Tim Alexander selected for Essex County Cricket Club 2nd XI

Framlingham College 1st XI Cricket captain, Tim Alexander has been selected to represent Essex County Cricket Club Second XI against the MCC Young Cricketers at Bishop Stortford in the County Championship, beginning today (Wed-Fri). This is after a string of fine performances for the College with both bat and ball, as well as impressing against Essex when representing the Suffolk Independent Schools’ XI a few weeks ago. We wish him well!

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Sports Update: Regional & International Success at Framlingham – Going from Strength to Strength

Hockey

I am extremely proud to report some outstanding recent achievements by College students. Firstly, after representing both Suffolk and Norfolk in the Junior Development Centre tournaments, a number of Framlingham College students have been selected for this summer’s Junior Regional Performance Centres. These days will see players pitting their skills against the best players in the East of England and vying for selection into the Saxon Tigers squads for both Hi-Pac and Futures Cup in the October half term. The long journey ahead will be an exciting one as they look to emulate the success of our own Kitty McWhirter who has worked her way through the system to recent England U21 selection. This is a magnificent achievement for Kitty who has been extremely disciplined in her approach to training; we are all very proud of her.

The Following ten players have been selected: Alex Emsden, Ben Slaven, Luke Quartermaine, Alex Wheatley, Chris Walwanda, William Hunt, Echezeaux Titley, Flo McWhirter, Tildy Paul and Georgie Seymour.

Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone is delighted with the standard of hockey at the College and is very excited about the future. Not only have the pupils been busy with their hockey, but Jamie himself has been active in his role as England U18 Boys’ Assistant Coach, preparing the team for the European Championships in Vienna.

Rugby

Toby Trinder has been invited to join the England Midlands Training Camp at Loughborough this week under the watchful eye of the England Under 18 coaches. Toby played for Northampton Saints in the Academies Under 15 Festival in April. As a result, he has been selected to attend this two-day camp. This is a real honour for Toby and everyone wishes him the best of luck. Ollie Darwell-Taylor was also involved in the festival, scoring a try against Newcastle Falcons. Will Ponty has recently been invited into the Elite Player Development Group at Northampton Saints. He joins up with Cam Greenhall, Luke Quartermaine and Tom Scovell. All of these boys have represented Suffolk and Eastern Counties this season.

Cricket

Cricketers have been very busy this term and I am delighted that Tim Alexander was selected to play for the Suffolk Independent Schools XI against Essex Under 17s. Tim scored 70 off 59 balls and took 1-11 off 7 overs; his wicket left the scores tied. This was an excellent performance and I know the Essex selectors were very impressed. We have also had a number of pupils representing the county at U14 level and would like to congratulate Ben Boyden who is playing for Suffolk under 14s.

Netball

Alongside her success in hockey, Echezeaux Titley has been selected for the regional netball team. To be playing at regional level in two sports is a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to supporting Sketch through her programme.

Golf

Golf is fast becoming very popular once more at the College and we are delighted to have Lottie Whyman leading the way. After securing a place on the England Development Programme she was runner up at the Suffolk County Girls’Championships last week, which sets her up nicely for the Independent Schools Golf Championships at The Shire, London, later this month. She will be entering this tournament along with Jamie Taylor and Will Rix and we wish them good luck.

Tennis

Tennis has had a huge amount of success with Flo McCausland representing the county at tournaments around the country in last few months. I am sure you will also have received news recently through the Framlingham College Tennis Club that the 1st team have become County Champions again.

Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport

1st XI Cricket Report

What a difference a week makes. Since the all-round disappointments seven days ago the 1st XI have since routed the XL Club and swept aside a buoyant RHS. Both displays owed everything to the batsmen and in particular Kristian Williman who maintained his fine start to the season with a fluent 47 before being run out off a no ball. His opening partner McAvoy was also unfortunate to be dismissed in similar fashion following a direct hit from the boundary. If RHS thought it was going to be their lucky day then they hadn’t reckoned on the unpredictable Lewis Gooderham who flailed the bowlers to all parts of the ground in a whirlwind 37 ball 69. With such a formidable platform the lower order were permitted to enjoy the rest of the innings eventually closing on 229-9 off 30 overs.

The opening overs didn’t quite go according to plan as bowlers struggled to maintain their lines in blustery conditions and it was left to George Gough to make the crucial breakthroughs. With the danger man dismissed and the run rate climbing, RHS began to falter and despite some hefty blows late in the day, the result was never in doubt.

1st XI v Royal Hospital School

Framlingham 229-9 (30 overs) (Gooderham 69, Williman 47)

*RHS 194-5

Won by 35 runs

Cricket v The MCC

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The MCC may be the world’s most active cricket club playing over 450 matches against schools, universities and clubs each year, but that doesn’t detract from the value or prestige of playing against such distinguished opposition. 

This week the MCC returned for their annual Suffolk Schools’ Week playing against West Suffolk Schools, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Culford and St. Joseph’s with a view to developing young cricketers and spreading the message of the Spirit of Cricket. The MCC even invite any youngsters scoring centuries or taking five wickets against them to be the Club’s guest at a Lord’s test match; as if any incentive was really required!

