On Friday 10th June the U13 cricket squad travelled to Guernsey for their annual tour. Warminster played three games against Elizabeth College U13A, U12A and a Guernsey U13 select side. In their first game, 30 overs versus Elizabeth College U13 team they batted first. Warminster initially restricted their opponents but simply could not get them out. Elizabeth College batted well,  building solid partnerships throughout and ended up with a formidable 152-4. However. Warminster’s U13’s took the game to Elizabeth College and Sean Montgomery 52* and player of the match Edward Vickery 77* secured a great 9 wicket victory.

In the second game versus Elizabeth College’s U12 team, every team member was able to get a bat and bowl. The game was a 35 over game and Warminster batted first. Warminster lost a few initial wickets but it was Bryce Furlong who mounted an assault on the opposition bowlers hitting 83* off 39 balls. Warminster eventually ended up with 228-9.   Corin Sipson bowled with great accuracy and enthusiasm. Sam Howard took the first three wickets in his first spell. Harrison Kilminster took an outstanding catch and a wicket with his first ball in each spell, whilst Ronan Mckeigue began to show some lovely consistency with his left arm spin. Elizabeth College ended up with 162 giving Warminster a 66-run victory. In the last game 20/20 versus a Guernsey select U13 XI, Guernsey opted to bat first. Despite our opening bowlers attacking the batsman, the ball flew off the bat at regular intervals and the run rate was high. Pace was taken off the ball but it continued to be hit to the boundary. Warminster were unable to take their chances in the field and a series of dropped catches meant that Warminster were going to have to chase a high score, 115-2. Warminster again lost a couple of early wickets but saw the game home through Bryce Furlong and Sean Montgomery, but it was great to see Oscar Bourne battle his way to a few runs at the end and see Warminster home by 2 wickets. A fantastic three days and I am sure memories that will stick with all the boys for a long time. Many thanks to Elizabeth College for being such fantastic hosts.

In the matches at Warminster, the weather got the better of the U15 game on grass, the U14 match versus Bryanston went ahead at Cold Harbour. Despite a number of players out at CCF camp, David Aspray led the team to an impressive 9 wicket victory, but with only 3 balls to spare.

The U13B and C team played against Clayesmore Prep School. The U13C’s were playing their first game of the season and played pairs cricket allowing every boy to bat and bowl. Joe McQuilton and Marc Natividad put on an impressive batting display, but unfortunately the team lost too many wickets as the game progressed. Having started the game at 200 runs and losing 5 for every wicket, the team eventually posted 221. There was some great fielding by Ben Wong and bowling by Harry Cole but unfortunately, Clayesmore pipped Warminster by 35 runs. The B's won by 8 wickets having chased down Clayesmore’s score of 104-5. All the boys again got an opportunity to bat and bowl, with Charlie Kennett collecting 3 wkts. Will Robinson batted excellently in scoring 31 runs. However, player of the match was Josh Butts for his excellent batting and bowling.

The U13 girls Cricket team enjoyed a 15-run success against Stonar School. Maisie Craven-Smith and Annabelle Jackett opened the batting scoring freely against Stonar’s bowling. At the end of Warminster’s innings, they had scored 51 runs. Warminster’s bowling was equally as impressive. Lauren Melia and Paige Allgrove bowled straight whilst there was some great support in the field from Sky Chen and Olivia Wallis. Player of the match Rose Elsden.

The U12’s played tennis against Stonar School in the wind and rain. After an impressive 13-12 win against Monkton Combe during the week the girls were determined to put in another strong performance. Lottie Craven-Smith and Lucy Rodgerson won two of their three matches, Ellie Harris and Annabelle Munro also won two. However, it was the last pair of Evie Kennett and Elliana Moore who won the deciding match to secure a 5-4 victory.

The boys’ tennis teams faced a strong Sherborne side and, despite competing hard and with great enthusiasm, went down in all three age groups. They will be looking to put in a stronger performance this week against Wells Cathedral School.

Christopher Knight, Director of Sport