19 May 2022
Summer Term 2022 - Sports Report Week 4

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Summer Term 2022 - Week 4 Sports Report

Tennis v Sherborne and Sherborne Girls

Boys 1sts

This was primed to be a great tussle. On the grass in the sun at Sherborne, Tom Clarke made his 1st VI debut and was a very positive and welcome addition.

Early in the 1st round of matches, an injury to David Offer meant that Welly Johnson had to play two rounds of singles. His win against their top player was significant moment in the match and meant that we were ahead 3.5 – 2.5 going into to the last round. Although he worked hard he couldn’t win his 2nd singles match and was exhausted at the end. A win of 6-0 6-0 by our first pair of Rupert Hutton and Will Pickard will be a highlight of the season against their 1st pair in the last round. They were extremely dominant. A new 3rd pair of Tom Clarke and Henry Wittram has real potential and I hope they will form a good bond in the coming season and into next year.

Man of the match has to go to Welly Johnson for his two impressive sets of singles and his win to help us draw the match 4.5 – 4.5.

Girls 1sts

This week it was the return of grass courts for our 1st team girls away at Sherborne. It is always a fixture that the girls look forward to playing as it’s always a competitive one! The first round set the scene with two of the pairs managing to win by a nail biting 6-5. Having a 2-1 lead, settled the girls as we talked about the importance of making returns, keeping the ball cross court and if they head to the net quickly hit balls that make them hit a difficult volley. Second round all pairs relaxed a little and the movement picked up and we began to do the simple things very well. All of the pairs were well matched and it didn’t feel that there was 1st pair at all, as the standard of tennis was so high! Rosie and Flora began moving in quicker and dominated at the net coming out on top. Lara Ela and Nia just got pipped to the post but produced a fantastic afternoon of tennis winning a very important first round. Becky and Phoebe played a tough last set, winning it 6-2, but the score was a lot closer that it looked. The Sherborne coach was really impressed by the standard of tennis and it’s the best match they have played this season despite the loss, so huge credit to the girls.

Won 6-3

Player of the week – Flora Lingafelter

Girls 2nds

On a hot afternoon the girls were set for battle on some fast hard courts. After the first round it was again clear the depth that Sherborne, their first pair wouldn’t have looked out of place in the first team. It was a nervous first round, with the girls trying to get into the rhythm of the match and settle being relaxed about their tennis. Throughout the next few rounds the I was proud to see that the girls continued to play tennis how they wanted to, good rallying cross court, attacking the net when they could and slowing it all down in the heat, by taking sips of water at the change of ends and chatting to their partner about what they were going to try and do next. Millie and Maya played well together trying working hard to win the easier points with better shot selection. Mia and Hattie after the first round played some of their best tennis and really enjoyed the match, regardless of the results. Eloise and Ruby progressed well and gained more confidence, throughout the matches and played much better by the end.

Lost 6-3

Player of the week – Hattie Wade

Boys 3rds

5-4 W

Canford 3rd team welcomed Sherborne on Thursday. Alex Cochrane and Felix Synnott started as first seeds, and secured two wins, 9-7 and 6-2. Their communication and teamwork were great to watch, and they should be proud of their performance. Arian Akrami and Tom Amy also won 2 sets, 6-4, 6-4. As two leavers, it was great to see them on the court together. Some of their rallies were incredible, and they deserved their two wins. Finally, Fin Craigen teamed up with Fourth Former Harry Todd to win 1 set, which gave Canford the win on the day. Despite never playing together, the boys clicked after some early nerves. Huge well done to the two of them, Fin for being a great doubles partner and Harry for jumping in at short notice! The highlight was a huge volley winner for Fin to secure the 6-3 set win.

Player of the Day: Felix Synnott

Girls 3rds and 4ths

We were blessed with another glorious day as we travelled an hour up the road to Sherborne Girls. Whilst the air temperature was delightful, the sun was bright which would make serving into the sun challenging. Unfortunately, the 3rds and 4ths were split between three locations, so it was difficult to see how we were performing and offer advice between games. It was clear however that the Sherborne team had strength in depth and very little separated their 2nds to their 4ths. Whilst our girls acquitted themselves well, the opposition were sharper and more aggressive around the court, piling on pressure by closing down the court and coming to the net at every opportunity. The 3rds and 4ths ended up conceding the match 9-0 and 6-3 respectfully. It was a tough day at the office in terms of results, but it was a very valuable learning experience nevertheless and I know that our girls will become better players as they hone their net play skills further.

