Sports Reports – 16th May 2016

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The Cricket 1st XI finished for the mid-season exam break with a hard-fought loss. Good bowling had restricted a typically powerful Emeriti side to 214 all-out, with Jack Nightingale picking up 5 for 43. In response, the loss of three key wickets before the tea interval made life challenging. Toby Snell fought hard to keep the game alive, eventually succumbing for 99, and despite the best efforts of Man of the Match, Toby, together with Niall McWhir, Richard Ward and Toby Smith, the side could not quite cling on for the draw, losing the final wicket with only nine balls remaining.

2nd XI

The 2nd XI ended their season with a close defeat on a pleasant afternoon at Uppingham. Despite Ratcliffe’s now customary frugal bowling, Uppingham managed to set a challenging total. Ratcliffe fell 18 runs short despite a swashbuckling 25 from Ben Pole, who thoroughly justified his promotion in the side. As always, the team was well captained by Kasey Newby, and Niall McWhir proved to be very much an all-rounder, opening the bowling and the batting. Thank you to the boys who have given of their time this season in what is a very busy time of the year. It has been very much appreciated.


The U15s had a convincing win against Derby Grammar. The opposition batted first and had a good opening partnership of 45 that was eventually broken by George Morgan-Jones. Wickets then fell at regular intervals and Derby were bowled out for 85. Seb Cook did well to pick up 3 wickets and he also crucially ran out their best player with an excellent direct hit. In the chase, Ratcliffe started slowly but Toby Snell soon got into his stride, hitting 67 off 48 balls, to secure Ratcliffe the win in the 15th over. Men of the Match were Seb and Toby.


The U14s had a convincing win by 10 wickets against Derby Grammar. With there being no Senior Games, they also had the honour of playing on the first team pitch. Ratcliffe won the toss and opted to bowl; they won the game with a fine bowling and fielding display. The turning point in the game was when Man of the Match, Dom McKaig, took a splendid catch off his own bowling and from this point they never looked back. Ratcliffe’s excellent peraformance in the field reduced the opposition to a very modest total of 58 all-out. Ratcliffe then were very professional with the bat as Oliver Welch and Carter Walker knocked off the runs without losing a wicket.


The U13s produced another excellent performance to win by 102 runs. Batting first, Captain and Man of the Match, Aled King, faced the first ball, and also the last, finishing on an amazing 108 not-out. This was Aled’s first 100 for the school and I am sure it won’t be his last. He was ably assisted by James Turner who got 22. This target was always going to be very difficult for Derby to chase down and so it turned out. With the bowling shared around, the visitors were restricted to 72 for 7 off their 20 overs. Standout bowlers were Fin Back who bowled 2 overs for 2 runs, taking 1 wicket, and Krishnan Jivanji who also bowled 2 overs for just 1 run, taking 2 wickets. Overall, this was a very good team performance, made even better as the players were still aching from their National Hockey Tournament the day before.


The U12s won their third successive match in a tightly fought contest against Derby Grammar. Batting first, Ratcliffe got off to a solid start thanks to the consistently reliable Jacob Storey (25) and Guy Heywood (24), until Jacob was bowled out with the score at 56. Some tight bowling from the visitors restricted Ratcliffe in the middle overs until Hugo Ziff strolled out to the crease and hit 31 not-out in quick time. The Ratcliffe innings finished on 107 – 4 off their 20 overs. In Derby’s innings, Ratcliffe got off to a strong start thanks to an early breakthrough from Ben Ashford, backed up by some tight bowling from Sam Linnett at the other end. At the half-way stage, the game was finely balanced at 53 – 2. Despite a number of dropped catches, Ratcliffe were able to stay ahead of the game thanks to a brilliant spell of bowling from Guy (3 – 13). Derby Grammar finished their innings on 103 – 6, giving Ratcliffe the win by 4 runs. Man of the Match goes to Guy for his all-round stunning performance consisting of 24 runs, 3 wickets and a run out.

National Hockey Finals

Will Oswell, Joe Stamp, Alex Tyszka, Tom Page, Fin Back, Archie Heaney, Owen Lloyd (Captain), James Turner, Krishnan Jivanji, Connor Foster and Harry Cussack proudly represented Ratcliffe in the U13 National Hockey Finals at Beeston Hockey club last Friday. A nervous but confident team opened up with a comfortable win against the East of England Champions, Felsted, but, in many ways the tournament was decided, when Ratcliffe slipped to a 3 – 2 defeat against Northern Champions Harrogate, somehow managing to let a comfortable 2 – 0 lead slip to a last minute defeat. A 2 – 2 draw against KES Southampton meant, at best, we would be playing for 3rd place and only if we could beat West of England Champions Dean Close, who had been unbeaten for 5 years! It came as no surprise to Mr Taylor and Mr Hunter that Ratcliffe raised their game to deservedly beat a shocked Dean Close 2 – 0, leaving us to play Ipswich in the bronze medal game. In what was recognised by many to be the best performance of the tournament, Ratcliffe totally dominated the team who had finished 2nd in their pool to run out 5 – 1 winners.

This was a fantastic day with the boys doing themselves and the School proud. They have proved to be an excellent hockey team and superb ambassadors for Ratcliffe College. It is to the boys’ credit that, whilst enjoying the kudos of being recognised as one of the top sides in the country, they are already planning to become the number one school side in the very near future.


Sam Nightingale,
Boys’ Sports Captain.



Mid-week the 1st team girls faced Loughborough in the final county round of the Aberdare Cup. All the games were close and the round was tied after the singles and doubles games, which meant a shootout, with Sibella Chew and Rebecca Astill taking this on, unfortunately losing 10 – 8.
The weekend opponents were Wellingborough, where all the girls played extremely well. Particular mention must go to Sarah Astill who played some excellent tennis to beat their 1st seed in the tie break, to seal the win. Player of the Match was Tilly Wheeler.<
The U15A team continue to be unbeaten in both the AEGON league and the inter-school fixtures as they secured 4 – 2 and 6 – 3 wins over Oakham and Wellingborough respectively. Players of the Match go to Sarah and Rachel Astill and Eleanor Shaw in the league. Player of the Match against Wellingborough goes to Sofia Henderson.
The U15 B team saw debuts for Sharmel Yapa and Mollie Page, while Flora Colville and Elise Atkinson, along with Abigail Santaney and Bo Henderson each won 1 of their 3 sets in their 7 – 2  loss.


The U15 rounders team had another tough game losing 17 ½ to 12 ½; however, they did show improvements since their last game. The game was played in great spirit and Ratcliffe nearly managed to get all of the Wellingborough team out in the second innings. Player of the Match goes to Holly Bown for some good bowling and batting.
The U14 rounders team unfortunately lost 18 ½ to 9 ½ against a strong Wellingborough side. Lucy Cadogan was awarded Player of the Match for her excellent batting and decision making.


Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who competed in the Inter County Athletics Championships in Leicester on Saturday. Having qualified for the U15 800m finals, Mia finished 2nd taking the silver medal. In the U15 1500ms, Mia again came 2nd after running a strong race from the front and achieving a Personal Best of 4:52.

Sibella Chew,
Girls’ Sports Captain.