22nd May – Sports Reports

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Senior School Sports



On a difficult pitch and in difficult conditions, the U15s won a close match against Derby Grammar School. Tight bowling by Ratcliffe restricted Derby to 65 in 20 overs. Despite stuttering in the chase, Man of the Match, Joey Higham, steadied the ship with a good knock of 24 as Ratcliffe reached the winning target in the last over. 


Ratcliffe U14s once again lost the toss and struggled after being put into bat in difficult conditions. Ratcliffe unfortunately lost wickets at regular intervals whilst scoring at a very slow rate. Top scorer was Rion Yappa, the only one to get into double figures. Derby knocked off the runs with overs to spare.  Player of the Match was Rion Yappa. 


The U13s beat Derby Grammar by 25 runs. Man of the Match was Captain Jack Nightingale who was 52 not out with the bat, and bowled extremely well getting 3 wickets for only 11 runs off 4 overs. 


Last Monday the U12s beat Samworth Academy by 8 wickets on a bitterly cold afternoon. Everybody got involved in the action with nine different bowlers used and the wickets shared around. Top scorer was Alex Purcell with 22 not Out. Man of the Match was Alex Purcell.

On Wednesday the U12s played Lancaster School in the County Cup, winning by 10 wickets. The boys stuck to the plan and bowled well, although too many extras were still present. Chasing a target of 57 to win, Alex Purcell again led the way with an unbeaten 31. Man of the Match goes to Captain Toby Snell who had figures of 4 overs, 7 runs, for 1 wicket.

To end a busy week the U12s travelled to Derby Grammar on Saturday, unfortunately losing by 6 wickets. The game went all the way to the last over, with Derby setting a target of 92 to win; Captain Toby Snell top scored with 32. Derby reached the target with 4 balls remaining for a disappointing loss. The boys have learnt some important lessons from this loss, their first of the season. Man of the Match goes to Toby Snell for his all-round performance.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain. 


U14 & U13

Convincing 7-2 and 8-1 wins were well deserved by the U14 and U13 tennis teams respectively. Learning from last week’s losses, both teams were more dynamic, playing better tactically as doubles pairs and putting away more winning volleys. U14 partners, Becky Astill and Greta McKean, only lost 2 games in their 3 matches whilst U13 partners, Sarah Astill and Olivia Back only lost 3 games in their 3 matches. All the players should be pleased with their play, especially Olivia Gilchrist and Tilly Wheeler, playing as Ratcliffe’s 3rd couple, beating Princethorpe’s 1st pair 6-4.



The U14s took on Princethorpe with a solid start in the field which meant that the visitors only scored 1 rounder in the first innings, whilst Ratcliffe batted well and scored 7 rounders in their first innings. The pattern continued with Ratcliffe winning 14 ½ rounders to 5 ½ overall. The whole team worked well together, so all girls are Players of the Match.


The U13/12 team played well, but lost 13 rounders to 16 ½ . Katie Honey was Player of the Match for her fearless determination which paid off allowing her to score lots of rounders.


The U13s fielded first and kept Princethorpe down to only 4 rounders. Player of the Match, Callista Tsatsa was excellent at second post preventing Princethorpe from building their total. In bat Ratcliffe struggled to find their form and some excellent fielding from Princethope restricting them to just 1 ½  rounders. Princethorpe set a total across the two innings of 7 rounders. With Ratcliffe needing only 6 rounders for victory the girls were extremely focussed, but again an excellent innings from Princethorpe left Ratcliffe 2 rounders short of a winning score, finally losing 5 ½ to 7 rounders.

Mid-week the U13s fielded excellently for the first innings, getting 9 of Stoneygate’s  players out with 7 balls left and they seemed very much in control; unfortunately, their final batter scored off every ball, to set a challenging target for Ratcliffe to chase in their second innings.  The girls were somewhat deflated and found it difficult to find their rhythm and were unable to reach their target, losing the game 28 rounders to 14. Bethany Pickup was Player of the Match for some excellent batting.


The U12A team were fielding first and in a tough first innings, Stoneygate managed to score 6 ½ rounders. The girls knew they needed to really focus and step up a gear in order to match Stoneygate. Ratcliffe were on form and also took their chances to score rounders, notching up lots of ½ rounders, meaning that they, too, scored 6 ½ rounders. It was all to play for in the second innings; Stoneygate again batted well, scoring some good rounders, Ratcliffe fielded well, preventing rounders being scored and getting players out; however, Stoneygate managed to score 8 ½ rounders. It was Ratcliffe’s turn to bat, against a good fast bowler, but the girls knew they just needed to make a good connection with the ball and it would go far. Ratcliffe were scoring rounders and in particular ½ rounders when it looked impossible, with some daring running from Captain, Emily Grimmett who also got Player of the Match. The final score was close, scoring 9 rounders in their second innings meaning a win for Ratcliffe 15 ½ rounders to 15.

The U12 B team were much changed on Saturday, but every single player played extremely well in both fielding and batting.  In the first innings, Ratcliffe played well and scored 6 ½ rounders, Jenna Pole scoring on every ball. While fielding, Ratcliffe were on form, preventing runs and managing to get all the Princethorpe team out by 24 balls. The second innings was still to play for, Ratcliffe batting well again and scoring 8 rounders; a very strong performance. In the second innings, Princethorpe were getting into the swing of things, and batting very well. Ratcliffe were on form again in their fielding; preventing runs and managing to get 5 players out. A great team performance and a 14 ½ rounders to 12 ½ win, with all players winning Player of the Match.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior School Sports

Last Thursday afternoon, Year 3 and 4 travelled to Brooke Priory for an athletics meeting. All of the children competed in at least 2 events and everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.  Events on offer were 400m, 50m sprints, standing long jump and cricket/rounders ball throwing. Ben Ashford, Year 4,threw with determination and was narrowly pipped to first place. Annie-Rose Reddin and Matilda Cregeen impressed over the long distances races. In Year 3, Sam  Gray,  was as committed as ever in his sprint races and Victoria Wheatley (along with Miss Watson) battled hard to complete the tough 400m longer distance.  Well done to all of the children from Year 3 and 4 who took part and had an enjoyable afternoon of athletics.

Peter Langley, Junior Games Co-ordinator  

On Tuesday 21st May Ratcliffe Juniors took part in a triangular athletics tournament against Fairfield and Grace Dieu. There were some close finishes and excellent performances, but special mention must go to:

Elle Hall for winning the discus
Layla Bott winning shot put
Owen Lloyd winning 800m
Harry Best 2nd in Shot Put
Lucy Antill 2nd in long jump
Tom Page 2nd in cricket ball throw
Connor Foster 2nd in the 800m
Annie-Rose Reddin 2nd in year 5 800m

On Wednesday 22nd May Ratcliffe College Year 5 rounders team played a match against Grace Dieu. In the first half Ratcliffe battled well and stumped three people out. Unfortunately, by the end of the first half Ratcliffe were losing 6-5. At the start of the second half Ratcliffe played excellently, with two outs in a row from Emily McBallantine and Annabel Mills. Sadly though, this was not enough and Ratcliffe lost the match. Special mention goes to Annabel for an amazing rounder and Rebecca Lindley for her excellent bowling. Player’s player of the match went to Mimi Khan for being so braved when she was injured.

Mr Dave Turner