Boys sports round-up - 18 May
Boys Tennis - ISL and vs Brighton
1st VIII - ISL vs St Paul’s, Charterhouse and KCS Wimbledon
v Charterhouse Lost 2-10
v St Paul’s Lost 0-11*
v KCS Lost 1-10*
Overall ISL result:
St Paul’s - 26 sets
KCS - 24 sets
Charterhouse - 19 sets
Epsom - 3 sets
Missing the regular 1st, 2nd and 4th seeds this was always going to be a tough afternoon as everyone played above their usual level and three boys stepped up from the 2nd team. The weather was atrocious, but the boys all deserve great credit for playing six sets of competitive tennis with heart and commitment and no little skill on a slippery astro and in terrible conditions. As always, the matches were closer in most cases than the scoreline suggests but in reality the opposition was better.
A slow start against beatable Charterhouse players in the singles proved costly as the doubles were then halved. St Paul’s were very strong, as were KCS who both possessed some remarkable players for this level. Heads never dropped, even when poor Ben Kellett (C) rolled his ankle in the 4th of the 6 sets and had to get an x-ray, with Callum Scott (C) playing American doubles in his absence.
Charlie Taylor (F) and Harry Milne (P) performed well as the top pair, and Justin Hurst (Fa) and Tim Whitehead (C) showed their class on many occasions. Bertie Bamber (Fa) and Cameron Ewins (F) battled hard, beating their KCS opponents in the doubles. On a day to forget weather-wise, they should all be proud of their efforts.
U16A - ISL vs Tonbridge, Charterhouse and Cranleigh
v Tonbridge Lost 0-6
v Charterhouse Lost 1-5
v Cranleigh Drew 3-3
A drawn match against Cranleigh was encouraging, with Matt Holmes (Rn) and Max Rossi (C) each winning their singles. All players won a set and there were close matches in most of the doubles (bar Tonbridge) and some of the singles.
U15A - ISL vs Tonbridge, Charterhouse and Cranleigh
v Tonbridge Lost 0-6
v Charterhouse Drew 3-3
v Cranleigh Drew 3-3
Still without two injured top four players, the boys did well to draw against both Cranleigh and Charterhouse. Ben Gilchrist (C) and Christian Collier (P) stood out with two wins each in the singles. All players won at least a set, though Tonbridge proved too strong.
U14A - ISL vs Tonbridge, Charterhouse and Cranleigh
v Tonbridge Lost 0-6
v Charterhouse Drew 3-3
v Cranleigh WON 5-1
The M4s performed well, beating Cranleigh comfortably, and drawing with Charterhouse. Nick Wong (H) won two sets of singles and in all five out of 12 singles matches were won with close games against a strong Tonbridge side, highlighting the frustration at not having been able to play singles matches in the previous round. The need to keep learning the court craft for doubles continues, though.
Overall ISL result - U16/U15/U14
Tonbridge - 47 sets
Charterhouse - 25 sets
Cranleigh - 18 sets
Epsom - 18 sets
Another wet day for the ISL but at least singles matches were possible this time. Across the board there were some good games and all players impressed at some point. All teams were unbeaten against Cranleigh and outplayed by Tonbridge, while the U14s and U15s, in particular, did well against Charterhouse. Unfortunately, having tied with Cranleigh on 18 wins apiece, Epsom lost out in a count back by seven games. Despite the weather, the boys really enjoyed the day, especially the singles, and the U14s and U15 show potential for the future.
U14B vs Brighton U14A
WON - 7-2
The U14Bs had a successful afternoon and managed to beat Brighton’s A team. First pair Olivier Wong (G) and Luke Gordon-Pullar (G) played very consistently, winning all three sets comfortably. Second pair JJ Stonely (P) and Josh Hirtenstein (Rn) put on a much-improved display, winning two out of three sets and almost beating Brighton's first pair. Tancrede Lamort De Gail (Rn) and Seb Crabb (Fa) played many entertaining rallies, most of which they used to their advantage. They managed to beat pair one, which was a great achievement, and also their opposite pair to seal a convincing victory.
Boys Cricket vs Lord Wandsworth and Dunottar
Due to the weather, the home 2nd XI, 3rd XI and U14A and B matches were cancelled before a ball was bowled. The afternoon matches that did take place were abandoned as the rain then spread to Hampshire. The morning matches took place unaffected by the weather.
