09 May 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 2 Sports Report

Summer Term 2019 - Week 2 Sports Report
Tuesday 30th April: Tennis v Bournemouth Collegiate School, The Glanville Cup, South West QF

Our senior tennis team of Harry Pickard, Ben Morris, Bennet Von Tschischwitz and Will Pickard competed against Bournemouth Collegiate School. BCS is home to some of the strongest players in the country due to their link with West Hants Tennis Club. Their number one player had played in the Junior Olympics and has a current ITF ranking (World U18) of 146 which reflects his quality. The boys wore the Canford badge with pride and gave it their all and it was fantastic to see such quality tennis being played on our courts. Overall, we lost, but it was not without a fight. Many thanks to the staff and players that came out to watch and support the boys. (EJB)

Thursday 2nd May: Cricket v Poole Grammar

Canford 2nd XI had another entertaining, if comfortable, win against Poole Grammar 1st team. Batting first, Canford got off to a steady start despite losing a couple of early wickets again. However, Charlie Berridge got into his stride after playing himself in, opening up with some fine stroke play. His 38 came off 26 balls, including 7 fours, many of them beautiful drives straight down the ground. He was ably supported by Ollie Hilton, who kept things ticking over. Jordan Le Boutillier picked up the mantle from Charlie, with his 36 coming off 29 balls. A few lusty blows from Bugs Mitchell at the end took our score north of 150 – a good effort on a slow pitch with a slow outfield.

We knew if we got through the Poole Grammar top order there wouldn’t be much depth below, so early wickets from Jacob Browning and James Martch put us firmly on top. However, it was Miles Quick who essentially ended the contest with a hat-trick in his first over – all clean bowled, starting with one that went the other way to the left hander. Brilliant! Fruin Mackillop-Hall then shared the bowling and wickets around as Poole’s inevitable decline unfolded. Miles came back for one more spell to end with remarkable figures of 4-2 off 3. An emphatic win – Millfield next, which will be a much tougher task. Canford 2nd XI vs Poole Grammar – won by 95 runs Canford: 154-5 (20 overs) Poole Grammar: 59 all out (16.2 overs)

Having lost the toss, James Barker and James Ashurst batted well to get the Canford U15A innings off to a very promising start, putting on 92 runs from 56 balls before Ashurst was out for 42. Barker went on to get his 50 before retiring. Jude Organ added 29 before Fergus Van der Flier added a very useful 11 off 4 balls at the end of the 20 overs. Canford finished on 187/5.

PGS’ opening batsman played an excellent, composed innings. He batted throughout to 105(60) only out by a run out celebrating a ball too early! PGS kept the runs ticking over at just the rate needed to bring the match down to a tense last over. In the end PGS needed one run with one ball remaining and managed to nudge a single, despite valiant fielding by Barker, to win finishing on 188/3.

Canford’s bowling was tighter, Aman Iftikhar the pick with 1-30 from 4, and gave away fewer extras than PGS but the side need to realise the importance of small errors in the field and odd extra runs that could have been added in deciding matches. Canford 187 for 5 (20 overs) PGS188 for 3

Poole Grammar U14As won the toss and chose to bat first against the U14Bs. It was apparent right from the off that Canford were going to be up against it as the opening pair began hitting boundaries to all areas of the pitch. The pick of their batsmen went on to score 50 and retired off just 31 balls. However, the Canford boys did not let this get them down and persevered with great enthusiasm in the field. The first breakthrough came when Freddie Homer bowled an inviting ball just outside off-stump, which tempted the batsman in only to be chipped up and successfully caught by Tom Ling. Following this, notable contributions with the ball came from Elliot Eyre, Angus Brown, and Alex Klosterfelde who all bowled great spells. Unfortunately, Poole continued to bat with a significant strike rate and in the end posted a score of 175 off of just 20 overs. Canford struggled early on in their innings with the bat scoring only 1 run between their top 3 batsmen. However, captain Bikhazi-Green came in at number 4 to steady the ship and scored a respectable 16 from 51 balls faced – a true captain’s performance at a crucial time. He was supported by a number of the other batsmen, Ling, Jocelin Child, Klosterfelde and Brown who shared a flurry of runs between them. In the end, the Poole bowling attack proved too strong and restricted Canford to 89 runs from 20 overs resulting in Poole Grammar winning by 86 runs.

