Cricket 2002

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1st XI The season started with some very tough fixtures against two touring sides from South Africa, St Andrew's from Grahamstown and St Alban's College from Pretoria, closely followed by a good all-round Millfield side. However, although a very young side often fielding four U15s, they managed to bounce back in style with a convincing performance at Downside, where only rain prevented a resounding victory. The next four games were all won against Exeter School, King's Bruton, Wellington and Taunton School.

There have been very few outstanding individual performances to date apart from an excellent 91 by 15 year old Liam Lewis OH against Downside. The victories have been hard won through spirited competitiveness and all-round contributions from every member of the team. Of the bowlers, Chris Clark OH should be singled out for his great consistency in spearheading the opening attack. After four wins in a row, it was disappointing that the rain cancelled the game against Clifton, as it would have been a good test for this young but promising side.

There then followed a rain effected five weeks which, along with the usual examination demands, seemed to knock the stuffing out of the rest of the season. Further wins were recorded against West Buckland, Old Boys, KEVICs and Queen's Taunton but our poorest display came against Sherborne, who were far from being invincible if we had performed any where near our best. The final game against a talented King's Taunton side saw a weak batting display put the game beyond rescue, despite a spirited fight back by the bowlers, who had the opposition at 20 for 3 early on. CLL Gabbitass.

2002 1st XI

OR Bishop, ADK White, SA Harding, SA Sobczak, JR Menheneott
L Lewis, JAA Tarry, KJD Brown, SB Wright (Capt.), NAF Barton, CAW Clark, TH Beard

U16 XI The Senior Colts are enjoying a spectacularly successful season and remained unbeaten until the very last game of the season - not that such a tag is necessarily sought after. Wins have been recorded over Millfield, Downside, Exeter School, King's Bruton, Taunton School and Uffculme.

The side has been very ably led by Alex Huntley W; his all-round skills and particularly his attacking batting have been instrumental in the team's success. Matt Lancelles FH has shown good form with both bat and ball, whilst Ed Gidley P and Michael Bond OH have both scored 50s. The ever-vocal wicket keeper, George Bett FH has proved to be a solid opener and James Frankpitt FH has scored well on several occasions. With the ball, John Gillespie FH has been tidy, as has the off-spinner Henry Lawrence P. Harry Street FH is the team's top wicket taker with his seam up bowling. Toby Byng P and Bobby Harker W have been solid team members, with the latter making everyone smile, whether it is intentional or not is, as yet, undecided! PHG

JC A XI This season was always likely to be a huge learning process as our four strongest players have been playing for the 1st X!. However, on the positive side it has allowed a larger squad to gain A team experience. Four losses in a row to Bramdean, Millfield, Wellington and Taunton School confirmed the size of the task ahead. The game against Taunton was only narrowly lost and showed that the hard work being put in was beginning to bear fruit. James Waddington W (3 for 10), Harry Hare-Scott OH (2 for 21), Alistair Norris OH (2 for 31) and Charlie Fursdon P (2 for 30) restricted the opposition to 139. Our innings started brightly with debutant Alex Howe OH (24), Fursdon (24) and   Hare-Scott (22*) batting well but once again our lack of depth saw us drop 16 runs short. Our first win was recorded against St Peter's, Exeter, where we knocked off their total of 67 with 6 wickets still standing. Exeter School were then well beaten, with Tom Roberts (32) and Michael Down (21) being the major contributors to a sound total, and this brought a ray of sunshine to a generally testing term.

U15 Schools Net Cup:   We won our first round match against Exeter School in convincing fashion. The return of the first team players make this side fairly formidable and Liam Lewis OH (89*) and Simon Sobczak OH (64) made the lion's share of the challenging total of 178-2 in 30 overs. Sobczak (4-26) and Jack Menhenoett W (4-10) teamed up to dismiss the opposition for 115, guaranteeing safe passage through to next round. We then comfortably accounted for Clyst Vale but, without our 1st team players we were lacking fire power against Colyton Grammar and failed by 25 runs to chase 150. WEHS

NEWTES A XI The U14s are a talented side with a bright future, although they have not quite gelled as a team yet and can occasionally under-perform. They started with two solid wins against Downside and Bramdean with Mark Lloyd P making 61 no and Henry Frankpitt FH 43. This was followed by a defeat by Millfield, despite Tom Frankpitt FH taking 4 for 44. A strong victory over Wellington came next, with Sean Mardell FH scoring an aggressive 72 no and Alistair Peters OH and Harry Jones OH doing the damage with the ball, returning figures of 3 for 6 and 3 for 15 respectively.

The most exciting match, so far, saw a defeat by Taunton School when the opposition scored the two runs required to overhaul our total of 154 off the last ball of the game. H Frankpitt top scored with 57 and Oliver Steer-Fowler W shone with the ball returning figures of 3 for 27. The most recent game was rain interrupted when the side were cruising to a comfortable victory over King's Bruton.

Lord Taverners Cup: the Newtes won their first round match against St Peter's, Exeter, quite comfortably. Sean Mardell FH 55 and Henry Frankpitt FH 46 helped the side post a sound 164 in the allotted overs and Mark Lloyd P took 4 for 24 in helping to restrict the opposition to 123. HGT

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