Sports Reports – 11th May 2015

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Cricket, 2nds
The 2nd XI lost to Uppingham’s 3rd XI by 30 runs. The team bowled and fielded tidily to restrict the visitors to 102 in their 25 overs, but fell well short of their total with only James Marsh batting for any length of time for 32 runs. Josh Macqueen bowled 5 overs for 5 runs and Captain Alfie Brown took 3 wickets for 24 runs.

U15/14 Combined
The U15/14 combined team beat Mount St Mary’s by 9 wickets. After bowling out Mount for 60, it took only 15 overs for Ratcliffe to knock off the runs required. The wickets were shared around the team, while Alex Purcell (25) and Man of the Match, Akash Moorthy (22 not out), scoring the majority of the runs.

U13/12 combined
An U13/12 combined team proved too strong for Mount St Mary’s and cruised to a 90-run victory. Ratcliffe batted first and scored an impressive 139 – 3. Solid batting saw Fin Back and Aled King reach 19 and 18 respectively, but there was an outstanding display from Dominic McKaig, who finished on 56 not out after batting all the twenty overs. Ratcliffe proved very uncompromising with the ball as well, with Oliver Welch (2-0-2) and Tom Page (2-0-6) bowling consistently well. The wickets were shared between the rest of the bowlers with Fin Back (1.3-3-2) doing an excellent job sweeping up the tail. Despite many good performances with bat and ball this week, Dominic McKaig is Man of the Match with a truly excellent knock as well as taking 2 wickets with the ball!! Well done!

The annual staff versus students golf match was played on Friday evening. The staff team triumphed this year winning by 112 points to 103. Congratulations to Alex Jarvis who won the longest drive competition and with Omar Khan also won the prize for the best points total of 16. Mr Gilchrist won the nearest to the pin prize hitting his tee shot to 6 feet on the 6th hole. Mr Turns won the highest points total for the staff with 20 points.

Congratulations to Will Harkness who won the ‘Under 17s Coaches Player of the Year’ at Syston Rugby Club on Saturday evening.

Tennis, 1st
The 1st and 2nd tennis teams travelled to Wellingborough for their match this weekend, with all couples playing some excellent tennis. Adelaide Muskwe and Greta McKean fought hard for their wins in two close games, while Sibella Chew and Rebecca Astillboth served excellently, giving the 1st team a 6 – 0 win.

Elena Wheatley and Angharad Lloyd, and Milli Ellis and Imogen Power had good matches, in which all girls played creative tennis to finish with a fair 3 – 3 tie for the 2nd team. Well done to all the girls.

The combined U15/14 team played extremely well, beating Wellingborough 8 – 1. Some fine rallies culminating with strong volleying saw the team cruise to a well-deserved win. All players should be proud of the standard of their play

Mid-week the U13 tennis team lost narrowly 5 – 4 to Loughborough, with the deciding match being won by Loughborough 6 – 5. On Saturday against a very strong Foremarke Hall team, the girls put up a competitive fight, losing 3 – 1 with all four players raising their games.

Rounders, U15
The U15 team lost to a very strong Loughborough team 21 ½ – 15. The first innings started slowly for Ratcliffe, only scoring 5 rounders against some fast bowling. Loughborough managed to score 12 ½ after some errors from Ratcliffe’s fielders. In the 2nd innings the girls were much more switched on and were able to stop Loughborough scoring rounders as well as getting a lot of players out, with Issy Thomas and Kate Tyszka fielding well in deep field. During Ratcliffe’s second batting innings, the girls were much more used to the fast bowling, scoring 10 rounders; unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to catch Loughborough. Player of the Match goes to Kate Tyszka for her excellent catching and decision-making.

The U14A team faced a tough Loughborough side mid-week; however, the girls put their hard work from training into practice winning 24 – 17. Ceri Graham and India Beresford played exceptionally well, particularly when batting, striking every ball and therefore scoring a number of rounders between them. Emily Grimmett received Player of the Match for her fantastic fielding and quick reaction time.

The U14A team met a strong U15 Wellingborough side this Saturday. Unfortunately, the final score was a 13 – 9 ½ loss. All the girls played exceptionally well, working together as a team and supporting each other. Izzy Coombs received Joint Player of the Match for her work ethic and excellent decision-making, alongside Jenna Pole for her accurate and confident throwing as back stop.

The U14B rounders team had a mid-week fixture against Loughborough High School. In the wind and rain the girls played well in the first innings scoring 8 rounders. Ratcliffe’s fielding was superb, only allowing Loughborough to score 3 ½ rounders. In the second innings Loughborough clawed back the score, scoring 7 rounders. A few poor decisions made by the girls meant Loughborough had an opportunity to win. The Ratcliffe girls pulled it back in their second innings scoring 8 rounders again. The final score was a 16 – 10 ½ win for Ratcliffe. Player of the Match was Izzy Pullen for her consistent bowling in very windy conditions and excellent decision-making.

The U14B team had a tough fixture against Wellingborough on Saturday. The girls fielded well with some excellent fielding decisions and catches made by a number of the girls. Unfortunately, during the batting innings we struggled to score, resulting in a 20 – 6 defeat. However, the girls enjoyed it and demonstrated some great fielding skills. Player of the Match goes to Charlotte Ball and Anna Williams.

The U13 team got off to a good start in their first game of the season, beating Foremarke Hall 13 – 11. It was a close game, but Ratcliffe edged it with their decisive batting and fielding. Player of the Match goes to Caitlin Lawrence for her great batting and fielding. Opposition Players’ vote goes to Elle Hall who again batted very well and performed well as back stop.

The U12 girls played Foremarke Hall this week. All 11 girls batted superbly well, scoring a massive 13 ½ rounders which set the standard high. We had worked on decision-making throughout the week and this showed. The girls only allowed Foremarke to score 3 ½ rounders in the first innings. Foremarke picked up their fielding in the second innings, only allowing Ratcliffe to score 9 rounders. Great bowling from Ellie Gallacher in the second innings and fantastic communication between all girls meant Foremarke were out after 20 good balls. Player of the Match went to Annabel Mills for her faultless catching on second post getting many players out. The final score was 22 ½ – 7 ½ rounders to Ratcliffe. This was a fantastic achievement for the girls and they should be very proud.

Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who has been selected to play in the U14 final JAC tournament next week.

Huge congratulations  to Alice Daniel in Year 12 who came in as the First Lady runner in the Wymeswold Waddle 5-mile race on Saturday in just over 30 minutes, a superb achievement.