DWCC vs The School

The annual cricket fixture involving the Downside 1st XI and the Downside Wanderers Cricket Club took place on Saturday 18 June.

The fixture looked in doubt following the torrential rain witnessed on Friday evening in Somerset. However, thankfully Saturday morning arrived with clear skies and the process of preparing could begin.  With the 11:30am start delayed until after lunch, pupils, staff and OG’s were able enjoy watching the second rugby Test between England and Australia.

A lovely lunch was enjoyed in the pavilion, with Downside pupils past and present enjoying each other’s company and looking forward to a great afternoon of cricket.

The grounds staff worked tirelessly throughout the morning to make it possible for this fixture and the other home games go ahead – no easy task after the flooding of the night before!

The Downside Wanderers were put into bat first. Considerable experience and knowledge was evident in the early exchanges as the ‘old boys’ asserted early control over the 1st XI. The school boys produced a good bowling and fielding effort to restrict the OGs to 168/2.

Both sides then enjoyed some delicious cream teas together, once again affording our U6th leavers with the opportunity to mix socially with their potential future OG teammates.

The 1st XI, led by Captain Lawrie Graham and fellow opener Ollie Church got the side off to a good start, before early controversial dismissals seemed to effect the teams confidence.

However some notable contributions with the bat by Iggy Cottrell, Harry Ross and Luke Carrigan saw the Downside boys close the gap to 20 runs as we entered the last few of the allotted 25 overs.

A break down in communication saw the last partnership fall and the OG’s clinched a well earned win by 23 runs.

The Downside Wanderers CC President, Mr Anthony Pontifex, addressed both teams, referencing the history of this fixture and noting the strength of the relationship between the two sides. The OG’s awarded the Gordon Hemming Trophy (for best school player each year) to Harry Ross.

The evening was spent at the Somerset Wagon, where our U6th leavers, OG’s and school staff enjoyed supper and further strengthened the bond between Downside School and it’s extended sporting community.

With new coaching staff and significant investment planned for cricket at Downside in the years ahead, the future of cricket looks secure for both the present, future and past pupils.

Report: Richard Jones, Director of Sport