The pair of the day goes to Varya and Daisy B who dug deep and demonstrated dogged determination to win two of their three matches.

U16 A/B

U16A: lost 3-6

Isaac Gill and Michael Campbell: 3/6, 2/6, 2/6

Albert Blackburn and Ross Jemmett: 6/4, 6/1, 7/6

Louis Pearson and Leon Keating: 5/7, 5/7, 5/7

U16B: lost 3-6

Sergey Smirnov and Nate Sloley: 7/6, 6/7, 6/0

Felix Church and Ranuph Raymond: 2/6, 3/6, 4/6

Harry Steven and Thomas Herbert: 1/6, 2/6, 7/5

Superb effort from all the U16 boys in a tight home fixture against Sherborne. The new partnership of Albert and Ross proved to be a winner, with the pair remaining undefeated across the afternoon. Leon was called in at the last minute and put in a solid performance with Louis as the third pair in the As, they were unlucky not to get at least one victory and tip the balance in Canford’s favour, losing all three sets 5-7. Overall Sherborne just had the edge, winning 6/3.

Although losing their winning streak, Sergey and Nate continued to shine as a partnership in the Bs, winning two of their three matches and narrowly losing a tie break in the third. Harry and Thomas got a good win against their fellow third pair, but the team didn’t quite have enough, losing 3/6.

U15 girls v Sherborne As 5-4, Bs 1-8

It was wonderful to be able to host 3 girls teams from Sherborne on another beautiful afternoon here at Canford. I would like to thank all the parents that turned out to support and I am particularly grateful to the families and friends of the girls that were confirmed earlier in the day for coming along to watch the excitement of pairs team tennis unfold during the afternoon - which did not disappoint.

Sherborne are traditionally a competitive tennis school and after the first round we were feeling the pressure. 0-3 down in the Bs and 1-2 in the As. With four players coming back into the squad there were lots of new pairings to get used to and poor Inca also missed the match after being injured the day before in training after a freak accident. Freya and Issy did really well to come back from 0-4 to win 3 games before conceding the set. Fran and Portia narrowly lost their first set going down 4-6. In the A’s Katie and Layla were having a slow start, losing 1-6 against a very accomplished Sherborne first pair. Georgia and Maddie were finding their form only losing 3-6. Bella and Bea did really well to finally close out their first set in a tie-break having been 5-3 up in games.

In round 2, Freya and Issy, upped their game to secure their first win 6-3 as a newly formed pair against the Sherborne second par in the B’s and they looked much more confident for it. In the As things could not have gone better: Katie and Layal took the third pair to a second tiebreak which they won; Bea and Bella were very clinical again the second pair winning 6-3, but the match of the day went to Georgia and Maddie who both held their nerve to come back from 3-4 down against the first pair to win 3 games on the trot, much to their delight and surprise. 4-2 Canford!

At the start of round 3 the Bs were 1-5 down and so were playing for pride. Freya and Issy started slowly going down 0-3, but did well to win 4 games before finally conceding the set. Lucy and Lottie, put in their best performance taking the final set to 5-7. In the As Canford only needed one more set to secure overall win for the team. Katie and Layla were quickly dispatched 1-6. Bea and Bella had a really good game against their first pair, who had bounced back and had a point to prove after the loss the round before. And so, much to the excitement of the watching players and parents, the fixture came down to the last match on the Astro, unbeknown to the players. It was nip and tuck all the way, 5 all became 6 all and so it was a third tie break for the Sherborne pair. Sherborne were the first to reach set point on 5-6, but it was Canford that were the eventual victors 8-6, in a set that could have gone either way – well done again Maddie and Georgia!

All the girls from both teams should be very proud of their efforts.

Team of the week nominations: Georgia Webb and Maddie Brown.

