Double national cricket success for Whitgift School and more!
Whitgift School’s U15 cricketers played in the ESCA National T20 finals at Arundel on 8 September.
Date published: Fri 16 Sep 2011
Author: Simon Beck
Whitgift School’s U15 cricketers played in the ESCA National T20 finals at Arundel on 8 September. The School had previously reached the finals twice before in the last four years but the weather had left them short of their first title in this format of the game. However, this year nothing could stop the South Croydon school from winning the trophy. Whitgift was up against west of England champions Portsmouth Grammar in the first semi final. After bowling first Whitgift rolled over Portsmouth for 97 with 13 year old off spinner Bradley Erasmus taking 5 wickets including a hat trick. He was very well supported by quick bowler Guy Lancefield who made the initial breakthrough taking out the top order in the early overs. Whitgift knocked the modest total off with an over to spare to set up the final against Shrewsbury School.
Another fine fielding and bowling display by Whitgift enabled them to bowl the Midlands champions out for just 76. Surrey all-rounder Jack Lloyd lead an aggressive reply for Whitgift scoring a quick 46 not out to take the Surrey school to victory by 9 wickets.
The U15 National success comes quickly off the back of Whitgift's U13 ESCA Bunbury National cup win at Oakham School in July when King's Grantham were beaten by 10 wickets by the school after being dismissed for 83 with Erasmus featuring well with both the bat and the ball along with Man of the Match Nathan Baxter who took 4 wickets for just 12 runs.
Master in charge of cricket at Whitgift, and former Surrey player David Ward, was absolutely delighted with his teams’ wins and the season's success as a whole when he said, 'It has been an outstanding year for Whitgift cricket. Not only have we once again hosted Surrey CCC for our annual festival to the great credit of the thousands who attended but also staged a superb televised Friends Provident t20 game later in the term and then picked two highly prestigious national titles to go with five Surrey Schools titles. This is a whole school effort from the boys, coaches, grounds staff, parents and most importantly a Headmaster who supports us all in every way possible with his dynamic leadership and vision.'
If the School teams’ successes were not enough, one young Whitgiftian’s performances this summer must also be mentioned. 15 year old Whitgift pupil Dominic Sibley broke all the records at the ESCA Bunbury U15 Festival in August when he won five awards from Player of the Festival to Top Run Scorer and Best Batsman. Sibley then returned to Surrey Championship Premier cricket and became the youngest player to score a double hundred at this level in club cricket and another 200 for Surrey U17's in the National county Semi Final. With this sort of talent not many people would think Sibley will not join the other six Whitgift recent leavers to be plying their trade in the first class game.