12 May 2022
Summer Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 3

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Cricket v Sherborne, Millfield and Dorset Girls

Boys’ 1st XI

The first game at home as defending winners of the Dorset Independent Schools 100 Ball competition took place on a lovely summer’s day.

Canford won the toss and decided to bat, James Barker and Eddie Jack opening. Once the two of them had had a look, both opened their shoulders and dispatched Sherborne bowlers all round the field having a partnership of 108.

Dill Howell came in at number three and showed his intent from ball one ending up with 32 off 15 balls, with some deft touches as well as some powerful hitting.

Canford ended on 171 for 2.

Milind Khashu opened the bowling for Canford and struck in his first block of five ending with 1-18. Kit Bloomfield with his off spinners bowled tidily and shut up one end with figures of 0 -17 off his 20 balls. The other bowlers all bowled tidily and it was obvious that Sherborne were not going to get the required runs.

Eddie Jack bowled with pace 1-3

Harrison Hill 2-26

James Barker 3-14

Tommy Jack 0-32

All backed up with a good fielding display with Robbie Hemmings very tidy behind the sticks.

Thank you to Jim and the ground staff for a lovely wicket.

Our first 50 over game of the term was against potentially one of our strongest opponents Millfield. It was great to see our boys totally outplay them in all departments. Millfield won the toss and decided to put us in which suited us even though there was a green tinge to the wicket.
The pattern of the game started with the first ball of each opening bowler’s overs a no ball therefore a free hit. In the course of the innings Millfield gave us 63 extras, 41 in wides!!!!
Once again a great opening partnership with James Barker strong and powerful hitting and Robbie Hemmings thoughtful and a bit more classical putting on 156. James finished with 58 and Robbie made a well deserved 100. Dill Howell next in once again was on it from ball one and delivered a busy 42. Sam Martin with 39 kept the momentum going along with Eddie Jack scoring a forceful 27 Jude Organ hit 20 with some lusty blows and Oscar Berridge, Tommy Jack and Kit Bloomfield finishing it off with a handful of balls left. Although we lost seven wickets all of them were for the team cause with us finishing on 356-7 in our 50 overs.

Millfield started their innings with Eddie and Milind opening the bowling and Eddie struck in his first burst. Milind 0-17 gave way to Kit who once again gave very little away, bowling his ten off the reel 1-37. Jude and Harrison were next two to bowl. Jude 4-38 ripped out the middle order with Harrison 1 - 21 contributing. TJ had a bowl 0-25 along with James Barker 2-30. There was some resistance from Melly who played well scoring 65 but was caught on the mid wicket boundary off a skier by Harrison.
Robbie once again was very tidy behind the sticks and some good fielding by all, with concentration levels good for the 50 overs especially when the game looked won early in the piece.
Areas to work on , running between the wickets and cut out the wide!!!!!!

Boys’ 2nd XI

Millfield: 152-4 (20 overs) Arthur Toosey 2-18, Monty Hooker 1-28

Canford: 153-5 (16.5 overs) Joel Bibby 63, Monty Hooker 24*

Player of the Match: Joel Bibby

Choosing to bat first, Millfield seemed quite pleased with their 152 runs, particularly after they were only 58 off 10 overs after good opening spells by Monty Hooker and George Peacock, backed up by James Ashurst’s tidy off spin. They turned it on a bit in the 2nd half, but Oscar Bailey bowled a good spell at the death and I always felt that it was chaseable if we batted with good intent. As it was, losing a couple of wickets early meant that Joel Bibby was in place to re-interpret the meaning of intent. He started relatively calmly, reaching 16 off his first 10 balls with 3 fours, but then the fireworks began as he smashed it to all corners of the ground. His last 10 balls before he got out were 6,1,0,6,4,6,0,6,6,6 … and the sixes didn’t just creep over the boundary, they disappeared out of the park. It was an extraordinary exhibition of clean hitting and left Johnny Walster and Monty Hooker the luxury of playing within themselves to see us home.

A great innings from Joel, however, we needed the whole team around him to play their way – whether that’s Jack Pocock batting with good tempo in the opening overs, or Arthur Toosey chipping in with a couple of crucial wickets, along with other lads mentioned above.

It’s a team game and this 2nd XI is turning into a great team.

Boys’ 3rd XI

The first cricket fixture for the 3rds this summer took place at a lovely Millfield.