Girls U15C

Sherborne was always going to prove a challenging fixture, however the girls were ready to give it their all. It took a while for Canford to settle into their game, however Amy and Paige soon found their stride winning their first match 6/1 against Sherborne's second pair. Throughout the afternoon they worked in brilliant partnership together and were nailing the drop shots by their final match. Noemi and Millie grew in confidence as they moved more easily around the court and whilst victory eluded them in the overall score, they still won 6 games in total. Cara and Joss secured wins in two of their three matches with Cara always managing to position the ball just out of Sherborne's reach and Joss staying solid with an accurate and aggressive serve. Some great foundations built this week in the 15Cs and a fair end score of 3/6 to Sherborne.

Girls 14B

It was another beautiful day on the tennis courts and our team showed up full of enthusiasm and ready to play, not letting the challenge of the heat or the sun in their eyes get the better of them.

Everyone grew into their matches, getting used to playing in their new pairings and going from strength to strength throughout the day. The ambition, resilience and character shown by everyone was especially impressive and the progress is clear for all to see.

Whilst the final scores didn’t go our way, the teams scored lots of points, played some excellent rallies and showed glimpses of some increasingly professional serves!

Martha and Flower only narrowly lost in their final game, which was gripping to watch and was indicative of the increasing confidence everyone in the team is playing with. This bodes very well for the season ahead.

Player of the week: Rose Sanderson

Rowing – Bristol & Avon Regatta and Maidenhead Junior Regatta

Bristol and Avon Regatta

Canford had one of the biggest entries at the Bristol and Avon regatta. Competing with other crews from Bideford, Pangbourne, Maidenhead, Christchurch, and St George’s and many other boat clubs from all over the region.

The Senior Boys fielded 5 boats on the day. In the Coxed Fours event our crews were all knocked out by the two eventual finalists, but they pushed them hard for the privilege. The Coxless Four had better fortune producing a strong performance in the semi-finals to beat Monkton Combe, however they lost in the final to a strong Pangbourne crew.

Jackson Kennett, Ben Shaw, Arun Samra, Olly Stuart.

Senior Boys Coxed Fours:

Arun Samra, Fredrick Bowater, Henry Stear, Stuart and cox Hector Courtney.

Rex Batt, James Hornung, Julian Newell, Ed Fillingham and cox Leo Burnet.

Benji Bishop, Dan Coupe Henry Barham Archie Gardiner and cox Imy Woodcock.

The final event of the day saw the Canford 1st VIII take to the water, where they convincingly beat Monkton Combe school in the semi-finals. The final against Pangbourne College was a good lesson in never underestimating you opponents. That said Canford raced to victory in the second fastest time of the whole regatta beating the opposition by 16 seconds. A mature and disciplined row that saw them lift the Robert Edwards Memorial Vase for J18 Eights. Ben Shaw, Jackson Kennett, Arun Samra, Benji Bishop, Archie Gardiner, Henry Barham, Dan Coupe, Oli Stuart and coxed by Imy Woodcock.

The result is a fine example of the dedication and hard work by not just the boys in the boat but the whole squad who have encouraged and pushed each other to higher and higher standards.

Girls’ Eight. Jess Burke, Jasmine De La Haye, Sophia Whelan, Hanna Neill, Alice Herbert, Daisy Pinner, Madeleine Spraigue, cox Leo Burnet. In the first round they came up against Bristol Ariel rowing club in an exciting race but narrowly missed out by one length. An encouraging performance by our girls.

J16 Single: Mia Ulyett won the first round beating Kimura of Monkton by half a length.

In the next round match Mia lost to Christchurch. Great effort!

Girls’ Quad. Jess West, Eliana Covell, Buzz Borneman and Martha Warren-Barrett.

Another highly contested event. Canford raced Monmouth Comprehensive sSchool with Canford eventually conceding the win by one length.

Girls’ Double Scull. Buzz Borneman and Martha Warren-Barrett. A newly formed crew and their first race saw them competitive but they lost their first round to Maidenhead.

J15 Boys’ Eight. Charlie Hickey, Max Mackenzie, Gabriel Vandvik, Noah Dance, Philip Chen, Harry Taylor, Archie Jones, William Fearnley, cox Ralf Allen.

Great first round race against Pangbourne saw the boys win in fine style. Now against a St George’s College in the final an evenly matched race went all the way to the line with a win against Canford by the narrowest of margins.

Thank you to Avon Rowing Club and the coaches for hosting the regatta and The King’s School Canterbury for the loan of the Coxless Four boat.

