Sports Reports – 6th May 2014

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1st XI

The 1st XI enjoyed a successful start to their season, managing a win and a draw in their opening fixtures. The MCC arrived on Thursday with a very strong team, featuring ex-England player Paul Nixon. With the MCC in a strong position on 185 for 2, the forecast rain arrived and no further play was possible. On Saturday, Ratcliffe bowled first against King Henry’s, limiting them to 154 for 6 off 40 overs. In reply, Tom Roalfe helped the innings off to a good start and Ben Shaw batted well to pick up Man of the Match with his unbeaten hundred, with Ratcliffe winning by 9 wickets.


In their first game of the season, the U15s showed some rustiness and a lack of winter preparation in their loss to King Henry’s. Ratcliffe only scored 53 although they did bat in difficult conditions, with Rion Yapa top scoring. Ratcliffe made King Henry’s work hard for their victory with some good bowling and fielding, achieving the winning total after 17 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Richard Ward was Man of the Match for his excellent bowling and fielding in which he took an excellent catch and was instrumental in a run-out.


The U14s started their season with an enthralling game which ended in a draw. Captain and Player of the Match Jack Nightingale won the toss and opted to bowl. Ratcliffe bowled well with the highlight being a superb catch by Matthew Ward off his own bowling.  Ratcliffe then had to chase a challenging total of 131, which they matched off the last ball of the innings, with Jack Nightingale finishing unbeaten on 68. A great start to season with the highlight being the enthusiasm and determination shown by the whole team from start to finish. Well done.


Having been bowled out for only 31, it was always going to be a difficult task to beat a strong King Henry’s side. Despite some tight bowling and enthusiastic fielding, the opposition easily reached their target for the loss of only 2 wickets


The U12s had an excellent start to their season with a 35-run victory against King Henry’s. Ratcliffe batted first and reached a total of 95 for 3 from 20 overs. Man of the Match Oliver Welch top scored with 26 and opener Jonah Carroll finished on 16 not out. The most pleasing aspect of the performance was bowling out the opposition with the wickets shared around 6 different bowlers, something that is encouraging for the weeks to come. Wicket takers were Will Westwood, Gianluca Bucci, Joe Evenden, KapilSoni, Jonah Carroll and Joe Hunt.


Congratulations to Finn Butler and his U16 Beeston team who won the Boys U16 Club Championships of Great Britain before half-term.

Will Hoare,
Boys’ Sports Captain.


Congratulations to Mia Atkinson who ran the 1200m for Charnwood in their youth league finishing 1st in a time of 3m 52sec, breaking the record.

Sorcha Grant
Girls’ Sports Captain