Vol. CXXII No. 22 The OH Players May 2, 2009
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare Speech Room 24 & 25 April
With the Hill already feeling the scorching rays of the springtime sun and news being announced with pride that Britain is thrashing the temperatures of her Mediterranean rivals, what better way to honour our sunny clime than with a production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? A favourite of the Old Harrovian Players and the School alike, this light-hearted comedy tells the tale of love in peril, made worse by the meddling of the Fairy King, but which is then resolved with a suitably optimistic happily-ever-after. This production, directed most ably by John D. Collins, played on the sheer absurdity of events to bring to life this comic masterpiece, which had the audience laughing harder than many a sophisticated Ryan farce.
Theseus (Tom Noad) commands the scene.
Both the traditional Shakespearean set and magnificent costumes taken from the School’s collection made no attempt to modernise the Elizabethan drama, as in last year’s ‘Coriolanus’, but rather embraced its classical setting in the kingdom of the great Athenian King Theseus as well as the Rude Mechanicals’ production of the Ovidian gem, ‘Pyramus and Thisbe’. This separation from our modern world made the more incredible events that take place in the narrative, such as Bottom’s unfortunate metamorphosis into a half-man-half-ass, and Oberon’s magic herb that has the power to make one fall in love, far easier for the discerning Shell audience to accept and enjoy. However, the separation in setting was more than made up for by the vitality of all the actors. From the frigid disdain of BRD’s Hippolyta to the insatiable hyperactivity of Nick Bottom (Richard Ritchie), every ounce of effort was used to draw the audience into the exhilarating whirlpool of plots and subplots. The four lovers merged effortlessly despite their constantly changing affiliations with each other. The competition between the sycophantic Demetrius (Henry Deacon) and the love-struck Lysander (Toby Deacon) was excellently portrayed as they struggled to win the hearts of the two maidens. The complete changes in their characters after being drugged by the fairies showed the great thought and preparation that had clearly gone into such accomplished performances. Likewise the bitter catfights that broke out between the prospective brides,
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including the whole audience in her schemes. Adding to the hilarity of the main love interests, the troupe of ‘actors’ led by Peter Quince (Jeremy Lemmon) and dominated by the insurmountable ego of Nick Bottom (Richard Ritchie) provided a constant cause for laughter as they attempted to rehearsal and then perform their great masterpiece for the patronising Theseus (Tom Noad) and the rest of his Court. The great success of this production must be attributed to both the inspired direction and responsibility that each character displayed in playing each of their parts to the fullest of their ability. With this enchanting rendition, the Old Harrovian Players have shown why A Midsummer Night’s Dream still remains one of the most loved of Shakespeare’s works. Photos by NJM
Here and There
We offer our congratulations to Amanda and Gareth Parker Jones on the birth of Archie James who arrived on 27 April at 00:15 weighing in at 8lb 3oz. We learn of four members of the School community who successfully completed the London Marathon last Sunday. Charlie Henderson Russell, The Park, led the Harrovian competitors round in 4 hours 17 minutes. He was followed by Angus Aitken and Charlie Griffiths, both Moretons, in 4.31 and 4.33 respectively. Music Schools Assistant and Practice Supervisor Miss Bethan Eccelstone, also ran, collecting sponsorship for the small charity Wellbeing of Women. She completed the course in 5 hours 30. Our warmest congratulations go to all these hardy souls.
Hermia (Nathalie Clarke) and Helena (Alice Orr-Ewing) produced some of the greatest moments of comedy, as they accused each other of enchanting their former lovers. The reservation with which they both began the play in the Court of Theseus, with Hermia pleading with her father, the austere Egeus (Michael Walker), to let her choose her love, contrasted most effectively with the later scenes of handbags-at-dawn. The fairies had the difficult job of combining real human emotion with their enchanting natures, so that they appeared more as classical gods in their quarrels
Jeremy Lemmon and Richard Ritchie (Quince and Bottom)
The Neville Burston Prize 2009
Winner: Jamie Wild, Elmfield
Neville Burston, 1929-1999, an Old Harrovian who enjoyed Art, left a fantastic legacy not just to this school but also to the Royal College of Art, Goldsmith’s College and to The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters.
Henry and Toby Deacon
and schemes than stereotypical woodland fairies. Oberon (Stuart Sessions), King of the Fairies, showed a remarkable return to humility after feeling guilt at both making his wife fall in love with the transfigured Bottom and completely destroying the love between the Athenian couple, Lysander and Hermia. Meanwhile, Titania (Lucinda Lloyd-Eason) was played superbly, wavering between serene queen of the fairy kingdom and vicious lover, determined not to give way to her husband’s whims. The mischievous Puck was effortlessly brought to life by Annabelle Brown, who imbued a real sense of energy and excitement into this pivotal character,
One of Jamie Wild's horse studies.