Maidenhead Invitation Junior regatta

Girls’ Junior 15 and Shell coxed quads

An early start (6:00 on Saturday) and unexpected rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the Canford athletes. This was their first opportunity for side-by-side racing, and they successfully overcame their nerves to demonstrate good technique in tricky conditions. After rapidly rigging the boats and getting organised the crew of Myra Malinga, Verity Warner, Molly Rodber, Mille Gardiner and cox Zoe Humphries were the first Canford crew of the day to race.

Coming up against a very strong Claires Court school crew, who have been rowing for far longer, they lost comfortably but sculled effectively and together. The format of the event meant they had another chance against another Claires Court crew who were unfortunately also too strong and indeed went on to win the event.

Meanwhile our other crew of Susie Jones, Sophie Martins, Daisy Lewis, Amelia Frost and cox Eliot Walter had a strong first round, comfortably beating a crew from Fulham Reach BC before losing in the semi-final to a very powerful crew from Guildford RC.

Both crews learnt a lot about side-by-side racing and were a real credit to the school. It is always tough to come to these events and compete against crews who often have been racing since year 7 but the team can be very proud of their performances.

The Shell girls' quads enjoyed some excellent racing, with both progressing through several rounds and narrowly missing out on the final.

A Crew: Devon Perrin (cox), Eva De Niro, Maddie Woodcock, Rebekka Neill, Clementine Watts

B Crew: Felicity Alston (cox), Sienna Fitzpatrick, Lottie Cooper, Freya Coupe, Zoe Humphries.

A massive thank you to Carolyn Smithson entries secretary at Maidenhead rowing club for an excellent regatta.

Swimming v Sherborne, Sherborne Girls and Bryanston

It was fantastic to see our swimmers back into competitive swimming last Saturday. The standard of swimming in the gala, wonderfully hosted by Sherborne Girls, was excellent and we were delighted with our swimmers’ performance and team spirit.

Our U16 Boys team came 1st followed by Bryanston and Sherborne Boys. An exceptionally consistent performance and great team effort were the key to their success. Freddie Pearce won the 50m Freestyle event with a mighty swim. The relay teams formed by Henry Hancock, Adriano Hedley, Thomas Low and Freddie Pearce claimed the first position in both the 4x50m Medley and Freestyle relays. Some great performances from Leon Keating and Johannes Bishop-W contributed to the overall success.

In a very contested event, the U16 Girls team finished 2nd narrowly behind Sherborne Girls and ahead of Bryanston. Imo Whitehead claimed victory in both 100 IM and 50m Fly. Georgia Kenny won the 50m Breaststroke, and Izzy Keeley came 1st in the 50m Freestyle. The Girls team also won the 4x50m Medley race with Susie Jones (Back), Georgia (BS), Imo (Fly) and Izzy (Free). We also saw strong performances from Lucy Wiggins in the 50m Breaststroke and Sophia Westberg in the 50m Backstroke.

Athletics – Track & Field Cup, PEDSSA Trials and Lutra Shield

It was a busy week for the Athletes, starting off with the Shell and Fourth Form combined team event, the Track and Field Cup, which was held at King’s Park Stadium on Tuesday 10th May. In this event Canford entered both a boy and girls team, which comprises of a maximum of 14 athletes of which they are only allowed to do a track and field event. Top point scorers in the girls’ event were seen by Megan Mowbray in the high jump, Izzy Reeve and Eliza Miller in the javelin and Poppy White for the 100m. In the boys’ event, top scorers were Massimo Brown in the long jump and 300m, Ralph Boldt in the hurdles and the relay team comprising of Xan Brooke, Isaac Ameyaw, Fin Hunter Smart and Gabe O’Donnell. Overall, the girls team came 3rd and the boys 6th.

Poole and East Dorset Schools Trials

This trial took place at Ashdown Leisure Centre on Thursday 12th May. Athletes were able to compete in numerous track events and high jump, however, if selected to represent PEDSSA, they can only compete in a maximum of 2 events. The final selection will be made by the week beginning 23rd May. Top performances were seen by Massimo Brown in 300m, Harry Pilkington in the high jump, Isaac Ameyaw in the 200m, Grace Cecil Wright in the 100m and 200m, Jemima Chappell in the 1500m and Megan Mowbray in the high jump. On Wednesday 18th May we will see the Canford throwers and jumpers on show for the same competition, which will be held at Canford, fingers crossed all goes well.

