28 Jun 2019
Summer Term 2019 - Week 8 Sports Report

Summer Term 2019 - Week 8 Sports Report
Thursday 20th June, Cricket: Canford v Bryanston

The 1st XI travelled to Bryanston for our one and only T20 match of the season, winning the toss and deciding to bat. Tom Sykes and Will Whitmore got us going (14 and 12) followed by a small partnership with Nick Broad and Freddie Pryce (15 and 29) but we kept losing wickets far too regularly. Importantly, Harry Moores and Miles Quick chipped in at the back end of the innings hitting 13 and 11 respectively. The innings finished on 114 for 9 but this was probably 20/30 runs short of what we should have achieved.

The Bryanston innings however only lasted into the 14th over with the Canford bowling and fielding blowing away the opposition. Nick Broad (3 for 10) opened the bowling even though his four over were a tad variable. Tom Sykes (2 for 10) was lively on a skiddy wicket, Harry Moores (2 for 8) bowled well in the middle overs getting the ball through well to Freddie Peters behind the stumps who took a couple of catches. Miles Quick (2 for 9) mopped up the tail and Bryanston could only muster 43 runs. As the boys left the field the buzz and positivity we were hoping for earlier in the term was certainly present and hopefully we can keep this going for the rest of term. It’s amazing what getting into winning positions does for one’s confidence. (JS)

In a T20 against local rivals Bryanston, the U14As won the toss and elected to bowl on a slightly overcast day. Monty Hooker shone with the ball; fantastic figures of 4-5-3 set the tone for the rest of the bowling performance. Bryanston’s captain played freely showing some resilience against Canford’s bowling attack. Nat Merrell dismissed him with some consistent bowling tempting the batsman to play over the top and holing out to mid-off. Nat then struck again, but this time credit must go to Oscar Feingold who flew to pluck the ball out of the air, one handed. A good stand for the 6th wicket of 38 runs took the visitors to a total of 75 – 7 from their 20 overs.

A small target but a target nonetheless. Canford wanted to make sure they completed the job. Tom Williams and Jamie Elviss opened the batting. A well-controlled innings from Captain Elviss was enough to see Canford over the line. He made 53 from 39 balls and scored the winning runs on the way to his 50. A good day for the young man who was well supported by Tom (10 from 24 balls). (MXK)

Saturday 22nd June Cricket v King Edward’s Southampton

Having battled through the World Cup traffic in Southampton in order to pick up one of our players the 1st XI arrived at KES Southampton’s playing fields, looking lovely and lush green with huge boundaries but unfortunately a very soft and extremely slow wicket. After the warm-up, we decided to open the bowling with spinner Zac Organ returning after a long absence.

It’s amazing how bowling figures can distort the real picture as on paper Canford’s look pretty good. However to be brutally honest it should be regarded as one of the most abysmal bowling displays by a Canford team for a long time with the exception on Max Anand who not only got a couple of wickets in his compliment and didn’t bowl a wide. The rest of the bowlers racked up 36 wides with a couple embarrassingly reaching double figures. More disciplined and accurate bowling will be needed for the final week of term! Thankfully, our catching and ground fielding was pretty good and we achieved our match target of two run outs for every innings. KES ended their 50 overs on 229-7

People often wheel out the old cliché about a captain’s innings but today the players and spectators saw a perfect example of one from Matt Daubeney’s 129 not out from 122 balls. His innings was characterised by patience and fantastic match awareness, paced to perfection to secure the win in the 48th over. Although the rest of the team did not score heavily, Matt was assisted really well by Nick Broad (20), Freddie Peters (15) and Billy Pocock (10 no) staying at the crease and rotating well. The players and especially the bowlers owe Matt a lot for this 4 wicket win. (JS)

