After the rain stopped, the 1st XI batted first against the OSA and on a difficult pitch could manage only 115 all out with Romario Roach(24) and Jack Joslin (18) top scoring.
Then despite tight opening spells from Jabez Weale (1-16) and Romario Brathwaite (1-24), followed by some excellent spin bowling by man of the match Eddie Jones(3-13), the OSA, through Russell Bryan (33) and Olly Wickett (22), managed to get over the finishing line with just one wicket in hand.
Once again this year there was an excellent attendance of more than ninety Old Shebbearians at the annual Reunion Dinner held at the RAF Club in London.
Guests Ian Burnett, recently retired history and English teacher, and Claire Cardoo, long serving maths teacher, were there to hear the words of the association’s first female President, Kay Giddy.
Kay thanked the committee for their support throughout her year in office and went on to say how much she had enjoyed attending a number of events back at College, not least Speech Day when she took to the stage with another Old Shebbearian, Paul Lockyer.
The main thrust of her speech however, was to promote and explain the importance of the OSA Scholarship Fund, which is in need of ongoing support and is, at the moment, helping four pupils through the 6 th Form at Shebbear.
Kay finished with a plea for more females to take an active role in the OSA reminding everyone that the College is fully co-ed and has been for a number of years.
Headmaster Simon Weale then responded on behalf of the school, giving an extremely positive report on the numerous successes, both on the sports field and in the classroom and thoroughly endorsing Kay’s comments when referring to the success of the girls’ hockey and netball teams and, of course, for the benefit of a certain OS, a reminder that the 1 st XV had beaten West Buckland for the second year running.
Head boy, Jabez Weale and head girl, Heather Mathews then gave their view of the last twelve months – Jabez wondering whether, given recent results, we might get to play the whole of Buckland this year, rather than just West!
Finally, Lydia Scambler, a relatively recent leaver, responded on behalf of the association, and commented on how lucky she had been to attend the College and the importance of the association in helping her to keep in touch with her contemporaries.
The Old Shebbearians’ Association are sponsoring the game between Bideford RFC and Okehampton RFC on December 2nd.
In this fixture last year Bideford won 12 – 5 to extend their run of good home form over the Oaks. However, since that victory the Chiefs have won only 6 times and found themselves on the end of two heavy defeats in Okehampton.
It would be great to have a sizeable Old Shebbearian turn out so put it in the diary and we’ll see you there as guests of the club for drinks and buffet from 1230 with kick off at 1430.
Full details of this and all future events can be found on the events calendar.
The OSA was unable to field as strong a side as in recent years and so the boys were optimistic when they won the toss and decided to bat first. However, a difficult drying wicket proved to be a real challenge for the batsmen and only a determined innings from Eddie Jones (36*) and an entertaining knock from Justin Gilliland (41) late on, saw the school reach a respectable 152-7 in their 30 overs. Then only Chris Jenn (51*) put up any real resistance as the OSA were dismissed for just 91 in reply. Once again it was leading wicket takers Jabez Weale (3-14) and Ethan Solomon (3-21) who did much of the early damage, before the fast improving Freddie Stevenson wrapped up the innings in an impressive spell, finishing with 4-19.
Shebbear College requires a Boarding Gap Student for the summer term (beginning 18th April and ending on 7th July).
The post is a residential one and would suit either a recent school leaver or a graduate looking for some experience in a school. Duties include helping with all aspects of the school from Pre-School to Year 13 and supporting the boarding staff.
Accommodation and all meals are provided with the post. If you are interested please send your CV with a covering letter asap to the HR Manager, Andrea Stairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.