Sports Reports – 23rd June 2014

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1st XI
The 1st XI started cricket week with a game against an incredibly strong Emeriti side. Bowling first, they restricted Emeriti to a competitive declaration of 251 for 5. In reply, Ratcliffe’s top order were blown away by a fast attack. Captain Tom Roalfe and Man of the Match Joey Higham, on debut, dug in and showed a great deal of character to produce an unbeaten century partnership and rescue a draw from the jaws of defeat. Sadly the second game of cricket week saw the 1st XI slump to a very disappointing defeat to Wisbech. A good bowling performance, including a fine display by Man of the Match Toby Smith, was slightly hampered by a disappointing fielding effort and then completely ruined by a lamentable batting display. Only Josh Breen showed any resilience as the batting collapsed through a mixture of naivety and carelessness on a low and slow track.

On Sunday the 1st XI travelled to The Oratory School looking to avenge a poor Saturday performance. The first game against Downside saw the opposition post 112 which Ratcliffe knocked off for only 2 wickets. Next up were Worth School who managed 74 for 6. Ratcliffe this time scored the winnings runs with ease for the loss of only one wicket. This set up the final between Ratcliffe and The Oratory School. The Oratory batted first, scoring 109 for 5 from their overs. Ratcliffe again produced a fantastic display to score the winning runs for the loss of only 3 wickets with one ball to spare. Dom Warne, Ben Shaw and Sam Nightingale all had fantastic days, with Dom picking up Player of the Tournament and Ratcliffe becoming National Catholic Cup champions. Congratulations to all the boys who took part and produced some outstanding cricket.

The U15s bowled very poorly conceding too many wides and no balls in Wisbechs total of 166. In reply, Finn Butler, Man of the Match Rion Yapa and Richard Ward all batted well getting into the 20s, but one of them needed to go on and score a big total for us to get close to their total. Ratcliffe finished on 120 and not for the first time, this season, the extras total for the opposition contributed to the defeat.

The U14s lost the toss and were put into bat, by what turned out to be a very strong bowling and fielding Wisbech side. Sam Bird and Akash Moorethy opened the batting well, seeing off the opening bowlers, before Sam was out in the twelfth over. Player of the Match Akash went on to make an impressive 20 and Jack Nightingale was unlucky, with a freak dismissal at the non-striker’s end. Unfortunately this started the collapse with Ratcliffe falling to 72 all-out. Wisbech then rode their luck to knock off the runs quite easily for the loss of no wickets.

The U13s suffered a heavy defeat from a very strong Wisbech side. The visitors’ total of 204 was always going to be out of our reach. Credit to the boys for never giving up and to Man of the Match and Captain Toby Snell, for the way he controlled things in the field trying to restrict the Wisbech batsmen.

The U12s won an exciting game by 6 wickets against Wisbech. Wisbech batted first with their opening batsman hitting a very strong 53 before he was bowled by Kapil Soni. This was just what the boys needed to keep the visitors to a target they could chase. Standout bowling figures were from Jo Evenden and Oliver Welch who took 2 and 3 wickets respectively, for only a handful of runs; restricitng the opposition to 95 all-out. Ratcliffe’s openers then set about chasing down the score and we witnessed probably the best innings that I have seen from an U12 opener in Oliver Welch who went on to finish 57 not-out. Oliver was assisted by others along the way, noticeably Will Westwood who hit two censecutive sixes and a number of fours. Ratcliffe achieved their target in the 14th over with Oliver being named Man of the Match for his excellent all-round performance.

On Monday evening the U12s welcomed Loughborough Grammar for a 20 over game. Loughborough won the toss and chose to bat, setting Ratcliffe a target of 119 to win. Ratcliffe tried hard to chase the taget down but fell 30 runs shirt in the end. The result might have been different if Ratcliffes extra count had been lower. Special mentions must go to Joe Collier who hit a quick 23 and Man of the Match Will Westwood who bowled 2 overs for 4 runs, taking 3 wickets. The boys will be looking to finish off a good season on Saturday against Birkdale. 

Will Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.

The U15A team lost 4 – 5 in a close and exciting battle with Loughborough but clinched a 5 – 4 victory over Worksop with 1st couple, Becky Astill and Imogen Power leading by example, winning all 3 of their matches. All players played some good attacking play with some superb volleys against defensive back court play. The B team drew with Loughborough 3 – 3 but had a convincing 6 – 3 win over Worksop. 1st couple, Charlotte Hull and Olivia Back led from the front with 3 victories and some athletic play from Olivia, whilst Tilly Wheeler and Yasmin Gill played safely and steadily to win 2 of theirs. Overall, the U15 teams have had a successful season.

The U15s faced a strong Kimbolton side, who were very hot on their rules. Ratcliffe’s first innings saw them batting first, and there was some good consistent batting and running by Sarah Curnick, who had stepped up from the U13 match alongside Megan Gray. However, Kimbolton were quick off their mark in the fielding and had a good link between their backstop and first base, seeing most of the Ratcliffe girls out. Ratcliffe fought back hard with some great catching from Holly Bown, who had also stepped up form the U13 fixture. In total the girls managed to get 7 Kimbolton players out in their first fielding innings. In the second innings Ratcliffe were unlucky; whilst having some great hits, they just seemed to fall in the wrong places. The final score meant that Kimbolton took the win. The Player of the Match is awarded to Megan Gray for some excellent throwing in deep field.

