Sports Reports – 22nd June 2015

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Cricket, U15
The U15 cricket team struggled against a very good Wisbech team. Batting first, Ratcliffe could only muster 57 runs against a hostile bowling attack with Ganesh Thapa, Matthew Ward and Harry Heaney all getting into double figures. When Ratcliffe bowled, despite an early wicket from Akash Moorthy, Wisbech were able to chase down the winning target with no further wickets lost.

Mid-week the U14s produced a largely impressive display to defeat Loughborough. A slow start to the innings was addressed by some quick-fire scoring from Calum Allsop, Alex Purcell and 43 from Matthew Lindley. Toby Snell and Rory Stoker struck early in the Loughborough reply as they finished on 90 from their 20 overs, failing to chase our total of 134.

Ratcliffe U14s made the long journey to Wisbech and opted to bowl first. With regular wicket keeper Matt Lindley missing, Reece Goodman and Sam Surridge shared the wicket keeping duties, with both doing a good job. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe’s bowling and fielding were under par and the hosts took advantage of this to set a very high run chase of 156 to win. Ratcliffe were a lot more accomplished with the bat than the ball and although early wickets fell, they were always in the chase. Player of the Match, Toby Snell, made an impressive 80 not out and was supported well by Nicole Spencer and Rory Stoker. Unfortunately, after a fantastic effort they fell 9 runs short in what was a very entertaining game for all involved.

Boys’ Tennis
The U15 boys’ tennis team took on Woodbrook on Monday. We started with the singles, and although the matches were close, Ratcliffe won all four. Well done to Foucault for battling back from behind to win his set 7 – 6. We won the doubles fairly convincingly to give us an overall 12 – 0 score line. Well done to Foucault, Tom Scarborough, Paul Beauchataud and James Berns for an excellent performance.

Girls’ Tennis
The U15A tennis squad, consisting of Olivia Back, Kate Tyzska, Nicole Wong, Sarah Astill, Olivia Carpenter and Eleanor Shaw, are to be congratulated on a superb season where they have remained unbeaten. There have been many changes of partners and they have all adapted well, with club players, Sarah and Eleanor, leading by example and encouraging their respective partners to match their standard of play. They battled hard in their tough tactical draw with Loughborough.

The U15B team lost 1 – 3 with some disappointing play to end their season.

Rounders, U15
The U15s played only their second rounders match of the season. In difficult conditions the team performed very well in the field in the first innings and kept Kimbolton to a score of just 8 rounders. Ratcliffe struggled with their batting but ran very well picking up valuable halves, to equal the score. We finished with a quick fire 10-ball innings each to decide the game. With both teams giving it their all, Ratcliffe were unlucky to lose by half a rounder, the final score being 10½ rounders to 11.  Isabelle Duckett was awarded Player of the Match for her excellent bowling.

The U14A team worked very well together this weekend to win 9 – 6 against Kimbolton. Isobel Hose and Jenna Pole received Players of the Match for their accurate and quick fielding alongside some gutsy batting. The U14 girls have delivered commendable performances consistently over the duration of this season and should be very proud of themselves.

The U13A girls left it to their last match to really show how good a rounders team they are. There was some excellent fielding and batting from everyone involved, and it truly was an exciting and excellent performance from all involved to beat Kimbolton 17½ rounders to 6. Player of the Match goes to Flora Colville.

The mixed U13/U12 rounders team had to play an adapted game of indoor rounders owing to the weather on Saturday and rose to the occasion, comfortably winning against Kimbolton, 15 ½ to 5 ½. Some excellent hitting from Mimi Khan and Emma Turner, along with good tactical running from the whole team, enabled them to get into a good first innings lead which they extended in the second.

The U12A team had a mid-week fixture against a strong Loughborough High side. The girls batted first and were a little slow off the mark, coupled by some fantastic fielding from Loughborough making it hard for us to score rounders. After a disappointing first-innings batting, the girls had a good fielding innings with Mimi Khan playing a vital role in deep fielding. The girls kept Loughborough from scoring highly then batted much better in the second-innings scoring 8 rounders. All the girls fielded as well as possible against a very strong batting team, with Emily McBallantine and Aimee Cleminson getting some great catches in the second-innings. Unfortunately, this was not enough and Loughborough High got the better of the girls. Player of the Match goes to Mimi Khan for her great fielding and never say die attitude.

A shortened fixture on Saturday saw us play a single innings against Kimbolton. As the last fixture of the season the girls were on a high to win. With inclement weather the girls fielded remarkably well, letting them only score 4½ rounders. Ellie Gallacher’s bowling was extremely accurate coupled with excellent post fielding by Izzy Burke and Eleanor Shaw. The girls got into their batting very quickly and scored 11½ rounders, winning the match comfortably. Player of the Match was Izzy for her good batting and excellent work at 1st base. All the girls had a great attitude which has been seen throughout the season.

The U12B team lost 13½ rounders to 9, in a closer game than the score suggests. It was played with both fun and competitiveness on both sides; unfortunately, Ratcliffe struggled slightly in the first innings, but made some better decisions in the second. Everyone played well, but Player of the Match goes to Maddy Lindop for her excellent fielding and batting.

Very well done to Olivia Back who has been selected to play for England Hockey U17s Girls against Scotland this coming weekend, after also winning The Lesley Henderson award for outstanding achievement as she was Leicestershire’s highest achiever in hockey this year.

Also, well done to Mia Atkinson who played for Leicestershire JAC squad and has now been moved to the JRPC level.