Sports Reports – 2nd May 2016

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Cricket – 1st XI  
The 1st XI had two games this week. Against the MCC on Thursday, the boys had the better of the match. Tight bowling and energetic fielding restricted the MCC to 87 – 4 at lunch. Sadly, with the School well positioned to press home their advantage, the rain arrived and curtailed any further play.
On Saturday, against King Henry’s, the team could sadly not maintain their level of performance in the field. Although the bowling remained tight, the fielding, which started impressively, became increasingly lackadaisical, allowing the opposition to post a challenging total of 227 from 40 overs. After the loss of the top order, Ratcliffe rarely looked like challenging. Men of the Match Ben Pole and Toby Snell fought hard to keep the chase going, but ultimately Ratcliffe fell short, at 163 all out.

2nd XI 
The 2nd XI game with Gateway mid-week could have gone either way, but came down to a battle between the two captains. The visiting captain was very confident, but Kasey Newby, keeping the coin concealed for as long as possible, and spinning it viciously, outwitted his opposite number – a dramatic victory in the first action of the season. Unfortunately, from that point the rain took over and no further play was possible.
On Saturday, despite a solid bowling and fielding performance which restricted King Henry’s 2nd XI to 83 runs, Ratcliffe fell short with a disappointing batting display. Only Man of the Match and Captain, Newby really applied himself, showing how easy batting could be on a slow, low wicket. The most significant moment of the game was the fall of his wicket with 3 overs to go, chasing an unlikely victory.

U15 
A depleted U15s did well to restrict King Henry’s to 109 for 5 with George Morgan-Jones the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 15. When batting, Ratcliffe struggled on a slow wicket and four run-outs did not help the cause. Matthew Lindley batted well for 22 before running himself out. We were bowled out for 51 to lose by 58 runs. George Morgan-Jones for his bowling and Matthew Lindley for his batting were Men of the Match.

U14
The U14s earned their first win of the season by 58 runs with a very impressive display with the ball. After losing the toss, Ratcliffe were put into bat and made an impressive 109 from their 20 overs on a difficult wicket. Top scorer and joint Man of the Match Oliver Welch made 34, while Dominic McKaig made 22.With the ball, Ratcliffe dominated from the start with joint Man of the Match Carter Walker claiming 2 vital wickets with his first 2 balls. Ratcliffe eventually bowled out King Henry’s in the last over for a modest 51.

U13 
The U13s recorded their first win of the season against King Henry’s. Batting first, King Henry’s scored quickly and it was only the success of the bowlers in the middle overs that restricted them to what we thought would be a reachable 108 for 4. However, Players of the Match, and opening batsman, Captain, Aled King and Fin Back made their total look below par in the end. After last week’s impressive knock of 68, Fin followed this up with a not-out half-century (56). Aled, looking for some confidence, soon got in to his stride and finished on 39 not-out, helping us knock the runs off in the thirteenth over. This was a very confident performance and will give the team confidence going into the games ahead.

U12 
After a disappointing start last week, the U12s responded in style with an emphatic 58-run win over King Henry’s. Batting first, the tone was set from the off with Guy Heywood (36) and Jacob Storey helping themselves to a flurry of early boundaries. Jacob reached his 50 (retired) in good time, bringing Joe Davies to the crease. With the help of Hugo Ziff (10 not-out), Joe displayed an impressive innings of power hitting to bring up his own 50 (retired) in no time at all. The first innings finished at 172 – 2 after the 20 overs. The impressive performance continued in the second-half with Henry Coombs taking an early wicket, backed up by some tight bowling from Ben Ashford. Despite a couple of drop catches, Ratcliffe were able to control the game and cruise to an easy victory. Man of the Match goes to Jacob Storey for getting the team off to the best possible start.

Fencing 
Well done to Fin Noble who competed in the Young Hoskyn’s Fencing Competition in Kidderminster last week. He finished 8th out of 22 competitors, losing 10 – 9 in the quarter-final. After this match the organisers took Fin to one side and presented him with the Sportsmanship Award. This was because he noticed and reported that one of his fight scores had been recorded incorrectly awarding the match to him, when he had in fact lost it 4 – 5. This would have had a major implication on the way in which the rest of the tournament would have panned out.  This award is not something that is given out regularly and is reserved for true acts of honesty and sportsmanship. Well done, Fin.  

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Sam Nightingale, 

Boys’ Sports Captain.