Sports Update: summer 2017 week five

The sporting week at St Edward’s was primarily focused on Saturday’s fixture list, with a full card of tennis and cricket, rowing at Shiplake, and athletics at Harrow. On Saturday afternoon as teams and individuals took to their fields of competition, the heavens opened and with it washed away much of the fixture list. Despite that, some matches managed to reach a result between squalls, and it was another good weekend of sporting result for Teddies.

The athletics at Harrow saw our team competing against some fine athletes, especially from host Harrow and Oakham. In challenging conditions, with a strong headwind, there were still a number of personal bests achieved on both track and field. Particular highlights include silvers for Dekoye Coker and Dan Brady in their respective 100m events against some immensely talented sprinters, and personal bests in the 400m for Jack Verschoyle, Fergus Flory, and Joseph Burton.

The tennis club were able to fit in their full card of fixtures and the day belonged to the girls’ teams who were in action against Dean Close. The 2nd VI ran out comprehensive 9-0 winners, whilst there were also wins for the U14B VI, U14C VI, and a nail-biting 5-4 win for the U14A VI. 

Cricket matches proved more of a challenge on Saturday, though earlier in the week, the Yearlings A and B sides took on Reading Blue Coat in T20 matches. The Yearlings B XI were dominant, winning by seven wickets, whilst the Yearlings A XI just lost out in a match that went right down to the wire, with one run required and one ball left.

Saturday’s matches saw only the 3rd XI conclude their fixture versus Winchester, a fast-paced and hard-hitting match looked to be in the balance for a long spell, but the tide-turned and Winchester ultimately ran out the winners.

The 1st XI, playing in the John Harvey Cup, put themselves into a commanding position with the bat – including another strong knock from Ben Charlesworth (pictured above) – before the weather unfortunately forced the match to be abandoned. 

The sporting week concluded with a the Wynyard Gibb trophy, an U12 tournament on Upper One and Chestnut: a great occasion to conclude the week, with a reminder of the core values of school sports.

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