Every year each of these lucky places awards a ‘Neville Burston’ memorial prize. His wife, Marlene, keeps the prizes going and this year the winner of the prize will be awarded an incredible £500 – no small sum. The prize last year was
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Deep Purple in 1968, and he is widely recognized for his fusion of rock and classical forms. He performed in the Royal Albert Hall numerous times; and even after his retirement from Deep Purple in 2003 he is still regarded as one of the leading keyboard players and composers in the music business. He expressed very clearly before his adjudication (as all adjudicators generally do) that it was ‘really difficult’ to choose a winner. There were five rock bands (all of them of ‘genuinely fabulous’ quality) competing for the one prize, while the same number of soloists aimed for the solo singing prize. The first band was Links with Charlie Rubin, Bradbys, as the lead singer, Nicko Franklin, Rendalls, on the lead guitar, Solomon Lau, Bradbys, on the keyboards, and Souvid Datta, Bradbys, on the drums. As Mr Lord pointed out, Links got off to a slow start but improved quickly through the performance. In singing ‘Rainy Day Women’ by Bob Dylan, Rubin led very well in his Dylanesque style, with composure and a slightly husky voice. The sense of rhythm, provided by Datta on the drum kit, was engaging throughout the performance, and Rubin was well supported by Franklin who carried on the momentum through all his exposed solo guitar playing, as well as by Lau who provided the tune on the keyboard. Then came the Circus Audium led by Charles Yang, Rendalls, as the lead singer/lead guitarist, his brother Dominic on the bass guitar, Ewan Philips, West Acre on the keyboards, and Ken Stone, Rendalls, on the drums. It was the first show-case of Charles Yang’s musical talent for the night as he led his group with style, charisma, impressive guitar work, and his strong voice. The audience could easily feel the rhythm – especially with the band’s ‘guest star’ Tosin Oyetunji, Rendalls, on the percussions – and they could also tell that everyone in the band enjoyed performing on the stage. Their song, ‘Signal’, was composed by Charles Yang himself; and it deserved Mr. Lord’s laconic compliment that it was ‘a good song’. But the three remaining bands relished the competition and showed off their own individual talents. F.R.E.S.H was the next band; and its lead singer, Ewan Philips, sang the famous ‘Senorita’ by Justin Timberlake. It was a good opportunity for Philips to emphasize again his vocal talent by singing a rather difficult song. Timberlake’s high-pitched notes were not replicated in this instance, but Philips succeeded in introducing his own character and style into it. He was well supported by Felix Lashmar, West Acre, on the bass guitar, Robert Opoku, West Acre, on the keyboard, and Souvid Datta on the drums again. They brought momentum to the song; and Philips seemed to be constantly motivated by their energetic playing throughout the performance. Three Times Daily was the next band and also the loudest and the most energetic of the five. Their song, ‘Indigo’, was an excellent piece of composition and contained a very effective and enjoyable chorus. Ollie Feather, Moretons, was the most frenetic and the most excited individual in the band – and hence he took the role of lead singer. But Harry Zundel, The Grove, on the keyboard and bass guitar, and Alex Gibbs, The Grove, on the lead guitar combined smoothly at each chorus to heighten the sense of excitement and energy. Moreover, as expected, Joss Barnes, The Knoll, was terrific on the drums. The last rock band was The Likely Lads, which was led by Ranald Macdonald, Moretons. This band was formed of three Removes with Oliver Hald, Moretons, on the lead guitar and Jack Dolbey, The Grove, on the drums. However their performance was mature and very polished indeed. Macdonald claimed the praise-of-the-evening when Mr Lord urged him to think very seriously about a professional career in the music business. The adjudicator had liked very much his ‘potentially excellent voice’ which was ‘rowlier’ and contained plenty of charisma. Three Times Daily came runners-up for the excitement and the momentum they had created. But the first place deservedly went to Circus Audium for their professional performance and composition. Before the announcement of the winners, however, Mr. Lord again emphasized that the adjudication was based solely on his subjective opinion, which may easily be deemed false to others. Nonetheless Circus Audium’s hard work and
won by Guy Evans, who also managed to play in the 1st XI for the School which goes to show that a healthy artistic mind can also run alongside a healthy body. It is a requirement that the artist should show individuality, ambition and talent. We have included a few local rules: • Entries are only invited from members of the U6 • Only two pieces of work can be entered • A diptych, triptych or polyptych are counted as one piece • L6 work can be included • Work must be clearly labelled • No nagging of boys: entry is by boys’ choice • Work must arrive in good time In most years Marlene Burston is the judge of the show. Unfortunately, this year, she cannot attend and she has therefore appointed JCC as the judge. However, as he may show prejudice in favour of his own students, he has asked the Head Master to stand in for him. Following the opening of the show on Tuesday 21 April in the Pasmore Gallery, the winner was announced as Jamie Wild, Elmfield, whose horse-inspired two-and three-dimensional work has brought forth positive comments throughout this academic year. The standard of work on show was pretty impressive, though, so the choice was no foregone conclusion. Painting and sculpture of a high standard is to be seen, both that directly inspired by earlier artists and that of more weirdly innovative style.
Mortimer Singer Prizes
Adjudicator: Jon Lord (Formerly of Deep Purple and composer of the Durham Concerto). Winning Band: Circus Audium – Charles Yang, Dominic Yang, Ken Stone, Tosin Oyetunji, all Rendalls, Ewan Philips, West Acre. Runner-up Band: Three Times Daily – Ollie Feather, Moretons, Alex Gibbs, The Grove, Harry Zundel, The Grove, Souvid Datta, Bradbys. Winning Soloist: Vishnu Nambiar, The Park Runner-up Soloist: Ewan Philips, West Acre
Mr Lord with Circus Audium...
Winning the Mortimer Singer Prize is the ultimate goal for any talented Harrovian pop singer or rock band. Hence it was only natural that the quality of all songs and of all musicians involved in this year’s competition was extremely high. The contest was very tight, and it was evident that a lot of pratice had gone into each performance. ‘What a blast!’, exclaimed Jon Lord, the adjudicator for the night; and indeed it really was. The very fact that Mr. Lord came into Harrow to adjudicate the competition was pretty special in itself. Mr Lord co-founded
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talent certainly reaped rewards. The solo singing competition kicked off with Vishnu Nambiar, The Park, singing his own composition: ‘The Spark’. The soft guitar playing and the singing merged well together to form an almost serene but melancholic atmosphere when he performed.
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Vishnu Nambiar the ultimate prize. But all five of them must be recommended for their effort in perfecting their performance for the competition and most of them for composing their own song in the first place. Song writing and performing is a rare talent which attracts the most envy from the less talented individuals. Therefore, as Mr Lord clearly expressed, the Harrovian rockstars – including both the soloists and the rock bands – must all press ahead even harder into the future in order to provide a ‘lifetime of joy’ both for themselves and for others. We must believe in ourselves and work hard. ‘Practise! Practise! Practise!’ Then if you are in the right place at the right time you will strike gold. DNW, GRML and SM all deserve our thanks for arranging the event and for making sure that none of the performances would turn out to be a disaster (this turned out to be an unnecessary worry at the end). It was also very nice to see a healthy number of Harrovian boys, as well as several beaks and House Masters, in the audience to support the performers. But again the audience owes its gratitude to the musicians who made the event highly enjoyable.
With friends like these…
Hello everyone, and welcome to a new summer term. For many this term is a hectic one; it’s rife with the dreaded public examinations, which we didn’t revise nearly enough for during the holidays, despite our best attempts. Yet despite this, many of us, whether we admit it or not, still look forward to coming back, because let’s face it, this is the height of our social interaction. There are roughly 160 boys in each year, all very different, so there is every type of individual to choose from. (Alas no girls, but that’s a story for another day). But life isn’t all that rosy when you pack so many boys in such tight confines; problems will undoubtedly arise. One such problem is the creation of gangs, boys who ‘hang’ together all the time, and are essentially outgrowths of each other. Now this is bound to happen when you have so many different types of people. Some members who have things in common will stick together. It doesn’t end there. Along with the gang comes the gang mentality. The feature of this mentality which I want to talk about is the idea that you all have to agree. When one member, usually the alpha male of the pack, if we’re using National Geographic speak, has an opinion on something, it soon becomes the opinion of the whole group. ‘But similar people would have similar opinions’ one might counter, and this is true, but there are cases when this isn’t so. Take, for example, disliking a particular person. One person has a problem with another, then suddenly his whole gang has a problem with him, and woe betide us if both people have a ‘crew’, because then it can turn into gang wars (an exaggeration, but I’m sure you understand my point). I understand that people have to defend their friends, and maybe boy A has a case in being angry at boy B, but that doesn’t mean that boys C through Z have to get involved. What happened to the good old days of the one on one duel? That was a time when gentlemen were gentlemen. And then there’s the intrigue of the boarding house, all the drama that pervades our society. Life in the house can sometimes get a little to similar to an episode of our favourite dramas. The back and forth of who did what, when and why is almost so strenuous to keep up with, that I’m surprised we don’t have a Gossip Girl (or Boy) of our own to keep us constantly updated on the things that we don’t get to see for ourselves. It may be fun to watch on a luminous screen, but that’s not real life. In reality it’s actually rather tedious having to worry about what you say and do, because the gossip train might transform your honest actions into a social crime. All I’m saying is, sometimes for a boy’s school things often get a little too catty for everyone. The dilemma that we face is this: if everyone else is doing
...and with Vishnu Nambiar.
