Sports Report 8th May
Princethorpe won 67.5 – 52.5
On Saturday, the under 12’s Athletics Team competed as Ratcliffe hosted their first Athletics meet against Princethorpe College. Each team consisted of 10 girls all of whom had to compete in a track and field event. After some strong performances in the track events, from Fisayo Abiodun and Isabella Illsley–Ridge the scores were close, with Ratcliffe just four points behind Princethorpe with all to compete for in the field events. The field events were again a close affair, Victoria Wheatley and Tallulah Wood achieved a joint 1st in High Jump, Amelia Haggis achieved a 1st place in the shot put and Holly Clark Pratt a 1st in Javelin. Princethorpe again just edged it, scoring 3.5 more than Ratcliffe taking their lead to 7.5.
The relays were worth double points, and so a win was still within touching distance, but a 1st and 2nd place saw Princethorpe win the meet overall 67.5 – 52.5. Well done to all the girls who competed and a special thank you to Dalila Watson, in year 9, who came to help manage the team and help with events.
The U12 tennis team had their first experience of competitive tennis where they made impressive improvements in their play throughout the sets. Despite losing the match, the score did not reflect their performance. There were some good rallies and they tried to move the ball around the court and even put away some volleys. Well done girls.
Girls’ Sport Captain
The 1st XI cricket enjoyed a much more successful week, picking up a win and a draw. On Thursday they faced a strong XL Club side who posted a commanding 255 for 5. The run rate proved too daunting for the team but they comfortably played out for a draw with Toby Snell taking Man of the match for his 72. On Saturday they faced Welbeck. Welbeck batted first and found the going difficult with every bowler picking up wickets, including three for Marshall Sandawana, as the home side were dismissed for just 50. After Ratcliffe lost their opening three wickets for one run, struggling to cope with the conditions, Toby Snell and Captain Rion Yapa steadied the ship and saw the team home by 6 wickets.
The 2nd XI enjoyed two wins this week. On Thursday they beat Wyggeston & QE by six wickets. Louis Massarella took 4 for 13 whilst Alex Keay and Richard Ward batted well with 26 and 20 respectively to knock off the runs. They followed this up with a 65 run victory against Welbeck on Saturday. The pick of the performances coming came from the bowlers, with Matthew Ward taking 2 for 8, Harry Heaney 3 for 7 and Nicole Spencer mopping things up with a fine spell with 4 wickets for 5 runs. Sebastian Cook turned down the opportunity of an afternoon of revision to turn out when the team found themselves one short and took the final wicket of the match.
With a number missing to The Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition, the U15s struggled against Mount St Mary’s, eventually losing by 28 runs. Mount batted first and scored 90. In reply, Ratcliffe lost crucial early wickets and could only muster 62, with Joe Collier the only batsman to get into double figures. Men of the Match were Hugo Tuttey and Henry Wells who got three and two wickets respectively.
Ratcliffe U14s had their first game of season this Saturday and they came through convincingly with a five wicket win against Mount St Marys. Having not played the week before this was a good test for the U14s and it was also a good opportunity to see what depth was in the side with the team missing a couple of their stronger players. Player of the Match and Captain Tom Page won the toss and opted to bowl. Ratcliffe bowled superbly to dismiss the opposition for a modest total of 73 in the 14th over. It was a great team effort with the ball as Tom Page, Krishan Jivanji, Anuj Savani, James Turner and Owen Lloyd all picked up wickets. Tom Page also dismissed the number three batsman with an excellent run out first ball. In reply with the bat, Ratcliffe chased down the total with relative ease in the 13th over. Tom Page top scored with 24 not out and James Turner chipped in with a useful 16.
The U13s continued their good start to the season with a 36 run win over Mount St Mary’s. Batting first we set them a target of 140 to win off 20 overs. Man of the Match Joe Davies was top scorer, finishing on 64 not out, while a number of other batsman got into double figures. Joe was also the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets from his four overs. Temi Abiodun took two wickets from his three overs to stop Mount from reaching their target.
The U12s chased down a target of 61 to beat Mount. Fielding first, Ratcliffe kept the run rate low in the opening few overs and it wasn’t until Mount had 26 runs on the scoreboard that we claimed our first wicket. However, from then on the wickets kept coming for very few runs. Mount finished up with a total of 60 – 8 from their 20 overs with the pick of the bowlers being Tristan Turner with figures of 4 – 13 from 4 overs. Ratcliffe chased down their target with 22 balls to spare losing no wickets in the process with George Binnie and Tilak Pabari opening the batting. George Binnie played some excellent shots including 5 boundaries and retired on 30 runs whilst Tilak Pabari batted solidly for the whole innings. Player of the match goes to George Binnie.
Boys’ Sports Captain