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Youth Round-Up: Fulham Boys and St. George’s

The cricket season has begun, and with it, Hampton’s fields are now accompanied by the sound of willow on leather.

Cricket

U12A kickstart Hampton cricketing careers with eight-wicket victory over Fulham Boys

Hampton’s U12A cricket team embarked on their season against Fulham Boys School.

The first challenge was getting the penguins off the square after the appalling and freezing cold weather nearly disrupted the start. Fulham Boys batted first.

The winds made it tricky for the Hampton bowlers to bowl on the line they were looking for. The first wicket of the season would go to Thomas Tabor.

After that breakthrough, Tabor continued to shine with the ball. The bowlers struck in regular overs and at the end of Fulham Boys’ innings, they had scored 82-9.

After a quick turn-around, it was time for batting. The openers Will Wallace and Thomas Tabor were cut short of a good opening partnership in the second over, after Wallace was stumped.

At number 3 was Hugo Knowles. After one more wicket fell, Savan Soni came into bat. Hampton did not lose another wicket and scored a total of 85-2 in 12 overs with Knowles and Soni not out.

By Hugo Knowles

U13C beat Fulham Boys with impressive opening performance

The U13C team played The Fulham Boys School at home. We started off fielding, with Ben Millington-Jones) bowling out two opposition batsmen in his first over. His second was even better, and he took three more wickets. The team ended up taking all ten wickets, and in the 19th over Francesco Olivieri bowled out the final batsman with his first ball.

As Fulham Boys had only scored 57, the team’s spirits were high despite the extremely bad weather. After 5 overs Hampton met their 57 runs with Millington-Jones retiring having scored 26.

By Max Melhuish

Tennis

Hampton fall in Surrey quarter-finals despite promising display

Last Wednesday, Rohan Crowe and Tom Whitehill went to St George’s School in Weybridge to play in the Surrey Festival of Tennis. Last year the team faced tough opponents and didn’t quite make it through to the knockout rounds of the competition.

But after a year of playing together since then, the pair felt stronger going into this tournament. They sailed through the first game of the group stage winning 4–0 and then again in the second match in a far closer game against Lingfield School, winning 4–2.

But, unfortunately, the team lost their next match 4-0 to St George’s School, who were set to win the tournament.

Knowing they had to win this next match Hampton were really focused and won 4–1 comfortably.

Unfortunately, the pair lost marginally in the quarter-finals to Claremont School, but both had a great day to start their tennis season and to get ready for the hard matches ahead.

By Tom Whitehill

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