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Matthew Burns

BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 03/05/15

CRICKET

SENIOR HOUSE CRICKET;
Sedgwick v School – Sedgwick Won by 3 wickets
School 106
Sedgwick 107 – 7 (Holt 57*)

Powell v Hart – Powell Won by 8 wickets
Hart 65 (Barker 31, Kelly 3-24) 
Powell 66-2 (Robinson 33*)

JUNIOR HOUSE CRICKET;
Sedgwick v Powell – Powell Won by 10 wickets
Sedgwick 47 (Worrall-Thomson 4-21)
Powell 48-0 (Hodge 34*)

Evans v Hart – Evans won by 7 wickets
Hart 27
Evans 30 – 3

1st XI v OS (H) Lost by 88 runs 
OS 255-5
Sedbergh 167-10 (Brook 78)
A very strong OS batting line up made Sedbergh work hard to contain them on a flat pitch that offered little assistance to either seam or spin. In reply Sedbergh lost three early wickets to Charlie Parker but Harry Brook and Stephen Croft them put batting into perspective and by the drinks break at the half way stage were 125-3.

Parker had bowled his allocation and the other main threat, Tim Raglan, only had three overs left of his allocated 10 overs. Once again a failure to take on board advice, understand the situation and execute the correct tactics, resulted in both batsmen and James Botham getting out in Raglan’s three overs, effectively losing a golden opportunity to win.

Thereafter wickets steadily fell against weaker bowling and once again the team failed to bat ten of their allotted overs. 

At some stage the players need to start working out the tactical and mental requirements to win as this was the fourth time in as many games that they have lost having got themselves into a good position. 
MPS

National Knock out Cup
A1 XI v Manchester GS (A) Lost by 5 wickets 
Sedbergh 162-10 (Barrett 40, Farrar 38)
Manchester GS 165-5

This was A1s first match of the season against a solid Manchester GS team that saw them lose in the last over.

Sedbergh batted first in damp conditions and despite the loss of Josh Hodge early in the innings were well set at the half way stage for 180. Captain Sam Barrett (40) and Rob Farrar (38) both then got out to the left arm spinner and after losing a flurry of wickets were indebted to Alex Mullins who finished on 41 not out of 35 balls.

Sedbergh knew they had a score that could be defended if they got everything right. On the whole Sedbergh bowled with more discipline than their opponents but failed to set the right intensity or field settings and ultimately this allowed the batsman to keep the scoreboard turning over throughout the innings.

This was not surprising given that it was A1s first game against a team who were playing their third match and whose best players had been on a senior cricket tour to Sri Lanka over the Easter holidays. 

Similar to the 1st team this set of players need to learn the mental and tactical side of the game, and as much as it is disappointing to lose it is a worthwhile lesson if they learn and similar mistakes are limited in future. And that is the point of hard matches; the team that wins is technically no better, but they understand the game more and make better decisions to gain small margins that ultimately make the difference.

When there is only 5 out of 480 balls difference in the two teams those small margins are massive!
MPS

1st XI v Ampleforth (H) Lost by 3 wickets 
1st XI 249-2 declared (Brook 160*, Park Johnson 50) 
Ampleforth 250-7

Despite a magnificent maiden 1st team century by Harry Brook and a first fifty for opener James Park Johnson, Sedbergh still found themselves on the losing side despite playing most of the positive cricket in what can only be described as miserable, cold and wet conditions.

Having won the toss and elected to field Ampleforth set out their stall early on. Knowing that they would not bowl Sedbergh out with their average bowling attack they were relying on Sedbergh to give them a generous declaration and give their strong batting line up time to chase.

The hosts did not disappoint. Such was the quality of the batting that Sedbergh declared after only 36 overs, leaving Ampleforth far more overs to chase the score. Brook’s batting was all class as he stroked the ball to all corners of the ground, ensuring as he did that he maintained his concentration and not throw away his wicket. 

As it was a time game, not the usual 50 overs per side, it would have been very easy to bat another five overs and prevent Ampleforth from having any chance of winning but Sedbergh wanted to give themselves as much time as possible to take ten wickets, and in doing so ran the risk of losing.

Sedbergh set attacking fields and looked to be on top having taken six wickets with over twenty overs left but as the weather worsened captain Stephen Croft was unable to bowl any of his spinners because the ball was like a bar of soap and as the seamers tired Ampleforth’s number seven risked his hand and struck a powerful century off just 68 balls.