A cracking performance to end a solid and fun season saw the U15As run much better between the wickets. So, despite KES bowling good balls, the scoreboard ticked over nicely with singles. Thirty odd from Joel Bibby, Harrison Hill and Jack Pocock supported a crafted 76 from James Barker seeing Canford post 213. Ed Martch tore through the upper order with 4–15 as KES were never really in the hunt and they finished all out 124 when a well-flighted ripping leg-spinner from Will Timberlake almost broke the bail. Well played men! Canford 213 for 6 (30 overs) King Edward’s 124 all out (25 overs)

A 25-over game against King Edward’s, Southampton concluded the U14As season. After winning the toss, Canford elected to bat first. After a slow start seeing out the opposition’s effective opening bowlers, vice-captain Jamie Elviss got Canford off to a solid start with a consecutive 50. He was backed up at the other end by captain, Robbie Hemmings, with a solid 44. A partnership of 79 proved crucial to build a competitive total. Canford’s total 144-7. Monty Hooker set the tone for the bowling performance in Canford’s attempt to nullify the KES opening batsmen. Figures of 5 overs, 6 runs, 0 wickets demonstrates how tightly he bowled to the opposition. This was well backed up by superb fielding from Oscar Berridge with a run out and George Bolland with figures of 5 overs, 24 runs, 3 wickets. One of those three wickets was that of the opener which nullified the opposition’s run chase. KES made 112-7 in response. A mature performance from Canford rounded off a successful season of 7 wins from 10 games. (MXK)

The Canford U14Bs travelled away to King Edward’s Southampton for their last game of the season. Canford won the toss and skipper, Ethan Bikhazi-Green decided to put KES in to bat. The KES opening pair started out well putting on a 50 partnership and silencing the opening bowling attack of Ben Fowle and Elliot Eyre. However, the resilience of the Canford side prevailed once more and saw Fowle, Lucas Francis and Alex Klosterfelde pick up wickets, which started the collapse of KES. These wickets, coupled with some fantastic run outs from Freddie Homer and Jocelyn Child, saw KES post a total of 134 from their 25 overs. On reflection, the boys leaked far too many wides and no balls; however, they were keen to chase down the very manageable target.

Eyre and Bikhazi-Green opened up the batting as usual and started to build a very mature and wellrounded partnership right from the off. Eyre was the aggressor hitting multiple 4’s whilst Bikhazi-Green kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end with various doubles and singles. They built a 43 run partnership, which set the innings up nicely, before Bikhazi-Green was dismissed for 10. Eyre continued to bat well and build another strong partnership but with Jack Martin this time. They went on to score a 37 run partnership between them and edge the team closer to the 135 run target to win the game!

Unfortunately, Eyre chipped it up and was dismissed for a very respectable 37. From here the rest of the batting line-up stepped in with valuable contributions to get the boys over the line in just 22.2 overs. Well done on a great season where significant improvements have been made throughout. (RJC)

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June : Rowing: Henley Women’s Regatta

What a way to finish the year for the girls’ rowing team! From turmoil two weeks ago with the news that our entry application for the 8+ had been rejected by the Henley women’s competition committee to subsequently having to enter a coxed 4, resulting in four girls missing out on a racing opportunity, to then reaching the quarterfinals on the Sunday 23rd June, before going down to eventual winners Henley Rowing Club. It was a truly special weekend for a number of reasons. The support over the weekend was incredible, in particular from Rachel Ko, Charlotte Wittram and Tessa Marley who missed out on a seat in the 4+ but came to support the girls they had been training with all year round; a credit to the team ethos, bond and respect these girls have for each other. Lucy King in stroke, with Kiki Sullivan and Liv Imms in the middle, Grace Hewett in the bow and cox Tati Reed were keen and ready to do themselves and their team proud, and give it their all. The girls took on their time trial on Saturday morning. In only their 2nd session together as a whole crew since selection their hard work and belief in each other paid off as the girls were confirmed as qualifiers for the first round of side-by-side racing later that day, finishing 7th fastest of the 21 crews entered – a great achievement in itself!

