16 May 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 3 Sports Report

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Summer Term 2019 - Week 3 Sports Report

Tuesday 7th May : Golf v Milton Abbey T

he golf team had the first of this term’s double headers away against Milton Abbey. The match was played with handicaps to make every match as meaningful as possible. Honours were approximately even and it was great that a number of pupils who don’t often represent the school in other golf matches were able to play and accredited themselves well. We look forward to welcoming MA in the return match on Tuesday 21st May.

Wednesday 8th May Athletics: Poole & East Dorset School Sports Association District Champs (Shells & 4ths)

A significant number of our younger athletes competed at the PEDSSA trials at the Ashdown track in Poole last Wednesday. There were excellent first place victories for Shell pupils Daisy Brown (JG Shot), Evie Young (JG Discus), Esther Browning (JG 800m) and Fourth Formers Alicia Hudson (IG 200m), Seb Gallego (IB 100 & 200) and Rupert Peach (IB 400m).

Thursday 9th May : Cricket U15 County Cup v Clayesmore (h)

A really good all round performance from Canford saw us breeze past a useful if inexperienced Clayesmore team. Having won the toss, James Ashurst punished any loose balls really well from the opening bowlers helping us to get out of the blocks. James Barker and Jude Organ then took centre stage and scored 85 and 55 respectively as Canford amassed 179 for 2 from their 20 overs – well batted!

Milind Khashu and Harrison Hill both looked menacing in a controlled manner and then Aman Iftikhar and Ed Martch both bowled well at first change – the latter putting in his best performance for the school so far. As a result, Clayesmore could not get going at all and finished a good 80 runs off the pace. Canford looked sharp in the field with a positive energy about them – well done all.

Canford 179 for 1 (20 overs) Clayesmore 96

Tennis v Marlborough

When we left Wimborne it was a bright and sunny day and the 1st team girls were looking forward to renewing the battle at Marlborough, having not played them for a couple of years. However, after the warm up the heavens opened and it didn’t really stop raining until the end of the match. Despite the rain we produced a good performance, taking a little more time on our serves and taking chances at the net. However, Marlborough are just as talented and having played more matches than us this season were far more game ready An 8-1 loss was genuinely an unfair reflection on us as a team as nothing seemed to go our way, from net cords to tight deuces every game. This was recognised by the Marlborough staff who immediately wanted to confirm the fixture for next year due to it being such a good match. Pair of the week: Millie Edwards and Molly Fairbairn managing to beat the 1st pair in the final round.

The 2nd team also met the challenge of a stronger opponent and inclement weather with similar resilience. The girls again put in a very good performance and looked much improved from last week but the opposition seemed to have a bit more experience over us in the tighter points – again so many went to deuce and we fell short on the odd unforced error here and there. Very impressed with the net play from all 6 of the girls, we just need to work on putting the ball away more. L1-8 Pair of the week – Anna Preston and Katie Ashcroft, stepping up and playing some really good tennis throughout the afternoon. (EJB)

It was a gutsy performance from the U15As in horrid conditions. It took a set to get used to the hard courts but the girls adapted to drop back and hit more topspin. Jessie Shuttleworth and Becky Morris were great, Becky was awesome at the net and Jessie’s ball placement was positioned well away from the opponents. Pair of the week - Flora Lingafelter and Rosie Ireland were just awesome, consistent, served well and strong at the net. L4-5

This was a tough fixture for the U15Bs as Marlborough were very strong. The girls played with guts and never once complained about the rain and conditions. Though we lost 0-9 there were many games to deuce and again wasn’t a fair reflection on the match. Pair of the week - Eloise Cooper and Millie Keen had some storming games losing narrowly despite the score lines. Eloise was dynamic at the net and both played consistently and I was proud of their great attitude and cheery deportment overall. L0-9 (CEI)

The U14A&Bs fought hard in their match against Marlborough and remained positive Annoyingly, the scores of final games did not reflect the close games, where Canford were battling to deuce in most matches. Attacking volleys will be an area for focus over the next couple of weeks, as well as consistency of serve. The teams must be congratulated for their excellent attitude in terrible conditions! L8-1, L9-0 (NXW)

Saturday 11th May : Cricket v Millfield

Having lost the toss, Canford’s U14As were put into bat by Millfield. They got off to a solid start, with an opening partnership of 42 runs, before Jamie Elviss was bowled, trying to up the run rate. This led to a slow-down in scoring and Millfield looked like they would take control. Monty Hooker then came in and quickly hit two 4s in his first 8 balls, getting things going, eventually out caught, and scoring 26 off 30 balls. This up-turn in runs was continued with an excellent quick innings from Robbie Hemmings, who scored 30 runs off 19 runs, ably supported by Oscar Berridge, managing 45 runs not out. In the end Canford scored 154 runs for 5 in 30 overs. While respectable, Canford needed to field and bowl well to have a chance of defending this total.

