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This following report is reproduced from the December 1972 issue of the Farnhamian.


The 1st XI had a very successful season and ended the term with a fine win over the Masters. There were some solid batting performances from Barnes and Brookes, with the majority of wickets falling to the pace bowling of Slinger and Mallows. Hill kept wicket well and the fielding in most matches was of a high standard. The hardest game was against Woking G.S. in which the team just managed to force a draw. So the final figures were: Played 7; Won 4; Drew 3; Lost 0.



Almost 50% of our matches were rained off. How well the team can remember struggling to a rain-sodden pitch to find that half of the opposition had gone home.

Our first game was against Pierrepont, where the opposition was dismissed for a total of 30 runs. The match was won by 31 for 5.

The next match was against Woking. It was a draw, though not altogether uneventful.

We were defeated by Collingwood in a limited overs match where our shortage of bowlers showed. The final match, although wickets again fell early, ended in the second victory, helped by Lopez and Gordon.

In this short season the emphasis fell on the bowling, especially that of Lopez and Groves. However, our seemingly strong batting side never really got off the ground, though not for want of practice.

Played 4; Won 2; Drew 1; Lost 1.



The season began with a resounding defeat of Heath End, in the first round of the Steadman Cup, by 9 wickets. A subsidiary match against Woking G.S. was lost; 7 out of 11 batsmen were caught out. However, the team managed to draw with Farnham Cricket Club in the semi-final of the Steadman Cup. We were successful in the replay, and won by 25 runs. This put the team in the final.

Two other matches were played against Collingwood School and Queen Mary’s, Basingstoke. The former was won by 81 runs, Storer scoring 60. The latter was lost by 4 wickets.

The Steadman Cup final against Weydon was lost by 60 runs, putting our team second out of 10 entering.

Of the bowlers, Cross, Webb and Cox show great promise, and Storer is doing very well as a batsman.



This report is reproduced from the December 1971 issue of the Farnhamian.


The season was, in most respects, a success. Only one game was lost, against the very strong George Abbot side, but most significant was the high number of victories as opposed to draws. These successes can be attributed to a number of improvements.

The bowling was more “tidy” and penetrating. Birch, Gardner and Fairbrother shared the opening attack, while Mallows and Lowry formed a useful change support. Greater consistency and depth to the batting gave good scores for the bowlers to work on and allowed the side to chase runs when required. Mallows topped the averages, but there were good performances, too, from Brooks, Lowry and Gardner. Hayes finished the season with a good 76 not out against the masters, but in general he had a disappointing season. He has ability but, at the moment, lacks the restraint necessary to build a long innings.

One pleasing feature as the season progressed was the improvement in the fielding. Early on, too many catches were dropped, but, thanks to some fine leadership by Lowry, the captain, and Brooks, his vice-captain, by the end of the season much more efficient performances were seen.

The captain for 1972 will be Derek Brooks, who will have a strong nucleus of eight experienced players to call on. This, with some good players coming through from lower down the school, promises a good season ahead.



Farnham began the season indifferently, losing and drawing 2 of their first 3 matches, each time fielding a weakened team.

The Colts results until the end of the season were all decisive, including a 9-wicket victory against Basingstoke and a 10-wicket success against Pierrepont School.

A good team spirit developed amongst all of the players, which inspired very good batting and bowling, especially from Pound and Underwood, the colts openers. Slinger, Barnes and Gordon bowled well throughout the season and were ably backed up by the fielders.

The Colts best victory was against Pierrepont, who declared at 101 for 7. Throughout pouring rain Slinger and Gordon batted against Pierrepont’s bowlers. Within 40 minutes Farnham reached the total for no loss, with Slinger 60 not out and Gordon 39 not out.

All the Colts players excelled themselves throughout the season, with Gordon, Prince, Prevett and Farmer showing good prospects for the Colts next year.

Keith Goodchild


The very successful season terminated in winning the Stedman Cup competition which was a knock out between eight local schools. After a replay against St. Michael’s, Aldershot, and another against Farnham C.C. boys, Farnham (64—Baker 15, Peters 15) beat Weydon (31) convincingly, mainly owing to fine bowling from Castle (7 for 18) and Groves (3 for 4).

One match only was lost during the season.

The school was represented by the following in the term: J. Baker; B. Castle; J. Cox; W. Clemesha; G. Vaughan; H. Groves (Captain); D. Hughes; K. Ide; J. Peters (Vice-Captain and wicket keeper); J. Plant; J. Pratt; S. Probert; L. Pogson; T. Saunders.


This report is reproduced from the 1975 issue of the Farnhamian.


In 1974 the 1st XI played 6; won 2; drawn 2, lost 2.