The U13 girls had a tough opening fixture against a big hitting Maidwell Hall side. The girls started of the game batting and could not quite connect with the ball; the opposition were also very slick in the field and prevented Ratcliffe from scoring. Maidwell, had some big hitters and even with some good fielding we could not prevent them scoring. The second innings was much the same resulting in a loss, however, there were many pleasing things to build on. Players of the Match were Avani Gupta for her excellent batting and bowling as well as Daisy Reddin for her dynamic fielding at second post.
The U12A team had their first fixture of the season against Maidwell Hall resulting in a 10 – 8 loss. The girls played fantastically despite the terrible weather conditions. Ratcliffe took the lead after the first inning showing great fielding skills as a team and quick decision making. Unfortunately, Maidwell took the overall lead after the second inning. Player of the Match and Coaches’ Player was awarded to Alice Bower for her fantastic batting and great cover, playing third deep when fielding. A promising start to the season girls, well done.
The 1st XI played two games this week. They began the season against the XL Club, with the game hastily re-arranged to a 20.20 after over two hours of rain sabotaged the longer 50 over format. Ratcliffe bowled very well, restricting the XL Club to 111 for seven. In reply Captain, Toby Snell scored 58 not out as Ratcliffe won by six wickets. On Saturday, they played Welbeck College; with Oliver Welch scoring 73 not out to set up a total of 165 for 4. Welbeck batted positively in response but fell behind the run rate and finished on 111 for 8.
The 2nd XI came close to starting their season on Thursday but unfortunately Abbotsholme returned home without a ball being bowled. On Saturday, they won against Welbeck after dismissing them cheaply for 48. The runs were knocked off with relative ease.
The junior games this week were against Mount St Mary’s.
In the U15 game, Ratcliffe won the toss and put Mount into bat. Joe Davis opened the bowling well but Mount ended with a large total from their 25 overs. Ratcliffe got off to a good start with Guy Heywood top scoring with 36. Sadly, the innings then tailed away and Ratcliffe ended on 100 for six after their overs.
The U14s began their cricket season with a tough loss to Mount St Mary’s by 73 runs. After winning the toss, Ratcliffe bowled and fielded pretty well in tough conditions and restricted the opposition to 115 off their 20 overs. Highlights included an incredible run out by joint Player of the Match Sam Gray and bowling figures of 15 runs for two wickets from the other Player of the Match Lucy Tuttey. Unfortunately, with the bat, Ratcliffe struggled and could only make 43 all out.
U13s beat Mount by 126 runs. Finlay Spencer batted well, retiring on 81 and getting Man of the Match. Ratcliffe did not lose a wicket throughout the innings. With the ball, they were equally as impressive, with wickets being picked up by Jayde Patterson, Sam Pick & Henry King.
The U12s started their season strongly with a well-earned victory against Mount. Ratcliffe elected to bat and posted an impressive 125 in 20 overs, with 50s for Fin Martin and Sam Leake. Ratcliffe proved to be just as effective with the ball, with nine players bowling and seven taking wickets. Pleasingly, there were decent spells from Kim O’Sullivan and Oliver McGunnigle, both new to cricket. Ratcliffe ended up winners by 61 runs. Man of the Match was Sam Leake for his composed and consistent batting.
Congratulations to Finlay Spencer who has been selected to be part of the Tiger’s DPP U13 squad.
Congratulation to Jade England who was ranked sixth nationally in tertrathlon in the U25 section in 2018. We look forward to hearing how she gets on this this year. The selectors will invite the top 15 ranked girls from 2019 to a training weekend and then select the top 10 to make two teams of five girls to represent England. We wish her luck.
Congratulations to Rose Dickerson who is the 2019 Junior East Midlands Champion in 50m Fly and 50m Backstroke. She also won silver in the 100m Backstroke. An excellent achievement, well done.
Brooke England and Georgie Daynes have been representing their riding club at the winter championships over the Easter holidays, after their teams won the area qualifiers last year. Brooke competed for her team in the dressage championships. She was 12th individually in her arena, and had the highest score within her team. Brooke and Georgie competed in the show jumping championships. They both rode super rounds over a very technical course, and Georgie finished 17th and Brooke 20th out of a class of 80.
It was a very busy Easter holidays for Tabitha Kyle with competitions in the UK, Belgium and Ireland. Over the 6th & 7th April, Southview in Cheshire hosted the British Show Jumping Winter Championships. Tabitha won six classes and had lots of placing’s. The highlights were Tabitha winning the 128cm Grand Prix the 138cm Grand Prix and the 128 / 138 Special.
Over the 12th – 14th April, Lier in Belguim was the venue for her first FEI International competition. The competition started well with a win on the first day for Tabitha and she won the 1.20 Children on Horses class on “Bart’
Over the weekend of the 19th – 21st, Cavan in Ireland was the venue and Tabitha had nine ponies to compete over the weekend. It was another successful show with Tabitha winning seven classes and having many placing. The weekend finished with the Grand Prix classes. I was lucky enough to win the 128cm Grand Prix the 138cm Grand Prix and 3rd in the 148cm Grand Prix. Well done Tabitha an excellent Easter break
Jenna Pole and Mathew Lindley