Sports Reports – 16th June 2014

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The U15s recorded their first win of the season against Princethorpe with a 5-wicket win, despite having a number of players missing. A good fielding display was followed by a mature batting performance, masterminded by Man of the Match Fin Butler who scored 47.

Ratcliffe U14s won the toss and opted to bat on a relatively soft wicket. They got off to the worst possible start losing 2 wickets in the very first over. From this point onward they scored at a good rate, but their failure to bat out the 20 overs meant they were probably at least 30 runs short of setting a competitive target, eventually being all-out for 71 in the 13th over with Player of the Match Harry Heaney batting quite nicely. With the total being fairly small, Ratcliffe fielded fairly well and in the end came very close to an unlikely win, with Princethorpe eventually getting the runs required in the 18th over for the loss of 8 wickets.

Disappointingly, the U13s could only post a score of 72 from their 20 overs against a disciplined bowling attack. Toby Snell top scored with 35 but despite Ratcliffe taking 7 wickets, Princethorpe reached their total with 4 overs to spare.

The U12s suffered defeat by 5 wickets against Princethorpe on Saturday. A very depleted side owing to seven players being at the County Athletics, batted first and set a total of 62 to win.  Princethorpe reached their target with 5 overs to spare and the loss of 5 wickets. It was very pleasing to see so many different faces in the U12 team this week and they all played their part. A special mention must go to Nicole Spencer who stared with the ball, bowling 2 overs for only a few runs. Man of the Match goes to Harry Best for some excellent bowling and keeping behind the stumps.

County Athletics
There were some excellent performances by Ratcliffe students at the County Schools’ Athletics finals on Saturday. Ganesh Thapa regained the county discus title he won two years ago with a throw of over 30 metres. He is now in contention to be selected for Leicestershire Schools in the National Schools’ Athletics finals later in the summer. Mia Atkinson ran superbly to finish second in a personal best time in the U13 1200 metres. Harry Culpin was the third Ratcliffe student to medal, placing second in the U13 high jump. Will Westwood and Emily Grimmett both achieved personal bests in finishing fourth in their respective 200 metres finals and Georgia Holt finished fourth in a very close 100 metre final. Billy Hull knocked six seconds off his personal best in his 800m final and Bruno Gillick, Harrison Grimmett, Joe Collier and Oliver Welch all performed well in their javelin and long jump finals. The Year 7 boys and Years 8 and 9 combined 4 x 100m relay teams ran very well to both finish fourth out of eight in their relay races. Very well done to all the Ratcliffe competitors who did themselves and the School proud in their athletic efforts.

House Golf
On Friday night the golfers set off for the 9-hole house golf competition at Rothley Golf Club. A total of 11 students and 3 staff played in a series of matches to decide the winning house. There was some excellent golf played, with Billy Hull even chipping in from around 90 yards. The winning house on the night was Leetham with 59 stapleford points (see below).

Final scores were:

1st place – Leetham 59 stableford points
2nd place – Emery 54 points
3rd place – Arundel – 53 points
4th place – De Lisle – 41 points

Will Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.