CRICKET 1965/66

FIRST XI

THE 1966 season has been rather a mixed one for the First Eleven, although several notable victories were won. The batting was generally unpredictable, especially on turning wickets, but the bowling was usually sound, and the fielding was of a satisfactory quality.

KES Cricket First XI 1965/66

Dr B. Knowles, Stuart Wright, John Richardson, Roy Priestley, Dave Hodgkin, Graham Scott, Roger Dunsford, Martin Steinman, Mr J C Hemming;
Eric Hemming, Tim Warn, John Everatt (Capt), Chris Milner, Mick Hodgkinson, John (Arthur) Hempshall.

Photo courtesy of John Hempshall

Hodgkin was the most consistent of the batsmen and he produced a fine range of attacking strokes; but showed a tendency to take his eye off the ball on reaching 20. Hemming scored well if he overcame a slow start, and Wright's dour defence saved the team on more than one occasion.

Priestley played several good innings without really producing the form of the previous season; and Milner, when he found his correct position in the batting order, scored freely, and finally won the bat, given by a former master at the school, Mr. German, for the best batting performance on tour. Hempshall and Warn often seemed unsure of themselves, but both could show some excellent attacking shots.

Richardson's bowling improved both in length and direction as the season progressed and he obtained a large proportion of the wickets. Hodgkinson also bowled very accurately and the opening attack seldom failed to obtain a breakthrough. Scott's medium pace bowling was usually accurate, but he was often unlucky and he had to work hard for his wickets. However the season's most outstanding piece of bowling came from Priestley when he dismissed seven Worksop batsmen for five runs and took six wickets with consecutive balls.

As wicketkeeper, Warn was uncertain facing the slow bowlers and was replaced halfway through the season by Steinman, who made up for his lack of inches by his agility.

Next year's captain will be Hodgkin and I wish him every success. I am sure he will do well.

My thanks are due to Mr. Hemming and Dr. Knowles for their advice and encouragement not only this year, but through all my time in school cricket.

J. D. Everatt

Everatt did not have an easy season as captain. His main difficulties were created by the batsmen who all too often were dismissed for low scores leaving the bowlers few runs to bowl at. This meant that the captain's problems of field placing and choice of bowling assumed even larger proportions than usual. This was all very disappointing after a fine start to the season when against William Hulme's, Manchester, the side was able to score 141 runs in 97 minutes to win a very exciting match.

After this, with a combination of poor weather, ill-luck and indifferent batting the next seven matches were lost. Perhaps the team's fortunes reached their lowest ebb on tour at Whitsuntide in the match against Norwich School. Here our bowlers dismissed a sound batting side for 79 runs, only to see the batsmen flatter the bowling by getting themselves out for 36 on a reasonable wicket.

Despite all these misfortunes Everatt stuck to his task as captain and worked hard in the field as our most experienced spin bowler. We trust that he found captaincy at cricket has its interest and fascination, even in difficult times.

B. K., J.C.H.

Results

v. William Hulme G.S.

Won by 4 wickets.

 

W.H.G.S.: 140 for 6 dec.

 

K.E.S.: 141 for 6 (Hodgkin, 36, Priestley 23 Hemming, 21, Beman 20)

v. Doncaster G.S.

Abandoned.
Doncaster: 25 for 6.

v. Stockport G.S.

Lost by 2 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 84 (Milner 39 n.o.).
Stockport: 89 for 8.

v. High Storrs G.S.

Lost by 3 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 47 (Priestley 24).

 

High Storrs: 48 for 7 (Richardson, 4 for 18).

v. Huddersfield N.C .

Lost by 5 wickets.
K.E.S.: 65 (Priestley 27).
H.N.C.: 69 for 5.

v. Old Edwardians

Lost by 7 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 122 (Hempshall 35, Hemming 23).
O.E.'s: 125 for 3.

v. King Edward VII School, King's Lynn.

Lost by 97 runs.

 

King's Lynn: 152 for 6 dec. (Richardson 5 for 36)
K.E.S.: 55.

v. King Edward VI School,

Norwich Lost by 45 runs.

 

Norwich: 79 (Scott 6 for 16).

 

K.E.S.: 36.

v. Wymondham College

Lost by 6 wickets.

 

K.E.S.: 103 (Milner 36 n.o.).

 

Wymondham: 104 for 4 (Richardson 3 for 25).

v. March G.S.

Won by 6 wickets.

 

March: 74 (Priestley 4 for 14, Everatt 3 for 17).
K.E.S.: 76 for 4 (Hodgkin 24, Wright 25 n.o.)

v. Worksop College

Won by 5 wickets.

 

Worksop: 67 (Priestley 7 for 5).
K.E.S.: 68 for 5 (Hodgkin 21).

v. King's School, Grantham

Won by 7 wickets.

 

Grantham: 72 (Everatt 3 for 11, Hodgkinson 3 for 12).

 

K.E.S.: 74 for 3 (Priestley 25 n.o., Hodgkin 23).

v. Mount St. Mary's College

Won by 9 wickets.

 

M.S.M.: 38 (Richardson 5 for 12, Hodgkinson 4 for 13).

 

K.E.S.: 39 for 1.

v. Manchester G.S.

Lost by 47 runs.
M.G.S.: 152 for 8.
K.E.S.: 105 (Milner 31).

v. Queen Elizabeth's G.S., Wakefield

Lost by 24 runs.
Q.E.G.S.: 71 (Richardson 3 for 10, Everatt 3 for 18).
K.E.S.: 47 (Steinman 23).

v. Bradford G.S.

