Tuesday saw five Westminster Tennis teams making their way to the ‘auld enemy’, Charterhouse to take on their Carthusian counterparts. It was an exciting afternoon with most of the matches going down to the wire before ending with honours even at two wins and a draw. The 1st VI game was a thriller with Westminster just missing out by 4-5, in spite of the best efforts of Antaou Lou and Oliver Anderson-Shah who won all three of their encounters. The Girls VI contest went down to the last set also before finishing 3-3 with Adrianna Delorenzo and Asha Bakhai (2-1) performing well. In the U15s, Westminster won the 1st VI contest by 5-4, thanks to Oscar Rasmussen & Eigo Matsumoto (3-0) and Leo DiNanno & Theo Mackenzie (2-1), but, Charterhouse took a clean sweep of 6-0 in the U15 2nd IV. Westminster exacted revenge in the U14 VI match though as they won by 6-3, thanks in the main to Shinchiro Iwami & Remy Rushbrooke (3-0) and Melchior Walewski & Ivan Solomakhin (2-1).
The weather made life difficult for Cricket Station during the week, but, there was still plentynof action that took place. Tuesday and Thursday saw the first matches taking place in the annual House competition with Busby’s, Wren’s and Purcell’s coming through the Preliminary round – the latter courtesy of an exciting bowl-out. The sun shone for the quarter-finals and it was Ashburnham, Dryden’s, Grant’s and Liddell’s who made it through to the semi-finals.
Friday’s rain took its toll though on Saturday’s block fixture against John Lyon School with the 1st XI, U15 & U14B matches all cancelled. However, the U14A game did beat the weather by playing a T20 on the Astro pitch at Vincent Square – and what a thrilling game it turned out to be! A solid bowling and fielding performance by the Westminster team kept John Lyon in sight as they scored 154-7 from their allotted 20 overs. This looked to be too challenging though as Westminster struggled to 55-3 in the 9th over when Aditya Gupta (35*) joined Sachin Lavender (72*) at the crease. The two of them proceeded to bat with much skill and maturity to put together an unbroken century partnership which saw victory clinched in great style with a six by Lavender off the first ball of the last over.