Lutra Shield

Saturday 14th May saw the Senior Boys compete in the ever-competitive Lutra Shield team event on the Yeovil track against the following schools: Bryanston, Dauntsey’s, Kingswood, Leweston, Millfield, Sherborne and Taunton. With a 12 strong team, these boys were determined to fly the Canford flag and wear the Canford vest with pride and they certainly made us proud. This competition requires 3 athletes per event to gain points. With a small team, many athletes were pushed out of their comfort zone. Pleasing performances were seen by Jansci Motsi in the 100m and triple jump, Dan Sanchez in the 200m, Elliott Askew in the 400m, Oli Fox-Pitt in the javelin and Raffi Mills in the high jump. However, the performance of the meet, goes to Sam Lukaitis, who did an outstanding jump in his Nike Air Jordans, to beat the school high jump record of 1.81m, to set a new school record of 1.90m. Overall, this team clubbed together to finish a pleasing 5th place. Well done to all those involved!

Cricket v Clayesmore, Sherborne Girls

Boys 1st XI

On Saturday the 1st XI were away to Clayesmore on the warmest, sunniest day of the summer so far.

Clayesmore won the toss and decided to put Canford in on a very green and lush wicket which, although Canford won the match, was probably the winner as both teams only managed to bat 39 overs each.

However this wicket would be a big learning curve for both teams and am sure they will come across similar pitches over the years. Patience being the watchword for this game with Robbie H on 21 going well until he hit over a fullish delivery. Soon we were 43-3 with Sam and Jude back in the hutch. Then followed a watchful and positive partnership between Dill and Oscar of 56 and we looked like we might push on to a reasonable score. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Oscar 37 and Dill 27 fell and wickets continuing to go at regular intervals. There was though a fine ending to our innings by Harrison 33 who played some of the shots of the day driving through mid-on. Canford innings ended on 163 all out. Milind and Eddie put the pressure on from the start and soon Clayesmore were 25-3, a wicket apiece for Milind and Eddie and a great bit of fielding by Oscar at cover with a direct hit run out . A partnership of 58 ensued until Jude struck 1-21, with the batsman getting a bottom edge on this variable bouncing wicket. Harrison came on and took wickets through the middle part of their innings 3 -21. Eddie 2-24 and Milind 3-34 came back and finished the tail off . It was Milind’s best performance so far and he is getting back to his best. JB and Kit had a very few overs but were never going to do much on this wicket. The guys stuck to their jobs and kept performing till the end with Clayesmore all out for 140 meaning a 23 run victory..

Special mention for Jamie Elviss who kept very well on a very variable pitch.

A 2nd trip to Clayesmore then took place on Tuesday afternoon in the Dorset Independent Schools 100 ball Competition. The afternoon started with promise, sunny, very green wicket and the boys up for the game. We won the toss decided to bat.

Having gone back to our normal limited over line up before you could blink we were 9 for 3, Eddie and Dill inside edging full deliveries onto the stumps and Sam bowled by a very good slower ball.
Then the game took a turn for the better, a captains innings from James Barker and a superb partnership with Robbie Hemmings in his best knock so far. The pair of them saw out the innings and took us to 151 off our 100 balls. James was powerful all around the ground 70 off 50 balls and Robbie’s clean striking and running saw him to 67 off 43.

The bowling once again started with a quick burst from Eddie who hit the opener in the midriff then removed his middle stump 2-4. Milind’s spell once again complimented Eddie with figures of 1-10, Harrison passed the bat a lot ending up with 1-17 and Jude 0-10. Kit was very tidy as is his want with 2-18 and TJ bowling an excellent spell in damp conditions for 2-17.
We tried our best to stay out but the heavy rain wouldn’t relent and the Clayesmore innings ended on 82 - 8 with 20 balls left.

