Sports Reports – 19th May 2015

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Cricket, 1st
The 1st XI rounded off the first half of their season before the public examination break with a resounding win over Welbeck. Jack Nightingale was again the pick of the bowlers, this time picking up four wickets. The batting response was composed around Sam Nightingale and opener Omar Khan as victory was achieved with 8 wickets to spare. Sam was Man of the Match for his overall display.

The 2nds lost to a strong Welbeck side by 3 wickets. Highlights were a rapid 36 from Alex Purcell and 2 wickets from debutant Louis Lancaster.

The U15s batted first against Derby Grammar scoring 93 for 7 in 20 overs. Ganesh Thapa hit an excellent 23 and Sam Bird with 18 were the stand out batsman. Despite some good early bowling from Akash Moorthy and late on from Aarin Popat, Derby were able to chase down the total quite comfortably to win by 8 wickets in the 16th over. Ganesh was Man of the Match for his strong batting display.

The U14s won the toss and opted to bowl against Derby Grammar. Again they put on a fine display and reduced the opposition to a modest total of 56. Pick of the bowlers was joint Player of the Match George Morgan-Jones and a special mention must go to the other joint Player of the Match, Toby Snell who took a couple of outstanding catches in the slips. Ratcliffe then went on to bat with great composure, seeing off the total in just over 12 overs, thus winning by 9 wickets. Toby Snell finished on 32 not out and George Morgan-Jones opened the batting and was still there at the end.

The U13s beat a spirited Derby Grammar side by 36 runs. Ratcliffe won the toss and batted first, with Oliver Welch (57 not out) and Dominic McKaig (24) setting a solid foundation before Dom got caught at square leg. Matthew Elton batted maturely and finished on 33 not out, who was supported by Kapil Soni and Joe Collier. Ratcliffe eventually finished on 147 – 3 at the end of 20 overs, quite the target for Derby Grammar to aspire to! In reply, Derby Grammar finished on 111 – 9. However, at the early part of the innings, they were well ahead of the required run rate, with their top 3 batsmen proving very capable. Ollie Welch (4 – 17) was destructive with the ball, getting rid of their top order. Kapil Soni bowled excellently and reduced their run rate significantly. Other wicket takers were Henry Wells, Matthew Elton and Alex Pickering. Man of the Match was Oliver Welch for his unbeaten 50 with the bat and 4 wickets with the ball!! Excellent display!

The U12s completed a comfortable victory against Derby Grammar, winning by 10 wickets. Utilising 10 different bowlers, Ratcliffe were set a target of 87 to win from 20 overs. Stand out bowler was Anuj Savani who took 2 wickets, from 2 overs and only conceding 2 runs. In reply, Captain and Man of the Match, Aled King, (retired on 29), James Turner (retired on 25) and Tom Page (retired on 21) saw the team home in the 12th over to win by 10 wickets.

Boys’ Tennis
The U13 and U15s both got off to winning starts on Wednesday with victories over Crown Hills. The younger team won all 6 of their rubbers with a convincing display, reflecting the ability and strength in depth in the current Year 7 and 8 students. The older boys dropped 2 rubbers on their way to a 4 – 2 win. Congratulations go to all the players for their efforts and for playing the matches in such an excellent spirit.

County Hockey
Congratulations to Owen Lloyd who helped Leicestershire win the County tournament at the weekend in Birmingham. Owen also managed to score 6 goals in 8 games, including the winning goal in the final.

Tennis, U15A & B
This was an excellent 6 – 3 win for the U15A team against a strong, hard hitting Princethorpe team. The opposition were very much baseline players which needed some creative, tactical and short game play from the Ratcliffe team. Olivia Back and Kate Tyszka won all 3 of their matches, while Sarah Astill showed some excellent serving and volleying. The U15B team struggled to cope with the low bounce of the astro courts, losing 8 – 1.

The U13 team won convincingly 5 – 1 against Princethorpe. Abigail Santaney played some well executed shots, while the ground stokes of Mia Atkinson, Sophia Henderson and Flora Colville were accurate and well placed.

Inter-School Rounders Tournament
There was a great atmosphere on Saturday, as over 50 girls from Years 7 – 9 came to school to play in an inter-school rounders tournament. It was great to see all the girls working together and having fun as well as playing some good tactical rounders. There was excellent play from all teams involved, but special mention must go to Ellie Gallacher, Kate Woodhouse, Sophie Stevens, Eleanor Brambell and Sarah Curnick who were all awarded Player of the Tournament for their respective Year groups.