13th May – Sports Reports

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Senior School Sports

Cricket 

1st XI

The 1st XI took on the XL Club on Thursday in atrocious conditions. Tight bowling restricted the XL Club to a declaration target of 160. Sadly the weather proved a more formidable opponent and the match was abandoned as a draw, after another heavy downpour.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain. 

Tennis

1st & 2nd 

The 1st and 2nd tennis teams played a very strong Wellingborough team for their final fixture of the year. It took everyone a match to be able to get used to the unfamiliar bounce off the surface as the girls found themselves playing on astro-turf, but all the girls were much more comfortable by the 2nd match. The 1st team girls did well to beat the Wellingborough’s 3rd couple, but were unfortunate to lose to the other 2 pairs, with the scores not being reflective of the level of play at all, losing 6-3. The 2nd team girls, whilst enjoying their tennis, were also unfortunate to lose with some close matches, especially Sorcha Grant and Ella Delargy, who lost 2 of their matches 6-5. Although the 2nd team also lost, there were some great examples of the tactics they have been working on. Congratulations to all girls who played in the match, and all those that have attended training over the short season; you have all worked fantastically hard, making great improvements.

U15

The U15A & B tennis teams faced strong net play from Wellingborough which put pressure on the Ratcliffe teams to find the angles on the court. The 1-8 and 2-7 scores do not reflect the overall match play, as most games went to deuce. 

Rounders 

U15 

The U15s were playing a strong Wellingborough side, who batted extremely well, scoring many rounders in the 1st innings, while the Ratcliffe girls were slow to start. Ratcliffe batted well in their 1st innings, putting the pressure on Wellingborough, and with some good Ratcliffe fielding managed to get 5 of the batters out, but Wellingborough had the edge with some big hitters. Wellinborough finally won by 6 ½ rounders. Player of the Match goes to Molly Brooks and Eve Marshall for their excellent work at backstop and 1st base.

U14 

The U14s lost 15 rounders to 9. Ratcliffe had a strong 1st innings in the field, bowling 7 of the opposition out; however, their 1st batter scored 5 of their 6 rounders to keep them in the game. Ratcliffe then struggled with the pace of the Wellingborough bowling and only managed to score 4 more rounders. At the start of Wellingborough’s 2nd innings in bat, we stumped out their top scorer, and we looked poised to set up a smaller target to chase; however, a few moments of lost concentration saw the visitors hit 9 rounders, leaving us needing 11.5 in our 2nd innings for the win. The girls worked hard but managed only 5 and half rounders, losing out by 6 rounders. Player of the Match was Megan Vincent.

Mid-week the U14s lost a close game to Loughborough, with both teams having excellent 1st innings in bat. Ratcliffe had an excellent 2nd innings in the field restricting Loughborough to just 3 and a half rounders. Needing only 3 rounders to take victory, Loughborough matched our performance in the field and bowled all the Ratcliffe team out half a rounder short of their target, narrowly losing the game 12.5 rounders to 12. Greta McKean was Player of the Match for her excellent fielding and batting.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Staff versus students Golf Match, Friday 10th May – Park Hill Golf Club

A much larger and new-look student golf team took on an experienced staff side over 9 holes at Park Hill Golf Club. Despite the overcast conditions and a stiff breeze, there was much ‘banter’ at the first tee, as players limbered up for their eagerly awaited matches to begin, whilst calculating the number of shots they would receive on each hole. The format, stableford points based on ¾ of the full handicap, had a few scratching their heads to work out the correct mathematics! There were certainly a few ‘bandits’ there claiming unlikely handicaps and pleading enthusiastically that this was the first time they had played for a while!

Mr Michel and Mr Henshaw began proceedings against the much fancied pairing of Mir Patel (Year 12) and Tom Stephens (Year 10), both veterans of the last two School golf tours. A close match was finally won on the 9th green, with the students prevailing by 27 points to 25. Next to ‘tee it up’ was Mrs Dorn, a relative new comer to the old game, against the much talented Year 7 pairing of Tom Scarborough and Emily Dunne. All coped well over the long holes with the students winning a close match by 15 points to 13. The third group to play was Mr McIntyre and Mr Walker who ably took on George Henfrey (Year 10) and Alex Jarvis (Year 11). George hit a magnificent shot on the par 3 6th hole to win the coveted ‘nearest the pin’ title – well done, George! Mr Walker then spanked a long and accurate drive up the tricky 9th hole to win the ‘longest drive’ title by virtue of the fact that he was the only player to keep his ball on the fairway – well done, Mr Walker! Overall, the staff team won by 22 points to 17. Mr Reddin, partnered with Carrick Anderson (Year 10) on loan from the students for the evening, played Eric Tuttey (Year10) and George Santaney (Year 10). There was some very nice golf played by this group, with the staff team edging out the students by 28 points to 24. Finally, Mr Gilchrist played Alex Patecki and Nick Heywood in the last match. Unfortunately, Mr Cooke was delayed with school business and had to drop out at the last minute, resulting in a student win of 13 points to 10.