Although he looked a little nervous at the start and could have done with some confidence, once he found his niche he was comfortable, and his voice projected well. What impressed Mr Lord most about his performance was his song: it was gentle throughout but engaging at the same time. His voice was calm and relaxed but by no means enervated. Overall it was an excellent performance. Dominic Jeffares, Newlands, was the next performer. He sang, with his guitar, the universally known and adored ‘Tears in Heaven’ by Eric Clapton. It was a good song choice as his voice suited it very well. Jeffares projected the lyrics very well and very clearly; and his tuning was neat and polished. Moreover he succeeded in making the famous song something of his own. It was a very moving performance and his ritardandos and pauses near the end made the song seem to be something special and intimate to himself – as if he was Eric Clapton. He certainly understood the emotions Clapton would have felt when he sang the personal song. Charles Yang entered the solo competition with, as Mr. Lord described it, ‘oodles of charisma’. His song was again one of his own compositions called ‘Breakdown’; and his performance of it was truly accomplished and genuinely professional. The high notes were delivered powerfully and succinctly, and his guitar playing was excellent. The audience felt the energy and the emotion of the singing and the song. He seemed destined for a place, and hence when he missed out, many of the audience seemed disappointed. But after all it is only Mr. Lord’s subjective opinion; and Charles will be doubly determined to prove his talent next year. Ewan Philips was the next solo performer, and he too competed with his own composition called ‘Gaps’. Philips again emphasized his unique and effective singing style. While doing so he continuously engaged the audience with expression of emotions and with his neat guitar playing. He proved to us that he was a genuine show-biz entertainer by enjoying his performance under the spotlight. Ranald Macdonald was the last performer for the evening; and he sang ‘Homo Sapiens’ composed by himself. It was a thoroughly enjoyable composition and Macdonald succeeded in generating the melancholic and calm atmosphere. His guitar playing was very sound as before and he delivered his performance with nonchalance and suaveness. All five soloists were of excellent calibre and hence it was extremely difficult to distinguish between them. Nonetheless, Mr. Lord chose Ewan Philips as the runner-up and granted
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most unlikely ever to cease. The poet Robert Graves notes of Charterhouse in his rather pedestrian autobiography Goodbye to All That
it, then what incentive do I have to stop? Firstly, not everyone is doing this. There are many down to earth, minding-theirown-business boys in the school, and they live without getting involved in the messier side of boarding life. I applaud them for this ability; it is one I cannot claim to share. In addition, this is a case of extremes; as soon as one person does it, everyone does it in reaction. Thus in order to eradicate these problems everyone would have to stop. I’m not even going to bother asking…
Pages have recently come to light from an unofficial history of Harrow School. Opinionated, sentimental and sardonic by turns, the work is a timely re-assessment of how we got to the beginning of the 21st century. Our first extract deals with the Old Schools. One of the things I most liked about history was the building in which it was taught: the aptly named Old Schools.
Unlike the mock-Gothic Speech Room, or the tacky square brick block which housed maths and physics, the Old Schools really were beautiful. Although the school buildings were originally scattered over a wide area, it has now become so built up in places that the actual topography of the Hill is not immediately obvious. The Hill is in fact a dumb-bell shape with two summits. Upon the principle summit (which is I believe also the highest point in London) sits the parish church of St. Mary’s, but in front of that proudly stands the Old Schools. There is more or less a clear view to the building, due in part to a large tarmac area in front known as the Bill Yard allowing an expansive (if uninteresting) view over to the west of the Hill. It was this scene that former master Edmund Howson pictured when he wrote the school song Here Sir! in which the final line of every chorus runs “In the windy yard at Bill.” It was this same yard where historically Bill (roll call) was taken every morning, impractical when I was there of course, but it was continued as one of the many Harrow traditions once a year on Speech Day, when the entire school filed ceremoniously past the Head Master and lifted their hats whilst replying “Here sir” in response to your name. The problem with this was that although the Head Master knew virtually every pupil in the school both by name and sight, he never actually looked up from reading his list – a list which apparently took no account of absenteeism due to illness, for example. So it was that I and everyone else in the file behind me, were forced to answer for several years running to somebody else’s name! A ludicrous tradition if you ask me; but as a tradition, it is now
The notion of defending an illogical and superfluous ritual by labelling it ‘tradition’ is utterly incomprehensible to me. How can that possibly be a defence? It was also traditional at one point in time to hang, draw and quarter people. The Old Schools were clearly visible from more or less any place on the High Street too, and at night, several floodlights played onto the aging brick walls so that the Old Schools have become something of an unofficial emblem of the school, almost to the extent of the ubiquitous Harrow Hats. The architecture was gorgeous, built in red brick with sand coloured freestone dressings and a large clock tower centrally placed. The whole structure was perfectly symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing in every way, and as Archibald Fox says in his book entitled Harrow – part of the short series Public School Life “[it has] a warmth, maturity, and charm that win a way soon or late to many a Philistine heart.” Inside the building, there were four stories, and in the highest rooms, vast exposed wooden beams which held up the steeply pitched roof giving a sort of ‘cottagey’/‘atticy’ feel – a glorious environment in which to study. This first building of what would later become Harrow School (although there is some evidence to suggest that there was another school prior to this) came about almost entirely because of one man: John Lyon, when he applied to Queen Elizabeth I for a charter to build a school in 1572. Of John Lyon himself, we know very little. Essentially, he was an extremely prosperous farmer, with his estates representing a capital value of some £8,000 in 1590. Various sentimentalists now try to claim that Lyon was a “benign visionary” with even a sense of humour. But the only surviving evidence we have of this kind is in the form of a cancellation of a debt owed by Lyon to a certain Thomas Bellamy in which two imaginary witnesses are recorded as having given evidence on Lyon’s behalf: Jack Straw and Wat Tyler – the two famed leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt! But as Christopher Tyerman says in his thoroughly researched and thoughtfully documented book A History of Harrow School, “It is probably true to say that almost all the favoured myths surrounding both founder and foundation are either misleading or downright wrong.” Really then, I suppose all that matters is that it is down to him that the Old Schools were built and from that original building, the rest of Harrow School. Although the charter was granted in 1572, the building wasn’t ready for use until 1615. The architect responsible for seeing Lyon’s plans turned into a reality was a Mr Sly, a task which he completed with a reasonable proximity to the specifications of Lyon. Originally, the structure comprised of the left wing only and so looked rather strange – as if someone had taken a knife and sliced away the other matching wing to which we are all now used. The whole building project came to the grand total of just under £700, which must at the time have been a fairly substantial sum. From its initial opening in 1615, detailed account books were kept by the governors, showing us the various expenditures on improvements and maintenance to the building, including when the chimney was blown down in 1631. By and large, they make fairly dry reading (as does a lot of the school history, it must be said) but I would just like to draw your attention to one particular entry, however. In a book which he simply decided to call Harrow School the aforementioned Howson explains “In many years two dinners are recorded, one at Easter and one in October. The amount, however, in subsequent years is always in excess of the above modest sum; and in 1708 no less than £6:5:6 was paid in October for “wine, oysters, carriage and entertaynement” for the Governors.” Not a fat lot’s changed since then really, has it?! Oysters indeed!