Monty Hooker and Oscar Feingold opened the bowling for Canford, facing off against Millfield’s two left handed openers. This was a difficult opening spell, with the batsmen scoring quickly before Monty managed a break through, bowling their number 2. Canford worked hard in the field, keeping upbeat despite a number of things not going their way. Robbie Hemmings looked sharp behind the stumps, attempting three stumpings. Jack Robinson bowled for the first time this season, bowling their number 5 with his second ball. Freddie Homer stepped up from the Bs managing a run out and fielding well.

However, Canford also dropped at least three chances and had the ruling of two very close run outs go against them. Despite this, the game got very tight with Millfield needing 36 off 36 balls. Canford pushes them close in this final period, but Millfield’s numbers 6 and 7 batted exceptionally well, with a partnership of 58 and the latter managing 39 off 26 balls. In the end Millfield hit Canford’s score with an over to spare. Man of the match was given to Nat Merrill, whose bowling made the game possible for Canford. The team’s next competitive game is against Gillingham in the Dorset Cup.

The main objective going in to this match for the U14Bs was to significantly reduce the number of wides and no balls bowled in comparison to last week’s game. Millfield won the toss and elected to bat which allowed the Canford boys to get to work on achieving this target straight away. The Millfield batsmen were aggressive right from the start of this T20, punishing any ball that didn’t endanger their wicket. However, credit must be given to the improvement in bowling with over 60% less wides and no balls than the previous match – a notable improvement. This, coupled with an enhanced accuracy and enthusiasm in the field, made Millfield work for every single run. Ultimately, Millfield posted a considerable total of 164-9 from their 20 overs. From a Canfordians point of view, the key takeaway point was that 9 wickets were taken over a range of the bowling attack – the stand out bowlers being Eliot Eyre and Lucas Francis with figures of 4 overs, 12 runs, 3 wickets and 4 overs, 25 runs, 2 wickets respectively.

This large total imposed a lot of pressure on to the Canford batting line up and as a result they collectively were bowled out for 41 runs in just under 12 overs. However, amongst the runs was a speedy single for Luo which complements his batting average nicely with a 1 not out in the scorebook. Longevity in batting will be the work on for this week in this ever-improving U14B group. Lost by 123 runs. (RJC) The 1st XI chose to bat first and Milfield’s opening seamer bowled superbly, removing seven of our top eight batters in a destructive six over spell (7-27). Only Freddie Pryce, Tom Sykes and Max Anand were able to offer some meaningful resistance. Defending 64 without three first-choice bowlers out due to injury was always going to be difficult, but it was made worse when two more pulled up lame. Milfield reached the total without much difficulty to win by ten wickets. We then agreed to play a hundred ball match, with restrictions so that every player had to bat and bowl wherever possible. We restricted Milfield to 119-8 with Jordan Le B returning 3-23, and a wicket each for Max Anand, Tom Prest and Harry Mitchell. The fielding was sharp – runouts by Harry and Zac Organ were ultimately trumped by a wonderful diving catch by Captain Daubeney (his champagne moment meant he had to collect in the kit after play). Tom Prest (an exciting 69) led our innings, supported by Freddie Peters (20) and Harry (14). All three results were possible as the final ball was bowled – unfortunately, Mitch was caught out going for glory! At least the side had restored some dignity.

Millfield inflicted the 2nd XI’s first defeat of the season with a fairly comfortable victory. In a 35 over match, we were at least 30 runs light of where we would have liked to be, but also were at least 30 runs more than we thought we would be at 61-5 after 16 overs. This was, in large part due to a magnificent 96 not out from Bugs Mitchell. First supported by the watchful James Martch (putting on 72 for the 6th wicket) and then by the dashing Miles Quick (adding 43 together in the final 5 overs), Bugs played an innings of great maturity. He hung around when rebuilding needed to be done, and then accelerated in the final 10 overs, finding the boundary on 13 occasions with some clean hitting. Needing 12 off the final 3 balls to reach three figures, he nearly pulled off a remarkable century, only to play and miss on the last to narrowly miss out.

