29th April – Sports Reports

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1st XI

The 1st XI had two games this week. The first, on Thursday, produced a very credible draw against a powerful MCC team, with Ben Shaw scoring a solid 64. The weekend game against Welbeck College produced their first win of the season. Ben Shaw scored a confident 106 not out and all the bowlers chipped in, with Fred Notman being the pick with 3 for 21.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI continued their unique brand of cricket on Saturday with a dominant performance from start to finish over Welbeck College. Captain Charlie Dolan won the toss and sensibly decided to bat, not knowing what the weather might bring. Charlie continued on from last week, with what is becoming a standard unbeaten half-century. With the help of a powerful knock of 44 from Cameron Gilchrist, we declared on 156 off 25 overs. In the field, James Monk started the wickets falling with a diving catch dismissing the first batsman (possibly the moment of the match). Vice-captain Joe Gerighty helped set an attacking-field which helped Man of the Match Tom Pawley take 4 wickets to crush Welbeck’s lower order, leaving Ratcliffe to win by 45 runs.

U15/14 combined

Despite an excellent start when batting with Man of the Match Charlie Rayns scoring 61, the U15/14s once again batted poorly as a team to only score 126 against Lincoln Minster. James Lockton bowled superbly, taking 2 wickets and deserving more, but it was not enough to prevent the opposition reaching the winning target with two overs to spare.

U13/12 combined

A combined U13/12 team had a resounding victory over Lincoln Minster. Some excellent batting from Harrison Grimmett and another mature innings by Toby Snell enabled Ratcliffe to get 122 runs off 20 overs. Ratcliffe’s dominance continued in the field and Alex Purcell got 4 wickets for 7 runs, off 3 overs to help bowl Lincoln Minster out for only 40 runs of 13 overs.

Well done to all the boys who played in the U13/12 trial game on Saturday, who witnessed rain sleet and sunshine, all in just three hours. This was a good experience for everyone as some of them had never played competitive cricket before. Hopefully this will stand them in good stead for later on this term.

U12 Regional Hockey Tournament

The U12s competed in the regional rounds on Friday at Cannock hockey club, finishing with a record of losing 2, winning 1 and drawing 2. The boys represented Ratcliffe with pride and should have turned one of the draws into a win. There were some well taken goals especially from Toby Snell who calmly played the ball past the goal keeper before slotting in the goal. Player of the Tournament goes to Bishnu Thapa who was outstanding in defence, leading the team by his organisation and his ability.


On Wednesday of last week the U15 boys’ tennis team took on a strong team from Robert Smyth. All players battled hard and all games were close, but unfortunately we were unable to win any sets. Congratulations must go to all 4 players for their positive approach and in particular to Josh McQueen and Harry Stokes for stepping in at the last minute.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.


1st and 2nd

The 1st and 2nd tennis teams took on Denstone on Saturday. The whole team adapted well to tough weather conditions including sun, rain, wind and hail. It was good to see all girls putting into matches what they had learnt in practice; in particular, Becky Taylor and Roisin Sheehy who proved that attacking the net can always work, winning all 3 of their matches. There were some very close matches, but we eventually came out on top with 5-4 victories for both teams.

Well done to all the girls who attended tennis and rounders training on Saturday morning in weather conditions that were certainly not ideal for summer sports.

County Netball

Congratulations to Captain Olivia Gilchrist, Megan Vincent, Holly Blount and Olivia Back for qualifying for the U14 National netball finals in May, to be held in Essex. Their team, Charnwood Sapphires, finished the Regional heats in second place.

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior Sport

On the 1st of May, the Ratcliffe U10s and three Year 6 students played The Elms U10s. There was some excellent play by both teams. Ratcliffe went on to win 6.5 rounders to 6. The girls that played did really well and special mention goes to the whole team for their excellent playing. Well done!

Ratcliffe Diamonds put up a strong match against The Elms with some great fielding. The whole team managed to pull it out of the bag when the girls scored a phenomenal 10 rounders in the second innings. The final score was 13.5 rounders to 10 to Ratcliffe. Well played to all the girls in the match!