After a long journey their skipper won the toss and decided it would be a good idea to keep us out there and field. We started off very well with Elliot Hilton taking a wicket in his first over. We continued this pressure and had them 60 for 4 in 10 overs. After a slip up in the field, one batsman decided it was his day and took our bowlers to the cleaners and ended on a well-played 86 off 45 balls.

Pick of the bowlers was Elliot Hilton and Tom Kiff taking a brace of wickets each

That set us 189 to get in our allotted 120 balls. Our openers started off well with Jimmy Johnson finding the middle early on and took full advantage of the powerplay.

He continued his hitting and put us in a very good place. He unfortunately holed out for a very well played 83.

Millfield put their foot down and put our batsman under more pressure. Tom Williams unfortunately got run out on 31 bring in 2 new batsmen to finish the game off in the last 4. Ed Timberlake ran well between the wickets and allowed us to have a chance in the final 12 balls. He was dismissed and in walked Fergus van Der Flier, in a high pressure situation. He was in his element and boy did he deliver.

We needed 11 off the final over. And in typical Fergus manner, he won it off the last ball with a lovely shot over extra cover giving Canford 3rds their first win of the season

Still a lot to work on but it was a great day out all in all. A good day of cricket.

Boys’ U15As

Up against our toughest test on our first outing, things were always going to be tricky. Canford batted solidly if a little smothered by the consistent bowling that they received. Harry Serjeant looked in good touch with a foundation 42 and both George Guirdham and Tom Barrett in particular came in and scored quickly right from the off. Achieving 90 from the last 15 overs without really slogging hopefully shows all the way forward for us. Solid with the bat yes, but the bowling was very inconsistent and against batters of this quality the score of 125 was soon knocked off. There is plenty of encouragement to take from the game, almost as much encouragement as we were giving one another which was lovely to witness – team, team!

Boys’ U15Bs

Something of a mish-mash team here, but hey! I can only play with the team that I am given. Some of our players may have been a little advanced in years but the reality is that almost all of the damage was done by genuine U15s.

We chose to field and opened with Henry Lane and Jake Stewart: and soon had them reeling in the years. 27 for 4 after 4 overs.

Then Wilmot came on with his mystery wrist spin from one end (5 overs, 32 for 1) ably supported at the other end by Hester Child.

Hester’s first spell of three overs … 14 for 2 … both clean bowled. Final analysis – 4 overs, 22 for 2. It’s a simple game really. Bowl straight and on a decent length.

Finally the skipper, Jasper B came on was also reasonably parsimonious. 32 for 1 after 4.2 overs.

BUT … having had them 65 for 9 after 13 overs, how did we let them get to 137 all out from 23.2 overs? Their tail swung and connected, swung and connected, and a couple of catches went down. We therefore let them off the hook to achieve a more respectable score and there is a lesson here.

But remember that four out of five bowlers were genuine 15s.

Jocelin Child, Alex Landale and Lucas Francis (hanging around for 14 apiece) got things moving along at a steady pace. 27 for 1 off five overs.

Tim Ka added a few runs with some very idiosyncratic stroke play that certainly did not come from the MCC coaching manual. Stewart and Bowley both came and went without troubling the scorer, but then Ethan B-Green (33) and Sam Wilmot (27) dug in and made steady progress. 82 for 6 went to 133 before Ethan ran himself out but Henry Lane returned to the greensward to eke out the final runs. The target of 138 achieved with nine balls to spare.

Our most sincere thanks to my perennial favourite, Mr E X Tras who chipped in with 38 … 33 of them wides.

Boys’ U14A

Canford U14A Score 147 for 4 Overs 20.0

Millfield U14A Score 95 for 10 Overs 18.4

On a small pitch Canford took the opportunity to bat first. A steady watchful start saw us get to 30 off 7 overs before Oli Butler skied a catch looking to accelerate the score. The introduction of spin on the small ground allowed us to accelerate nicely with the next wicket falling in the 15th over with the score on 93 (Boldt 16 off 21) This allowed us with wickets in hand to kick on and although losing a few wickets scored an impressive 54 in the last 4.3 overs. An excellent 50 for Seb Rowland at a run a ball was followed by powerful from Ben Jack (28 off 14).

