Winchester Match
Saturday 15 June 2019
A damp and windy morning failed to stem the enthusiasm with which guests, following a magnificent service in Chapel, listened to the Headmaster announcing the commencement of the Kingsgate Park project, the redevelopment of the PE Centre. Many, including members of Don Soc for the first time, then repaired to the shelter and warmth of the Win Coll Soc marquee. There they were welcomed by Charles Sinclair, outgoing Warden, and had an opportunity to meet his successor Sir Richard Stagg. Some cricket was played as drier conditions prevailed after lunch-Lords beat OWCC by 9 wickets; 2nd XI tied, 183 per side.

Winchester Match
Saturday 16 June 2018
On Saturday 16th June, on a slightly chilly day but bright enough, a smaller than usual cohort of OWs and staff gathered for lunch in the magnificent Win Coll Soc marquee beside Hunter Tent. There they were hosted by Patrick Walker, Development Associate, with the Warden and Headmaster also speaking. The weaker than usual OW 1st and 2nd XIs were soundly thrashed by Lords and 2nd XI, with Hopperite Jonathan Figy scoring over 140. Altogether a most enjoyable day.

Winchester Match
Saturday 17 June 2017
The sun shone brilliantly over New Field, resulting in a fine display of panama hats and red faces, and guaranteeing an excellent day of entertainment for parents, OWs and even the boys, who manned a huge number of stands, sang, played different instruments or exhibited their art. This fifth Winchester ran extremely smoothly, a testimony to the hard work of Giles Munn, Master in charge of sport, and Kim Larcombe, Head Groundsman. Lords and 2nd XI both won their matches against OWCC, by 45 and 49 runs respectively.

Winchester Match on Saturday 19 June 2016
Following the annual Service of Dedication in Chapel, 210 guests made their leisurely way to Win Coll Soc’s marquee beside Hunter Tent. There they were addressed by the Warden, who thanked Dr Ralph Townsend for all his hard work over the last 11 years, also drawing great attention to Cathy’s huge contribution. Joyce the College Chef then produced a spectacular lunch which was enjoyed by all in  a relaxed atmosphere. Those that had room remained for tea, where they were joined by a number of parents. Winchester Match seems to have evolved a successful formula that is enjoyed by all.


Winchester Match on Saturday 20  June 2015

On a humid, overcast day, with thunder clouds swirling around, the third Winchester Match, despite the threatening elements, proved to be a huge success. “That was an amazing day with such variety and all beautifully organized - a very good development’’, wrote one OW, summing up the views of many who appreciated all the activities and the delicious lunch for 200 served up by Viv, Jun and Joyce from the Win Coll Catering Team. Lords beat OWs 282 v 175, with Captain Dan Escott scoring 179; and 2nd XI, a side who’d only made over 100 on two or three occasions this season, won 262 v 259 in a remarkable match by one wicket with 3 balls to spare.

Winchester Match on Saturday 21 June 2014

The weather gods duly smiled on the day, Saturday, 21st June, making a welcome change from last year’s cold wind. Maintained as immaculately as ever by Head Groundsman Stuart Churchill (now in his 44th year on the staff) and his team, the grounds were looking their very best, adorned with tents in Lavender Meads and general activity in every direction, sporting and otherwise.

After Chapel, guests of Win Coll Soc enjoyed the opportunity to sample the various goings-on, before making their way to the spacious marquee, pitched alongside Hunter Tent. There, they were entertained to Drinks followed by Lunch, produced by the superb Catering Team, led by Viv Nutbeam, whose service to the School stretches back nearly 50 years.

Lords beat a weaker than normal OWCC team by 102 runs, whilst on Meads OWCC 2nd XI just managed to take the final wicket before close of play to even up the score.


Winchester Match on Saturday 22 June 2013

Not even the cold wind could spoil the inaugural ‘Winchester Match’ for well over a thousand visitors to the School’s campus for its biggest day of the year. Parents, past parents, Old Wykehamists and Quiristers, Wykehamist Widows and no doubt more besides were able to witness a very full programme of sporting and other events, exhibitions and side-shows on New Field, Lavender Meads, Meads, Kingsgate Park, Doggers Close and at Boat Club.

The two OW teams proved too strong for Lords and 2nd XI, whilst Commoners beat Houses in both Under-17 and Under-15 Cricket, Water Polo and the Tug-of-War.

Over 220 guests enjoyed an excellent lunch in the Win Coll Soc marquee on New Field, where tea was also available. A huge vote of thanks is due to all those on the staff who worked so tirelessly in the build up to and throughout the day itself.

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