tradition was so strong that to break it one would have to dismiss the whole school and staff, and start all over again. However, even this would not be enough, the school buildings being so impregnated with what passed as the public school spirit, but what we felt as fundamental evil, that they would have to be demolished and the school rebuilt elsewhere under a different name.
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The Harrow Quiz
Week 6 Answers 1. Which pop star’s real name is Richard Starkey? He was a drummer in a very popular band. 2. Which film star’s real name was Archibald Leach? He was born in 1904 and died in 1986. He starred in the 1959 film North by Northwest. 3. Which pop star, born in Pennsylvania in 1979, has the real name Alecia Beth Moore? 4. Which British singer was born Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong in 1971? 5. Which successful golfer’s real first two names are Eldrick Tont? A1. A2. A3. A4. A5. Ringo Starr Cary Grant Pink Dido Tiger Woods
Week 7 - This week's theme is European Cup football. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. In which year was the tournament officially renamed the 'Champions League'? Which English club have won the trophy twice (in 1979 and 1980) and the English league title only once (1978)? Which club won the first five titles and have to date won nine in total? How many English clubs have reached a European Cup final? Which Spanish player has scored the most European Cup goals in the history of the competition?
Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award
Expedition to the Lake District 14 – 18 April
40 boys and 6 beaks undertook a four day expedition over the Eastern Fells of Cumbria. As always, the rigours of the 50 mile tramp over the hills left a deep impression in the minds of the participants, as can be seen below.
In the first of a series of features on holiday plans and destinations of Harrovians, we consider the great public school summer standby – going to Cornwall. What’s the idea? Join the herd. Where do you go? Keep north. Go to Rock or Polzeath, or even Padstow. Inland is dull and down south is common. Is it sociable? It’s the most sociable place to go – that’s the whole idea. Besides, nearly everyone speaks English (of a sort.) With the parents, or on your own? With the parents to start with, but you can usually shake them off quite easily and strike out on your own. What skills do you need? None, really. That’s the idea. What equipment do you need? Again – nothing, apart from a surfboard and a wetsuit, maybe. Is it expensive? It depends where you go – but most Harrovians have a place that’s been in the family for ages. Why is it fun? Actually there are lots of things to do. Who do you meet there? There are lots of people who have been going for years – you meet up with old friends every year. What is the drawback? The weather, of course. Don’t go if you like it hot. You can be there a whole two weeks and never see the sun.
At the summit of 'High Street'
Waking up for an 11.30 train out of Euston is undesirable at the best of times, but when it means a 3 hour trip up to Cumbria, it’s even worse. The journey up was rather uneventful, except for a few deodorant related incidents leaving a few OAPs slightly grumpier than they started. On our arrival in Windermere, CJFB announced to general dismay (the word generally must be used as Sam Hardy was delighted) that a 2 hour trek to Ambleside would ensue. Day 1 A confident, but fundamentally lazy group of Harrovians set out from the youth hostel on a morning that held the promise of both mountain climbing and rain. Fortunately, only one of those promises was kept. A few stiff climbs, a blister and a good deal terrible banter for which I blame only myself and we arrived at the first campsite. The day was smoothly capped with “Pack’n’Go” chilli con carne, a delicious end to a great day…
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should also be given to the very fine efforts of The Knoll who continue to narrow the gap with Moretons and to the third placed Elmfield, who look like they are picking up racing tips from their experienced biathlete (& triathlete) housemaster. Newlands were able to boast the outstanding athlete of the day in Chad Lambert, winning the 20 lengths and 3.5km run in 21
Day 2 That morning, the sky was a colour rarely seen in that part of the world, blue. We all worked up a sweat, successfully leaving CJFB in our wake, a better feeling by far than getting to the top of the mountain. In the spirit of the ‘unsupported expedition’ CJFB left us that afternoon for tea with his aunt, and we were more than happy to eat gourmet super noodles instead of cake, another invigorating day. Day 3 By this stage the smell of completion was in the air; how galling it was that if this had been silver, the expedition would end that evening. So it was with false expectations of closure that we set off that morning, into the bleak and unforgiving wilds of Cumbria. The day was uneventful, as ever, and that evening, we grabbed the opportunity for some sunbathing (a word I bet you didn’t expect to see in this article) and, just to round off the final evening, Xan Murray provided a comic tumble into the river, leaving us in high spirits for the following day. Day 4 Breakfast that day was particularly sweet with the knowledge that our bodies would soon be rested and on a train. With a last look at the Lake District, your humble author’s group motored back into Ambleside, before you could say, ‘Slow down guys, my feet hurt’. With the expedition finally over, we collapsed into armchairs, adamant not to get up, except for the promise of food So it was that another 4 days of riotous fun-having came to and end and suffice it to say that the Burger King at Euston experienced a serious up swing in business that day.