Ably supported by the number eight, who demonstrated just how strong their batting line-up was, Sedbergh failed to catch any of the four straightforward chances offered by the centurion and when the fifth ball of the 48th over was hit to the fence, Sedbergh found themselves on the losing side with one ball remaining in the game.

A very gracious Ampleforth team walked off the park knowing that they had batted superbly but were given the chance to win by the positive declaration.

Ultimately there were some very disappointed faces in the home dressing room; whilst the lads had bowled and fielded in the worst of the conditions, Alex Moon apart their bowling lacked its usual discipline and the fielding cracked under pressure as relatively simple catches were dropped and too often the boundary fielders did not attack the ball allowing the batsmen to run two.

But there was no disgrace in losing and lessons should have been learnt. The players will need to show character, resilience and belief but this young team will come through and be better for their recent experiences. 
MPS

2nd XI v Ampleforth (A) Won by two wickets
Ampleforth 128
Sedbergh 129 – 8
Sedbergh stumbled to a tight victory with a rusty batting display after a brilliant fielding performance in the first innings restricted the hosts to 128 all out.
SRA   

3rd XI v Ampleforth (A) Lost by 3 wickets
Sedbergh 115 (Chamberlain 40)  
Ampleforth 116-7
We batted first with Chamberlain on the danger list after his efforts here two years ago. He again smashed the ball around on his way to 40. 
His team mates sadly flagged and although Statham and Smith smashed the ball in agricultural fashion we could only muster 115 for our ten wickets.

Kelly opened the bowling. The second ball saw Irons who sprang around behind the stumps like a majestic salmon on the bank of a river struggling to find its way back, throw the ball and with a direct hit run out the non-striker.

Kelly then took 3 in 4 balls

Our hosts were 0-4 off 1 over

By tea they were 60 for 6 off 20 with the guile and flight of Proctors seam doing some damage.

Statham and Ashall both showed incredible commitment smashing face first into the fence by the boundary- if only they had stopped the ball…

We eventually lost by 3 wickets with 8 overs to spare Played in good spirit.
CH

A1 XI v Ampleforth (H) Won by 8 wickets 
Ampleforth 49-10 (Barratt 5-4 including hat trick)
A1 50-2
Sam Barratt’s five wickets, which included a hat trick in which all three batsmen were bowled, and two wickets for Fin Mullen, reduced Ampleforth to 17-7 after eight overs.

Whilst the visitors rallied to 49 with Saul Nagus picking up two wickets, it was never going to test Sedbergh. Sam Barratt and Rob Farrar then saw the hosts home within seven overs to seal a very easy victory. 
MPS

B1 XI v Ampleforth (A) Won by 148 runs
Sedbergh 234-7 (Haydon-Wood 50)
Ampleforth 86 George Hill 4-19 (including hat-trick)
A great first up performance from this very talented B1 squad. After winning the toss and batting first Sedbergh built up a big total from their thirty overs with good contributions from George Hill, Chris Park Johnson, Ben Patchett and Will Haydon-Wood who hit a blazing half century. Defending 234 the Sedbergh bowling attack immediately put pressure on Ampleforth by taking early wickets. The pick of the bowlers was George Hill who put in a brilliant display which included a well taken hat-trick in his third over. Sedbergh’s accuracy and energy in the field ultimately proved too much as they went on to dismiss the home side for 86.
SM

B2 XI v Ampleforth (A) Won by 1 wicket
Ampleforth 54 (Radcliffe 3-9, Bradley 3-16)
Sedbergh 55-9 (Jones 13*)
After bowling out a side for 54 runs any cricketing side would be confident of victory. However this is B2 cricket. Until Tom Jones came to the crease at 34-6 not a single Sedbergh batsman had made double figures. Jones showed a fine disregard for the precarious situation of the match and blasted three boundaries to bring victory in sight.

Wickets continued to fall at the other end and with the scores tied it took strong nerve from number 11 Harry Welch to see out three balls from Ampleforth’s most potent bowler to return Jones to the strike for a winning chance. With tensions high and a crowd on the edge of their picnic benches and blankets Ampleforth bowled a wide.