When all the scores were handed in and added up, the staff had achieved an unlikely victory by the narrowest of margins – 98 points to 96! As the staff celebrated with orange juice all round, the students were left to finish the sandwiches and lament upon all those missed putts!

Thank you to all the staff and students who gave up their Friday evening to play. It was a very enjoyable evening and everyone is looking forward to the next match on Thursday 23rd May at Rothley Park Golf Club, where the staff will play against a parents’ and students’ team.

Mr Reddin

On Sunday 12th May, Mollie Page and Nicole Spencer (Year 7) and their team, Charnwood Sapphires, were runners up in the East Midlands Regional Netball Tournament. They played 8 games over 6 hours in the rain but were very happy to come away with their medals!

Junior School Sport

On Wednesday 8th May, Ockbrooke School visited Ratcliffe College for a Kwick Cricket fixture against Ratcliffe Under 11s.  Ratcliffe opened the batting and scored 235 and the opposition finished on 250 so narrowly took the victory.  Man of the Match went to Tom Neuberg who fielded superbly.

Ratcliffe College under 11 and under 10 cricket teams travelled to Nottingham High School on Friday afternoon for a game threatened by rain.  Both teams succumbed to a humbling defeat against 2 very strong Nottingham teams.  Man of the match for the under 10s went to Tom Page for an excellent all round performance.  Under 11 man of the match was awarded by Mr Jepps to Joseph Evenden who applied himself well in both innings.

On Saturday (11th May) morning, Ratcliffe College hosted the annual cross country running event, that had previously been postponed, due to bad weather, in January.  Approximately 180 children from 12 different schools competed on a typically tough course.

The event started at 10am with a year 1 and 2 fun run.  The Headmaster, Mr Lloyd, kindly “hared” each race.  In the Year 4 Girls event Annie-Rose Reddin started Ratcliffe College’s medal haul.  Annie-Rose came second in a strong field and won a silver medal.  Louis Westwood added a bronze medal in the Year 4 Boys race, a number of other Ratcliffe runners narrowly missed out on medals.

The course then opened up for Year 5 and 6 as the older runners looked to secure some medals for their respective schools.  Perhaps the race of the day was ran by the year 5 boys.  This race was won by Owen Lloyd but his team mates Connor Foster (2nd), Tom Page (9th) and Thomas Leite (25th) all ran superb races and they were very unlucky not to win the team event.

Layla Bott represented the Year 6 girls in the second fastest race of the day.  This was succeeded by the final and most exciting event of the day.  Ratcliffe’s Year 6 boys dominated the field from start to finish, ensuring a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal for William Hull, William Westwood and Samuel Offer respectively.  Joseph Summer finished 7th (one place outside the medals) and Adam Shaw finished 15th, which was enough to secure Team Champions by 1 point.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the event successful on the day, Mick O’Hara and his groundstaff who prepared a tough and testing course for all the children.  We would also like to thank the many members of the boarding community who made themselves available to help, marshalling and running the course with the children.

Cross-Country medal winners last Saturday: 

Year 4 Girls – Annie Rose Reddin 2nd 

Year 4 Boys – Louis Westwood 5th 

Year 5 Boys – Connor Foster 2nd 

Year 5 Boys – Owen Lloyd 1st 

Year 6 Boys – Samuel Offer 3rd 

Year 6 Boys – William Westwood 2nd 

Year 6 Boys – William (Billy) Hull 1st 

Year 6 boys Team winners: Adam Shaw, Joseph Summer, Samuel Offer, William Westwood and Billy Hull.

U10 Rounders 

Match report written by Rebecca Lindley, Year 5.

On Monday 13th May, Ratcliffe College Year 5 team (including two Year 4 pupils) played rounders against Stoneygate at home. Ratcliffe played a strong game, with some lovely batting and fielding but, sadly, it was not quite enough for the well organised and prepared Stoneygate. Well done to the whole team. Player of the Match was Mimi Khan, who scored at least half a rounder on every bat and also fielded well.