Good weather and cricket go hand in hand.  This week, as we move into May, we have enjoyed plenty of sunshine and a number of successes from the crease.  Tanmay Thanawalla, Harry Ray and Josh Bartholomew bring us the following reports from their recent matches against Dulwich College:

‘Hampton chose to bat first- Dru Shori (2L) and Dylan Straker-Grimes (2B) opened the batting.  Despite the early wicket of Dylan, followed up by the wicket of Tanmay Thanawalla (2J), Pravin Kiritharan (2B) and Dru put up a strong partnership. After a solid 24, Dru lost his wicket.  Pravin played some classy strokes before heading back to the Dulwich College pavilion. Oscar Murphy (2J) and Jack Slaney (2W) had a great, quick 45 run partnership.

Jack departed after a great innings, only to lead to a stellar mid-order batting performance from Arjun Samra (2W) hitting a solid 30 not out.  Oscar Murphy played a steady, anchor-role innings and finished with 26 not out. We achieved a total of 144. Our bowling attack was unstoppable with Jack Slaney striking in the first over to dismiss one of their strongest batsmen. Pravin and Thomas Tomlin (2P) also bowled well, but Matthew Wilson (2H) and Alfie Onslow (2H) bowled 5 excellent overs each. Robbie Cox (2L), also bowled well, but Arjun Samra was a star performer with 3 wickets.  Thomas Tomlin came back on again to finish the innings, striking twice. Hampton beat Dulwich soundly after a brilliant fielding, bowling and batting performance.’  Tanmay Thanawalla – 2J

‘Last weekend the B cricket team travelled to Dulwich.  We bowled first, and Dulwich got 87 all out as Rhys Calder (2L) got 4 wickets. Hampton chased that down easily, with Ollie Burke (2L) getting around 20 and Will McLoughlin (2B) around 35. This made it 3 out of 3 for the Hampton Bs.’ Harry Ray – 2L

‘After good victories against St Benedict’s and Newland House, the Cs played against Dulwich. The Dulwich openers started strongly, and they ended up scoring 136 from their 20 overs, a strong total for the wicket we played on. The openers Josh Bartholomew (2L) and Nathan Murray (2W) started slowly, before Josh was caught on 27 trying to progress the scoreboard. Nathan edged behind for 43, and the Cs lost by 20 runs, despite a last ball 6 by Iestyn Humphrey (2B).’ Josh Bartholomew – 2L

This was also the week of the much-anticipated Richmond Schools Swimming Gala.  Ted Buckle brings us the news from the pool:

‘On the fourth of May, six of our Second Year boys competed in the Richmond Schools Swimming Gala.  We brought a phenomenal group of boys who created an A team and a non-scoring B team. Our team of six aided by a few helpful First Years) made up both of these teams.  First of all there was an individual medley race swam by me (Ted Buckle) and Rafe Bletso (2H).  Rafe finished first and I followed behind in second racing for the B team. Next we had an intense race of butterfly which was raced by Charlie Sutton (2L) representing the A team, and Jasper Ferguson (2H) who represented the B team.  We achieved another stunning result as we won first and second place once again.  Soon we got Joshua Carmody (2L) involved as he joined me swimming breaststroke.  This was an extremely tight race but we managed to win a first place and a third place.  Shortly after that, in the backstroke race, Lucca Froud (2H) and Jasper impressed us with another first and second place. Finally, we had come to the relays. This consisted of two relays; a medley relay and a freestyle relay. Our teams for these included all of our squad and we were extremely successful with two wins out of two!  Overall in the whole day, our Second Year team won every single race!  I think that all boys who competed thoroughly deserved their medals and should be very pleased with their performances.’  Ted Buckle – 2L

We end our blog today by congratulating those Second Years who have hit new merit milestones.  We say well done to Dhru Dattani, Daniel Asbery, Samuel Schomberg and Nicholas Lee (30 merits), Jack Slaney (50 merits), Joshua Carmody and Xavier Tinsley-Roy (60 merits) and Arjun Samra (110 merits).

If your son has any news that should be mentioned in a future bulletin, please encourage them to see me in school or email me at f.byrne@hamptonschool.org.uk and I shall be delighted to include it.