Lost by 6 wickets.
K.E.S.: 66 (Hodgkin 32).
Bradford: 68 for 4.

v. Hymer's College, Hull

Lost by 9 wickets.
K.E.S.: 64.
Hull 65 for 1.

v. Nottingham H.S.

Lost by 102 runs.
Nottingham: 171 for 6 dec.
K.E.S.: 69.

v. R. Crowson's XI

Won by 6 wickets.

 

Crowson's XI: 108 (Richardson 4 for 31, Hodgkinson 3 for 18).

 

K.E.S.: 109 for 4 (Hodgkin 35, Milner 28 n.o.).

SUMMARY: Won 6; Lost 12; Drawn 0; Abandoned 1.

SECOND XI

THE season was only moderately successful although notable victories were recorded against Manchester G.S. and Huddersfield N.C.

The batting gradually improved, but the team relied on its bowling resources, in which Beman, Bradbury and Richards stood out. Turner, Woodhouse and Burns were the backbone of the batting, while Bradbury surprised everyone with some entertaining tail-end hitting.

The fielding improved to such an extent that over 40 catches were held and very few missed.

Beman captained the side ably after Wright's promotion to the 1st XI and thanks should be expressed to Messrs. Booth and Wrigley for their support and encouragement.

Results Summary: Won, 3; Drawn, 3; Lost, 5; Abandoned, 1.

S.M.W., R.A.B. 

UNDER 15 XI

INEPT batting caused three appalling defeats at the start of the season, but it is much to the credit of Repen's team that they did not lose heart. Determination to learn, and Dr. Knowles' bait, improved our scores, and six of the last seven games were won. Three times we passed 150; Peace had one '50', Johnson two, and they were supported especially by Thorpe, Newbery and Stewart. Calling and running were generally alert; more so the fielding, which aided some good bowling performances: Newbery had 23 wickets, Thompson 19, and Thorpe, Peace, Johnson and Wood supported them well. Batting remains our most vulnerable point: sound technique, solid defence and concentration are essential when one faces accurate bowling.

17 boys played: Repen, J. G., Johnson, A. S., Thorpe, J. A., Peace, C. A., Newbery, C. R., Thompson, I. P., Stewart, S. D., Lee, R. M., Wood, G. E., Slack, G., West, G. D., Holland, W. J., Milner, D. W., Clarke, J. B., Holt, D. L., lbbotson, I. R. and White, G. J.

Results: Played 11, Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 4.

G. W. T.

UNDER 14 XI

THE Under 14 XI had a rather disappointing season winning only two matches and these by the closest of margins-one by a single run and the other by two!

On paper the team was a very good one-plenty of batting and bowling and a very competent keeper in Mower. But unfortunately, the various members of the side never struck form at the same time.

Lack of confidence seemed to be the cause of the batting failures, though some good individual innings were recorded.

Thomas headed the batting, and Ruttle the bowling averages. The team would like to thank Mr. Cook and Mr. Wood for their time and effort and for their encouragement, not always of the gentle variety!

Results: Won 2, Lost 6, Drawn, 3.                                                     

P.S.A. D.L.

UNDER 13 XI

THIS was a short, but successful and enjoyable season. Four games were won, one drawn, and one lost. Jepson captained a jolly crew with ability and growing confidence. He changed the bowling frequently and wisely, and his field-placing improved with every game. The vice-captain Thompson showed that he too has a captain's qualities.

The batting, after the first match, was always lively and remarkably good against spin bowling. Some evidence of technique is now apparent. Sivil and Seal usually undertook the responsible and difficult task of opening the innings, followed by the more capable batsmen: Kay, Rusby, Hawkins, Thompson and Jepson. When Thompson, Waistnidge the wicket-keeper, and Dabbs put on one hundred runs for the last two wickets, they showed that the tail too had its sting. Hadley's only performance in the final game deserves mention for its quality under difficult conditions.

As usual most of the team could bowl after a fashion. The regular bowlers, however, showed great promise. Hawkins' speed acquired many wickets, Dabbs, Blair, Rusby and Jepson owed their success to a good length, and Sivil and Noble produced spells of fine slow bowling.

The fielding was of a high standard, but not as keen as Queen Elizabeth's. Many lessons were learnt during these games, and it was good to see that the team was willing and eager to learn. They have made a promising start and are so well balanced that they should continue to do well throughout the school.

RESULTS

v. De la Salle: K.E.S., 21 - D.L.S., 20 (Hawkins 4-4, Torry 3-1).

v Mount St. Mary's: K.E.S., 189 (Thompson 55 n.o., Seal 26, Waistnidge 22) - M.St.M., 74 (Hawkins, 5-10, Dabbs, 4-12).

v Manchester G.S.: M.G.S., 79 (Rusby 3-12)-K.E.S., 82-5 (Kay 27 n.o., Hawkins 23).

v Queen Elizabeth's, Wakefield: K.E.S., 58 (Hawkins 23) - Q.E.W., 62-8 (Dabbs 3-10

v Abbeydale G.S.: K.E.S., 51-Abbeydale 21 (Hawkins 6-6).

v Nottingham H.S.: N.H.S., 112-K.E.S., 52-7 (Hadley 22).                

E.E.S. A.G.J.