Boys 2nd XI

Clayesmore: 54 all out (19 overs) James Ashurst 2-6, Tommy Jack 2-6, George Peacock 2-7, Monty Hooker 2-14

Canford: 55-0 (8.1 overs) Tom Williams 30*, Jack Pocock 12*

Player of the Match: George Peacock

The 2nd XI march on unbeaten after a comprehensive 10 wicket victory over Clayesmore on Saturday. Winning the toss, Jack Pocock put the visitors in to bat, hoping to skittle them and knock off the runs in time for the FA cup final. The Canford boys obliged taking less than 20 overs to bowl them out and only 8.1 overs to pass their score. All the bowlers contributed, with George Peacock setting the tone, backed up by the continually impressive Monty Hooker. Arthur Toosey and Aman Iftikhar chipped in with a wicket apiece, before the spin duo of James Ashurst and Tommy Jack finished things off with a brace each. A dominant performance in the field was backed up with a similarly ruthless batting performance. You would have thought Tom Williams was the Chelsea fan, not Jack, as he batted with great tempo to finish at 30 not out at a run a ball, hitting 3 lovely boundaries along the way.

The mighty 2s took on Clayesmore once again on Tuesday, this time in a shorter more explosive 100 Ball format. Canford looking to repeat the result and win from their last encounter over the weekend and the boys were excited to put up a show at home. We definitely looked the part in our lovely, retro coloured kit. Skipper Jack Pocock lost the toss and we were out into bat first, although batting is what we wanted. The 2 openers, Jack and 2s debutant Jimmy Johnson got us off to a great run a ball start. Jack showed his class and hit some beautiful shots, but unfortunately missed a low full toss, getting out LBW for 17. Jimmy Johnson continued his powerful ball striking, hitting some lovely boundaries. He was very unluckily undone by perhaps the worst ball he had faced in his innings, miss hitting it and being caught for a well played 34 off 25 balls. Big hitter Joel Bibby came in and out, not many games go by where he hasn't hit a 6 but this was one of them. Our number 4 and 5, Jamie Elviss and James Ashurst steadied the ship and batted beautifully, showing both patience and experience. They timed their innings exceptionally well, ran hard, hit the bad balls away and also managed to score off the good balls. Both ended not out with Jamie Elviss bringing up his first half century of the season, 55 off 33 balls and James on 37 off 22.

We ended on 172/3 in our 100 balls.

Our bowlers just continuing where they left off on Saturday, doing what they do best. All 6 bowlers went for under a run a ball with Monty Hooker picking up an early wicket , as usual. This was followed up by Arthur Toosey who continues to impress , finishing on 3 wickets for 18 off his 20 balls and 2s Debutant Ed Timberlake taking 3 for 9 in his 19 balls. The heavens then opened up as Clayesmore needed 100 from 10 balls meaning by any Duckworth Lewis calculations it was another win for the Canford 2s.

Man of the match performance from Jamie Elviss

Boys 3rd XI

A beautiful summer’s day at Clayesmore’s quaint village ground was the setting for Canford 3rd XI’s next game of the season. Clayesmore won the toss and elected to bowl first on what was a particularly lively track. They certainly had the home advantage of knowing the wicket and took that very well indeed as their opening bowlers made swift work of Canford’s top order batsmen. Symes and Johnson didn’t hang around for long after being dispatched for 5 runs collectively. Thankfully, Hopwood came in at number 3 to steady the ship. He was ultimately the anchor for the innings chipping away to eventually achieve a well-deserved 50 off 56 balls. He was accompanied at the crease by Van der Flier for a cameo 2 runs and more substantially by Daubeney and Hilton who hit a cultured 18 and 17 runs respectively. Canford eventually posted a respectable score of 146/7 with late flurries of runs from Kiff, Timberlake and Bolland. And of course, the additional help of some significant extras…

Following a hit and miss batting performance the Canford 3s took to the field with dynamism and intent both in relation to their fielding and bowling. Firth and Hilton headed up the attack with some high-speed, direct bowling. Hilton was the more successful of the two opening bowlers taking 2 wickets for 10 runs off of his 3 overs. Following this Daubeney unleashed his spin duo in the form of Timberlake and Bolland who were certainly the pick of the bowlers. They caused all sorts of trouble for the batsmen from both ends and ended up picking up 2 wickets each for very few runs. Following this, the tail-end was left to an array of seamers - Ryan, Van der Flier, Kiff and Symes. They all bowled an over each, picking up a wicket each and leaking few runs. Ultimately, the diverse bowling attack of Canford was too strong for Clayesmore and skittled them all over for 66 runs. A superb team effort and big win – on to the next!