Canford U14As vs Bournemouth School for Boys, Dorset Schools County Cup Rd 1

Having won the toss, Canford put Bournemouth in to bat. With Elliot Hilton unavailable due to injury, the bowling was opened by Tristan Fulton and Monty Hooker, each taking a wicket, meaning that Bournemouth had lost both their openers, relatively early on, between them scoring just 3 runs. Tristan bowled particularly economically, bowling his 5 overs for 1 wicket, 2 maidens and just 7 runs. Bournemouth then started their come back, with their 3rd batsmen, Matt King, putting together a very tidy 34 off 52, supported by a number of players, including Sam Rook, who went on to score 27 off 26 balls himself. As a result, Bournemouth started to build a bit of momentum, but this was brought to a close by George Bolland coming on from the astro end of Lower Tadmoors, bowling spin and taking 5 wickets in 4.4 overs, for just 18 runs. This was a tremendous effort and resulted in earning him man of the match. Bournemouth were bowled out for 106 runs in 22.4 overs.

Canford’s batting was opened by Tom Williams and Monty Hooker, with the latter being bowled by a beautiful ball, from probably Dorset’s best U14 bowler, Matt King. He was replaced at the crease by Oscar Berridge, with Tom and Oscar managing to deal with Matt King’s pace and build a partnership. Unfortunately for Matt King and Bournemouth, their stand-in wicketkeeper struggled to cope with the pace of bowling offered by his team mates, resulting in the majority of Bournemouth’s 22 byes. This, coupled with other extras made up 36 of Canford’s winning total. This shouldn’t take anything away from Tom and Oscar’s partnership of 78 runs from 61 balls. This effort meant that Canford were put firmly in the driving seat, scoring the required runs within 15 overs and winning by 9 wickets.

Tennis: Girls V Bryanston & Boys V Sherborne

What a treat for the 1st VI girls to play on the terrace grass courts at Bryanston! The girls ensured that they got a good warm up on a surface that was unfamiliar to them. Nevertheless, in the first round we didn’t produce our best tennis as Bryanston served very well and put the ball away at the net clinically.. After the second round we were 4-2 down despite some close matches with our tennis improving. A fantastic performance by Millie Edwards and Molly Fairbairn at pair one against their equivalent, managed a really convincing win but despite tight games in the other matches, we lost overall 5-4, with two matches lost on a tie break. Pair of the week goes to Emily Witter and Beanie Culley – for taking the opposition first pair to a tiebreak decider.

Even during the warm up, all 6 girls in the 2nd VI seemed very relaxed but up for the battle. By the end of the second round we were 5-1 up all due to our serving and consistency. Technically we were stronger, but I was really impressed the effort to keep the ball in play and the confidence at the net. Final score was a deserved 7-2. Pair of the week goes to Georgie Kearns and Ella Mitchell – for serving and overall attitude. (EJB)

A close win, 5-4, for the thirds. Overall there were lots of good and close sets of tennis and we applied good depth on the return of serve. The tactical placement of the ball was the key to victory as Bryanston liked to come to the net, but often ended up too close allowing us to exploit the angles and the lobs. Footwork needs to be improved and communication within our pair must become more frequent. Pair of the week Katie Ashcroft and Anna Preston – the most focused out of all the pairs.

A very confident win from the 4th team, 9-0. It was evident from the warm we had the upper hand as our girls were more consistent and enjoyed coming to the net in all matches. A credit to the girls for staying focused and I was really impressed at their “sportswomanship”, as the difference in standard was noticeable. Not sure it’s fair to give a pair of the week due to the girls all equally being good but Gemma Kendall and Sascha Witter certainly played very well. (MM)

A 7-2 win for the U15As saw all 3 pairs play really well. Ground strokes were good, and serving got better and better throughout the afternoon. Volleying was good, although that will be our focus for the next few weeks, to learn to put kill points when they have the chance. Also of note was our 3rd pair match vs the Bryanston 1st pair - Jessie Shuttleworth and Eloise Cooper put up an amazing fight – eventually losing 4-6, but pressing the 1st pair every step of the way. Both were incredibly calm under fire! Pair of the week were Molly Taylor and Alicia Hudson who won all 3 matches, conceding the least amount of games (6) in doing so. They were on their toes, served well and looked ready for anything.

The U15Bs won 7-2 and despite losing 2 out of 3 sets in the first round, they settled well, finding their stride and their serves looking more and more comfortable. Court positioning will be an area to work on over the following weeks, as will second serves and volleying. What was most noticeable was how well they kept their concentration in comparison to their opposition and their hunger to win was palpable. Pair of the day: Hattie Kent and Millie Keen – they won all 3 games. Their serves got better and better throughout the afternoon and they were increasingly dangerous at the net too. A really good performance from them both. (CEI)

The U15Cs lost 6-3. For our first match, the girls played so well and Bryanston were more consistent, especially with their serves. For our first match, a very good performance.

