Sports round-up – 9th May 2015

Sports round-up – 9th May 2015

After a mixed week of weather, Saturday afternoon turned out to be a beautifully sunny. In the morning there were a number of sports activities going on at the Prep School which coincided with their Open Day. Many thanks to some of the Year 7 and 8 girls for helping out with the athletics and to the tennis coaches for organising a mini “red and orange” tournament.

Over at the Senior School, the Year 9 and 10 boys played out their inter-house tennis tournament with Ken taking the honours.

In the afternoon, Boniface pitch witnessed its first ever cricket match with the U12 girls hosting Sherborne Girls. Warminster batted first and scored 306 runs and in reply Sherborne scored 285 runs. Warminster therefore won by 21 runs. The girls are now looking forward to their county round match against Matravers School. The U13 girls’ tennis team also played Sherborne Girls and, despite putting up a strong fight, went down 0-4.

The Senior School cricket teams hosted Milton Abbey with mixed success in the afternoon. The U14s and U15s had impressive wins by 10 wickets and 90 runs respectively. Ed Vickery (50 not out) and Alfie Dackombe were impressive stepping up into the U14 team and Vagif Gadimov celebrated an excellent bowling performance with a hat-trick. Alex Halls stepped up to the U15s with 42 not out while Nick Heron took 4 wickets.

The 1st XI had a narrow 20 run loss against Milton Abbey. George Elliott took 3-42 and top scored with 38 runs in their 106-5, chasing 125-5.

At Millfield Prep School the U13B and C teams both suffered defeats. The Bs lost narrowly by 28 runs, with Charlie Whelan and Jasper Spandler again making good scores. However, in the last five overs of the game they could simply not push on and fell short of their target. The Cs, in their first game of the season, went down buy 9 wickets and will be looking to bounce back against All Hallows in a few weeks’ time.

During the week the senior girls faced Clayesmore School at tennis. The 1sts had a cracking match that went down to the wire but eventually lost 4-5. However, the 2nds played extremely well in securing a 6-3 victory.

At the Prep School last week the U8s and U9s played All Hallows at rounders. Mrs Butterworth was very pleased with the Year 3 girls for their fielding decisions and batting efforts. Ella Morgan-Nash scored two sneaky left hander rounders and Sophie Heritage used her brilliant throw. Meanwhile, Ava Dempsey continues to grow in confidence on the sports field.

In the U8 cricket match, captain for the day Jack Braddick-Hughes won the toss and decided to bat first. The batting performance was a huge improvement over the last match and the team lost only two wickets in the entire innings. Each pair went on to bowl well and Warminster took five All Hallows wickets which made all the difference to the final result. Man of the match was Barnaby Craven-Smith for his batting performance.

In the U11A cricket, Warminster struggled against some accurate Clayesmore bowling and found it difficult to score runs. A total of 62 was well below par. A great catch by Oliver Wood and a great ball by Ben Robinson took the two wickets in an eight wicket loss.

The outstanding result of the week at the Prep School was for the Year 6 girls who played in the Millfield rounders tournament. Warminster faced three schools in the group stages and these were the results:

Warminster Prep 7 ½ – Exeter Cathedral 6

Warminster Prep 10 ½ – Clifton Prep 8 ½

Warminster Prep 5 – Millfield Prep 7

Semi Final: Warminster Prep 7 – All Hallows 5 ½

Final: Warminster Prep 7 – Millfield 6 ½

The team scored 37 rounders in total, many of these from full rounders off big hits. All of the players were absolutely brilliant in terms of their fielding, decision making, batting, running and, most importantly, team work. Well done to all the Year 6 girls!

Christopher Knight
Director of Sport