Days in the South of England

Yesterday the First XI and Second XI played Thomas Hardeye School from Dorchester in 30 over matches. 

The First XI lost after scoring 167 in the first innings, with openers Harry Boyd and Edson Whattam being the standout batsmen. A short but explosive cameo from injured batsman Jack Callanan, who had to use Newington College’s fastest runner Sam Jackson as a runner, turned the tides in our favour with a quick 30. Unfortunately, after a handful of dropped catches and a nice partnership from the opposition, the First XI were unable to get the win as they chased the total down with an over to spare. 

The Second XI won with Oscar Bradley hitting a solid 87. Nick Lohmeyer was a standout with the ball, but got 4 catches dropped off his bowling. Shoutout to Rory Ansell for slipping while running between the wickets and getting run out. 

Today’s games against Portsmouth Grammar School were, as Lachie Bird stated, “the most fun I’ve had on a cricket field.” The Portsmouth Grammar students and staff were extremely kind and welcoming and made all of us feel at home. The Portsmouth Grammar students had easily the best on-field chat out of any team played so far. They brought our tour booklet out onto the field with them and studied every Newington batsman that came out, and cracked jokes the entire time. By the end every player from both teams was in stitches from the jokes that were being passed around. The obvious standout in the First XI was Ben Crawford who hit a superb 105*. He gave everyone a mini heart attack after edging one just over the slips cordon’s head on 92, but brought up his ton with a deflection down to fine leg, directly in front of all the Newington students. Everyone was very pleased for him. 

Nick Lohmeyer, Chris Tsolakis and Louis Bertrams were the standouts with the bat in the seconds’ loss. 

Tomorrow we play the tour’s last game against St Olaves Grammar in Orpington. After that we move onto London for two days of sightseeing before heading home.