Sports Reports – 12th May 2014

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Tennis – U13 & U12
The U13 girls’ A & B teams had very pleasing results against Foremarke Hall on Saturday. For several players, this was their first experience of competitive play and they are to be congratulated on their standard of play. All four couples used the width of the court to good effect and there were some excellent long rallies, especially from Mia Atkinson and Sophia Henderson, whilst Sarah Astill and Olivia Carpenter volleyed well. The girls found it difficult at first owing to a lack of match practice but as time went on they began to be more assertive by trying to win the points rather than just returning the ball. Final scores were 2 – 2 for the A team and 2 ½ to 1 ½ for the B team.

Rounders – U13
The U13s had their first rounders game of the season against Foremarke Hall on Saturday, narrowly losing 15 ½ to 11 ½. Despite some excellent batting from Niamh Noble and Emily Grimmett, the first-innings saw Ratcliffe trail 6 ½ to 9. India Beresford’s bowling was brilliant throughout the game and she was always on hand to offer support to the base players if needed. All of the girls worked coherently and consistently well; in the second-innings they managed to catch out five of the Foremarke team. The occasional lapse in the field from Ratcliffe saw Foremarke take the lead, winning by 4 rounders. Player of the Match is awarded to Ru Tsatsa, Emily Grimmett and Megha Patel. All three girls played exceptionally well and demonstrated some excellent fielding capabilities.

The U12s had their first rounders game of the season on Saturday against Foremarke Hall. The toss meant that Ratcliffe were fielding first, and the girls quickly showed an organised defensive system, with plenty of communication. There were several Foremarke girls that had really good hits, but the defence adapted their style to this. Foremarke managed to score 11 ½ rounders in the first-innings, with clever runs to second after backward hitting.

Ratcliffe took to the batting stage and there was some impressive batting by Holly Vinall, yet Foremarke’s defence was superb. A slight change in tactics and positions in the second-innings meant that Ratcliffe had a better fielding shape; this was through some awesome back stopping by Sophie Stevens. It was Ratcliffe’s final batting innings and the girls listened to what was being said and took this into their batting. As the balls drew to an end Ratcliffe were pushing for more rounders, a brilliant second-innings where Ratcliffe scored 9 ½ rounders to leave the final score a 16 ½ to 14 ½ win for Foremarke Hall. Players of the Match were Sophie Stevens and Holly Vinall.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.