The cricket season continues to be blessed with incredible weather as all the teams have enjoyed plenty of great cricket.
The 1st XI visited Westminster where a good contest saw all results possible until the last over as a draw eventually ensued. The first ‘Friday Night Lights’ cricket match finally took place after three years of planning and ultimate disruption. The Old Carthusians brought a strong team to Charterhouse pitch 'Green' to play a ‘Hundred’ match.
Luke displayed his incredible talents once again in hitting 65 not out off 40 balls to win that match. Finally, the Harrow match, although it contained some very bright moments, ultimately led to defeat by 67 runs.
The girls have enjoyed some good games, narrowly losing to Reed’s and Cranleigh at senior level as the U14s have had two games cancelled by Wellington and lost a close game against Farnborough Hill.
Across the School, we have had plenty of success. The 2nd XI beat Westminster comprehensively, and the U15As recorded wins against Cranleigh and Westminster also before having a titanic battle against Harrow that we just lost out on. The 14As had a similar battle against Harrow, just missing out on a great victory.
Girls' House Cricket
The finals of Girls' Year 12 House Cricket took place on the Tuesday after Leave Weekend. This year’s tournament mirrored the boys' competition, with teams made up of six players and five over per side matches where all players apart from the wicket keeper required to bowl. The short, sharp format meaning every ball mattered and teams would require strong depth in their sides in order to be successful. Read the full story here.
Mr Martin Bicknell, Director of Cricket
As we approach the end of the first half of term, I am running out of things to say about how well the tennis players are doing! So far 205 pupils have represented the School in a competitive tennis fixture this term – indeed, you will have to look at the U15 boys where we could theoretically put out an U15J team.
The U14 girls have been in superb form. With Anna, Ksenia, Eva and Amber leading from the front, there were some fine performances in victories against St Mary's Ascot and Churcher's College. Indeed, Eva also ended up playing for the boys U18 1st team against Cranleigh – not only that, she also won her matches with Tom. As this is an academic year that will go down in history at Charterhouse, this was another first in the 411 years of Charterhouse.
The U14 boys have also continued their final form with some excellent victories over Churcher's and Cranleigh. Max and Humphrey looking unstoppable.
The U15 girls are leading the playing statistics as they continue their fine run of form. Clara, Amelia, Sofia and Izzy have been heavily involved with strong performances against Wellington.
The U15 boys numbers continue to cause plenty of selection headaches, but the teams have enjoyed many competitive games. Indeed, they would have noted that a number of our B/C teams are playing against other schools A teams. A real opportunity to experience playing against the best other schools have to offer. Indeed, we took eight U15 teams to Eton the other day – not many schools can offer that!
Our Firth Year Navy Cadets enjoyed sailing on Frensham pond last week. For most, their first time in a sailing dinghy - and none went in!
The Junior ISL team travelled to Radley to take on Radley, Cranleigh and New Hall. New Hall had to drop out on the day so it was left to the three remaining schools to battle it out for Group 3. We got off to a superb start in winning 16 out of 18 sets against Cranleigh – despite the 2 ½ hour bus ride, there was no 'stuck on the bus' feeling as tennis was played to a tremendous standard. Kian and George were immense (and did not drop a set all afternoon). The battle was therefore between Radley and Charterhouse which came down to the battle between the U16 pair 1s to decide who the group winners were. Sadly, we just missed out on a tiebreak to be pipped to the post by 1 set. It was though a fine afternoon, and the team of Ben, Ethan, Vlad, Charlie, Harry, Oscar, George, Kian, Humphrey, Max, Alex and Freddie acquitted themselves very well.ISL
The Senior ISL team hosted Radley, Abingdon and St George's. This too was another fine afternoon of tennis. Tom and Jamie really stepped up a gear and led from the front. The team of Tom, Jaime, Bart, Freddie, Luke and Will played so well and meant that overall we finished 3rd in Group 2 so 7th out of 16 schools.
The week before half term see three tennis events taking place of note:
- The Charterhouse Singles Trophy
- The French Open
- Carthusian Day Family Doubles
In the French Open, lucky losers were being permitted in the main draw – no such luck in the family doubles!!
The future continues to look very bright for all things Charterhouse Tennis. Thank you all for your continued support.
Mr James Silvester, Head of Tennis and IGCSE Maths Coordinator