Friday evening saw the annual Athletics Sports event take place at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park. As has become somewhat the tradition, the event got underway under ominous, dark skies, although it did stay dry and actually finished in glorious sunshine. Busby’s won the overall House title with 319 points ahead of Ashburnham (312.75) in second and Rigaud’s (272.25) in third, whilst in the different categories, Busby’s took Seniors and Inters honours with Ashburnham taking the Juniors and Girls sections.
There were many impressive individual efforts, but, the Best Performance Medals went to:
- Juniors: Melchior Walewski (AHH) for winning the 400m with a time that was just 0.2s off the school record.
- Inters: Herbie Bingham (PP) for winning the 800m with a time that was just 2.5s off the school record. He also won the Mile race.
- Seniors: Taran Jawa (BB) for winning the 100m with a time that was just 0.2s off the school record.
- Girls: Sophie Boehler (AHH) for winning the 200m and Long Jump. She was also 2nd place in the 800m.
The School season got underway on Saturday with fixtures at home and away against Merchant Taylor’s Northwood. At Vincent Square, the 1st XI took on the opposition’s 2nd XI and were asked to bat first having lost the toss. With three wickets going early, Junaid Ahmed and captain Lucas McConnell (30) steadied the ship with a partnership of 94 to take Westminster to 144-4 at lunch. After the break, Ahmed and Angus Mackay (73*) accelerated superbly, with Maxkay in particular putting his foot to the floor. The declaration came at 243-4 as Ahmed completed his maiden century at 1st XI level. In reply, Merchant Taylor’s were unable to cope with the new ball pairing of Gaurav Kocher (3-17) and McConnell (2-20) and struggled to 35-5 at Tea. Matters did not improve much for them at the restart as Will Whiu (3-3) and Alex Gardiner (2-13) duly completed a comprehensive 171 run victory, and a first-class start to the season.
Meanwhile, on the adjacent Small Square, the U14Bs were enjoying a similarly comprehensive win. An excellent batting performance saw them post 218-6 off their allotted 20 overs, which was due in the main to a whirlwind century from Kaidin Siddiqui (108 ret.). MTSN were never really in the hunt but managed to reach 136 in reply.
Over at Merchant Taylor’s, the U15 ‘Development’ XI were equally convincing in achieving victory. Batting first they posted an imposing 237-0 off their overs, with U14s Sachin Lavender (50 ret.) and Alec Brooke (50 ret.) scoring fifties, and Arjun Kapur (30 ret.) chipping in also. Once again, this proved too much for the opposition who could reach only 68 in response.
However, MTSN did exact some measure of revenge with their 3rd XI defeating the Westminster 2nd XI by 101 runs, in spite of the best efforts of Pip Earle (47 & 2 wickets) and Tom Carver (3-44).
There was great news for the Boat Club over the weekend also as Emma Kohlmayer won the Slovakian Junior trials on Saturday and finished 4th in the Women’s Open Singles event. Hopes are high that this should secure Kohlmayer selection for the European Junior Championships later this year.
There was notable alumni success over the weekend as well in both Football and Motor Racing.
Firstly, on Saturday the Old Westminster 1st XI won the Arthurian League Junior League Cup by beating Old Etonians II by 3-1 in the Final, thanks to a brace from Forrest Clancy (HH, 2007-12) and one from Sammy Skipper (DD, 2007-12).
Meanwhile in Baku, Azerbaijan, OW, Jack Aitken (WW, 2009-14) was enjoying great success in the second round of the Formula F2 Championship. Aitken won the first race on Saturday and then followed that up with third place on Sunday to take him into second place in the Drivers’ Championship.