An ability to play a run scoring shot on the off side and a solid front foot defensive would be welcome additions to this batting line up but as Maximus said to the Romans filling the banks of the Coliseum, “Are you not entertained?”
CJS

TENNIS

U15 Team v Windermere (H) Won
Juan Calvo and Laurence Nichols led Sedbergh to victory in a brilliant fixture.
MLM

U18 Team @ North of England Champs’ (A) Won Plate Competition
The fresh pairing of Toby Randall-Paley and Moritz Barnert brought home Sedberghs first Tennis silverware in 5 years; winning the North of England Schools Competition Plate seeing off an initially strong showing from Hymers in the final 6-2.
MLM

U16 Team @ North of England Champs’ (A) 
Strong performances from the Junior A pair where George Hollings and Oli Ward narrowly missed out on progressing through to the semi-final for the cup on point’s difference.
MLM

U18 Team v QES Kirkby Lonsdale (A) – Lost
QES proved too strong in a dominant performance.
LS

GOLF

Golf Team v Ampleforth (H) Won 3-1 
The golf team with a few new inclusions welcomed Ampleforth for their toughest fixture yet.
New addition Harry Halsall was paired with Captain Dan Hamill and the new pairing didn’t disappoint! Quickly getting the job done winning with 6 holes to go! 

George Phelan and Robbie Thomson were kept together despite their loss last week, however they weren’t able to overcome Ampleforth and lost with 4 holes to go!

With the scores at 1-1, siblings Molly and Archie Davies were kept together after they demolished Gigg last week! However this week they were paired against the Ampleforth captain and a young Italian who played off scratch!

A daunting task, none the less the brother and sister combo won the match on the 17th hole! Some brilliant play from both players put Sedbergh 2-1 up and stopped Ampleforth securing a point they thought was a certainty given the calibre of their Italian.

The last pairing was Lewis Smith and Rob Bradley, after losing the 17th they went down the 18th all square, however Sedbergh only needed a half to secure the overall win. Lewis put his approach to 20ft and then holed the putt for birdie and the outright win on the hole, securing the full point for the team. 

Sedbergh finished 3-1 winners, a brilliant performance that sets them up well for the OS fixture on Thursday. 
MWS

ATHLETICS

School Team @ HMC Athletics at Gateshead Stadium (A) 
A fantastic day was had at the HMC athletics Gateshead this year. We walked away from the event as Senior and Inter Boy Champions and Senior Girl Champions.

With over 20 schools there this is a superb achievement.
On the track we saw many of our athletes lead the way in their event, leaving the other runners in their dust. The gritty determination shown by all expressed not just wanting to secure a win but pushed their limits to try and achieve personal bests. 

It was not just on the track that we saw success, our athletes returned with podium results from all ages, helping to secure Sedbergh’s Senior and Inter trophy.

Everyone behaved impeccably and it was great to see not just great athletes but everyone being motivators and supporters of their teammates. When one of our athletes ran past on the track there was a huge cheer from our stand congratulating their success.
ELAW
The overall winners were;
Junior Boys – Newcastle RGS
Inter Boys – Sedbergh
Senior Boys – Sedbergh
Junior Girls – Barnard Castle
Inter Girls – Newcastle RGS
Senior Girls – Sedbergh

Junior Boys – 2nd with individual winners G Rigal 800m, M Askew 1500m, T Stewart Shot, T Russell Hammer
Inter Boys – 1st with individual winners R Murata Hurdles, J Bird 3000m, H Heathcote Long Jump, C Graham Triple Jump
Senior Boys – 1st with individual winners W Ballard 400m, G Porter 1500m, J Campbell 3000m, J Chen Hammer

Senior & U15 Team @ Barnard Castle (A)
On a cold, wet and windy day more akin to January than May, the Sedbergh School athletics team took to the field against Barnard Castle, Durham and when they got there, latecomers Ampleforth.

The completion was simple, one track event and one field event. This has the emphasis on getting everyone involved. In true Sedbergh spirit more than the recommended amount were added to the entry roster.

“How do you get your pupils to guest in the 1500m” asked a Barnard Castle teacher and continues to say “we have to force to get one athlete out onto the long distance running track and you have extras wanting to get extra training in”.

The results are still being verified but we are confident of a strong placing in the final outcome. 

Strong performances came from Joe Bird and John Campbell who both ran PB’s in the 1500m. Joe winning in a time of 4:19 and John in 4:25. George Porter was convincing in the 800m with a 2:09 victory and Martin Askew won a competitive 800m for the junior boys.

The girls performed fantastically on the track as well where Josie Coulthard showed real class to win the 1500m in 5:07 and Emily MacMillan won the senior girls 1500m with Sally Bennett winning the 800m Junior Girls. 

Ali Crossdale set a time of 11:02secs to win the 100m and the senior boys (Max Davies, Ali Crossdale, Will Ballard and Tom Savage) won their relay comfortably beating a very strong Barnard Castle team.
The field results are yet to be confirmed
ELAW

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