Sports Reports – 19th May 2014

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1st XI
The 1st XI cricket reached the mid-season break undefeated after a convincing win over Welbeck. Batting first in glorious sunshine, Ratcliffe found the wicket a challenge to contend with but managed to post a competitive 171, built around the unbeaten 70 of Vice-captain Dominic Warne. A much more disciplined bowling display meant Welbeck were always behind the run rate and were eventually dismissed for 118 with the bowlers sharing the wickets between them. Dominic Warne picked up Man of the Match for his batting display.

2nd XI
Finally the 2nd XI managed to get a game of cricket played this summer… and it was well worth the wait. All the frustration led to skipper Ben Trudgill opting to bat first with James Marsh and Joey Higham getting the team off to a good start. All of the batsmen chipped in scoring double figures; Henry Mellors and Ben Pole both scored 30 and 32 respectively to post a total of 147. Jack Nightingale, playing his second game of the day, hit the ball hard and upped the run rate with Ben Pole in the last few overs. In the field, Simon Riley and a boy who looked remarkably like Cameron Gilchrist opened up with the ball. They both took early wickets and the opposition collapsed to 83 all-out. Man of the Match went to Ben Pole who batted positively and top scored in the match.

In a very exciting game the U15s managed to throw away a very strong position to lose the game against Derby Grammar by two runs. Having restricted the opposition to 87 with Rahul Pabari  the star bowler taking 4 wickets for 7 runs, Nick Heywood and Finn Butler put on 70 runs for the first wicket with Finn scoring a maiden 50. Unfortunately, after they were out, a batting collapse led to Ratcliffe only scoring 86 in total leaving them two runs short in a disappointing loss. Finn and Rahul were joint Men of the Match for their excellent individual performances.

Ratcliffe U14s lost the toss and were put into bat on a difficult wicket. After losing a couple of early wickets joint Player of the Match Matthew Ward hit an impressive 34 to steady the ship. The other impressive innings came from Sam Bird who batted for most of the innings to finish 21 not out. Ratcliffe ended up setting a challenging 114 to win from their 20 overs. Bowling and fielding wise, Ratcliffe starved the opposition of runs and took wickets at regular intervals to ensure Derby never got close to the total. They impressively reduced them to 68 for 9 off their 20 overs. Stand out bowling performance came from the other Player of the Match, Riam Mistry, who took 3 crucial wickets.

The U13s found their winning form with a well-judged run chase against Derby Grammar School. Despite a fine 50 from the Derby Captain, the Ratcliffe bowlers restricted Derby to 103 runs off their 20 overs with Reece Goodman taking 3 wickets. Solid batting from the top 5 saw Ratcliffe safely home with 2 overs to spare. Toby Snell top scored with 37 not out, and Man of the Match Alex Purcell hit a rapid 25.

The U12s lost their first game of the season against Derby Grammar. The boys faced an uphill task after only scoring 51 runs in their innings. This was down to some good bowling by Derby’s opening bowlers and some excellent catches, although there was also some poor shot selection. Top scorer was Gianluca Bucci with 13. With Derby chasing a low total, our bowling and fielding were going to be put to the test; unfortunately too many extras and dropped catches meant that they reached their target in the 18th over. Stand out bowling figures of 5 overs for 4 runs was from Man of the Match, Oliver Welch.

Boys Tennis
The first boys’ tennis fixture of the season against John Fernely proved to be extremely successful. The U13s didn’t drop a single set in their singles’ and doubles’ matches and came away with a 12 – 0 victory. The U15s also won comfortably with a 10 – 2 score line, although some of the matches were closely fought. Congratulations must go to both squads for their fighting spirit. We look forward to the rest of the season. Player of the Night was Josh MacQueen for saving a couple of match points, before closing out his singles set 6 – 5.

Will Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


The U15A team came up against a strong side losing 7-2, but the Ratcliffe girls did not give up the fight, especially Sarah Astill and Charlotte Hull who narrowly lost 3 – 4 in one of their games after being 4 – 0 down. The team then rose to the challenge and came out 6 – 3 winners with Becky Astill and Imogen Power, winning all their 3 sets.

The U15B team had a comfortable 5 – 2 win against Trent with Tilly Wheeler and Yasmin Gill winning 2 vital sets each 4 – 3.

Against Princethorpe, the U13A team had a narrow 5 – 4 win with first couple, Sarah Astill and Olivia Carpenter winning all three of their sets.

In all the matches, the girls battled hard as they got used to playing with their partners and growing in confidence to set each other up for the winning shots.

The U14s batted first, with the Princethorpe 2nd base and deep fielders very strong players and so Ratcliffe were pleased to set a good target of 6 rounders. As we went into field we knew we had to be very tight and keep our concentration. Our excellent fielding, including diving run outs by Calista Tsatsa and Alex Offer and an excellent back stop / 1st base relationship between Alex Offer and Player of the Match Olivia Back, were especially impressive. In the second-innings we repeated a good batting performance, scoring a further 7 rounders taking our total to 13. Once again the batting was matched by an excellent fielding innings with Beatrice Waters and Izzy Thomas playing extremely well in the deep field and Calista Tsatsa taking 3 excellent catches, keeping Princethorpe to a total of 6 ½ .

The U13s played well in both their batting and fielding; however, they were surprisingly very slow to start in their 16 – 14 loss. After the first-innings, Ratcliffe were a rounder in front owing to some good strong running, but still there was all to play for from both teams. Into the second-innings, with Princethorpe batting first, the opposition scored some well worked ½ rounders, making the total to beat 16. Ratcliffe were playing well; however, Princethorpe had sharpened up in the field and Ratcliffe were finding if much harder to score. Risks were being taken and Princethorpe managed to get the whole Ratcliffe team out with 5 balls to go with Ratcliffe needing 2 ½ more rounders to win. Well done girls. Players of the Match go to Emily Grimmett and Megha Patel for some excellent running and fielding. 

U13/12 combined team
The U13/12s formed a combined team on Saturday away at Princethorpe. The girls started in the field, and it was clear to see that Princethorpe had a good game awareness. However, through some good communication from Captain Alicia Boothroyd, the fielders began to organise themselves more efficiently and it wasn’t long before several Princethorpe players were out.

Ratcliffe had a successful batting innings, but were left short of Princethorpe’s score.
The girls quickly got into their fielding again and after 5 balls had already got two Princethorpe players out! The girls were unlucky in their second batting innings, where they scored more rounders, but the total score meant they lost 18 ½ to 14 ½ . Player of the Match went to Bo Henderson.

Congratualations to Mia Atkinson who ran in the County Athletics in Nuneaton on Saturday, winning a broze medal in the 800m (2 minutes 27 seconds) and a silver in the 1500m (5 minutes 1 second). Well done.

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.