22nd April – Sports Reports

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The 1st team lost a game they really should have won after restricting Wolverhampton to only 136 runs after putting them in to bat. Ratcliffe were well set at tea; however, the big names at the top of the order failed to deliver and despite resistance from Dominic Warne and Tom Roalfe, the total proved beyond what, on paper, is a very talented Ratcliffe batting line up.


The 2nd team lost the toss and were put into bat against Wolverhampton. A steady start was followed by a flurry of top order wickets. Captain, Charlie Dolan, rescued a mini batting collapse and together with Rory Thorne put together a nice partnership with both players scoring unbeaten half-centuries. Set 196 to win, Cameron Gilchrist and Simon Riley made light work of the Wolverhampton top order with wickets falling regularly. Harry Baum removed the main Wolverhampton batsmen with a fine diving catch. Ratcliffe’s total proved too much in the end, winning by 44 runs.  Man of the Match was shared between Charlie Dolan and Rory Thorne for their match-winning partnership.


The U15s were chasing a reachable target of 153 to beat Wolverhampton Grammar, after a reasonable bowling and fielding performance, including five wickets by Man of the Match, Jamaal Pinsent Heskey. The loss of key batsmen early in the innings meant Ratcliffe struggled to keep up with the run-rate and a total of 83 left Ratcliffe well short of their target.


Ratcliffe started their season with a nail-biting win in a game that for a long time they looked like they were going to lose. Losing the toss, Ratcliffe batted first and made a modest 120, Harry Redding top scoring with 26. He also was influential in taking vital wickets and his combined performance earned him the Man of the Match award. Ratcliffe won by 1 run!


The U13s won the toss and elected to bowl first against Wolverhampton Grammar. Jack Nightingale bowled economically, conceding 14 runs from 5 overs. Aarin Popat also bowled well, taking 1-26. Harrison Grimmett (15) and Jack Nightingale (17) got the innings off to a good start. This good work was then followed up by Man of the Match, Aarin Popat, who top scored with 20. A disappointing loss in the end, but there were many positives to take forward into the next game.


The U12s beat Wolverhampton Grammar by 3 wickets with 4 overs to spare. Accurate bowling from Alex Purcell, Sebastian Cook and Toby Snell restricted Wolverhampton to 59 from their 20 overs. Man of the Match, Toby Snell, batted through the innings and produced some excellent all-round stroke play. Toby sealed the win with a wonderful straight drive for four to finish on 33 not out.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.


 1st and 2nd

The 1st and 2nd VI tennis teams entertained Worksop in their opening match. After the first matches the girls got into the swing of things and play improved, with players beginning to attack the net and intimidate their opponents. In the first VI Laura Keay and Sibella Chew won all 3 of their matches, whilst the 2nd and 3rd couple of Rose Borrajo and Frankie Hayes, and Hattie Wheeler and Lilly Thomas, lost 6-5 in some closely fought tennis. The first VI lost 5-4 in the end. In the 2nd VI, Angharad Lloyd and Shona Traynor defeated all three of their opponents in style, leading the 2nd VI to a 5-4 victory.


The U15 A & B teams had a successful start to the tennis season, winning both their matches, 8-1 and 6-3, against Worksop College. First pair, Becky Astill and Chloe Flowers, led from the start and only lost 2 games in their 3 matches. This was backed up by Captain, Milli Ellis, Emma Furlong, Amelia Lallo and Greta McKean. The B team had tougher matches and going into the final-round, the score was 3-3, but an impressive standard of play from all the players meant the team won and clinched the round. Ratcliffe’s aggressive attacking play, smart tactics and excellent serving proved too strong.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

London Marathon 2013

On behalf of Mr Lloyd and myself, may I say a big thank you to all those people who supported us in our London Marathon 2013 race, both before and after the race. We both successfully crossed the finishing line, but I would have to say that Mr Lloyd felt a lot better than I did. It was a very special occasion for me, being my first and maybe last ever marathon; I will wait to see how my body recovers before I decide whether to run another.  To have the support of so many people along the route is something that I shall never forget, especially as I did not know any of them. I would also like to say well done to anyone else who ran in this year’s marathon, as I know there were some other parents participating. We have managed to raise over £2000 for The Royal National Children’s Foundation, a very worthy cause.

Many thanks,

Mr Gilchrist, Director of Sport.