Girls U18s

In the 2nd round of the National T20 Cup the U18s set Sherborne a mammoth 197; with two large partnerships, initially between Izzy Reeve and Erin Bruce and then Erin and Daisy Timberlake. The bowling effort was one way traffic, with wickets and economy shared across all the attack. The girls stuck to task excellently, even when the game seemed to be won very early.

Following Thursday’s fixture, which had included a number of Shells and Fourth Formers, the U18 girls then travelled away to play Sherborne again with a much changed team in for some their first hardball match. Unfortunately, we did not come away with a win but lots of positives to take forward and areas to develop for future matches. The Canford side was captained by Erin Bruce who did a great job communicating with the squad showing her experience in the game and supporting those who hadn’t competed in a hard ball game yet. Our bowling was a real strength and this is a real credit to the time and effort the players have put into their training so well done to all those involved! Special mention to Molly Peacock and Charlie Howell for their fantastic bowling and well done to Josie Corn and Freya Coughlan who established a strong partnership in the batting innings. Onto the next game!

Boys 15A

An improved bowling display assisted by a very fortunate played on saw Canford restrict Clayesmore to 126 in their 25 overs. Though fielding was all right, owning where one should be in the field is the big learning point for the next game – we don’t need anyone to tell us where to filed anymore! Anton Cox, Jack Flegg, Charlie Pallot and George Guirdham were probably the pick of the bowlers though Will Vessey picked up a crucial wicket in useful spell that probably saved 30 odd runs. Tom Barrett then put on a masterclass with the bat playing some stunning shots in his 70 not out from 50 balls. Ably supported by George Guirdham and Freddie Warrack, our batting as a unit looked strong. Great win, well done!

Boys 15B

It was not a vintage batting performance for Canford with Stear running himself out for a duck with a crazy call from the non-striker’s end in the second over. Ingarfield however did hit it hard and he helped himself to 23 runs. Joey Zhou made his comeback at No. 3 and Tim Ka gets better and better, this time scampering seven singles. By the end of the season, he will be pushing for a promotion. Bowley was unlucky to get out for 2; a solidly struck ball that seemed to be clearing mid-off, but the fielder stuck up an arm and the spheroid stuck. I’m not sure any other member of the oppo would have even got near it, let alone catch it. Bolland added a half dozen and Stewart was run out. Thankfully, alongside another stunning performance from extras (who chipped in with 37), our cause was given a major boost in the final ten overs by Wilmot turning in a very impressive 58 runs; starting slowly, and once he gained confidence, plundering plenty of boundaries from any bowler who dropped short or gave him width. He was ably assisted by Fitzgerald, who may have only scored six singles himself, but rather like Jack Leach, he held up his end and made sure Wilmot had as much of the strike as possible. We ended up with a total that probably flattered our performance and it helped that boundaries were relatively short.

So after tea, we got started with Allen and Stewart bowling very tightly. After their opening spells of three overs each, Clayesmore were 8 for 2, with five of those coming from a single converted to 5 with a boundary ‘overthrows’. Then Jenkinson made his first incursion into the game. OK, his middle over was a bit generous, but his first and third were pleasingly tight, and he ended with figures of 3 overs for 16 runs. Bolland at the other end just couldn’t control the swing, but nor could the batters hit the ball, so 3 overs for 3 runs is a useful contribution. Back came Fitzgerald, and when he overcame his nerves, his bowling was tidy. Three overs for 17 runs. Wilmot returned the earlier help by taking a good catch. Stear bowled a couple of overs and Wilmot came on to bowl his mystery spin and the opposition really swung at him hard. So it was either a dot ball or a boundary. His four overs cost 25 runs, but along the way he also bamboozled plenty of them. Allen and Stewart came back to complete their spells as ‘death bowlers’ and both picked up another wicket apiece. And a special mention for Bowley who ‘had a go’ behind the stumps and, with some practice, could end up quite an effective gloveman.

To be honest, Clayesmore were never really in it after creeping to just 35 runs by the halfway point of their innings. Our fielding was far more dynamic than theirs, and our bowling much tighter.

