Tuesday this week was a special Bikers’ Breakfast day. The Environment Committee rewarded those who cycled to school with a £1 voucher towards breakfast in the Dining Hall. The scheme encouraged a number of Second Years to switch the bus for bikes and bacon. Ben Martis-Jones, of 2W, reports:

‘On Tuesday 24th May, Cameron Hair (2L), Ben Smith (2W), Ross Hyde (2J), Ben Martis-Jones (2W) and Alex Maybrey (2W), met outside TK Max in Kingston. We swapped the public bus for a cycle in return for a breakfast voucher. It was very fun, and we cycled through Bushy Park. The bacon sandwiches which we ate were delicious.’ Ben Martis-Jones – 2W

On Saturday the U13 Cricket teams faced RGS Guildford. Many thanks to Tanmay Thanawalla (2J), Keiran Downer (2W) and Joey Hibbert (2P) who bring us the latest news.

‘This Saturday, Hampton U13A cricket were away at RGS Guildford. It was our second time playing them, but after last time’s win, we were not going to take it easy. Dru Shori (2L) elected to bowl first (Note that Dru hasn’t lost a toss yet!). It was a wise decision as the pitch was dewy and one of the boundaries was huge. I mean huge. Jack Slaney (2W) began fantastically, getting the batsman to play and miss constantly. He was swinging it more than he had ever swung it and it was outdoing the batsman. Alfie Onslow (2H) opened up from the other end. He began brilliantly as well, with only one of the over. Jack and Alfie completely dazzled the batsman, and at the end of their four over spells they had let hardly any runs. Alfie finished with a great 4 overs for 6 runs and Jack had bowled his most economical spell of the season. Thomas Tomlin (2P) didn’t let down the great start, dismissing their opener through a great ball and a good catch behind the stumps from Tanmay Thanawalla (2J). He and Matthew Wilson (2H) restrained the runs and frustrated the batsman, while taking plenty of wickets. Thomas finished his spell with a terrific four wickets, dismissing two of their best batsman, while Matt did a good job at the other end. Johnny Powell (2W) didn’t start off at his best, but recovered and bowled well. Dru Shori came on again, finishing them off. He took a wicket off the last ball after a bedazzling ball which ended up in a stumping from Tanmay. RGS finished on 98 off twenty overs.’

‘Dru Shori and Dylan Straker-Grimes (2B) opened the batting for Hampton, and after a very quick start, Dru was bowled after a ‘peach’ of a ball. Tanmay Thanawalla came in at number 3. After a slightly shake start, he managed to find some form. Dylan at the other end of the pitch was cracking nearly every ball for four. He penetrated the gaps on multiple occasions and the confused RGS couldn’t set a field to him. Halfway through the innings, Dylan played the shot of the season, a classy straight drive right past the bowler. Tanmay was pushing for runs at the other end as well. He was pouncing on the short and wide balls, cutting them for fours. The batsmen couldn’t be stopped, Dylan played a quick, solid innings and Tanmay backed him up. In the last over Tanmay reached his fifty, his third of the season. Dylan finished the innings with a sublime four. He ended the match on 37* and Tanmay finished with 50*. Hampton won convincingly once again. Mr. Rigby, the coach, described it as our best win of the season.’  Tanmay Thanawalla – 2J

‘On Saturday 21st of May the U13B team played the RGS B team at Bradstone Brooks (the RGS sports grounds).  RGS batted first and were eventually all out, registering only 83 runs, bowlers who took the wickets were Rhys Calder (2L), Harry Ray (2L), Keiran Downer (2W), Robbie Cox (2L), Arjun Samra (2W) and Farhan Hussain (2B).  Then Hampton went into bat and saw off the target on the 17th over for the loss of just 4 wickets. The highest run scorer was Arjun Samra who scored 31 not out.’  Keiran Downer – 2W

Our last few Cricket matches for the U13Cs have been very positive. We have played at home for most of them, and one all at home. We played St Benedict’s for a second time and won very convincingly by 105 runs after bowling them out for just 40, with both our openers, Josh Bartholomew (2L) and Iestyn Humphrey (2B), getting fifties. Then last Saturday we played RGS Guildford and won with our biggest total of the season, 157. Rayyaan Kazi (2J) got a fifty and helped by Jamie Benson (2B) with 30 and Cameron Hair (2L) with 19.’ Joey Hibbert – 2P.

Let’s wrap up this week’s blog by saying congratulations to those Second Years who have achieved new merit milestones.  Congratulations to Joseph Dormer and Ted Buckle (20 merits), Iestyn Humphrey (40 merits), Alex Crisan and Tom Holland (60 merits) and Theo Bailey, Josh Bartholomew, Joshua Carmody and Alfie Onslow (70 Merits).

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

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