The U14s lost 26 – 3 against a very strong Kimbolton team. We batted well but put a lot of pressure on ourselves chasing a big first-innings score set by Kimbolton, as we struggled in both innings to contain their batters. Lucia Cano-Garcia was Player of the Match, taking an excellent catch and working hard in the field. All girls worked hard in what was a difficult fixture, well done.

Mid-week the U13 A team played the best rounders I have seen, with their decision-making spot on in both their fielding and batting. After the first two innings Ratcliffe were in the lead by 2 rounders. However, it was the second batting and fielding innings which showed how good a team they were with all players contributing to the score of 9 rounders. While fielding, all players were on form, making great catches and fielding decisions to stop Loughborough scoring. The final score was Ratcliffe 14 rounders and Loughborough 7 ½, an impressive 6 ½ rounders victory. Player of the Match goes to Emily Grimmett for her superb batting and fielding skills.

On Saturday the girls lost 29 – 7 ½ to a very good side, some decision-making wasn’t quite as good as it has been. Kimbolton hit well and were slick in the field. The girls have had an excellent season and should be proud of their achievements. Players of the Match were India Beresford and Mollie Page for some good back stopping and bowling work.

The U13B team came up against a strong Loughborough team mid-week. Ratcliffe were slow to get going in the first innings, scoring just 2 ½ rounders. We fielded well, with Player of the Match Niamh Noble, working very hard, keeping Loughborough to just 5 ½ rounders. In the second innings we batted better scoring 5 ½ rounders but given our low first innings score, it wasn’t quite enough with Loughborough winning 10 – 8.

On Saturday the girls played very well against strong opposition and were unfortunate not to win, especially as they were a rounder up after the first batting innings. Niamh Noble was awarded Player of the Match for her excellent hitting and good work during fielding. Final score was a 14 ½ to 11 ½ win for Kimbolton.

The U12A girls unfortunately lost their mid-week fixture against Loughborough. After a strong opening, catching out three opponents and stopping many rounders, Loughborough managed to score 6 rounders. Ratcliffe’s first batting innings saw numerous great hits, particularly from Layla Bott and Mia Atkinson, contributing to Ratcliffe’s score of 6 rounders. Despite the girls’ best efforts, Loughborough managed to score 10 rounders in their second innings. Ratcliffe were unable to close down Loughborough’s lead in their last innings and they lost 16 – 7 ½. Player of the Match is awarded to Sofia Henderson for her brilliant efforts in deep fielding and numerous rounders scored.

The U12A team played a tough Kimbolton side at the weekend, narrowly losing 17 ½ – 10 ½. The girls remained strong and consistent in both their fielding and batting. Some great hits from Mia Atkinson and Ellie Hollinshead allowed Ratcliffe to close down Kimbolton’s lead. The girls’ fielding was steady and effective, stopping a vast majority of half rounders from being scored. Player of the Match is awarded to Bo Henderson for a great debut match for the A team, catching out three of the Kimbolton side.

The U12B team played Loughborough High mid-week and for many of the girls it was their first rounders match for the School, so they were full of enthusiasm. Loughborough got off to a strong batting performance, but this was matched by Ratcliffe’s quick decision-making. Additionally, there was some excellent fielding by Sophie Stevens at backstop and Betsy Poll on second-base. Ratcliffe were unlucky in their batting with Loughborough having a strong quick bowler, but they still managed some awesome hits. The final score was 12 ½ – 7 to Loughborough. Player of the Match was awarded to Eve Millward for her good bowling debut.

The U12B had their strongest game of the season against Kimbolton on Saturady, unfortunately losing 14 ½ – 8 ½. The opening innings saw Ratcliffe score a total of 6 ½ rounders, with the whole team making some excellent hits. The girls really demonstrated their ability to field well this weekend and were able to catch out many of the opposition. Player of the Match was again awarded to Eve Millwood for some excellent fielding, catching out several Kimbolton players at first base.

Staff Tennis
This time around it was the staff taking part in a fixture: staff v staff doubles tennis tournament. Pairs were seeded and non-seeded in what some people deem controversial, but if you own a racquet, surely you can play? It was a very tense affair with 26 members of “not so competitive ” (you are joking) staff battling it out to be crowned champions. The standard was high this year and it shocked us all when favorites Mr Kaye and Mrs Weildon were knocked out early on. The pairs making it through to the Semis were Mr Lloyd and Mr Wilcock v Chris from the kitchen and Mr Newman, and in the other semi Mr Turns and Mr Cook v Mr Spencer and Miss Papadopoulou. After two tough tie breaker games it was Miss P and Mr Spencer v Mr Newman and Chris in the final. Victory went to Mr Spencer (with a little help from Miss P) well done! Will Mr Spencer make it a hatrick next year?

Sorcha Grant,
Girls’ Sports Captain.