Sports Reports – 5th May 2015

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Cricket, 1st XI
The 1st XI finally got their season off to a start against the MCC. Good bowling before lunch restricted the MCC, but a lapse of concentration after lunch allowed ex-professional and International cricketer Darren Bicknell to score at will. The declaration was too much for the School as they also fell just short of saving a draw, with Jack Nightingale receiving Man of the Match for his all-round display.

Against King Henry’s on Saturday, the team played out a thrilling tie. Jack Nightingale was again Man of the Match with bowling figures of 5 for 21 and 90 with the bat. However, he was sadly bowled off the last ball of the game with the scores tied, to end a superb game of cricket in which fortunes had ebbed and flowed throughout the day.

2nds
The 2nd XI struggled against a strong Gateway 1st team last Thursday. Batting first they only managed 86 runs, thanks mainly to a fine 43 from Richard Ward. Despite a better bowling performance, Gateway won the game with 4 overs and 6 wickets to spare.

U15
The U15s had a terrible start to the game when batting first against King Henry’s, losing 5 early wickets with only 10 runs on the board.  A solid recovery through Harry Heaney with 26 runs and Harrison Grimmett with 28 runs guided the team to a relatively respectable total of 90. When fielding 2 quick wickets from Harry and Akash, Moorthy put Ratcliffe on top but an excellent 50 by the opposition’s number 4 batsman guided King Henry’s to victory with only 3 wickets down. Man of the Match was Harry Heaney for his excellent all-round game.

U14
The U14s came into the game off the back of a defeat last week, knowing that they needed to perform well. Things started brightly as they were a lot better in the field and their bowling was fantastic, with some outstanding figures from Toby Snell, Rory Stoker, and joint Players of the Match Nicole Spencer and George Morgan-Jones. The only blemish in their fielding was the fact that they conceded too many unnecessary extras. Nevertheless, they still restricted the opposition to 68 for 9 off their 25 overs. Unfortunately, Ratcliffe thought this had meant they had won the game and after the top 4 batmen’s got out to a fine opening pair of bowlers, the middle order then panicked and collapsed. Ratcliffe ended up being bowled out for a disappointing 48. They now need to bounce back and particularly focus on their batting in preparation for their next game.

U13
The U13s lost to King Henry’s by 7 wickets in a good game of cricket. Ratcliffe batted first and managed to score 90 runs from 25 overs, with noticeable contributions from Oliver Welch who scored 23. However, every batsman batted more consistently and sensibly and stayed at the crease for a lot longer, much better than in previous games! Again, the boys bowled well and limited King Henry’s’ scoring opportunities, with Ellis Gee the most economical (4-11-0) and Kapil Soni taking some very good wickets (4-14-2); both were supported by an excellent spell of bowling from Tom Binnie. Our fielding was much better than in previous games and wicket keeper Joe Collier put in a solid performance with the gloves, taking one excellent catch! Man of the Match was Kapil Soni for his excellent bowling and much improved performance with the bat!

U12
The U12s won a close game against King Henry’s by 5 runs. Batting first, Ratcliffe scored 103 for 8. Archie Heaney batted patiently and scored an impressive six, finishing joint top scorer with 12. In reply, King Henry’s scored quickly but accurate bowling from Owen Lloyd (2-3) and Fin Back (3-9) saw Ratcliffe home, with the final wicket falling in the last over with the score on 98.

Football
Well done to the Thai footballers who beat Portsmouth Academy 3 – 2 last week.

Golf
Congratulations to Emily Dunne who has qualified for the three-day County Golf competition next week.

Hockey
Well done to Olivia Back who attended an England Hockey performance weekend over the Bank holiday. She played in an England U17 team which beat Ulster 2 – 1 on Sunday. Olivia played very well and was unlucky not to score when her close range shot looped over the bar in the final few minutes of the game.