Cricket 2007

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The 2007 cricket season in summary

Played 14
Won 11
Lost 3
Abandoned 5

Statistics for the 2007 season

Pupil Stats
Joe Smith 566 runs @ 51.5
Tom Rossiter 308 runs @ 38.5
Ed Sharp 360 runs @ 36
Sam Smith 306 runs @ 30.6
Justin Williams 229 runs @ 25.4
Harry McDowell 233 runs @ 21.2
Matt Weeks 94 overs, 261 runs, 26 wkts @ 10.0
Sam Smith 110 overs, 411 runs, 26 wkts @ 15.8
Harry McDowell 47 overs, 231 runs, 12 wkts @ 19.3
Ed Sharp 99 overs, 431 runs, 15 wkts @ 28.7
Will Denford 69 overs, 292 runs, 9 wkts @ 32.4

Colours awards

1st XI
Full Colours
Joe Smith
Harry McDowell
Ed Sharp (2006)
1st XI
Rep Colours
Matt Weeks
Ben Barton
Sam Lockwood
Tom Rossiter
Tom Woodruff (2006)
Sam Smith (2006)
Will Denford (2006)
Justin Williams (2006)

Season report

Overall this has been an extremely successful season with many notable team performances as well as some fine individual contributions. This team has shown a determined and spirited approach, not only to matches but in practice too. The atmosphere amongst the squad is always positive and the desire and passion to improve as individuals is evident for all to see. The captain, Joe Smith, has led from the front in terms of his tactical awareness on the field and his own personal performance. He expects the best at all time from his players and this has led to high standards of performance in the field, a team spirit of support for each other and the will for all team mates to succeed.

There were four particular matches that stood out during the season. Millfield was a big game for us and the battling Ed Sharp displayed an abundance of character in his knock of 125. His last 50 runs or so was a festival of stroke play and his partnership with Harry McDowell, who played magnificently for 64, put us in a position just out of Millfield’s reach. (Harry completed a fine all round performance with figures of 4 for 47). The MCC provided strong opposition for us and a high quality innings of 138* from Joe Smith held our innings together when we were losing wickets at the other end. We bowled and fielded well to earn a fine victory. A fine batting display on a difficult wicket at Exeter was another highlight. Joe Smith (50), Tom Rossiter (73*) and Sam Smith (81) were the main contributors. Our bowling was equally impressive with Matt Weeks doing most of the damage with 3 for 18. Finally, the last match of the season, at King’s College. Defending only 160 in 40 overs, we fielded with a great deal of spirit and passion, backed up by a fine bowling performance of 5 for 14 from Ed Sharp. This ensured we ended our campaign on a well deserved high.

There were a number of other excellent all round team efforts against the likes of Exeter, King’s Bruton, West Buckland, Wellington, Clifton College and Wells Cathedral although we came unstuck against the strength of Taunton and Sherborne. It is against these teams we must be able to raise our game and learn from our mistakes – an aim for future seasons.

The likes of Tom Rossiter, Sam Smith and Justin Williams all displayed their considerable talents with the bat throughout the season but must now look to become more consistent and complete players. With the ball, spinners Matt Weeks and Ed Sharp proved to be an excellent spin combination with Matt finishing the season as joint top wicket taker with Sam Smith (26 wickets a piece). Will Denford ended the season on a high with some fine spells of seam bowling and Sam Lockwood, keeping wicket for the majority of the season, did a fine job. Tom Woodruff and Ben Barton (the old men of the side) were committed and vital team members throughout the season. Tom Boxall and Richard Longstreet featured on occasions and the likes of Harry McDowell, Barney Loader, James Durban, Freddie Gabbitass and Cameron Grainger all had opportunities and showed they are quality cricketers for the future. With plenty of outstanding players currently in years 9 and 10, all bodes well for the ongoing strength of cricket at Blundell’s.

I have very much enjoyed being part of this enthusiastic, talented and entertaining squad of players this season. They have done themselves proud and their achievements have been outstanding. Thanks must go to Mr Gabbitass for his expertise and tireless energy he gives to all players and the support he provides for me. Also my appreciation goes to Mr Gordon for all his hard work behind the scenes organising the fixtures, travel etc and Bianca for scoring. Looking forward to the 2008 season already!