Joey Hext rests after the climb.
minutes and 27 seconds. In the Row/Run competition, The Knoll duo of Peter Worsley and Leo Sixsmith won the team event in fine style. A particularly noteworthy performance by Sixsmith as he is still in the Shells. With seconds between then Rendalls just clinched second place from West Acre. Individual honours went to Edward Parson who won the gruelling 2000 metre row and cross-country run in a time of 24 mins 16secs. Everyone did well, the boys, the beaks, the beaks’ wives and children and they should be congratulated for all the energy, determination and fun that was much in evidence from start to finish. Particular thanks go to NJM, CPB, JJC, IWF, RJT, AJH, MRD and our gappers Martin, Richard, Chris & Chris for helping with pool starts, rowing starts, timings, marshalling
This year over 220 boys and members of the school community took part in both the Swim/Run and Row/Run competitions. The ages of competitors ranged from 7 to still quite a lot more than 7. There were many notable achievements in what was a gloriously sunny day. Big congratulations are due to Moretons who won the Matthew Raynham Trophy for the fastest swim/run house team for the ninth year in succession. The Moretons team’s impressive time of 3 hours, 18 mins and 51 seconds was a record breaker. Their team effort contained excellent performances from all of their biathletes. It was the consistency of their performances across the board that won them the trophy; all eight of the team achieved individual times of less than 27 minutes. This is all the more impressive because the team is still a relatively young one (only two out of the eight are sixth formers). Praise
Ed Parson, West Acre, row/run winner
and results. The Matthew Raynham Trophy: 1st Moretons Clarke CPD, Goodfellow TEA, Breeden AEL, Hills EJT, Rogers JA, Stow JEC, Goodfellow JHN, Breeden JFL. 2nd The Knoll Berrill CD, Joly de Lotbiniere TL, Bush NB, Spencer AC, Maes GCEM, Tse B, David WHG, Verhagen OSE. 3rd Elmfield Wild JAP, Armstrong EJ, Cadisch HET, Cadisch AFT, Quinson EM, Tsybin-Meek N, Ropner RJC, Tso E. Swim/run top 3 individuals in each year group: U6 1st Barrett CW, Druries 2nd Barrett KJ, Druries 3rd Hunter AG, The Park
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1st 2nd 3rd Fifth Form 1st 2nd 3rd Remove 1st 2nd 3rd Shell 1st 2nd 3rd
Lambert CR, Newlands Goodfellow TEA, Moretons Brewster GD, The Head Master's Morrison MGB, Bradbys Cadisch HET, Elmfield Hamilton KA, Newlands Goodfellow JHN, Moretons Tsybin Meek N, Elmfield Tse B, The Knoll Barrett CJ, Newlands Jack PB, Druries Verhagen OSE, The Knoll
Morrison M.G.B. 00:24:39 Cadisch H.E.T. 00:24:42 Berrill C.D. 00:24:47 Jack P.B. 00:24:55 Hamilton K.A. 00:24:57 MJT 00:25:00 Tso R.L.M. 00:25:01 Rogers J.A. 00:25:06 Hills E.J.T. 00:25:15 Roberts M.A.F. 00:25:16 Verhagen O.S.E. 00:25:21 Quinson E.M. 00:25:29 MRD 00:25:30 Armstrong E.J. 00:25:33 Tso E. 00:25:34 Bush N.B. 00:25:41 Stow J.E.C. 00:25:53 Joly de Lotbiniere T.L. 00:25:55 David W.H.G. 00:25:56
Chad Lambert and Max Roberts, Newlands (RDB)
The winning Moretons team
Row/Run Team: 1st The Knoll 2nd Rendalls 3rd West Acre
Worsley DPD, Sixsmith LPW Snow JB, Gilday DP Parson EAJ, Griffiths TE
Row/Run individual winners of each year group U6 Worsley PDP, The Knoll L6 Parson EAJ, West Acre Fifth form Gilday DP, Rendalls Remove Misra R, The Knoll Shell Sixsmith LPW, The Knoll Pos. Name 1 Lambert C.R. 2 Goodfellow T.E.A. 3 Brewster G.D. 4 Barrett C.W., 5 Barrett K.J. 6 AKM 7 Goodfellow J.H.N. 8 Hunter A.G. 9 Clarke C.P.D. 10 Barrett C.J. 11 Spencer A.C. TotalTime 00:21:27 00:21:39 00:21:49 00:22:52 00:22:54 00:23:29 00:23:41 00:23:49 00:24:21 00:24:22 00:24:30 House Newlands Moretons The Head Master's Druries Druries Beak Moretons The Park Moretons Newlands The Knoll
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
Leonard R.G.W. Towler C.J. Breeden J.F.L. Maes G.C.E.M Breeden A.E.L. Wallace A.I.A. Schofield D.M. Mann L.R. Target S.L. Mason E.J. Pernas G. Tsybin-Meek N. Michele W.K. PD ERS MacGillivray F.R. Richards E.J.M. David E.M.G. de Armas D. Meadows R.N.
00:26:02 00:26:18 00:26:24 00:26:29 00:26:32 00:26:32 00:26:36 00:26:37 00:26:53 00:26:59 00:27:03 00:27:04 00:27:13 00:27:20 00:27:32 00:27:36 00:27:40 00:27:41 00:27:55 00:27:55
Bradbys The Knoll Moretons The Knoll Moretons The Park Rendalls Rendalls Shell Bradbys The Head Master's Moretons Elmfield The Head Master's Beak Beak The Knoll The Grove The Knoll The Knoll The Head Master's
Row and Run Results
Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Name Parson E.A.J. Brahms J.N. Snow J.B. Sixsmith L.P.W. Brennan A.R. Worsley P.D.P. Misra R. Armstrong J.E. Hext J.M.B. Adeson G.D. Total 00:24:16 00:24:42 00:24:43 00:25:01 00:25:12 00:25:18 00:25:35 00:25:49 00:25:58 00:26:05 House West Acre Elmfield Rendalls The Knoll The Head Master's The Knoll The Knoll The Grove The Grove Rendalls
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H A R R O V I A N Oxford City Relays
May 2, 2009
and at times it looked as though killing the ball was almost impossible, such was the standard of retrieving. However, as in many Rackets matches before, it was the serve that proved decisive. Tim and Alex made better use of their serves and several times went on runs of 8 points or more. The second game highlighted this when coming in to serve at 3-5, they served through for the game. Throughout the tournament the number of aces has not been particularly high, but service placement, and being dominant on the 3rd shot, has. James and Will may well have been guilty of not punishing enough loose balls, but certainly gave the more experienced pair trouble throughout the match. Hopton's consistency and "wall like" presence is a perfect foil for Coyne's flair and power. It may have been that by beating the World Champions in the previous round, James and Will had 'played their best Rackets', but take nothing away from the victors, it was a classy display. None of the players featured in today’s final will have any say in the World Championship challenge later this week which is perhaps unfortunate given that the World Championship “challengers” – Harry Foster, Druries, 1988, and Mark HueWilliams were comprehensively beaten by Alex and Tim in the semi-final stage 4-1. Having won both the 2008 Amateur Doubles and the 2009 British Open Doubles Titles now in successive years – a formal challenge has been submitted to the World Championship Rackets Committee for a challenge for the World Doubles Championship for the 2009-2010 Season. For more news and information on the game of rackets please visit the Tennis and Rackets Association on www. tennisandrackets.com
The victorious Junior medley relay team. Left to right: Will David, The Knoll, Cyprian Owen Edmunds, Druries, Nathan Gilbert, Newlands and Ed David, The Knoll.
