BOYS’ SPORTS REPORTS 25/04/16
1st XI v Loretto (H) Won by 125 runs
Sedbergh 174-6 (Marcus Stables 41)
Loretto 49-10 (Kyme Tahirkheli 5-9)
On a beautiful day at Sedbergh the 1st XI warmed up with a comfortable win over Loretto. However they did not have it all their own way and were made to work hard after being put into bat, crawling to 65-3 from 25 overs of accurate medium pace and spin bowling.
As the batsman gradually adapted to batting on early season slow pitches the runs began to flow with Marcus Stables (41 from 36 balls) and Chris Sanders accelerating in the last 10 overs to enable Sedbergh to post a competitive score.
After an excellent new ball spell from Sanders and Nathan Wyman which reduced Loretto to 11-3 from the first ten overs, spinner Kyme Tahirkheli stole the show with a debut performance of 5 wickets for 9 runs, earning him a place on the honours board.
Sam Barrett picked up the final two wickets as Sedbergh saw out the game well. A good start ahead of a much more challenging fixture in the first of a double header against Shrewsbury on Saturday.
1st XI v Shrewsbury (H)
Sedbergh 197 (G Cameron 52)
A good innings of 52 from Greg Cameron who received good support from Marcus Stables got the 1st xi into a good position but 3 run outs in 4 overs turned the game and it took a last wicket partnership of 36 between Kyme Tahirkheli and Nathan Wyman to enable us to post 197. A couple of hard chances went down in the Shrewsbury reply and they got home with 9 balls to spare.
2nd XI v Kirkham (A) Won by 1 wicket
Kirkham 91 (A Warburton 6 – 29)
Sedbergh 92 – 9
The 2nd XI bowled well initially on an unimpressive pitch. As the game progressed our catching proved to be appalling with 5 drops all of which I would expect to have stuck at this level, we should have had the innings done for under 70 runs. Warburton mopped up a genuine tail narrowly missing a hat trick but getting his man 2 balls later.
After tea the wicket totally died and combined with a genuine lack of pace in the bowling it became rare to see a ball bouncing more than 2 inches off the deck. We could claim to have been saved by the 11 no balls that rolled past the batsmen (none from my end I hasten to add).
It would be nice from a cricketing perspective to think that this was Kirkham cunningly using the track to their advantage by bowling short and slowly, sadly it was just poor stuff and we matched it by some equally abysmal sweeps across the line to short low straight balls (in several cases on the first or second ball faced).
Only Williams was unlucky to get out (to a catch at square leg that had been hit incredibly hard and was caught in self-defence), the rest of our batsmen either patted it up direct to a fielder or played and missed balls that would not have tested our prep school 2nd XI.
Warburton and Kelly saw us home in a nail biting last wicket finish with a partnership of 25 – acute embarrassment was narrowly avoided by two boys who had finally worked out what not to do!
A2 v Austin Friars (H) Lost by 9 wickets
Sedbergh 107 (Bradley -30, Sanderson – 22, Radcliffe – 23)
Austin Friars 108 – 1
The boys were given the opportunity to bat first on a lovely wicket on Newfield. Scott, Sanderson and Cope all posed a threat at the top of the order but it was Sanderson that played some lovely shots around the park.
He combined with Bradley and to increase the run rate near the end of the innings before being bowled himself. Radcliffe stepped up and pushed on the team score to reach a credible 107 from 25 overs.
The team felt this was defendable however the opponents opening batsman, had other ideas and quickly dispatched our bowlers to reach 60 swiftly. Cope stood out in the bowling attack grabbing a wicket but it was not enough as the visitors reached their target within 16 overs.
A good first outing for this young side.
1st Team Squad – North HMC Championships @ Gateshead
The athletics at Gateshead was a tremendous event carried out in glorious sunshine. It was great to see 50 boys and girls competing to be the best they can be.
Senior boys – 1st
Inter boy – 1st
Junior boys – 4th
Senior girls – 2nd
Inter girls – 3rd
Junior girls – 6th
The boy’s team won the individual 4 x 400m in an event which 14 teams ran and twelve were from Sedbergh School.
In the individual events the double winners were:
Ben Burridge: Long jump & 300m
Tom Russell: Shot Putt & Hammer
Josh Hodge: Javelin & Long Jump
JJ Kouadio: Hammer
M. Brighetti: Javelin
Fraser Jones: 800m
Ella Telford: Javelin
Storm Straker: High Jump
Joe Bird: 3000m
Emily MacMillan: 1500m
Robert Askew: 3000m
1st VI v Bradford GS Tournament (A) Finished joint sixth overall
The boys were a credit. We finished joint sixth overall and the four sixth formers in particular felt they performed well within themselves in this their first fixture. This will hopefully be rectified with some hard work on Friday ahead of Saturday’s games.
U18 & U16 North of England Tournament @ Ampleforth
Sedbergh’s U18 players put in commendable performances to pick up sets over the course of a long day of tennis against extremely strong opposition and in trying conditions.
The U16s experienced further success, with Hugh Hollins and Andre Lehner Mas exciting in the Plate semi-final, while Will Guthrie and Victor Leung played the best tennis of the day throughout to fall at the last hurdle on the way to the Cup final.
All will look to build on this as the season progresses, particularly the discipline needed to convert sudden death deuces and tie breaks into victories.
RYA NW Junior Travellers’ Series – Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club
James Thomas (Capt) & Ben Hunt – sailing V3000
Julius Staab & Pier Pello – sailing full rig Laser 1s separately
In a fleet of 16 boats handicap racing, it is difficult to really know how well you are doing, especially if you are sailing in some of the fastest boats on the water, so we were pleasantly surprised to see the final results where Julius Staab was the highest placed Sedberghian in 8th place despite both he and Pier realizing that a full sized rig is too much for them to handle so our trip next week to Annandale may well see us using smaller rigs.
Meanwhile James and Ben (with Ben very much a stand in crew with not too much preparation or experience) were placed 10th overall but 2nd in the Youth class. Pier suffered a major gear failure in the 2nd race when his toe strap broke and soldiered on using a piece of string as a substitute and ought to have been awarded the “endeavour” prize.
Conditions saw a good wind of about Force 3-4 but it swung round to the North West in the afternoon which meant that when the race officer laid his downwind legs close to the NW shore, it made life difficult, unpredictable and downright difficult for any sort of good gennaker work for the asymmetric dinghies.
The morning’s race was much better in that respect but James and Ben were still on a learning curve and didn’t exploit the conditions as much as they should! As last week, Julius consistently sailed just faster than Pier but there is little to choose between them.
We look forward to next week’s Laser Grand Prix series event in Annandale.