Later that afternoon the girls were drawn against Headington School, an opponent with genuine rowing prestige and pedigree. The girls knew a win was possible but were in no way complacent. 300m into the race and Canford were already ahead, looking strong and unified, it was a great start. Canford held this advantage throughout the race, remaining strong and composed. With 400m to go Headington put in a fighting push to try to push through our girls, but to no avail. Canford crossed the line 2 lengths ahead of Headington. Little did the girls know but in that moment their performance and victory was the best Canford has seen in seven years. The girls were ecstatic with their result and rightly so. For their quarter final race, Canford were drawn against Henley – another formidable club, whose girls have dominated regattas the past two seasons. The Canford girls were up for the challenge, going in as the underdogs, but keen to earn respect and leave everything out there. Sitting on the stake boat to align, Tati wished the Henley crew a good race, as did Lucy, Liv, Kiki and Grace which was in turn reciprocated by Henley. The tone for the race was set, with both crews wanting the best performance from each other - a great show of sportsmanship and respect. Canford were on the back foot early on, but stayed in contact for the most of the race. Coming into the last third of the race Henley were up to a length ahead, before crossing the line two lengths ahead of Canford. While it is never easy to lose a race, the Canford girls should be immensely proud of their performance and for delivering their best.

In three short years the girls’ club have gone from zero entries at Henley Women’s, to two crews qualifying last year with a first round defeat, to achieving our best result in seven years by reaching the quarter finals. It’s been a slow burner, and while Grace, Liv, Kiki, Lucy and Tati all leave us this summer they leave the Canford boat club with a new legacy for future girls. They have proven that Canford girls can compete with and against the in the country. There is a lot to look forward to! (ERD)

Saturday 22nd June: Swimming, ESSA Champs, K2 Centre, Crawley

Shell swimmer Conor Cherrington competed in the first ever English Schools’ Swimming Association national champs in Crawley on Saturday. Competing up an age group Conor rose to the challenge and achieved six PB’s from the six events entered. Golds were secured in the 200m Breaststroke and 100m, a silver in the 50m freestyle and three bronzes in the 100m Backstroke, 100m Freestyle and 50m Fly.

Monday 24th June Cricket Week: Canford 1st XI v Grey’s High School, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

First game of our cricket week versus Grey’s High School from Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The touring team won the toss, elected to bat, and as with all SA teams the opening few batters looked very composed, patient and hard hitting. After reaching 24, the first wicket was claimed by Tom Sykes (9-68-1) but a good partnership ensued to take the visitors on to 97, before Zac Organ struck (10-40-1), closely followed by a brace of wickets for Tom Prest (10-38-2) and at 100-4, the South Africans had been brought back towards us. However, their middle order then proceeded to show us how to rebuild, dominate and finish off the innings. Although Matt Longley limped off with injury, we did try 7 bowlers but to no avail and the tourists ended 326 - 6 off their 50 overs.

For once, our fielding let us down with a few dropped catches and some loose ground fielding. During the break we set our challenge to bat 50 overs and make the tourists work hard for the win. As usual, Tom Prest got off to a flyer making a forceful, positive 65 but we couldn’t find a partner to stay with him until our batting 12th man in Freddie Pryce came and scored 33. Once again lots of the batsmen got starts but failed to build on their innings; Freddie Peters 15, Will Whitmore, Harry Moores 22. The innings finished 191 all out in 37.4 overs and despite the loss I sincerely hope the younger members of the team especially, have learnt much from watching their opposition today, playing against two potential U19 South Africa boys and impressively six 15 year old – proving the old adage if you’re good enough you’re old enough. (JS)

Tuesday 25th June 1st XV v MCC:

As tradition dictates the MCC batted first and directly against tradition Canford used 13 players in this match. Having taken on board the criticism from the weekend this match saw probably our best bowling performance of the season, especially considering we were playing a timed game rather than an overs game, a format which a number of our players have not played before. Wickets were shared about: Tom Sykes 11-4-36-1, Harry Moores 8-1-36-1, Zac Organ 6-0-33-1, Tom Prest 18-1-83-1, Nick Broad 5-0-27-0, Jordan Le Boutillier 2.2-1-9-1. The MCC played well and declared on 229-6 which was seemed a very generous decision at the time.

