Winchester College U12 VII Cricket Festival - Match Report

16 May 2016

On a day tailor made for cricket, the only thing matching the striking backdrop and fantastic facilities at Winchester College was the skill and maturity shown by the Caldicott team. It was our first appearance in this festival and we certainly showed all the teams present that Caldicott is a force to be reckoned with. 

In our pool of four teams we had Twyford School, Shrewsbury House and Horris Hill. We played Twyford first and restricted them to 55-2 in their 8 overs. Hope and Dean got us off to flyer with 17 off the first over and this set the tone for the rest of the day. We passed their score in 4 overs without losing a wicket and all our batsman looking positive and ruthless on anything short or wide. 

In the second game we faced the other tournament favourites Shrewsbury House, who saw this as a bit of a grudge match following a narrow defeat last year to this very same team. Coomber won the toss and stuck the opposition in and all the bowlers carried on from where they left off in the first game and gave nothing away. I also have to mention Coomber's leadership in the field was excellent and his field placings where spot on and ensured we were always a step ahead of the game. They ended up only getting 63-2 in their allotted 8 overs meaning we only needed to go at 8 an over to win. Once again Dean and Hope got us off to a great start and we never looked like losing. Coomber and Ferreira came in and looked comfortable and we passed their score with 3 overs to spare. 

After a magnificent lunch we had our final group game against Horris Hill who were low on confidence after 2 heavy defeats to Shrewsbury House and Twyford. We bowled first and restricted them to 33-5. Flora and Weldon then opened the batting with both getting some valuable time at the crease and finishing not out meaning another flawless performance which saw us finish top of our group and into the cup final.

In the final we came up against Westbourne House who we didn't know too much about, but knew we would have to up our game after the Horris Hill performance. They won the toss and sent us in to bat in glorious conditions on Winchester's glorious Lords oval. Our ever consistent openers, Hope and Dean got us off to another fantastic start. Coomber and Ferreira once again came in and hit some big sixes which got us to a respectable score of 70-3. We said from the start that 70 is a par score and with our bowling attack we would be confident defending that. Will Hope showed what an excellent all-rounder he has become, bowling the first and final over and taking 3-8. Westbourne put us under pressure and after 4 overs it looked as if they could reach our target, but Flora, Harris and Coomber bowled some excellent overs by taking the pace off the ball, making scoring harder for the batsman. Backed up with some outstanding fielding we restricted them to 55-5, making us champions for the tournament.

The boys were all excellent on the pitch but also fantastic ambassadors for the school. Well done to you all and you should be very proud of your achievement.


G Coomber

Your leadership today was outstanding! It is rare to see such selfless decisions from somebody your age. Well done and It was delightful to see you moving so well when batting. Your timing and stroke play has returned which bodes well for the rest of the season.

A Dean

The crowd favourite! It doesn’t come as a surprise that you were named Player Of The Tournament, as you were fantastic both keeping wicket and opening the batting. Nobody knew where to bowl to you as you cut anything mildly short or wide and rotated the strike with ease. An immensely mature performance from you!

W Hope

Mr Cool! You were the best all-rounder in the tournament today. You didn’t put a foot wrong all day and a highlight for me was your two overs in the final where you single-handedly thwarted Westbourne House’s assault on our total. Your batting is going from strength to strength and I see some big scores just around the corner for you.

M Ferreira

Biggest six of the day! Every time you batted today you looked dangerous and took the opposition apart. The Max I saw today is the same one I want to see going forward for the rest of the season. Your balance and composure at the crease was brilliant. You waited for the ball and destroyed anything loose.

N Harris

You had to bowl at some crucial times and the way you handled the pressure says a lot about your temperament. You have a number of strings to your bow, as your batting and bowling is very well backed up by your athleticism in the field. You played a very important part in our victory today.

G Weldon

The quickest bowler on show! I know you will probably be harsh on yourself and say you bowled too many extras today, but you did an outstanding job by putting pressure on the batsman which led to wickets at the other end. It was a day when pace off the ball was more economical, but it was fantastic to see you having the batsman jumping around and looking uncomfortable. Your speed around the ground was also telling, cutting down on the 2’s and applying pressure on the batsman.

R Flora

The spin factor. As the only spinner in the team your contribution was always going to be crucial. As the day progressed you grew in confidence and your over in the final sealed the fate for Westbourne as it put our total too far out of reach. You need to have more belief in your ability as a bowler because you are very talented. Your innings opening the batting against Horris Hill showed great maturity and I am looking forward to following your progress throughout the season.


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