Lord Wandsworth 164-7 (40 overs)
Raghavan (P) 3-34
Epsom Did Not Bat
On a cloudy day in north Hampshire, skipper Liam Head (F) lost the toss and was asked to take the field. With overhead conditions getting darker by the minute this decision seemed to surprise many. Chris Lansdown (G) continued his excellent recent form with the ball, bowling with excellent control and conceding a miserly six runs in his opening five overs. Despite some superb fielding in the circle by Makeen Alikhan (Rn) and Finlay Savill (P), Epsom were unable to make consistent breakthroughs and the hosts moved smoothly on to 78-2 after 20 overs.
Captain Head brought his troops together and following some really tight spells Liam himself and the ever-improving Elliot Rumble (P), Lord Wandsworth’s run rate seemed to stall. Fifth Form off-spinner Nilesh Raghavan (P) then ripped through the middle order, picking up three wickets in a devastating spell full of control and guile.
A late flourish meant that Lord Wandsworth finished with a well below par 164-7 off their 40 overs, due to the tiny boundaries and excellent batting wicket on offer. With the mood very positive for another win, the heavens then opened and flooding on the square meant that play was brought to an end before the second innings started. A hugely frustrating end to what looked like a winning day before it rained.
Epsom 123-6 (18.2 overs)
Lynagh (F) 42, Hodgson (C) 38
Lord Wandsworth Did Not Bat
Epsom won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast day in the beautiful setting of Hampshire. Kartik Jain (G) and Tom Keevil (C) opened the batting on a flat wicket. Jain scored a wonderful cover drive boundary and was then caught at square leg by a diving fielder going one-handed to his left-hand side - an outstanding schoolboy cricket catch.
Keevil followed soon after, bowled attempting a slap hit to the leg-side. Will Hodgson (C) and Tom Lynagh (F) entered the fray and settled the innings down. Both scored quickly and emphatically with wonderful strokes to cover, square leg, long on and mid-wicket.
Hodgson finished on 38 off 28 balls before he was caught playing a pull shot. Unfortunately, Lynagh followed the very next ball, caught in the deep by another great catch for 42 off 30 balls. Henry Dalton (P) and Luke Marsh (C) tried to steady the ship one more, both making it through a number of overs and taking the score to 118 before Dalton was bowled for 20 off 23 balls. Marsh was 10no with James Curtis (P) 3no before the rain came and the match had to be abandoned.
Lord Wandsworth 114 all out (21 overs)
Epsom Did Not Bat
Lord Wandsworth set off confidently, but some careless shots and running in the face of consistent bowling saw them reduced to 31-3 after five overs. Both Connor Burns (H) and Matt Jones (C) bowled some decent overs. The match turned a little in the tenth over, when Charlie Hodgson’s (C) slow, full balls deceived three of the opposition batsmen and reduced them to 46-6. However, as conditions deteriorated, Epsom struggled to maintain their consistency with a wet ball. The opposition was bowled out for 114 before play was abandoned as the rain became much heavier. The unbeaten season continues.
Jackson (4W) 62no, Rajnikanth (4R) 28
Dunottar U14A 99 all out
Lawler (4E) 3-10
The U13As won their first match of the season with a 32-run win over a Dunottar U14A side. After losing the toss and being put into bat Epsom started well, with opening pair Harry Jackson (4W) and Aarav Rajnikanth (4R) putting on 100 for the loss of the first wicket. Jackson would go on to make an unbeaten 62 with Rajnikanth making 28, helping Epsom post a decent total off their 20 overs. After a quick start to the innings from Dunottar, some excellent bowling from Jasper Lawler (4E) 3-10 and Will Raymond (4W) 2-10 meant wickets soon fell. They were aided in the middle part of the innings by others and praise must go to Lucas Rasmussen (4R) for two excellent overs and Harry Addington (4R) for taking his first wicket of the season in the As. Dunottar were bowled out 32 runs short of the total required.