In 2007 Framlingham College batsman Rob Newton (now playing for Northamptonshire CCC) famously became the first ever schoolboy to register a double century against the old Club. He went on to captain an MCC School’s side on tour to India that year before bringing the curtain down on his illustrious school career with an unbeaten 165 against them in 2008. Other outstanding individual performances over the years are too numerous to mention and indeed the focus is more on producing closely fought contests than championing the individual as Wednesday’s match against Framlingham College demonstrated.

In a picture postcard setting under bright blue skies, the MCC declared on 250-4 built around an impressive 137 from Sam Platear. Any thoughts of allowing the sumptuous food to digest whilst taking in the breathtaking Framlingham scenery were quickly dispelled by the schools’ positive reply. Kristian Williman led the way with 81 as partners came and went at the other end until six runs were required from the last two balls. Tension mounted as both sides held their nerve to escape with a draw and reflect on a contest that had been exciting, educational and emotional, but above all played in a spirit befitting such a fine and civilised game.

Cricket: U14A’s defeat Woodbridge School in the County Cup First Round

Will Gunn’s impressive three wickets for one run (a wide) off four overs was the mainstay of a clinical all-round performance from the Under 14 A team in the first round of the Lord Taverners County Cup competition. George Heldeich’s 3-8 was also instrumental in restricting the visitors from Woodbridge School to 85-8 off their allotted 20 overs.

Ben Boyden and Oscar Ellis then put on 31 for the first wicket before making way for Harvey Finbow and Ben Slaven to overhaul the target with sixteen deliveries still remaining. Victory means that the College will now meet the winner of Benedict’s Catholic School and Mildenhall College in the Quarter Final.

Woodbridge School 85-8 (20 overs) (Gunn 3-1, Heldreich 3-8)

Framlingham 87-2 (Finbow 23*, Ellis 23)

Framlingham won by 8 wickets

Robbie scores three centuries in a row

1st XI v Woodbridge School

The 1st XI built on last week’s confidence boosting win over Gresham’s with an excellent win over Woodbridge. The visitors were invited to bat and began brightly putting on 73 for the first wicket. This was then followed by two more stubborn partnerships which helped the total along to 155-3 despite the best efforts of the economical Brown. The introduction of the wily Keshwani however tilted the balance back in the College’s favour and supported by some fine fielding and Alexander’s pace, Woodbridge were dismissed for 191.

The response from Robbie Bridgstock and Kristian Williman couldn’t have been more emphatic. The captain reached his century from 71 balls and the target was eclipsed in just 23 overs with Williman undefeated on 72.

Woodbridge 191 (30 overs) (Keshwani 4-25)

*Framlingham 192-0 (Bridgstock 105*, K. Williman 72*)

Won by 10 wickets

1st XI v Felstead

It wasn’t much fun for the bowlers in this encounter as willow dominated the leather for almost the entire game. Felsted and Essex 2nd XI batsman Rahan Hassan’s unbeaten 161 off just 103 balls proved to be the mainstay of what on the surface looked to be an unassailable 310-5. The Framlingham bowlers were punished for any errors in length or line and were it not for some sharp fielding things could have been even worse.

However, Robbie Bridgstock was in no mood to surrender and with the support of Kristian Williman the hosts reached tea on course for an unlikely victory at 97-1. Even a mini-collapse after the break was not enough to break the College’s resistance and it wasn’t until the 38th over that they fell behind the required rate, eventually petering out 57 runs short.

This was Bridgstock’s second century inside a week and the perfect way to prepare for the final three matches of the season against the Old Framlinghamians, Wymondham and Westminster School from Adelaide.

Felsted 310-5 (45 overs)

*Framlingham 253 (Bridgstock 110)

Lost by 57 runs

Robbie completed his third hundred in a row on Friday in the match against the Old Framlinghamians with a score of 151. Robbie plays club cricket for Norfolk side, Swardeston in the East Anglian Premier League and has captained the College 1st XI for the past two seasons.

 

1st XI vs Gentlemen of Suffolk

Invited to bat first once again, the College openers settled in quickly until Bridgstock was removed by the threatening Moulton-Day with the score on 13. Williman and Gooderham continued their rich vein of form putting on 41 before Williman, Brown, Gooderham and then Jones made the long walk back to the pavilion with the total still three runs shy of 100.  Fortunately Tim Alexander and Toby Rider steadied things before accelerating the score beyond 200 with a flurry of sixes to enable Bridgstock to declare.

The Gents started briskly, but once the opening pair had been separated by Alexander and O’Neill, the run chase began to falter. Alexander continued to enjoy his afternoon with steady support from

his teammates setting up an exciting finale. Four wickets tumbled in the final four overs but the Gents survived the last two deliveries to salvage a draw.

*Framlingham 211-7 dec. (Alexander 78*, Rider 32)

Gentlemen of Suffolk 147-9 (Alexander 4-30, O’Neill 2-17)

Match Drawn