyed a successful afternoon of fixtures against Epsom, winning 11. We’re looking ahead to this weekend, with 6 schools competing in the 2nd Annual Wellington Invitational Mixed Doubles tournament. Best of luck to everyone.
Freddie Bristowe won the Maltby Racket Boys level Singles against Charlie Vleck in an outstanding display of real tennis. 6/3 6/5. Charlie raised his game to new heights as he pressured Freddie from the very first ball, keeping Freddie at the receiving end and winning a plethora of shots from his serve and by clinically attacking the grille! Freddie, notoriously a slow starter scrabbled back into the match in true form and worked Charlie into the corners and powered him off the ball and at times off his feet!! The match was tied at 5-5 and Charlie was 40 love up and serving- Freddie hit the most important chase of the match to gain the service end and served the match out with precision railroads. Well played both in the best match yet to be played by College students!
The Roundell Common Room v College Challenge made its first appearance in the calendar was very well fought for by both Teachers and Students. After two days of intense play the victory goes to the Common Room but only by the narrowest of margins!! 5-4. Well played to all who took part.
Team of the week
The Yearlings 5 Cricket side were magnificent. They batted first and took an impressive, relatively speaking, 68 run lead. After tea the boys went out to field and through an outstanding performance took 9 wickets inside the first 11 overs. Tom Allen-Ellis took 8 wickets from 4 overs! However, as it turned out for our team it wasn’t meant to be and in the 14 over, a balanced one run vs one wicket competition fell in the oppo’s favour. This team has only experienced victory once during the season but their positivity and resilience to soldier on is commendable: during today’s performance they went up a gear and did themselves proud.