Sports Reports – 24th June
The 1st XI were scuppered by the rain against the Emeriti. After restricting the opposition to 213 for 7, Ratcliffe were well set at 95 for 2; however, incessant rain restricted the overs available and Ratcliffe had to settle for a draw in a game they were well set to win.
The U15 cricket team started badly against Wisbech, but some excellent bowling by Sam Tyler, James Lockton and Charlie Whitmore restricted the opposition to 126 for 8 in 25 overs. After Ratcliffe lost early wickets in the chase, Charlie Rayns and Sam Tyler put on 70 runs to steady the ship and good batting by James Lockton and Ed Purcell took us to victory with two overs to go. Sam Tyler was the deserved Man of the Match for a fine all-round performance taking 3 wickets for 7 runs when bowling and scoring 52 runs with the bat.
The U13′ cricket team battled well to post a creditable target of 91 runs on a very difficult wicket. Whilst the majority of runs were again scored by Jack Nightingale who batted extremely well for another fine 50, no one threw away their wicket. Despite accurate bowling from Billy Wheatley and Matthew Ward, the Wisbech batsmen made a positive start and what promised to be an exciting finish was ruined by the persistent rain. In the end both sides were happy to settle for a hard-earned draw.
The U13B game was called off after the Ratcliffe innings, with Toby Snell top scoring with 18 not out.
The U12s game was also called off after Ratcliffe’s innings owing to the rain. This was only after Alex Purcell had scored an excellent 48.
The U12s lost mid-week in the County Cup. Owing to the weather getting the better of both teams, this game was decided by a bowl-off which Loughborough won.
The U15 and U13 boys’ tennis teams took on Dixie Grammar in a double header on Wednesday. Both matches were very competitive and there were notable singles victories for Matthew Ward, James Bern and Tom Scarborough for the 13s and for Alex Keay and Chao-Wen Tsai for the 15s. In the doubles, the 15s could not manage a win but James Bern and Tom Scarborough came out on top to ensure a first win of the season for the 13s. Overall match scores were;
U13 – Ratcliffe 8 – DG 4
U15 – Ratcliffe 4 – DG 8
Walter Yell, Boys’ Sports Captain.
An enjoyable morning of tennis was had by 16 girls from Years 7-10 as they participated in a friendly internal tournament. Playing with partners from across the age groups, they showed what the Ratcliffe community meant to each other as, regardless of the age group of their partner,
they respected each other’s level of play and ‘high fived’ each other’s winning shots. Some fantastic rallies were had and as the tournament progressed through the group stages to the semi-finals and finals, the standard of play was impressive. Amelia Lallo and Kate Tyzska faced Chloe Flowers and Beatrice Waters in the final and ran out the eventual winners. Well done to all the players.
Last Wednesday a group of Years 7, 8 and 9 students competed in the Loughborough Grammar Athletics meeting in their respective age groups. All the boys performed well and many achieved personal bests in their events. Highlights of the meet included Ganesh Thapa winning the discus and 2nd places for Billy Kaul in the 100m, Jamie Lanyon in the 200m and Long Jump, Harrison Grimmett in the 400m and shot, and John Sommerville in the 800m.
Rebecca Taylor, Girls’ Sports Captain.