Winchester Match on Saturday 20  June 2015

On a humid, overcast day, with thunder clouds swirling around, the third Winchester Match, despite the threatening elements, proved to be a huge success. “That was an amazing day with such variety and all beautifully organized - a very good development’’, wrote one OW, summing up the views of many who appreciated all the activities and the delicious lunch for 200 served up by Viv, Jun and Joyce from the Win Coll Catering Team. Lords beat OWs 282 v 175, with Captain Dan Escott scoring 179; and 2nd XI, a side who’d only made over 100 on two or three occasions this season, won 262 v 259 in a remarkable match by one wicket with 3 balls to spare.

Winchester Match on Saturday 21 June 2014

The weather gods duly smiled on the day, Saturday, 21st June, making a welcome change from last year’s cold wind. Maintained as immaculately as ever by Head Groundsman Stuart Churchill (now in his 44th year on the staff) and his team, the grounds were looking their very best, adorned with tents in Lavender Meads and general activity in every direction, sporting and otherwise.

After Chapel, guests of Win Coll Soc enjoyed the opportunity to sample the various goings-on, before making their way to the spacious marquee, pitched alongside Hunter Tent. There, they were entertained to Drinks followed by Lunch, produced by the superb Catering Team, led by Viv Nutbeam, whose service to the School stretches back nearly 50 years.

Lords beat a weaker than normal OWCC team by 102 runs, whilst on Meads OWCC 2nd XI just managed to take the final wicket before close of play to even up the score.


Winchester Match on Saturday 22 June 2013

Not even the cold wind could spoil the inaugural ‘Winchester Match’ for well over a thousand visitors to the School’s campus for its biggest day of the year. Parents, past parents, Old Wykehamists and Quiristers, Wykehamist Widows and no doubt more besides were able to witness a very full programme of sporting and other events, exhibitions and side-shows on New Field, Lavender Meads, Meads, Kingsgate Park, Doggers Close and at Boat Club.

The two OW teams proved too strong for Lords and 2nd XI, whilst Commoners beat Houses in both Under-17 and Under-15 Cricket, Water Polo and the Tug-of-War.

Over 220 guests enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Win Coll Soc marquee on New Field, where tea was also available. A huge vote of thanks is due to all those on the staff who worked so tirelessly in the build up to and throughout the day itself.

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