With a starting rate of 7 an over needed from the off Millfield had to start positively and reached 23 off 5 overs when the first wicket fell. With a team of all rounders we could afford not to bowl our spinners (something Millfield may have regretted using 3) and our seam attack all bowled a consistent line and length to maintain the pressure. All 6 seamers of Jack, Organ, Davey, Aspinall, Jackson and Goddan made an impact and Millfield succumbed to a heavy defeat being bowled out in the 19th over.

A real team effort was backed up by 3 run outs (2 direct hits) and excellent ground fielding.

As ever lots to take away from this game but this time more on what we need to continue to do well rather than what needs improving.

Boys’ U14Bs

The U14s made a strong start, with Captain Bertie Cutler opening the bowling, forcing their opener to play and miss on multiple occasions. Archie Lappin and Henry Stear also bowled well and if it wasn’t for some poor fielding, we could have restricted Millfield to a reasonable total. The Millfield bowlers were very strong, the boys didn’t have an answer despite Bertie hitting a few long 6s in his 41 not out. Fielding needs some work, but it was a good effort all round in the first game of the season! Thanks to the travelling parents who came and supported.

Girls U18s

Saturday saw a great opportunity for our girls to test themselves against the best U18 players in the county which was always set to be a challenge with a large proportion of the Canford side being year 9 and 10s. Although the result turned out to be a comprehensive win for Dorset the girls would have learnt more from this game than all the other matches so far this season. Dorset showed us that consistency in the bowling department is key to creating pressure and setting fields. Fielding is quicker with powerful throwing arms, catching is more consistent and game awareness (being proactive not reactive). Finally batting strengths being shot selection, patience and knowing when to attack.

These are all things our very talented group are capable of doing and with more testing games and hard work in training will come.

Athletics – Dauntsey’s Meet

Great to start the season with a meet at Dauntsey’s on their lovely tartan track. Athletes from across all ages, Shells to 6th form, set off excited about the competition. They certainly did not disappoint with their willingness to try new events, and bravery with the Shells competing in an Inters age group (5th form below). Stand out performances were seen by the Mowbray sisters. Elle came 1st in the 100m, won the Shot Put with a new PB 10m22 and jumped 5m15 to win the Long Jump, which is equal to the Inter Girls’ Canford record, while Megan, won the Triple Jump and produced a new PB in High Jump 1m53, which was very close to the Inter Girls Canford record of 1m54 set in 2016. Harry Pilkington impressed with coming second in the High Jump, producing a new PB 1m55, Ollie Glen took gold in the Triple Jump and Jansci Motsi got bumped up to the Sixth Form age group, and finished 2nd in the Triple and Long Jump and 100m. We entered a team into the Senior Boys relay where, Ollie Glen, Dan Sanchez, Nat Harlowe and Jansci Motsi (two of which are Inters), produced a pleasing bronze position. A great overall team performance!

Tennis v Millfield and Bryanston

Boys’ 1s

Canford Boys’ Tennis 1st team came up against a strong Millfield outfit on Saturday afternoon, with the boys struggling to gain a rhythm to get going in their matches. However, the boys did play some great tennis throughout the afternoon. Will Pickard performed three hot dog shots with ease, while his partner Henry Wittram really came into his own after the first match, similar to David Offer and Welly Johnson. Ed-Schuster Bruce and Rupert Hutton played aggressively together and made Millfield work for every point. Ultimately, the match finished 8-1 in favour to Millfield. There will be a lot for the boys to learn from this away trip but the effort did not drop throughout the contest.

Player of Week – Will Pickard

Score: 1-8

Girls’ 1s

1st Team girls travelled away to Bryanston for the first fixture of the tennis season. Out on the grass, in front of the main house was an idyllic setting. Molly Taylor and Lara Ela Ulkeroglu lined up as the 2nd pair, competed really well all afternoon, with the use of Molly’s lefty served and deserve to volley and Lara, dominating from the back of the court. Rosie Ireland and Flora Lingafelter made up the first pair and we must mention the ever steadiness and determination of these two. As soon as they broke serve of the Bryanston's best player, I knew they just had to hang on and play simple tennis. They came away with a fantastic win against the first pair and on the end my light work of it. Our final pair was the mighty Becky Morris and Phoebe Peters. After the first round the Bryanston coach nicked named them the brick wall and nothing got past them! First round they played against the 1st pair, nearly taking them down with lots of deuces and close games. They beat the second pair, which won us the match as we into the final round 5-1 up.