Some of the extra U14 girls stepped up to play for the U15Ds against Bryanston. This was the first game for many of the girls, and despite having a couple of training sessions this term each pair did well to use certain shots to win points against their opponents and working together in their pairs to play some good tennis. Unfortunately, the girls lost 7-2 but the score doesn’t reflect how well the girls did to play against opposition from the year above! Pair of the week Lara Wilkinson and Freya Coughlan – as they stayed focused all the way through the matches. (HXB)

We outclassed Sherborne in the 1st VI boys’ match and overall were stronger. Net play and first serves ensured that we kept Sherborne constantly under pressure. Pair of the week Harry and Will Pickard, the brothers teamed up to ease through all the pairs. Won 8-1.

The boys’ 2nd team were technically stronger, giving us the edge but the boys did have to work hard in their matches. Tactically we knew what we wanted to do with the ball far more so than the opposition, leading to shorter rallies. Won 7-2. (DFL)

The U15A first pair of Welly Johnson and Alfonso Benavides-Fortuny started brightly, speeding through to 5-2 lead against their third pair. However, they struggled to close the set out, missing many of their volleys. They did eventually win the set 6-4. After winning their second match 6-4 as well, they played their best tennis in their last match against their top pair, winning 6-3, Sam Thompson and Tom Amy were very unfortunate to suffer a heavy defeat in their first match, as 4 of the games had gone to deuce! After winning the first game in their second match vs their top pair, they made too many mistakes to trouble them. Tommy Davies and Billy Noel were also a little slow to start, but after losing the first match against their top pair, they started to produce some good tennis and were very unfortunate to lose their other matches 4-6. Certainly, areas to work on like the serves and net plays, but I have seen much potential and I am quite optimistic for this season! Lost 6-3. Pair of the week – Welly and Alfonso. (OSL)

The first fixture of the season for the U15Bs was against Sherborne. They had a very large squad of almost 40 players to choose from, and that showed in the consistency of all three pairings they put forward. It was therefore going to be a stiff challenge for our boys to defeat them, but we put up a good show nonetheless. The closest match came in the first round, where Nat Davey and Finn Rogers came very close to defeating the opposing pair, losing however in the end 5–7. Raffi Mills and Rory Smith put in a lot of good play in all three of their games, but don’t quite yet have the stamina to maintain the pressure for a whole set; games further down the season will, I think, be a different story. Jake Holtby and Tommy Qian played their first game of competitive tennis with enjoyment. Final score: 9–0 to Sherborne. Pair of the week – Nat and Finn. (JED)

The U14A boys’ matches against Sherborne were a fantastic start to the tennis season. Although they came home with a narrow loss of 4-5, the boys played extremely well and never gave up at any point. Their competitiveness actually grew as the day went on and you could see how much they wanted to play well and win. With all three pairs winning at least one set, the boys were happy with the first match of the season. Henry Wittram and Rupert Hutton were a fantastic 1st pair, both players serving well and out-rallying their opponents. They worked well together and analysed their previous matches to improve in the latter ones. The 2nd pair of James Harvey and Tom Clark won their final set 6-3 in a long and gruelling match and walked away happy with their performance and their ability to adjust their game play to obtain a final victory. Felix Synott and Alex Cochrane had a great day as the 3rd pair, fighting for every ball and every point. Their determination in the final set was highly commendable and forced their opponents to make a lot of mistakes. The U14As had a thrilling day of tennis and should be extremely proud of their efforts and attitudes throughout every set they played. Pair of the week – Henry and Rupert

The U14B boys had a great afternoon against Sherborne, finishing with a win of 6-3 to start their tennis season. Oscar Rees and Ben Fowle kept their cool throughout the entire afternoon and managed a 3-0 set victory, starting their day off with the longest-running deuce at 2 games all, possibly in boys’ school tennis! After coming back from 5-2 down and just losing the final set 7-5 in the tie breaker in their final match for the day, the 1st Pair, Alex Landale and Tom Norman, finished the day off with two very close losses and one great win full of hard-fought battles and long points. Louis Potts and James Balasubramaniam stepped up to play as 3rd pair in the Bs and left with a 2-1 set win; all their matches full of some great rallies and excellent communication. The U14Bs attitude throughout the day was positive all wanting to do their best to secure a victory. The greatest part of the afternoon was seeing their willingness to be part of the point at the net and be confident in their volleying abilities. An excellent afternoon of tennis that the boys should be proud of. Pair of the Week – Alex and Tom (DGM)

