9th May – Sports Reports

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Senior School Sports News


1st XI

The 1st XI batted against King Henry’s and scored an impressive 209 for 5, with Dominic Warne scoring his maiden century. In response, the match went down to the wire with Rishi Soni and Sam Nightingale combining to take the final wicket, in the final over, and win a very tense game that should have been quite easy.

2nd XI

Ratcliffe 2nd XI lost the toss and took the new ball in overcast conditions. Pace duo, Harry Jones and Simon Riley, were quick to strike. James Head continued the good work as he struck in his first over. Charlie Dolan also took 2 wickets in the penultimate over and Alfie Brown executed a brilliant run-out. A couple of good partnerships helped King Henry’s post a competitive 145 for 6. Ratcliffe’s top order batted with great maturity and made light work of the total, with contributions from James Marsh, Charlie Dolan, James Monk, Tom Pawley and Man of the Match, James Head, who timed his innings perfectly to finish on 42 not out and still manage to catch his taxi on time.

Mid-week the 2nd XI started well but learnt a huge lesson in a humbling defeat to a consistent QE College team. Captain Charlie Dolan and powerful batsman Cameron Gilchrist had a good partnership of 79 when Gilchrist was bowled for 38. All the batsmen played impressive shots but departed cheaply in quick succession. Harry Baum batted nicely before being bowled and he was accompanied by James Horner and James Monk who all hit strong boundaries before being dismissed. Harry Jones started to reply well, taking two wickets for not many runs. Two batsmen settled and managed to form the partnership that Ratcliffe couldn’t. James Head helped make for a nervous end by breaking the partnership with a wonder ball. This effort was in vain, however, as a below par score was just too little to protect. Man of the Match went to Cameron Gilchrist who top scored for his team.


The U15s lost a game they could and should have won. Conceding 18 wides when bowling and some poor shot selection when batting meant we lost key wickets at regular intervals and fell 17 runs short of victory. The difference in the game was the 18 wides we bowled to the one wide they bowled. Joey Higham and Sam Tyler contributed well with bat and ball, while Man of the Match was Toby Smith for a good opening spell of bowling and 33 runs when batting.


Ratcliffe crucially lost the toss in a game where you really wanted to bowl first. This proved the difference between the two sides with Ratcliffe only making 112 off their overs. Batting-wise, Finley Butler, Harry Redding and Louis Hurst all made runs. Kings Henry’s knocked off the runs, winning by 6 wickets. Man of the Match was Louis Hurst.


The U13s lost by 9 wickets to a well-established King Henry’s side. Special mention must go to Tiree Cover who batted very well and was unlucky to get out on 33.


The U12s had a convincing win against King Henry’s by 24 runs. Batting first, Ratcliffe set the opposition a target of 89, with the main contributors being Captain Toby Snell (47) and Alex Purcell (23). King Henry’s opening partnership put up some resistance until 10 overs when Toby Snell removed his off-stump. With 8 bowlers used, the whole team had a part to play with the wickets shared around. Pick of the bowlers was Seb Cook who bowled four overs, including 3 maidens, taking two wickets.

Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.



The U15 team waited until the last ball of the match to clinch a half rounders win over Kimbolton. The match was very even all the way through with top scorer being Charley Flowers. Some tight, if not inconsistent fielding by both teams led to the tight finish. Last batsman, Ellie Cooper took a risk, pressurising Kimbolton into some inaccurate fielding, resulting in the win.

U14/15 Combined

Ratcliffe U14/U15 combined team beat Kimbolton 13.5 rounders to 10. The team fielded well and managed to get the whole Kimbolton team out in the second-innings. There was some great batting from Holly Blount and Emma Taylor-Clarke, with Emma fielding well in 2nd deep. Player of the Match goes to Emma Taylor-Clarke.


The U14 girls beat KImbolton 14.5 rounders to 12.5. Ratcliffe fielded first and were quick and accurate, restricting Kimbolton to just 7.5 runs in the 1st innings. Some excellent batting from Rebecca Astill and Olivia Gilchrist ensured the pressure was on the visitors, as we took a lead of 3 rounders in to the second- innings. Again an excellent fielding performance from the whole team, especially some excellent catches from Becky Astill, kept Kimbolton to a total of 5 in their second-innings. Ratcliffe went in to bat needing just 2.5 runs to take the victory and did so in style with 24 balls to spare. Well done to Player of the Match Rebecca Astill and the whole team on an excellent performance.


The U13B team played well against a strong opposition. Unfortunately some mistakes in the field cost them and they weren’t able to get the rounders they needed. They worked well as a team and will get better in the next game. Player of the Match was Annie Bridgewater.


U12A team lost their first game 12 rounders to 7. It was a close 1st innings with Kimbolton just having an edge. All the girls batted well, but the visitors were on form with their fielding, making it hard work for Ratcliffe to score. The girls enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot which they must take into next week’s match.


Ratcliffe U12B team beat Kimbolton 10.5 rounders to 8. The team communicated well, fielded well and encouraged each other when necessary. The Player of the Match was Niamh Noble.

Century Cycle Challenge

Congratulation to all the students below who took part in the cycle challenge over the weekend, I’m sure that they enjoyed the weather but they might be a little saddle sore. Well done to Mr Reddin who also completed 100 miles.

Max Wheeler – 100 miles
Declan McAuley – 100 miles
Jack Watson – 60 miles
Tilly Wheeler – 25 miles
Katy Watson – 25 miles
Niamh Philpott – 25 miles

Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.

Junior School Sports News

The weather stayed sunny for an afternoon of rounders for both  The Diamonds and The Rubies  teams in Year 6.

It was a tight 1st innings for the A team, Ratcliffe managed to  get 4 people out from the Elms; fielding well,  but the Elms came out on top, just, by ½ a rounder. It was all to play for in the 2nd innings, with all the  Ratcliffe girls batting well, and scoring the team points. POM , Sofia Henderson, batted exceptional well ,securing points on every bat. The 2nd innings ended up with the score finishing at 12 ½ to Ratliffe, an impressive 9 rounders scored in their seconds innings. The Elms were under pressure, but were batting well with some very strong hitting, scoring them some well worked rounders. However, the Ratcliffe fielders were working well; a  special mention goes to Ellie Hollingshead, who with great catching and fielding skills, managed to get numerous girls out at 1st base. The score was tight, right down to the final ball.  The Elms,  were able to score an impressive 9 rounders,  meaning that The Elms pinched the game by ½ a rounder. Well done to all the girls who played.

The Rubies team were also playing some lovely rounders, batting and fielding well in both innings and preventing the Elms from scoring rounders. The 1st innings score finished, 2 to Ratcliffe and 3 ½ to The Elms; still all to play for. The 2nd innings finished with a draw 4 ½ all, which meant The Elms won by 1 ½ rounders. POM goes to Charlotte Bailey for her excellent bowling skills, coupled with her batting. Well done to all the girls who played.

Miss Amanda Stafford