Well done girls, on an exciting first fixture. Looking forward to the rest to come.

Won - 7-2

POW - I can’t split them! Becky and Phoebe as a pair #brickwall

Boys’ 2s

The second team boys got their season off to a fantastic start on Saturday securing a tight 5-4 victory over Millfield. Finn Rogers and Will Timberlake were unlucky to come out on the losing side in all three sets, but pushed their opponents to work for each point, they were 5-2 up in the first set, with each game almost going to deuce, but were unfortunate to get the job, however they can be proud of their performances. James Harvey and Rohan Samra performed very strongly, winning two out of their three sets, even grabbing a crucial victory over Millfield’s first pairing. However, Tom Clark and Guy Marton were on fire, winning all three of their sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Guy Marton hit a crucial forehand in the penultimate point and exhibited fantastic court awareness to leave a Millfield return to bounce out and secure a big victory for Canford’s second XI. Hopefully the boys can continue this form for the rest of the year.

Player of the Match – Guy Marton

Score: 5-4

Girls’ 3s and 4s

We travelled to Bryanston on a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a spot of tennis. Once we found the hard courts, the girls found their groove quickly and showed little signs of nerves for their first match of the season. The standard of tennis was high all round and the teams were evenly matched. I was pleased to see our girls focusing on playing their returns deep and wide which we had worked on all week. I was also happy to see that most of the second serves were making their way into play too.

Each game was hotly contested, and it was uncertain who would come away victorious. As it turned out, the 3rds managed a 5-4 win whilst the 4ths conceded 4-5. Special mention goes to the 1st pair Hattie and Juliette who remained cool calm and collected throughout and were the only pair to win every game. Overall, it was an excellent match and we look forward to welcoming Bryanston back later on in the season.

3s Score: 5-4

4s Score: 4-5

Boys’ U16As

Michael Campbell & Ross Jemmett: 1/6 (L), 0/6 (L), 1/6 (L)

Albert Blackburn & Isaac Gill: 0/6 (L), 0/6 (L), 2/6 (L)

Louis Pearson & Lukas Svedberg: 1/6 (L), 0/6 (L), 4/6 (L)

Final Result: Canford 0 – Millfield 9

Superb effort from all the players in a sunny away fixture at Millfield. The U16As put in a valiant effort, but Millfield had the strength and depth that the boys struggled to match in their second week back on court. Louis and Lukas came closest with a hard fought 4/6 loss against their third pair.

Boys’ U16Bs

Felix Church & Ranulph Raymond: 4/6 (L), 6/3 (W), 1/6 (L)

Sergey Smirnov & Nate Sloley: 6/2 (W), 6/4 (W), 7/6 (W)

Thomas Herbert & Harry Steven: 0/6 (L), 1/6 (L), 7/5 (W)

Final Result: Canford 5 – Millfield 4

The U16B match went right to the wire with each of the Canford pairs getting at least one match win. Pair of the day were Sergey and Nate, who impressed across the afternoon, winning 3-0 and getting Canford an impressive (and tense) victory 5-4!

Boys’ U15As

The U15 boys had their first fixture of the summer term away at Millfield on Saturday. Leon and Toddy played well together and were rewarded with 1 win. Leo and Ciaran put in a solid performance, and took every game to the wire. Sam and Woody can also be proud of their performances, narrowly missing out in every game. Ultimately, Millfield ended up as 8-1 winners, but all the boys felt confident in their ability and know that it is just consistency that they need to work on.

Player of the Day: Leon Keating

Boys’ U15Bs

The U15Bs put in a good performance. Shuttleworth and Isaac took their first set to a tiebreak, followed by a tough 7-5 defeat before winning their last set 6-1. Murray and Remi started slow, losing their first set, but then just clicked and won both their second and third set. Webby and James also pushed their opponents close. As a first time playing together, they really started to get that chemistry as the day continued. Ultimately, Millfield came out 6-3 winners.

Both fixtures were closer than the score lines suggested, with most sets going to 10 games minimum.

Player of the day: Remi Brooks

Boys’ U15Cs

The U15Cs made the short trip across to Bryanston to play against the U15As, and while this posed a challenge, the boys were sure not to cower from it. Special credit should go to Tom Walpole and William Gulliford for playing up a year as shells, and while the boys suffered a 9-0 loss, they have plenty to be proud of, and were a credit to the school in their gracious defeat.