His efforts gave Canford a target to defend, but 13 wides in the first 12 overs meant that Millfield were never under scoreboard pressure and they kept the run rate at a comfortable level. That said, James Martch and Miles Quick both bowled without much luck, beating the bat on numerous occasions – on another day they could have had a few wickets. However, eventually the Millfield batsmen, especially their no 3, cut loose, and chased down the target with more than 6 overs to spare. However, the lads stuck to their task, especially in the field, staying positive and energetic to the end, chasing every last ball until the game was done. A good effort lads. Lost by 8 wickets. (Rev J and Mr Ladd Gibbon) In the 3rd XI’s 20:20 match against Millfield 4th XI Canford won the toss and elected to bowl. A confident decision by the captain Archie VD Flier on a very sunny day. Freddie Hamilton opened with the new ball and started well alongside George Vessey at the other end. The first real breakthrough came from a run out where Millfield’s opener stormed down the wicket for what should have been an easy single, the other batsmen stayed in his ground and Will Jones calmly threw the ball into the keeper to remove the promising opener. A small collapse from the batting side with good bowling from Noah le Boutillier and Matt Wilkinson kept the pressure. The Millfield number 8 went on the offensive scoring 20 runs in quick time before Noah dismissed him with a straight one. It wasn’t long before the home side were bowled out for 106. A small target, but a target nonetheless. Freddie Hamilton O: 4 R: 15 W: 2 Matt Wilkinson O: 3 R: 14 W: 2 Noah le Boutillier O: 3 R: 22 W: 2

Will Jones and Charlie Anstee opened the batting and got off to a shaky start with Jones being dismissed early. Charlie demonstrated grit when wickets were falling at the other end and got into double figures until he was caught at mid-off. Will Toosey came to the crease and steadied the ship. A performance that was needed, batting time and letting others play around him. The run rate was not a problem, but falling wickets were. Accompanied by quick runs and equally quick innings at the other end from Freddie, Noah and Charlie Peplow, the target was within reach. Toosey’s wicket fell scoring 21 off 24 balls and Canford were 80 for 9. It was down to Archie VD Flier and George Vessey to get the 27 runs remaining. Pressure was clearly building with the Millfield side giving away extras aiding the cause of Canford’s final partnership. With two overs remaining in the innings and just 4 runs to get smart running from George and Archie got the 3rds home with 1 wicket remaining. A very good game and the boys were happy to get on the right side of it. Building an innings has to be the focus for the next week’s training and going into the festival of cricket. Won by 1 wicket. (MWH)


19 shell pupils headed to Eton Dorney, the Olympic lake, to compete over 750m on the multi-lane course. This was a great event for smaller schools and clubs to experience racing on the prestigious course, against similar ability level crews. The girls headed out first for their side by side race against 4 other crews. A very composed and solid performance from Immy Woodcock, Jess West, Celia Leavesley, Eliana Covell and Jemima Carrell saw them row through two crews in the first 150m, as well as taking 2nd from another crew in the last 100m. The girls missed out by a tiny margin to make it into the final, but all were very pleased with their performance and are now looking forward to putting what they learnt into Maidenhead this coming Saturday.

The boys had 3 crews entered in the afternoon, with Immy Woodcock staying back to sub in as a cox for one of the crews. Supported by the girls at the start before they headed home, the boys competed in two tight heat races. Though all crews raced well and fought hard just the one crew of Benji Bishop, Ed Crutchley, Daniel Deng, Charlie Hall and Elliot Askew made it into the final.

The boys did well in the final and came away with a silver medal. Lots learned by all the boys, just like the girls, adapting to the pressures and challenges of racing on a multi-lane course, attaching to a stake-boat and listening and responding to the marshals throughout. This was a great opportunity for all the shells to take complete ownership and become aware of their rowing and racing. (ERD)

Bristol and Avon Regatta

At one of England’s quintessential rowing clubs, Avon hosted a regatta on a 1000 metre long course held in Salford Bath. India Herrington, Buzz Borneman, Joanna Way, Scarlet Raymond, coxed by Louisa Borneman in the girls J15 coxed quad had a great race but having given everything in the final 250 metres lost by a narrow margin to Pangbourne.