Springett (4R) 2-9
Epsom were determined to learn from last week’s result and started the game strongly, running well between the wickets and keeping the strike ticking over. Will Springett (4R) led by example and made an explosive entrance, hitting 14 off five balls before he was dismissed. The middle order were restricted to a slow run rate due to some tight fielding and tidy bowling, as Dunottar sought to keep the total down. Peter Lucas (4E) stood out in this session, with a hard-fought 10 runs. The boys came out into the field determined to defend their score. The bowlers did their jobs and stuck to their areas, with support from some electric fielding from the likes of Kevin Gyamfi (4E) and Tom Glynne-Percy (4W). In the final overs, captain Springett demonstrated spectacular grit and determination leading from the front in the field and with the ball, taking 2-1 in the second last over to leave a glimmer of hope for Epsom to hold on for the win. Ultimately a fantastic fielding performance was not quite enough, and full credit must go to Dunottar for a great win in a tight match.
Dunottar 114-8 (20 overs)
Epsom 105-9 (20 overs)
Lots of promising cricket on display from Epsom during a match that could have gone either way in the final over of the day. Two more run outs, with another direct hit by Blake Pearce (3B), plus a couple of sound catches demonstrated that Epsom’s fielding has continued to impress. Finn McClennan-Fordyce (3B) was the pick of the bowlers with 1-12 off his four overs. In reply, Epsom lost two early wickets through ill-disciplined shots, but Dhruv Mani (3B) and Euan Edwards (3S) steadied the ship. Wickets fell, however, as the opening bowlers returned, with Epsom falling just nine runs short.
Dunottar 70 all out
The U12Bs produced another excellent victory, this time over Dunottar. Fierce, accurate bowling broke Dunottar’s top order, with nine out of the ten wickets bowled. With a small run chase, the openers George Stanley (3S) and Marcus Barrett (3B) were quick to finish the game by punishing the bowlers’ mistakes, leading to victory inside 14 overs. Overall a great performance showing smart, classy cricket and sportsmanship.
Boys Athletics – Brighton Co-Ed meeting
Competing against Brighton, Cranleigh, Hurstpierpoint, St John’s and Wellington at the Withdean Stadium in Brighton in difficult wet conditions brought out the best in the boys and girls in this tough Co-Ed fixture. Individually, the boys came second and the girls third. Overall, the combined boys and girls result placed Epsom second to home team Brighton. Great credit is due to all the athletes who showed commitment and determination, it was a real team effort on the day.
Overall Co-Ed result:
1st – Brighton 1085
2nd – Epsom 939
3rd – Cranleigh 931
4th – St John’s 651
5th – Hurstpierpoint 642
6th – Wellington 461
Boys’ Overall - Epsom 2nd
Boys’ U15 - Epsom 1st
Boys’ U17 - Epsom 2nd
Boys’ Open - Epsom 3rd
Stand out results (boys)
(B string) Nikolai Paliyski (H) 1st - Hurdles 16.8 sec
Harry Webster (Fa) 1st - 100m 11.0 sec
(A string) George Dignum (Rn) 1st - 100m 11.5 sec, 1st - 200m 23.7 sec
(B string) Gordon Chung (G) 1st - Discus 23.85m
4x100m Relay 1st - 47.6 sec
(A string) Josh King (H) 1st - 100m 11.7 sec, 1st - Javelin 35.24m
Bryn Cann (Fa) 1st - Long Jump 5.18m, 1st - Triple Jump 10.96m
4x100m - 1st 49.9sec
(B string) Will Hartopp (G) 1st - 100m 12.7 sec
Solomon Ekoku (Fa) 1st - 10.30m
Volleyball (Boys/Girls) – Epsom College Tournament
After a few withdrawals left the ladies tournament short of teams, this was a mixed tournament this year. The poor weather forced it inside, but this added to the atmosphere.
In the pool stage Epsom’s A team were all-conquering, with Christ’s Hospital’s A team improving throughout the afternoon to take second place.
In the other pool, Epsom’s B team topped the group on points difference over Rikkyo A.
The semi-finals saw Christ’s Hospital continue their progress to prevent the possibility of an all-Epsom final, with some excellent serving and their emotional approach worked in their favour. In the other semi-final, Epsom A maintained the possibility of a home win with a good win over Rikkyo.
The final saw an edgy start followed by an emotional middle, as Christ’s Hospital moved into a small lead before some superb serving from YeeLam Sze (Wh) and then Daniel Kweon (Rn) allowed Epsom to pull away, a key block by Victor Cheung (H) helping to soothe the nerves. A 25-19 win made it look easier than it was, but a good team performance.