Girls’ U15As

On a glorious afternoon I was lovely to have lots of Canford and Bryanston parents gather for the first match of the season. The U15s were trying out new pairings and quickly settled into playing competitive tennis. After the first 2 rounds of matches the Canford pairs had only lost to the Bryanston first pair. In the final round the first pair of Bea Woodward and Bella King, really upped their game and played some fantastic defensive tennis to ensure they edged ahead in the set, much to their opponents’ frustration. They held their nerve and went on to win being the only pair to win all three sets.

Players of the week nominations : Bea and Bella

Score: 7-2

Girls’ U15Bs

The U15B first pair began competitively and never looked back. Fran and Portia made a formidable duo and were victorious in every match winning decisively 6-0, 6-3, 6-0. Their tactics were dominated by punchy volleys and fast, flat, tramline shots ending up just out of reach of their opponents. The second pair, Paige and Cara, won convincingly against Bryanston’s third pair, only conceding one game and narrowly lost their other two matches. Bee and Noa pulled together a very strong performance winning all of their matches, with one ending in an exciting tie-break. Overall, the 7-2 win was well deserved and made for a really enjoyable and at times very tense afternoon!

Girls’ U15Cs

The U15Cs had a tough draw against Bryanston's three pairs but well and truly brought the match to them with some punishing shots and a few fantastic aces. Communication within the pairs was strong throughout and the first pair Noemi and Suzy came out triumphant in two of their matches, narrowly losing out to Bryanston's first pair. Amy and Joss had a very tense first match with several deuces which went right to the wire with a tie break, which unfortunately they couldn't quite get on top of. They continued to fight hard and won their final match 6-3. The terrific trio of Lucy, Cara, and Serena won seven games in total but couldn't quite swing the overall score in their favour. Overall, the Cs just lost out in their final two games leaving the score 3-6 to Bryanston.

Boys’ U14As

Millfield away is always a tough fixture and their standard of tennis was as we predicted. Mass and Hugo played well together, looked like a refined pair. They both stepped up after first set and realised they had to put volleys away and do something more with the ball, than get it in! In all of the matches the boys, served well and certainly the set scores do not show a picture of the points. They should be very proud of how they performed.

Lost 8-1

POW - Hugo Svedberg

Boys’ U14Bs

The U14Bs travelled to local rivals Bryanston in their first game of the season, to play against the U14As. While the boys were aware of the challenge ahead, they looked forward to gaining match experience against a strong side. While special mention should go to pairing Zach Burke and Cameron Crorie for winning 2 of their matches, unfortunately the boys finished with a 7-2 loss. The boys should keep their heads held high and look forward to their next fixture against Sherborne.

Score: 7-2

Girls’ U14As

The U14 girls should be proud of how they played in their first match. The girls got to know their partners and by the end of the match thy were all working well as a team. Connie and Kurumi had had great communication through all their games, and this meant that they were able to bounce off each other’s skill sets, especially their volleying. Jess and Ella performed to a very high standard, and it was great to witness them improve and reflect after each match. Poppy and Tess were confident on the court and Poppy won some killer points on her deep and powerful forehand and Tess helped support with some quick volleying. The girls should be really proud of how they played, and I look forward to seeing them continue to progress over the term.

Score: 3-6

Girls’ U14Bs

It was a beautiful day: perfect for playing tennis on the Adby courts, and the Canford B team was looking forward to their first match of the season. We were motivated and up for the challenge, having practiced hard over the past week or so.

Our players were very welcoming to our opponents for the day, Bryanston, and this created a lovely atmosphere for an afternoon packed full of tennis.

Bryanston had the advantage of having already played their first set of matches, and so were slightly more prepared than we were, but it didn’t stop us from giving it our best shot.

Canford managed to win one match, courtesy of a hugely impressive comeback from Kate Landale and Rose Sanderson, who fought back from 0-2 to win 6-2. Well done Kate and Rose!

Our players fought hard and won some great points throughout the day, but unfortunately it wasn’t our day. That said, the team maintained an impressively positive attitude and plenty of fun and laughs were had!

Time now to get back on the training courts to practise our serve, volley and passing shots, and to apply what we’ve learned from our first match experience.

Player of the week: Kate Landale

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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