Last week Harrow sent 6 A teams and 4 B teams to Radley to participate in a 30 year old relay competition against 12 other schools. Harrow has a proud record in this event and currently holds 3 of the records for the 6 races. The teams did themselves proud once again, finishing with 3 first places and 2 second places, bringing back 3 floating trophies. All 3 age groups won their medley relays, indicating the strength of middle distance running at Harrow.
Alexander Titchener-Barrett, Elmfield, 1993, and Dominic Titchener-Barrett, Elmfield, 1990, have won the 2009 Hurlingham Squash Doubles Championship beating Richard Pound and Paul Lubbock 3-0 in the final. This completes an historic double with Alex and Dominic having won the Club Lawn Tennis Championships last summer.
On Saturday Harrow hosted 7 other schools in our first big home match of the season. Although plagued by injuries both before and during the competition, Harrow athletes gave their all, ensuring that we were represented in all 71 events. The match was closely fought, and ultimately the final result depended on the last few events. Some of the highlights were Ed David’s 400m, Geordie Bowes Lyon’s high jump, Felix Maisey-Curtis’ 100m and long jump, Chad Lambert’s 800m/1500m double and the final three 4x400m races, in the last of which Alex Morrison ran the race of his life to come back at the Eton runner and secure the narrowest of victories. Congratulations to the 53 athletes who succeeded in winning this match by the narrowest of margins: 8th 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st Radley St Alban’s Abingdon Haberdashers’ Aske's Highgate St Paul’s Eton Harrow 236 364 393 486 500 571 640 651
The School v. Wycombe Abbey 26 April
A dazzling array of outfits and colours graced the turf of Wycombe Abbey as the croquet team set out on the road for
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Alex Titchener-Barrett, Elmfield, 1993, and Tim Cockroft (Wellington College) won the British Open doubles on Sunday 5 April at Queens by 4 games to 1, defeating the young pair of James Coyne and Will Hopton. 3rd seeds win Open title. The match had been preceded by two excellent semi finals in which both of today's finalists excelled themselves, and thus had a great deal to live up to. The standard was incredibly high,
the first fixture of packed schedule this season. Followed by a massive gathering of one fan (Mr Ashwell senior – an avid croquet enthusiast), the team felt confident of success, and
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ultimately celebrity status. BJL was in a slightly more conservative outfit of pinstripe suit and white shirt than Simpson’s overt pink trousers; however the Head Master did manage to show off the infamous red braces to anybody threatening his eccentricity. Co-Captain Henry Ashwell, not used to leading from the front, did very well to nurture Alistair Bone, better known for his exploits in contact sports, who reminded us that he was capable of picking up a whole croquet set by himself, and yet looked in his comfort zone amongst the balls. The opponents, brimming with oestrogen, were no match for the expertise of the Rendalls quartet of Oyetunji, Wieloch, MacRae and Ashwell; neither did they trouble the accuracy and power of a demon third pair made up of Alexander “Godfrey” Simpson and Alistair “Wilfred” Bone. BJL looked on with pride as his youthful squad diminished the hope of a Wycombe win, much to the dismay of the hopeful home team. After an hour of play, the two sides took advantage of a glorious Sunday afternoon by enjoying a spot of tea on the lawn. Wieloch’s most challenging moment of the afternoon came when trying to eat a strawberry tart, whilst simultaneously balancing a teacup in his other hand, it ended with tart in places you never knew a tart could go. Overall the afternoon was a success, and in the words of BJL: “It shall be recorded as a win”. Thanks go the BJL for organising the afternoon. Best dressed: A.J.D. Simpson, The Park Attendance: 1 Man of the match: O.O. Oyetunji, Rendalls
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H A R R O V I A N
Harrow Football 2009
It seems fashionable now for serious sporting squads to make an early declaration of intent with a pre-season tour or training camp in a glamorous overseas location. There being no sport more fashionable or glamorous than the noble game of Harrow footer, it seemed an obvious move, during the November exeat, to challenge the Old Harrovians of the Channel Islands to a match (and black tie dinner, of course) in Jersey. In spite of Jack Wrigley losing his trousers and captain Charlie Griffiths having to fight off the attentions of a lady ‘of a certain age’, this first footer foray to foreign parts proved to be such a success that plans are already well advanced for a visit this year to Guernsey. Torrential rain in December promised well out on the Hempstall fields, but on the first Saturday of the new year, a heavy frost greeted us. All school soccer matches were cancelled and even hockey on the astro was ruled out – but footer players are made of sterner stuff and Caspar Harvard-Walls’ XI was duly entertained (and beaten) on the longer grass of the pastureland of the Sheepcote fields. Overnight came a heavy snowfall, perhaps the only conditions which would have allowed the crowded programme of House matches to get underway. Fears that a rolling ‘Plump-a Lump’ would gather snow like a giant snowball proved unfounded and it must be doubtful whether any other sporting fields in Britain that day witnessed nigh on 400 players involved in serious sporting endeavour. It was a wonderful sight! The next OH visitors, again from the early 1990s, were captained by Ben Ingram and this proved a tough challenge, the School scraping home 5-4. After these two matches, the season’s ‘elite’ squad of fifteen ‘ties’ already had to be selected to face on successive days youthful teams led by the 2003 and 2004 captains, Guy Yarrow and Scott Liddle. A resounding victory on the Saturday perhaps left the XI a little jaded for the Founder’s Day match, in which victory was by a far narrower margin. In 2010, it is proposed to move this ‘top’ match to a slot later in the term, allowing the season to build to an exciting crescendo, as well as freeing school players to join the House