Man of the Match - Wilmot’s batting was much needed, so the accolade goes to Will Allen, whose (total) five overs returned the figures 4 runs for 2 wickets with three maidens.

Boys 15C

Clayesmore 126 all out (25) Canford 130 for 2 (16 overs)

It’s not often that the 15Cs are left out on the pitch, still involved in a major tussle when all the senior teams have packed up and gone home. Well done all for the quality of the match and an excellent all round performance.

Canford 153 for 8 from 25 overs

Clayesmore 110 for 5 from 25 overs

Canford WIN by 43 runs.

Girls U15s

The U15s travelled to Sherborne on the Saturday for their National Cup T20 2nd Round fixture. Sherborne won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny afternoon on a lovely pitch in front of the school with a decent crowd watching. The girls again bowled excellently (which is proving to be a real strength); bowling Sherborne out for 86. Delilah Rees and Penny Dirou both taking 3 wickets. Daisy Timberlake deserves special mention for taking an excellent caught behind. The run chase was a nervy affair that hinged around a truly exceptional innings by Daisy. She ended 54 not out from 43 balls to lead the team into the 3rd Round where they will face Downe House School.

Boys U14As

Canford won the toss on an excellent batting surface on Lower Tadmore and started positively against a good opening attack. However once the opening bowlers had finished their spell it allowed our batters to attack the 2nd and 3rd string attack. Seb Rowland continued his fine form recording his second 50 in a row and after 10 overs we had reached 65 for the loss of only 1 wicket. With wickets in hand this allowed us to attack and the rate continually increased, finishing with an impressive 268 for 2. Excellent 50’s from Ralph Boldt (53 off 52) Raffi Organ (50 off 34) and a final onslaught for Ben Jack of 47 off 27 balls. Our running between the wickets was much improved and awareness of gaps.

With a huge total in front of them and our strong bowling attack Clayesmore would always struggle and succumbed quickly to some accurate bowling. From 20 for 1 the innings was complete in the 11th over for 39 runs. All 5 bowlers were ruthless in line and length and 5 bowled victims showed this.

We will have much tougher opposition to come and I look forward to seeing if we can maintain the superb work ethic and team spirit we are currently showing.

Next match is against Glenmoor and Winton Academy in the County Cup.

Boys 14Bs

The U14Bs took on Clayesmore at home, playing on Middle Tadmores in bright sunshine. Jack Godden won the coin toss, electing to bat. He and Archie Lappin strode out to the crease in confident style and the two played majestically, looking a class above the opening bowlers and then going to work and building a quality partnership. After 14 overs the pair had both reached their 50s (within an over of each other) and it was time to push the run rate. In doing so Jack went for a knock over mid off, but didn’t quite hit the middle and was caught on 52. Sam Armstrong joined Archie in the middle, offering some left handed batting for the bowlers to deal with. He played very sensibly, keeping the run rate ticking over with some well taken singles and giving up the strike to Archie, before he got his eye in and between the pair they finished the 20 overs, Sam on 13 and Archie on a superb 85 not out. The score 193 for 1 at the break.

The bowling was opened by Isaac Freeman and Santi Sastre, both causing problems for the openers, Isaac’s pace telling. Alfie Cochrane and Hector Boyle took over, both bowling 3 overs for 4 runs, with Alfie also picking up two wickets – very tidy! After 10 overs Clayesmore were 44 for 2 and Canford were set two further challenges; bowl them all out and don’t let them get to 100 runs. The fielding was tight throughout, with Archie leading efforts to keep the fielders motivated, but all doing their part. Louis Smith and Sam Armstrong took up the bowling with Louis 2 for 11 runs, with 3 wickets and Sam 2 for 8 runs. Bowling duties ended with Jacob, Rhodri and then Archie rounding things off. Luca was a constant positive presence behind the stumps. Clayesmore manfully batted their 20 overs, with Canford doing very well to almost achieve both extra challenges. Clayesmore ended on 101 for 9 off 20. A Canford win, with Archie Lappin taking man of the match, hitting 85, bowling 2 for 10, with 3 wickets and working hard to keep the team fizzing in the field. A great afternoon, with bat and ball, but need to tighten up the extras. Portsmouth Grammar the next target on the horizon

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