Captain of Cricket:

1st XI Results

Opposition Result Batting Bowling
Filton Academy Won by 7 wkts 164 for 3
E Sharp 60
162 for 7
S Smith 3-21
Millfield 2s Won by 11 runs 231 for 6
E Sharp 125
Ha McDowell 64
220 for 9
Ha McDowell 4-47
S Smith 2-52
Wellington School Won by 7 wkts 112 for 3
T Rossiter 79*
111 All out
S Smith 4-14
M Weeks 4-21
Taunton School Lost by 120 runs 168 All out
J Smith 49
288 for 5
King's Taunton 20/20 Won by 26 runs 196
T Rossiter 66
J Smith 45
Taunton School 20/20 Lost by 10 wkts 89 90 for 0
MCC Won by 15 runs 262 for 9
J Smith 138*
247 All out
S Smith 3-62
M Weeks 3-33
Exeter School Won by 180 runs

274 for 6 dec
S Smith 81
J Smith 50
T Rossiter 50*

94 All out
M Weeks 3-18
Devon Dumplings Lost by 54 runs

207 All out
IRD 2-16!

261 for 3
F Gabbitass 2-46
West Buckland Won by 4 wkts 90 for 6 89 All out
E Sharp 3-38
T Rossiter 3-19
Cardiff Eagles rained off    
Sherborne Lost by 148 runs 79 All out 227 for 8
Royal Marines Won by 119 runs 247 for 4
J Williams 115
128 All out
S Smith 4-17
B Loader 3-22
KEVICs rained off    
Clifton College Won by 24 runs 206 for 4
E Sharp 76
J Smith 64
182 All out
W Denford 3-23
Clifton (S Africa) rained off    
Well's Cathedral Won by 105 runs 191 for 6
J Smith 101
86 All out
B Loader 4-27
Queen's Taunton Canc'    
King's Taunton Won by 44 runs 160
Ha McDowell 33
T Rossiter 33
116 All Out
E Sharp 5-14
M Weeks 3-23


Results - 'A' Teams

Opposition 2nd U16 U15A U14A U13A U12A
Millfield B/As Lost Lost by 4 wkts Lost by 6 wkts Won by 112 runs    
Netherlands U15s       Lost by 3 wkts    
Wellington School Canc by W'Sch   Won by 144 runs Won by 10 wkts    
Taunton School Won by 6 wkts Lost by 9 wkts Lost by 7 wkts Won by 169 runs    
Mount House         Lost by 2 wkts Won by 52 runs
King's Hall         Lost by 2 wkts Won by 5 runs
King's Bruton U15       Won by 8 wkts    
Exeter School (Cup)     Won by 38 runs Won by 184 runs    
Exeter School Won by 67 runs   Won by 66 runs   Won by 50 runs Lost by 5 wkts
Uffculme (Cup)   Won by 40 runs   Won by 105 runs    
King's Ottery 20/20     Won by 130 runs      
Okehampton (Cup)     Won by     Won by 9 wkts
Plymouth College 20/20     Won by 64 runs   Won by 78 runs Won
St Peter's, Exeter     Won by 129 runs Won by 105 runs    
West Buckland       Won by 165 runs Lost by 63 runs  
Churston (Devon Cup,
      Won by 148 runs    
Clifton College       Won by 5 Wkts    
Sherborne     Won by 24 runs      
Well's Cathedral     Won by 78 runs      

Results - 'B' Teams

Opposition Development Squad U15B U14B U13B U12B
St Peter's A     Lost by 6 Wkts   Won by 1 wkt
Millfield C/B     Tied    
Taunton School     Lost by 26 runs    
Exeter School         Won by 13 runs
Plymouth College         Won by 68 runs
Guernsey U15 abandoned        
Guernsey U17 Lost by 8 wkts        
Portsmouth GS 20/20 Won by 39 runs        
Portsmouth GS 20/20 Won by 6 Wkts        
Wellington School     Won by 8 Wkts    
Uffculme School A     Lost by 15 runs    
Shebbear A     Lost by 34 runs    
Clifton College     Lost by 220 runs    


Opposition 50's 100's 5 Wickets
Filton Academy E Sharp 60    
Millfield Ha McDowell 64
Hu McDowell 50
E Sharp 125  
Netherlands F Gabbitass 61*    
Wellington School T Rossiter 79*

M Kvesic 88*
Hu McDowell 101*  
Taunton School A Christie 85
J D'Cruz 85
Hu McDowell 100*  
King's Taunton T Rossiter 66    
Mount House C Watson 50    
MCC   J Smith 138*  
Exeter School

S Smith 81
J Smith 50
T Rossiter 50*
T Ricketts 53
Z Bess 64
A Christie 55

  H Folland 6-10
Eggbuckland (Cup) H Folland 86    
Plymouth College J Baughan 54    
West Buckland N Menheneott 54
J Lilly D'Cruz 53
King's Ottery Hu McDowell 88*
H Loader 57*
  T Lett 6-7
King's Bruton Z Bess 67*    
Royal Marines   J Williams 115  
Clifton College E Sharp 76
J Smith 64
Wells Cathedral   J Smith 101  

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