Sports Reports for ET19 Week 8
Saturday saw the annual visit of the Butterflies CC, a team made up of alumni from various Independent schools. Boasting a powerful batting line-up, the opposition chose to bat first, which came as something of a surprise given the recent damp conditions. Indeed, it was a decision that backfired as they were quickly reduced to 12-3 thanks to an incisive opening spell by Lucas McConnell. His good work was carried on by Matthew Carver (3-27) who ripped through the Butterflies middle-order, before McConnell (5-22) returned to finish the job as the opposition were dismissed for just 120 thanks to a superb bowling and fielding performance from the School side.
This should have been a straightforward chase but the 1st XI were reduced to 14-3 in their reply thanks to two freakish run-outs backing up accounting for the batsmen at the non-striker’s end. From there onwards, the nerve ends were exposed as Westminster batsmen found various ways of getting themselves out. Only McConnell (23) and Angus Mackay (25) looked to have matters under control, but, both were needlessly stumped and the game hung in the balance at 104-7. Enter Arun Ghai (19*) who kept a cool head as all those around him were losing theirs, and made sure that victory was achieved for the loss of just one more wicket.
This nerve-jangling win followed on from disappointment for the U14As earlier in the week as their ESCA U14 Cup dream was ended at the semi-final stage by local rivals, Dulwich College. Batting first on a damp pitch, Westminster paid the price for hitting the ball in the air too often as a proficient Dulwich side took some good catches to limit the 14s to just 86 all-out. This was never likely to be enough, and a convincing nine wicket defeat duly followed.
The wet weather played havoc with the House Competition schedule, but, the first semi-final was able to take place on Friday evening, and it proved to be a cracker. Batting first, Ashburnham posted 103-3 off their 12 overs, thanks in the main to 5th Former Aditya Gupta (32*), although the bowling of U14 Yixuan Gao (3-20) held them in check. In reply, Liddell’s looked to be cruising to victory thanks to the measured batting of Will Hardman (49). However, his ‘6 and out’ dismissal was to prove the turning point as Ashburnham seized the opportunity to pour through and clinch a 4 run win in the penultimate over – although Liddell’s will be kicking themselves for being one player short throughout.
Saturday saw the Slovakia Rowing Championships, and there was plenty of success for Westminster 6th Form student, Emma Kohlmayer as she won the Junior Single Sculls event, as well as gaining a Silver medal in the Under 23 Single Sculls.