The 1st XI played almost perfect cricket yesterday against a strong Tonbridge School side at Lords. (Photos to follow)
The match, at the Lord's Nursery Ground, marked the centenary of the first time the two teams played each other.
The fixture had added poignancy against the backdrop of the 100 Years Anniversary of the First World War. On the day before the 1914 match, Austria-Hungary had declared war on Serbia.
The conflict would take the lives of half the boys playing that day - seven from Clifton and four from Tonbridge.
This is the first time the two teams have met at Lord's since the late 1960s.
Tonbridge won the toss and elected to bat on a gloriously sunny day. They made a fast start and were well placed after 10 overs with 50 runs on the scoreboard and 2 wickets down. Then the Clifton spinners Jonathan Dilley and off spinner Jake Probert, joined the bowling attack and slowed the run rate. Jonathan Dilley’s left arm spin was impressed and he took 4 wickets for 32 runs. Jake and opening bowler Dylan Trenouth took 2 wickets each, as Tonbridge collapsed to 172 all out.
In reply Clifton made a reasonable start with captain Tom Smith and Hamish Matthews looking comfortable. But both were out in quick succession with Clifton still needing 140 runs. Then Jack Ellison and Joel Barber batted beautifully in a stand of over a hundred runs for the third wicket. Joel reached his half century and was eventually out for 60 with Clifton needing only 10 runs to win. They achieved, a seven wicket victory in the 40th over. Jack Ellison ended on 47*. It was a comprehensive performance by the 1st XI, on a very special day for Clifton College sport.