06 May 2021
Summer Term 2021 - Sports Report Week 3

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Summer Term 2021 - Week 3 Sports Report


1st XI v Bryanston – 100 Ball Dorset Independent Schools Cup - Tuesday 27th April

Bryanston 86 for 9 (100 balls)

Canford 87 for 2 (62 balls)

Our first ever 100 ball match was a convincing win and a strong team effort away to Bryanston. Winning the toss we decided to field and open the bowling with the left arm spin of stand in captain James Barker. Pace off the ball worked with JB picking up 2 wickets in the first 10 (balls). We continued to build pressure although extras could be telling in a tighter game. Harrison Hill bowled an excellent spell (0 wides) alongside the excellent Tommy Jack (15 balls 3-12). Backed up with some tight fielding in the circle and boundary fielders on their toes we kept Bryanston down to 86. All bowlers showed signs of rustiness but in a new concept gradually got into a rhythm.

Opening up JB and Freddie Peters rotated the strike also putting away any loose balls to allow us to be 39 off 30 (balls). Freddie was the first to go scoring 18 at a run a ball but James continued to punish anything short including one huge six over square leg. He was unlucky to be out 1 short of his half century with only 3 needed to win.

A good start and lots learnt, Sherborne next will I suspect be a much more polished unit. Creating pressure and no extras are key in the field and maintaining a run a ball minimum when batting are key to these games.

3rd XI and U14B v Milton Abbey – Thursday 29th April

3rd XI

Following a disappointing defeat away at King’s Taunton on the weekend, the 3rd XI had a chance to instantly bounce back with a mid-week fixture against Milton Abbey. Milton Abbey won the toss and chose to bat, which saw Fergus VDF and Matt Keen opening up the bowling. Some economic bowling from the pair with 1 wicket from Fergus. However, the pick of the bowlers on the day were Jocelin Child with 3 wickets to his name and Ollie Taylor with 2. A sharp bowling attack, coupled with an accurate fielding display, saw Milton Abbey bowled out for just 85 runs after 16.5 overs. A very achievable target indeed – all down to the batters now.

Jack Robinson and Elliot Eyre opened up the batting for the 3s and were faced with some fierce bowling. Some excellent line and length from the bowling attack put the squeeze on the batsman and limited the run rate significantly in the opening overs. However, this only lasted until George Vessey stepped to the crease. From here the 3s accelerated towards the total with George demonstrating some elegant strokes to race to a quick 39 from 33 balls. Inevitably, this took the 3s comfortably over the line to win by 7 wickets. A clinical display from the 3rd XI, notable mention has to go to George, who was certainly the MVP on the day.


The U14Bs’ first fixture of the year was at Milton Abbey. The boys were put into bat and took full advantage of a quick outfield and consistent wicket. Adam Driver scored a fluent 29 with support from all the batsmen who ran rapidly between the wickets. Canford reached 156-7 with the help of a few extras. The U14s were very pleased with the score posted and stepped onto the field with noticeable enthusiasm. Jack Flegg picked up a wicket in the first over, before some sharp fielding in the same over yielded a run out. A 50 from the opposition batsmen kept Milton Abbey in with a shout despite some good variations from Sam Calvert-Lee with his leg spin. However, Joey Zhou came steaming in at the end to finish the job and seal an impressive 55 run victory in for what was many of the boys’ first fixture at Canford.

Onwards to Millfield next weekend.


Into May and the countdown starts to the National Schools Regatta where Canford will enter a girls’ eight and a boys’ quadruple scull.

The Canfordian rowers are working hard toward the prestigious regatta where the best of British schools and clubs will contest for medals at the end of the month.

The regatta held on the Olympic course at Dorney lake will take place behind closed doors on the 29/30th of May. Back for the first time after a two year absence the regatta will run a reduced program and will aim to have a selection of different events for most boat classes.

Fixtures with Monkton Combe and Bryanston for all the year groups are taking place on the 15th May and everyone is looking forward to the opportunity for competition. The Shells will travel to Bryanston and Bryanston will visit us with their Fourth Form groups. The Canford girls’ eight and the boys’ quad will travel to Monkton Combe.

As training progresses everyone’s fitness grows, and in turn confidence and abilities keep improving.

Well done to all.


The girls have moved to a traditional style game with transitions from attack to defence and defence to attack. Catch pass skill is noticeably improved as have straight lines of running. We are looking this week at increasing speed of play through improved work off the ball.


The build up to the exeat without a match enabled the pupils to put in lots of work in identified areas of weakness from their previous week. Across the club we have looked at serving in a lot of detail. The overall technique of coming over the top of the shoulder, rather than twisting from the hips – which then has a positive impact on the ball toss being hit further out in front to get more power. This then enabled them to start to aim the serve to where they would like the ball to go, as opposed to just getting it over, making the serve into more of a weapon. Another common theme was court positioning, ensuring that the pupils recover to the correct position, so that the gaps / angles don’t start to open up on the courts. Placing them into drills that highlight when they move out of position and that if they don’t recover, easy points can be won. With all of these learning points, I have been really impressed that when it is put into points, it becomes obvious to them, and therefore they pick up the habit quicker.

Next week we look forward to Senior House tennis and Block matches, girls against Bryanston and boys against Sherborne.


Wonderful to see the middle-distance runners taking part in a 10 minute, 100m relay race on Tuesday's track day. There were lots of 'hands-on heads' but the quality of work on show was impressive. The sprinters saw the use of parachutes and sprinting sleds to their training routine, which added an element of spice to their sessions. This Thursday sees a dedicated hurdles master class from Mr Lelliott, enabling our hurdlers to gain the confidence to complete a full flight.

The Athletic Records have been sent out to all athletes and this week saw further improvements to them by Rhys Allen (Lower Sixth) in the Discus 51.43m and the Shot 14.56m. Upper Sixth Charlie Bird also set a new record in the 1500m of 4.11.0 mins. Congratulations to both and The Sports Centre record board will be updated at the end of the season.

In the same meet where Rhys Allen set the new school records above, it was great to hear of the performance of OC Adam Phillips. Adam who is heading to Drake University later this year on a Scholarship threw over 50m lifting him into the top 10 of the National Rankings.

Canford Sports Department – Team of the Week

See the photos / attachments for the new team of the week. Across all the sports and year groups those who made the team were nominated by their Heads of Sport for standing out in terms of their attitude, commitment and performance.

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