Sporting Highlights - up to 12 May 2017

The U14A team rose from the ashes of two stiff defeats this week to take a stunning final over victory against Ardingly on Saturday. The match started with some excellent bowling from Nelu M and Henry O who both rarely bowled a bad ball in their opening spells.

Nelu took two early wickets and Ardingly were 53 for 2 off the opening 15 overs. Ted E, Conor L, Luke K and brothers Oscar and Lockie M all bowled well in the middle overs. In the end a fine final spell from Nelu saw her finish with 5 wickets for 27 runs and Ardingly stumbled to a getable 153 off their 30 overs.

Jacob C and Oscar M opened the batting with confidence and put on 64 for the first wicket in just 11 overs. Jacob’s dismissal to an excellent piece of bowling for 23 brought Ted E to the crease – in no mood to defend – and a clever partnership developed between him and Oscar, taking the score to 100 before Oscar was caught at point for 24. Conor L came in at four and defended astutely for an over before being caught at mid-off.

That brought Charlie G to the crease, who took his time, pushing singles and rotating the strike with the occasional flash through mid-wicket for 4. He finished 23 not out at one end with Ted unbeaten on 56 as the winning runs were hit with nine balls to spare.

It was an epic team performance, played in the spirit of the game which all who witnessed were truly impressed by. Thanks must go to the five Lancing Prep boys who stood in on the day and contributed to the success of the team.

History was made this week, with the debut fixtures for the Girls' Cricket team. Captain Sophie M-S writes: “On Friday the first ever girls' cricket game was played against King's School, Hove. A good bowling performance left Lancing to chase 91 in 16 overs before a good opening stand with the bat saw Lancing home with more than an over to spare.

On Tuesday the team took on Portslade. An excellent fielding and bowling performance restricted Portslade to just 52 for 4. Special mention goes to Connie Dwho bowled her first ever wicket maiden. A great opening partnership between Nelu M and Hannah G meant that Lancing won in quick time, leaving the girls' team undefeated so far in their first ever competitive season.

It has been a very busy week for the Tennis club with ten fixtures taking place. To summarise the successes:

Against Eastbourne both the 1st and 2nd boys’ teams won (7–2 and 8–1 respectively). The U15 and U14 boys defeated Eastbourne by the same score of 6 matches to 3. Success continued at U15 level for the girls as they beat Eastbourne by 5 matches to 4.

On Thursday, against Brighton College, the 1st team lost, but the 2nd team of Henry P, Josef R, Will B, Joe H, Connor S-W & Kian S cruised to a 7–2 victory.

Eddie J writes that "last Saturday the U15 team played two tough schools in Worth and Ardingly. A good performance from the mixed doubles and the boys doubles teams saw the squad beat Worth by 7 wins to 5 and only narrowly lose to Ardingly. Freddie M and Fred V B won all their matches and were voted MVPs.

Once more, we leave the account of the senior team at the weekend to Will B: “Siobhan, reminiscent of the 'honey-tongued doctor', Bernard of Clariveux, once again made her appeal for a Crusade, and despite an absence of Papal support, marched on to the Lands in the East, Eastbourne College.

Lancing started emphatically, with Joseph R and Harry P securing decisive victories. They, inspired by Baldwin I’s proactive securing of the seaports (Caesarea in 1101, Acre in 1104 and Tyre in 1124), went on the attack against the Eastbourne opposition, who were simply no match.

Further, Connor S-W and Kian S, emulating the role of the Templars in 1120, helped to provide vital support and even gained early success for the Lancing crusade.

However, the Lancing crusade soon became unstable, and survival in the East seemed unlikely. After the previously formidable pair of Joseph B and Guy B were defeated, a crisis ensued. A crises, very much like that of Baldwin II’s succession, in which he had to gain his rightful land by force from his mother, Queen Melisende, forcing her back to the lands of Nablus in 1052.

Moreover, pragmatic overriding of division and the forging of relationships, just like those of the Franco-Byzantine relations between 1158–1180, saw the Lancing Crusade regain a foothold in the East. But instead of seeing marriage alliances, like those of King Baldwin III and Theodora in 1158 – or Manuel Comnenus and Maria of Antioch in 1161 – the Lancing team found another ways to ensure stability and success in the lands of the East. A fusion of aggressive tennis, and safe play, saw Joe H and his partner outthink, outsmart and outplay the Eastbourne opposition in the final games of the day. Overall, as Ibn Tagribhirdi remarked, 1094 was “the year of the deaths of caliphs and commanders”. But by 1187, the Muslim forces were united and somewhat unstoppable. The same can be seen with the Lancing College Tennis Team, in which the unification of the team helped to ensure a comfortable but well deserved victory.”

Team of the week
There are two clear winners this week. For the boys the award goes to the U14A Cricket team and for the girls (with two wins from their first two games) it goes to the Cricket team.