Eton v Harrow at Lord's - 26 June 2010
On a beautiful English summer day, the sort we get about once every five years, Lord’s cricket ground was bathed in sunshine for this year’s match against Eton. The form book suggested that the match would be an even contest between two average school sides with similar seasons behind them. Both had lost to Tonbridge and Radley, two very strong sides this year, and also Winchester, but there had been victories too.
2010 was also the centenary of Fowler’s match, perhaps Harrow’s greatest ever humiliation, when the XI gave an unforgettable lesson in how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Ominously MCC had printed full details of the 1910 match on the back of the scorecard.
Eton won the toss and elected to bat, surely an advantage on such a scorching day. Their captain Vanderspar (42) began briskly and confidently, the lightning pace of the outfield accentuating the usual short boundary on the Tavern side. Runs came quickly and an ominously large Eton total looked likely. However Vanderspar, looking full of confidence and runs, surprisingly dragged on a rising ball from Sert to give Harrow the break through. Sangha, Eton’s other danger man, looked very threatening and had just lifted a ball onto the top tier of the Tavern stand before also falling to Sert. When the other opener, Gross, went for 39, the game was already beginning to swing Harrow’s way. MacIntyre bowled the Eton number four, Shaw, for 31 and the Harrow bowlers quickly gained in confidence backed by excellent fielding – a feature that had not been apparent for much of the season. Tommy Faber, with orthodox left arm slow, mostly over the wicket, bowled well to concede only 27 runs in his 11 overs and captain Tom Pearson-Jones and Douglas Pratt fully deserved their two wickets apiece. The eventual Eton score of 204 all out set Harrow an achievable target at fewer than four runs an over.
Harrow’s response could not have got off to a worse start as three wickets fell very quickly: at one stage the score was 11-3. However Castleman and Sert showed real character and settled down to give some much needed shape to the Harrow innings. The Eton bowlers, Warburton and spinner Fox, looked dangerous but Harrow reached 150 without giving too many chances. Castleman was dismissed by Warburton for an invaluable 44 but Sert continued to bat with confidence and power. His last shot was a hook for six over the long boundary to reach his hundred and win the game for Harrow. Will 2010 be known as” Sert’s match”? Probably not, but his was an outstanding performance.
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Appointment of the new Head Master
Barnaby Lenon is retiring from Harrow in August 2011 after twelve years of outstanding service as Head Master. The Governors have chosen as his successor Mr James Hawkins of Norwich School.
Mr Hawkins, 44, was educated at Brasenose College, Oxford where he read mathematics >>more
Recent Old Harrovian obituaries in the press
A number of obituaries for Old Harrovians have appeared in the press recently. Click on each name to read their obituary online:
George, Marquess Townshend of Raynham (Home Boarder 1947³)
Nico Craven (The Grove & Moretons 19392)