Canford’s reply got off to a flyer as is usually the case when Tom Prest plays. Some loose opening bowling was punished by Presty and it was not until the third or fourth over that Tom Sykes received his first ball. These two put on 145 before Tom Prest was out for 99. There was an eerie silence and disbelief from our players and everyone watching as he just missed out on his century. From then on it was all about pacing our innings which was admirably done by Matt Daubeney notching up 20, Freddie Peters 25, Tom Sykes 55 and finally finished off by Freddie Pryce 9no, and Jordan Le Boutillier 13no with three overs of the final twenty left. The MCC Spirit of Cricket Cap was presented to Tom Prest after the game. Tom Sykes received a notable mention for his all-round performance as did the whole team. (JS)

Over the summer there will be plenty of Canford pupils taking part in major national events. Best of luck to our 1st VIII rowers who pre-qualified for Henley Royal Regatta and will compete in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup on Wednesday 3rd July. We also wish Molly Fairbairn, Will Whitmore and Martha Taylor every success with their continued involvement in the England hockey programme and future international matches. Good luck to Adam Phillips who will compete in his second English Schools’ Athletics champs at Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham in July and has a great chance to improve on his top 8 performance from last year. We wish our two junior swimmers, Robbie Hemmings and Conor Cherrington the very best as they have English and British champs coming up next month and have great chances of claiming places on the podium and to our GB Youth and junior sailors, Abby Childerley, Tom Peacock and Finlay Craigen, with their competition programme over the summer. Finally well done everyone on another excellent year of sport at Canford. There have been plenty of headline successes, all of which I have mentioned in the reports across the year, but we have also seen a continued rise in participation numbers and more competitive teams being fielded. We have also received many positive comments regarding the sportsmanship, attitude and commitment on show from a huge number of you and this is something to be very proud of. Enjoy your summer but stay fit!!!

Saying thank you and good luck.

Sadly the end of term not only brings with it the termination of the academic year, it also occasionally brings to an end the association of some staff with Canford. Each year we see the departure of many of our graduate sports assistants who have contributed so positively in their twelve months with us. We say goodbye to Valu Levy who is moving to London, Helen Barr who will be working as a fitness instructor before embarking upon a PT Instructor course with the RAF, Emily Locke who heads to Clifton Prep and Mike Haynes who will start his MSc in physiotherapy at Southampton University. On behalf of all the pupils and staff I thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and expertise you have brought to your sports involvement this year and good luck for everything you do in the future.

A new batch of graduate sports assistants will start with us in September but there are two amazing members of the sports department who are leaving and it will be incredibly difficult to replace them. As we have seen earlier in this report, the girls’ rowing programme has come on leaps and bounds over the last three years and Emily Doherty, Head of Girls’ Rowing, has been pivotal to this improvement. Passionate, committed and driven she has seen a healthy retention of girls remain in the Boat Club and also promoted an approach to physical training which values the importance of strength and power in young female athletes. We will miss her as a colleague and I wish her the very best of luck with her new role with GB and Welsh Rowing, where she will no doubt smash it!

Also moving on, this time to the Middle East is Lucy Read, Director of Netball. Lucy has raised the profile and performance standards of Canford netball in the time she has been with us to the extent that having at least two teams qualify for the Regional finals and at least one team reach the National finals is par for the course – not a bad legacy! Just like Emily, Lucy has been an outstanding role model for the female athletes in the school and has also cultivated the value of strength & conditioning for aspiring netballers. It is testament to Lucy’s get up and go attitude that she has also been involved in hockey, athletics, fourth form multi-sport, the Ghana partnership trip and a resident tutor in Marriotts House. I am sure she will prove to be a huge success at Cranleigh, Abu Dhabi. (MSB)

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

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1st XI Cricket v King’s Bruton

Sporting quote of the week:

“Some people dream of success … while others wake up and work hard at it”

Mark Burley

Director of Sport

Twitter: @CanfordSport

26th June 2019