As the short School Cricket season drew to a close at the end of Summer Term, the 1st XI captain celebrated a milestone never seen before at John Lyon.
Playing in his final ever match for the School on Association Day, Owen Marshall took his 100th First Team wicket, making him the first player in the School’s history to do so.
It was a fitting end to the season for Owen and his team, who had a successful season including reaching the semi-final of the Middlesex schools county cup competition. In the T20 match against Greenford School, the teams were tied on 96 runs and the final outcome was only decided on the number of wickets lost by each team, with Greenford taking the spoils having lost only six wickets to John Lyon’s eight.
The loss was a tough end to a season which had seen the senior XI win four of their six fixtures. Captain Owen Marshal led from the front with Abhay Hirani and Rahil Thapar the pick of the batting and bowling respectively.
The Under 15 squad enjoyed a remarkable season; semi-finalists in the county cup and by far the most consistent side within the School. From this team, Advait Sundaram, Aryan Sutaria and Rayaan Bhatti have all been regular additions to the 1st XI and this has certainly strengthened the success at this more junior level.
Further down the school there has been much success; three ‘five wicket hauls’ in just two weeks and three half centuries from Kahil Jariwala who continues to shine in the Under 13s.
We celebrated the end of the season once again with Cricket Week; seven fixtures in eight days for the 1st XI as well as other tournaments to round off yet another successful Summer of Cricket, which has seen more than 120 boys participate in just over 100 fixtures. We were also fortunate to host Mayo College on their tour from India and during the holidays will enjoy two trips to Lord’s to watch both Middlesex v Surrey and England v India.
The end of the Summer Term also saw us bid a farewell to our Head Coach, Mr Chris Peploe. Since he joined the School in 2009, Cricket has gone from strength to strength thanks to his dedication and array of experience.
Pupils typically join John Lyon in Years 7, 9 and 12, largely from a North West London catchment area including Harrow, Wembley, Stanmore, Pinner, Watford, Rickmansworth, Northwood, Ruislip, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Southall, Ealing, Acton, Edgware, Brent Cross, Finchley, Barnet, Camden, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, as well as other parts of Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.