Year 9 / 10 singles event Canford vs Corfe Hills

This year Canford tennis club has entered an LTA event that includes singles and doubles for Shells and Fourths. Each year group will take it in turns to play the event. First up we selected 4 boys from the Fourth Form to play - Alex Daubeney, Finn Pearson, Max Chapman and Harry Young. It was a tough afternoon as it turned out Corfe Hills had a county player! However, the boys had wonderful afternoon playing singles and doubles. We lost over all 5-1, to a more experienced team. (HB)

Saturday 4th May Cricket: Canford U15A & U14A v Dorset

Having been asked to bat, Canford U15As paced their innings really well not letting any of the Dorset U15 bowlers strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking over with some fine positive running. The final tally of 190 from 30 overs was about par and it was thanks in the main to David Offer, 48, James Barker 35 and Jude Organ 31. Dorset had been a little too generous with their wide count and this was highlighted as the key area to win the game at the halfway mark. Sure enough Canford bowlers as a unit bowled a great deal straighter and though Dorset eventually pressed down on the accelerator, the game was already in the bag for the ‘Blues’. James Barker with 2-15 off 6 was pick of the bowlers but Aman Iftikhar, Jude, Harri, Hill, Milind Khashu all contributed. Canford 190 for 9 (30 overs) Dorset U15’s 171 for 2 (30 overs)

As the rest of the school headed off on their exeats, the U14As shaped up for their fixture against Dorset. The U14As were led on the day by Oscar Berridge, Robbie Hemmings having been pulled away to a swimming fixture. The fixture was also the first of three matches Dorset would play on consecutive days and so they chose to rest their two opening bowlers, while having given up three of their squad, for them to play for Canford (Oscar Berridge, Monty Hooker and Jamie Elvis).

Dorset won the toss and elected to bat first. Tristan Fulton and George Bolland opened the bowling, with Monty Hooker quickly coming on to bowl the fourth over and pick up two key wickets in an excellent over, which set the standard for the rest of the bowling attack. Dorset’s innings was settled by the partnership of Harmse and Andrews, which managed 68 runs from 95 balls. This was ended by Harmse being retired and was followed moments later by Andrews being caught by Nat Merrell. After 20 overs, Dorset sat on about 85 and Canford hoped to hold them to about 130. Sadly for Canford Dorset can bat at depth and managed to score 159 runs off their 30 overs, for 6 wickets. The best of the bowling figures came from Oscar Feingold, who quickly found his line and length, managing 6 overs for 8 runs, with 4 maidens and a wicket.

Canford’s batting was opened by Tom Williams and Jamie Elvis. Tom was the first to fall, caught on 6 runs, but looking confident up until this point. Jamie followed 9 balls later, having again been looking good, but falling off balance in a drive and being bowled as a result. Oscar Berridge steadied the ship, looking comfortable from the off and building into the game. Once partnered with Jack Robinson, the pair batted for 71 balls, scoring 71 runs between them before Oscar was caught and bowled on 58, by an absolutely fantastic reaction catch by Andrews. The game was seen out by Jack Robinson and Ethan Bikhazi-Green, who between them scored a partnership of 23 securing the required runs in the final over of the match. The end tally, 160 runs in 29 overs for 5 wickets. An excellent win for Canford and a cracking warm up match for Dorset. The man of the match was Oscar Berridge, for captaining his side to victory and an excellent individual innings of 58 from 60 balls. The first half century of the season for the U14As.

Individual Successes

Congratulations to Shell pupil Tom Norman who has been invited to attend a Major League Baseball (MLB) training camp during half term having being selected for the GB U15 baseball squad which will play in the European Championship taking place in Germany in July.

Shell pupil Robbie Hemmings couldn’t represent the U14A cricket team last weekend as he was competing in a South West regional swimming event where he continued his rich vein of form claiming several 1st and 2nd places. Robbie currently sits atop the national rankings for the 100m backstroke in his age group.

Well done to Fourth Former Tash Pettifer who is involved in GB Taekwondo squad training in the forthcoming weeks building up to the European Champs later this summer.

Photos ready to view and download from Canford Media

Cricket Practice

Boys’ Tennis v Bournemouth Collegiate

Athletics Practice

For all this term’s sports reports please head to www.canfordsports.com

Sporting quote of the week:

“ Success isn’t all about talent. It’s about being dependable, consistent, coachable and knowing what you need to do to improve. ”


Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport


8th May 2019