team in the traditional Founder’s Day match against brothers, fathers and friends. The final 1st XI match before half term against Tom Davies’ unusually fit and competitive outfit was a hard-fought affair and the School was relieved to emerge from it with honours shared. With two footer-less weekends looming over the exeat, spirits were lifted by a midweek game against the Sunningdale School beaks (coached by B.W. Howroyd, The Knoll, 19963). A thrilling 5-5 draw was skillfully engineered in front of a hundred screaming prep school boys, urging on their Headmaster, T.A.C.N. Dawson, Harrow Master 1998-2002, and his competitive team of sometimes bemused beginners. This ‘extra’ match, as well as the home and away fixtures against the Eton Field Game players and a visit by the A level P.E. students from Harrow Weald Sixth Form College, look set to become regular fixtures and have the added benefit of allowing Harrovians who are not in the top squad to represent the School. After half-term, with Hempstall’s miry marsh becoming less slippery and more glutinous, Giants of Old from the 1980s returned for a 20th successive year, under the ever exuberant leadership of Hippo Hall. Aching limbs and a narrow defeat for these near middle-aged men, were soon forgotten over a reunion dinner and there is even talk of a Silver Jubilee match in 2014. The next two matches against Jamie Litherland’s XI and James Poole’s Oxford University OHs (on the Exeter College ground) found the opposition a little thin on the ground, but with numbers boosted by squad members eager to prove themselves, two further competitive games ensued, with the School XI clinging desperately to their unbeaten record. And so to the final match of the 2009 season, against a team headed up by last year’s captain Dominic Davies and his vice-captain Edward Shryane, when the carefully scripted season so nearly went off the rails. The Old Boys led 2-1 into the final minute and it was once again the deft chip over the wall which came to our rescue, with yards fittingly collected and converted by Griffiths, the year’s outstanding player. That evening, the unbeaten season was celebrated in ‘old school’ style in the splendid setting of the library of the Oriental Club. Ireland’s Grand Slam defeat of Wales was toasted, speeches were made and songs were sung. No coats were stolen, eventually Archie Thompson worked out how to buy a tube ticket home and no minibus cleaning was required. ‘Till the field ring again and again, with the tramp of the twenty-two men’. Follow up! Follow up!’. 1st XI v C. Harvard-Walls’ XI (1992) won 10-4 v B.W.Ingram’s XI (1991) won 5-4 v G.F.J. Yarrow’s XI (1998) won 8-1 v S-D.R. Liddle’s XI (1999) won 5-3 v T.A.T. Davies’ XI (1993) drawn 2-2 v N.J. G. Hall’s XI (1984) won 1-0 v R.J.Litherland’s XI (2001) won 5-4 v Oxford University XI (away) won 6-4 v D.J.G.Davies’ XI (2003) drawn 2-2 The School X1: CWA Griffiths* (capt), CPD Clarke*, HJD Gilbert*, AS Bone, AM Fedorciow, JJP Jolly, JWT Niblett, AFS Thompson, M Watford, all Moretons, AB Patel*, Hon GM Bowes-Lyon, AM Poole, CJM Fleming, TJ Lyons, (all Bradbys), EM Keith*, The Knoll. * Flannels Ties were also awarded to: HS Clack, The Head Master’s, MT Crema, Rendalls, STJ Lau, Bradbys, MJW Ramsbotham, Elmfield, EH Richardson, The Knoll House Finals: Cock House House Seconders Torpids Torpid Seconders Yearlings Druries 6 The Knoll 1 Rendalls 1 Moretons 4 The Knoll 2 Bradbys 0 Druries 0 Elmfield 0 The Knoll 1 Bradbys 0
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H A R R O V I A N
May 2, 2009
Baird went in the second over and Tennant spent some time locating the middle of his bat. However, Cousens, after leaving a few outside off stump, was soon into his stride with some well timed strokes. These two did a valuable job in seeing off the opening bowlers and had taken the score to 42 before Cousens was bowled off his pad. This pattern of play continued through a fascinating morning’s cricket. Harrow would threaten to take control with a partnership but a wicket would then fall. Three batsmen reached the twenties but frustratingly did not go on to a big score. Tennant’s timing did improve but he was stumped down the leg side when set. Berrill and Pearson-Jones came together at 73 for 4 and ran superbly, putting real pressure on the fielders. Berrill interspersed singles with brutal hits to the boundary and looked in good form. But when he played across the left arm spin of Van den Berg, Harrow were again in trouble at 98 for 5, which became 118 for 6 just before lunch when Sert was out in the 32nd over. It had been heart attack stuff, but although Harrow were in a bit of a spot, two features had stood out during the morning. One was the incredible running between the wickets by all the batsmen which probably gained an extra 30 runs. The other was the support given to the batsmen by the team. Every single was applauded, but the loudest roar was reserved for a forward defensive for no run by Berrill just after he had taken Van den Berg for 14 runs in three balls. After lunch we were treated to a fine partnership between Pearson-Jones and Spencer. Pearson-Jones continued to dominate the bowlers, pushing and running, making noughts into ones, ones into twos and twos into threes. Spencer looked intent on making sure that Harrow batted 55 overs and gave sturdy support. They had put on 43 when Pearson-Jones departed shortly after getting to a superb 50 made when it really mattered. Stogdon and Spencer then kept it ticking before Khayat helped Spencer through to the last over. Spencer had been the glue ensuring that Harrow used their full overs and reached a psychologically important 200. Pratt and Khayat bowled excellent opening spells, accurate and lively. Van den Berg was run out in the first over and Stogdon became fully horizontal in catching the dangerous Choudhery in the third over. When Berrill held Ledger low down at backward point the score was 11 for 3 and Harrow had made a great start. The atmosphere was electric and the team spirit clear for all to see. It was then spin at both ends with Sert and Smith. Both bowled fairly well but did deliver the occasional four ball, many of which they got away with. However, Smith had Daley caught behind and Sert bowled Caines with a ball bowled at Khayat’s pace, so the momentum was maintained. At tea, Whitgift were in real trouble at 60 for 5. Could Harrow keep the pressure on during the hardest session of the day? The spirit and the support didn’t waver. Pearson-Jones floated up some left arm wrist spin from the West Street End while it was seam with Pratt and then Khayat with the wind from the White Horse End. It was then that the most improbable piece of cricket was produced. Pearson-Jones, taking time to settle, bowled another high full toss. Ledger, eyes bulging, skied towards Khayat at mid off, who completely misjudged the flight of the ball. As the ball floated over his head Khayat fell backwards and stuck out a token hand, and the ball by some miracle, landed in it. Those who know Khayat well were speechless. Khayat smiled as though he had meant to do that all the time. Pearson-Jones, knowing a good thing when he sees it, went on to clean up the tail with an assortment of strange deliveries, and Harrow had won their opening game with something to spare. With this kind of attitude, Harrow could surprise a few people this season. 2nd XI v. St Edward's School: Harrow 142-8. St Edward's 143-2.
On Thursday, 23 April, Harrow travelled to Bromsgrove. Harrow won the gala convincingly winning 22 of the 24 events. On Saturday, 25 April, Harrow travelled to Eton for a gala against Eton and St. Paul’s. It was an excellent and competitive gala with Harrow winning 19 of the 22 events. 3rd St. Paul’s 104 points 2nd Eton 145 points 1st Harrow with 243 points Well done to all team members but in particular to the following on winning their individual races: Benedict Parfit, Druries, junior 4 x 25m IM (1:07:53s), 25m butterfly (13:50s), Eric Tso, Elmfield, junior 50m freestyle (26:34s), 50m backstroke (31:59s), Kyle Hamilton, Newlands, intermediate 4 x 25m IM (1:08:06s), 50m freestyle (27:31s), Luke Target, Bradbys, intermediate 50m breaststroke (34:95s), James Goodfellow, Moretons, intermediate 50m backstroke 32:26s), Kyle Barrett, Druries, senior 4 x 25m IM (1:06:74s), 100m freestyle (56:94s), 100m backstroke (1:05:18s), Connor Barrett, Druries, 100m breaststroke 1:12:81s, 50m butterfly (27:81s).
