Sports Reports – 9th May 2015

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Cricket - 1st XI 
The 1st XI played two games this week, against the XL club midweek and Welbeck on Saturday. Against the XL Club, Ratcliffe produced their weakest bowling display of the season but found a way to take wickets. The XL Club declared their innings at 181 – 8, with Toby Snell picking up 4 wickets. In reply, Ratcliffe coped with the early loss of opener Jack Nightingale to bat superbly. Captain, Sam Nightingale, scored 86 and was Man of the Match, while Rion Yapa totalled 52, to ensure a win by 7 wickets. On Saturday, Captain, Sam chose to bat in glorious sunshine and the decision proved wise. Again, the loss of an early wicket proved no hindrance as Rion, with 54 and Sam, with a superb 140 not-out, ensuring his second consecutive Man of the Match award, setting a daunting total of 245 – 2 from just 30 overs. In reply, Welbeck struggled from the off, eventually succumbing for 64 with Josh Macqueen and Toby Snell both picking up 4 wickets apiece.

2nd XI 
Despite a spirited performance, the 2nd XI finished second best to a strong QE team. Nick Heywood got the batting off to a good start and Harrison Grimmett and Sam Bird chipped in with a spirited last wicket partnership of 25, but a total of 83 runs was never going to be enough. Charlie McLean earned Man of the Match for his salmon-like leap to dismiss QE’s Captain.

In a very exciting game, the U14s beat Mount St Mary’s by 5 wickets. Some erratic Ratcliffe bowling allowed Mount to score 106 in their 20 overs. Jude Kinch did well to pick up 3 wickets.  After a steady start with Dom McKaig scoring 24, a top order Ratcliffe collapse left the game in the balance; however, powerful hitting towards the end by Will Westwood, Harry Culpin and Man of the Match, Jude Kinch, who scored 34 not-out, secured a Ratcliffe win with only 3 balls remaining.

The U13 put in another superb performance batting first and setting the hosts a target of 180 to win off just 20 overs. Top scorers with the bat were Man of the Match and Captain, Aled King, who hit 59 and Owen Lloyd who finished on 36 not-out. Mount never looked like reaching the total required and the pick of the bowlers was James Turner who took two wickets, for just 5 runs. The most pleasing bit about this win was the maturity that the boys are starting to show in their games; we look forward to tist continuing during the rest of the season.

The U12s won a thrilling match against Mount St Mary’s by 5 runs. The game was reduced to 16 overs per owing due to the visitors arriving late. Having been put into bat, Ratcliffe got off to a poor start with Guy Heywood being run out in the first over. Shortly after, Joseph Davies was out-caught and bowled, bringing Henry Bower to the crease. Jacob Storey and Henry proceeded to put together a solid partnership before another flurry of wickets saw Henry, Hugo Ziff, Rajen Gupta and Ollie Howard fall in a short space of time. Jacob, however, batted on and brought up his second 50 in as many innings in the 16th over, thanks to some calculated boundary hitting and excellent running. The Ratcliffe innings concluded on 99 – 9 off 16 overs. In reply, Mount’s batsmen came out with intent and got off to a quick start with some powerful hitting, helped by some loose bowling from Ratcliffe. Their chase was stalled by some excellent tight bowling from Joseph Davies (1 wicket), Jacob Storey (1 wicket) and Sam Linnett (1 wicket). With one over remaining, Mount needed 11 runs to win. Joseph Davies held his nerve with the ball and closed out a well-deserved victory. It was a great all-round team performance; however, Man of the Match simply has to go to Jacob Storey for his once again outstanding contributions with both bat and ball.

Congratulations to Harrison Grimmett and Adam Stamp (Year 11), whose U16 Market Harborough Rugby team won this season’s County Cup Final, with a very comprehensive 63 – 3 victory over Loughborough Rugby Club. This is the squad’s final year in Junior rugby and it was their 7th County Cup victory.





Sam Nightingale,
Boys’ Sports Captain. 


The U15 team had two convincing wins in the AEGON league, winning 4 – 2 and 5 – 1 over Dixie Grammar and Leicester Grammar. The team of Sarah Astill, Eleanor Shaw, Rachel Astill and Olivia Carpenter were very convincing, winning many of the sets 6 – 0.

U13/U14 combined 
A 6 – 0 win over Princethorpe was well-deserved by the mixed U14 and U13 team and saw Sofia Henderson, Eleanor Shaw, Rachel Astill and debut player, Elise Atkinson, overpower Princethorpe. Some excellent serving and tactical play by all four players made it very difficult for the opposition to find any space on court.

Princethorpe were the opponents for the girls’ athletics team this week. Ratcliffe did well in a number of events, including the U12/U13 age group where there were some notable performances: Dalila Watson, who won the High Jump, clearing 1.36m; Ellie Gallacher, who won the discus; and Erin Sommerville, Ella McNeeny, Freya Smith and Amy Mason who won the Year 7 relay.
In the U15/U14 age category, Mimi Khan, competing in the age group above, won the discus and Emily Grimmett performed well in a number of events winning the long jump and 200m.  With the final results having not been completed yet, we shall hopefully have more winners. Well done to everyone who took part.

Congratulations to Emily Dunn who competed in the Leicestershire and Rutland Ladies County Championships last weekend. After playing an amazing 90 holes in three days, she finished runner-up for the Russell Trophy.















Sibella Chew,

Girls’ Sports Captain.