The boys Archie Gardiner, Tim Downing, Beau Gater, Ben Shaw, coxed by Amber Herrington in J15 coxed quad had an equally exciting race but also missed out by the smallest verdict to Avon. J16 boys William Yeatman and Jamie Lucas-Rowe were over-powered by local rivals Bryanston. The junior girls coxed four of Emma Dalton, Emilia Milner, Bea Webb, Eve Hewett and cox Louisa Borneman had their hands full against Pangbourne. From the start Pangbourne came into Canford’s water narrowly missing blades but Pangbourne managed to get clear and won by a comfortable margin. (ID)

Athletics v Dauntsey’s , Kingswood, King’s Bruton, Downe House, Sherborne, St Mary’s Calne, Godolphin, Sherborne Girls (a)

A full team of close to 50 athletes made the trip up to Devizes to grace the new tartan track at Dauntsey’s school and their efforts were well rewarded. The full team finished 2nd overall and within the respective age groups there were 2nd place finishes for Inter & Senior girls and senior boys but pride of place went to the Inter boys team who claimed first place. Congratulations to the following pupils who secured victories in their events:

Serena Blake IG 1500m

Imogen Fairweather IG shot

Evelyn Young IG Discus

Alice Milton IG javelin

Martha Taylor SG Javelin

Seb Gallego IB 100m (PB)

Eddie Sterling IB 400m & LJ

Jack Sherborne SB HJ

S Gallego, J Agbedejobi, T Matthews, E Stirling IB 4 x 100m

A handful of athletes were also competing at the Dorset AA Champs at King’s Park on Saturday and county titles were claimed by Adam Kwan in the IB100mH and high jump, Polly Yule in the IG 80mH and Mattie Effick in the U20 Javelin. In a tough U20 1500m race Josh Davey ran well to grab a new pb.

Senior Boys House Tennis

What a wonderful afternoon of tennis it was! As usual the boys were all raring to go and wanted to get on with the rounds. All of the houses performed very well and was great to see boys from rowing and athletics involved. With every point counting towards the overall score it was time to put egos aside and battle for every point. The overall victors were Court House! With consistent play, calm attitudes and good serving key to their victory. Well done to all those that turned out. (EJB)

The U14Cs played against a mixed age group team from Milton Abbey. This did not faze the Canford team as they stepped out on court for their first round of matches. Going into the last round it was 33. Playing against their opposite number it was tense ending to a well fought fixture. W6-3 (NXW)

A really good afternoon of competitive tennis for the combined 3rd/4th team saw shortened sets but all of the boys got a lot of tennis in. Overall, we were stronger than Milton Abbey, especially once the first serve went in and we had the edge in terms of consistency but the application and attitude of the MA boys was excellent, making for a very enjoyable fixture. Pair of the day have to go to Ollie Leat and Tom Edsall. They won all their matches, both putting in a solid performance and working together well. We have lots to work on over the coming weeks, particularly serving, volleys and positioning, but I have been impressed with the boy’s keenness to learn and develop their game. W13-3 (JRAR)

On a lovely sunny day, our U14 & U15 pairs were all engaged in close and competitive matches against Milton Abbey. Our pair of Sam Thompson and Welly Johnson had raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set, but allowed the opposition to get themselves back to 4-3. The opponents were erratic and eccentric, and this affected our focus levels. Having closed the set out 6-4, we looked much better in the second set. Now accustomed to the opponents, they showed great maturity and better aggression at the net to win the second set 6-2.

Our shell pair of Alex Geng and Elliott Phillips were engaged in a fascinating match where almost every game went to deuce! After just losing out on the first set 5-7, they were very unfortunate to lose the second set 1-6 as 4 of the games in that set had also gone to deuce. There were some fantastic rallies however, and many positives to take going forward. (OSL)

Overall this was a valuable afternoon of tennis for the 3rd team girls. The levels were so similar it made it an exciting afternoon. The Milton Abbey first pair had a Spanish girl, who had played a lot of tennis before. TOur girls played decisively and communicated well. A huge thanks to Noorie Kaur, who stepped up to play after Abbie Rowsell fell ill – a true sign of team work. Pair of the week goes to Talia White and Flora Peddie for a fantastic game against the first pair and consistent play throughout. Flora – the best I have seen you serve! W5-5 (MM)

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

Sporting quote of the week:

“ The measure of who we are is how we react to something that doesn’t go our way. ”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

15th May 2019