The School v Whitgift (55 Overs) 25 April The School Won by 106 Runs
Harrow School TSA Tennant, st Ledger b Goulding CJ Baird, c Ledger b Hilton... ... HCJ Cousens, b Daley ... ... AC Smith, lbw b Van den Berg ... CD Berrill, lbw b Van den Berg ... TW Pearson-Jones, b Hilton... ... YM Sert, lbw b Daley ... ... AC Spencer, c Laidman b Taylor ... AEG Stogdon, run out ... ... HMA Khayat, not out ... ... DTP Pratt, Did Not Bat Extras ... ... ... ... ... Total ... ... ... ... ... Whitgift N Choudery, c Stogdon b Khayat ... F Van den Berg, run out ... ... J Ledger, c Berrill b Pratt ... ... M Laidman, not out ... ... ... E Daley, c Spencer b Smith ... ... R Caines, b Sert ... ... ... N Ledger, c Khayat b Pearson-Jones T Woodrow, lbw b Khayat ... ... J Taylor, b Pearson-Jones ... ... M Hilton, c Stogdon b Pearson-Jones B Goulding, b Pearson-Jones ... Extras ... ... ... ... ... Total ... ... ... ... ... Harrow Bowling HMA Khayat DTP Pratt YM Sert AC Smith TW Pearson-Jones O 8 8 8 7 6 M 3 1 0 1 1 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 26 0 26 6 29 53 5 38 8 3
... ... 12 ... 206 for 9 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... R 18 22 21 21 15 ... 1 ... 0 ... 2 ... 52 ... 3 ... 16 ... 6 ... 10 ... 4 ... 0 ... 0 ... 6 ...100 W 2 1 1 1 4
This was an excellent display by Harrow after a tough but successful training week. After Stogdon decided to bat first,
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3rd XI: Harrow 201 for 5. Whitgift 191 for 9. Harrow won by 10 runs. CJ Clarke, Bradbys, 63 runs; LCM Faber, Bradbys, captain 52 not out; Alex Wallace, The Park, 4 wickets for 12 runs 4th XI: St Edward's 185 for 7 wickets. Harrow 129 all out. M.E. Speelman, The Park, 46. Harrow lost by 56 runs. Colts A: Harrow 203 for 7. Whitgift 104 all out. Harrow won by 99 runs. G. Talbot, Elmfield, 100. J. Evans, Druries, 5 for 25. Colts C v. St Edward's: Harrow 58 all out. St. Edward's 59 without loss. Harrow lost by 10 wickets. Junior Colts A: Harrow 170 for 4. Whitgift 112 all out. Harrow won by 58 runs. Junior Colts B v. St Edward's. Harrow 120-9. St. Edward's 121-2. Harrow lost by 8 wickets. Junior Colts C. Harrow 187 for 5. Whitgift 185 for 8. Harrow won by 5 wickets. A.K. Shankar, Elmfield, 3 for 20; S.P. Gillot, Moretons, 68; C.G.M. Rae, Elmfield, 43 n.o.; J.G. Monroe, Elmfield, 41. Junior Colts D: Harrow 132-7. St Edward's 62 all out. Harrow won by 70 runs. P. Armstrong, Elmfield, 40. R. Misra, The Knoll, 25. Yearlings A: Harrow 101 for 9. Whitgift 100 all out. M.P. Ward, The Head Master's, 3 for 4.
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Harrow Bowling HMA Khayat YM Sert MC Thurlow TW Pearson-Jones AC Smith AEG Stogdon CJ Baird O 7.5 8 8 4 9 0.3 5.3
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M 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... R 36 31 44 17 43 6 22 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... W 1 1 1 1 3 0 3 ... 1 ... 23 ... 6 ... 51 ... 14 ... 5 ... 4 ... 13 ... 5 ... 33 ... 6 ... 18 ...179
Harrow School AC Spencer, c Hill b Hodges ... CJ Baird, c Clarke b McKeever ... HCJ Cousens, c Clarke b McKeever TW Pearson-Jones, c Hodges b Kostoris AC Smith, run out ... ... ... CD Berrill, c Clarke b Scully ... JJK Galbraith, lbw b Kostoris ... YM Sert, c Hill b Ullathorne ... AEG Stogdon, lbw b Hodges ... HMA Khayat, not out ... ... MC Thurlow, b Hodges ... ... Extras ... ... ... ... ... Total ... ... ... ... ...
The School v Free Foresters (45 overs) Sunday 26 April Free Foresters won by 22 Runs
Free Foresters E Flower, c Smith b Pearson-Jones... A Hill, c Khayat b Smith ... ... C Ullathorne, b Smith ... ... M Lewis, c Pearson-Jones b Smith... A Gillard, st Spencer b Baird ... J Chaudry, c Smith b Baird ... ... A Clarke, lbw b Baird ... ... M McKeever, c Pearson-Jones b Sert J Kostoris, c Sert b Thurlow ... B Scully, c Pearson-Jones b Khayat J Hodges, not out ... ... ... Extras ... ... ... ... ... Total ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 30 ... 27 ... 16 ... 45 ... 0 ... 2 ... 0 ... 23 ... 7 ... 16 ... 6 ... 29 ...201
Harrow brought Thurlow in for the resting Pratt, and Galbraith for the injured Tennant. Free Foresters got off to a quick start and were in a strong position at 94 for 1 off 20 overs. Harrow were hauled back into the game by Smith and Baird who both took three wickets by virtue of a good line and length. Baird’s first wicket was a magnificent leg side stumping by Spencer who was impressive all afternoon. The key wicket was probably that of Lewis who went to a superb running catch by PearsonJones off Smith. The middle order collapse took Free Foresters to 103 for 6 but the lower order did well to get them to 201 before they were bowled out in the 43rd over. The Harrow fielding was not quite up to the standard of the day before but some good catches were taken. After the loss of two early wickets in Spencer and Cousens, Baird and Pearson-Jones dug in well against the lively bowling of McKeever and Hodges. They took the score to 54 before Baird fell in the final over of McKeever’s spell. Harrow again lost wickets too regularly after that, but Pearson-Jones battled his way to his second 50 of the weekend and held the reply together. He needed to go on if Harrow were to get anywhere near the target but he fell top edging a sweep off Old Harrovian James Kostoris, who had settled into a good rhythm at the West Street End. At 142 for 9 the crowd started to edge towards the exits, but they missed an entertaining stand between Khayat and Thurlow, who made it all look rather easy as they stroked the ball to most parts of the field. Khayat was particularly fluent. They took Harrow to within 23 runs of victory before Thurlow was bowled in the 44th over. The top order need to go on beyond the 20s if Harrow are to post really big scores this season.
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