Sporting Highlights - 19 May 2023

For the first time in in Lancing history, the Senior Boys' basketball team have won the League Championship. With an outstanding record of nine wins and only one loss, the boys should be extremely proud of what they have achieved this year. The following players have won medals for their achievement: Desmond T, Max T, Adrian T, Oscar S, Max W, James D, Jakob L and Charlie D

Girls' Football
It was a tough and competitive fixture for the Junior Girls in the last 16 of the ISFA Trophy. Both teams performed well which made it a very even and close encounter. In the first half, we showed great desire to defend and protect our goal and created some excellent scoring opportunities, however, Lancing went into half-time 1-0 down. In the second half, Lancing showed a great work rate to keep pushing for an equaliser. This eventually came through a great individual run from Lily T, who demonstrated excellent individual skill and composure to draw us level.

The game was played in great spirit and despite both sides pushing for a winner the match remained all square, which meant extra time had to be played. The game continued where the second half finished – an end-to-end game – but the defences were performing well to limit each side to very few clear chances. Lancing were extremely unlucky to concede a penalty in the last few minutes, which the opposition duly converted. After a late Lancing surge and a penalty claim not given, the final whistle came and it was victory for Reigate. In the face of disappointment the girls should be proud of their work rate, attitude and all round performance which showed what a great team they are.

A very tough decision but, after careful consideration, Mr Mussell’s Player of the Match was awarded to Harriet B for her excellent all round contribution in the game.

Cricket Reports
A wonderful Saturday saw us host Tiffin School in a block fixture.

1st XI
Tiffin batted first and scored 170 off their allocated overs, with James S taking 2 wickets for 26 and a wicket each for George H-H, Omar M-A, Jamie C and Ethan F. In return Lancing had a good stand between Jamie C and Ozzy R of 31, but when they departed so did the middle order who crumbled to some fine spin bowling from Tiffin. A good, fantastic 10th wicket partnership of 44 runs between George H-H (15) and James S (29) gave us a slight hope, but we fell just short of the Tiffin target. 
Most Valuable player was awarded to James S.

2nd XI
Facing a strong Tiffin side, Lancing scored 102 off their 25 overs, and although they displayed a strong bowling performance, Tiffin chased the runs down in 23 overs.

A late 7.15pm finish saw the under U14As chase Tiffin’s 171. Gettin W was brilliant and Cyrus D nearly got a hat-trick, but bowled a wide in his third ball. Joseph C anchored the ship with 37. Sam W captained us home with an unbeaten 40 which was a joy to behold. A wonderful win!

14A/15B Mixed XI
This Lancing College side made their seasons debut against their Tiffin School counterparts. Fielding first, Lancing made two early inroads into the Tiffin batting, thanks to some very full and straight bowling by skipper Joshua O and his opening attack partner Will N. However, this was followed by a century stand that rather took the game away from the home side, before it was eventually ended by Harry Z, leaving the visitors with a final total of 214 for 3 and the home team reflecting on the old saying that ‘catches win matches’ – having dropped several chances along the way.

In reply Lancing were pinned down by some hostile quick bowling and two accurate leg spinners. Both openers Harry Z and Rufus B-B showed considerable courage and dogged determination during the first 6 overs of the innings. From then onwards wickets fell regularly – despite the stoic resistance shown by Isaac R, Jethro S and Archie K – and Lancing were left ruing what might have been had they taken some of those early catches. Most Valuable Player was awarded to  Harry Z.

Senior Girls Cricket
Lancing Senior Girls faced Worth on Saturday afternoon. We batted first, scoring 13 more than their team target – accruing 113 runs from the 20 overs. Solid hitting and excellent running between the wickets characterised the first half with Emma S (26 and retired), India M (21) and Harriet B (24). They followed the strong batting performance by restricting Worth to 78 for 8 wickets with notable bowling performances – Harriet B and Mia J taking 2 wickets apiece. Most Valuable Player was awarded to Harriet B.

U14A v Blatchington Mill (Lords Taverners Cup - Tuesday)

Batting first Lancing had a superb first wicket partnership of 89 between Alex G (61) and Cyrus D (33) with Alex McG chipping in with 55 not out, to set a target of 185. Excellent bowling by Joseph C (3 for 23), Alex McG (2 for 9), Joshua O (2 for 9) and a wicket for captain Sam W blew away Blatchington for 127 all out. An excellent win!

1st XI v Bede's (Langdale 100 cup)
We hosted Bede's on Tuesday in the Langdale 100 cup: a fine team bowling performance restricted the opposition to 160, but it could all have been better if we had held on to chances, which cost us the game. Bede's were very good in the field and with some tight bowling, bowled Lancing out for 60, with Cosmo P top-scoring with 21.

It has been another exceptionally busy and successful week for the Lancing College Tennis Club, with victories in block fixtures, county tournaments, LTA league matches, inaugural internal singles tournaments and this Friday afternoon sees our 1st team boys compete for their place in the National Glanville Cup finals.

Last Saturday, the Girls' tennis teams travelled away to play a triangular fixture against Christ’s Hospital and Sutton Valence. It was the first week of competitive fixtures for the U14 girls who played some superb points. Unfortunately for both teams they narrowly missed out on the overall win, losing 4-5 in sets, but for the U15A girls the success continues with wins over Christ's Hospital and Sutton Valance 8-1, 7-2.

Meanwhile at home, the College courts played host to the inaugural Lancing Singles Tournament, where over 30 of our Junior and Senior boys were invited to compete for the U15 and U18 Singles Title. With medals and trophies at stake, the afternoon was filled with lots of competitive matches and some excellent tennis. The winners of the U15 and U18 main draw events were Loui G (U15 Winner) and Logan B (U18 Winner).

On Thursday afternoon Miss Airey and Mr Bullen took the U14 boys and girls to Bede’s to compete in the 14 & Under Sussex Cup Tournament. A great experience for all; with all three teams qualifying through to the knockout stages, the 14Bs lost in the quarterfinals, and the 14A boys lost to a tough Bede’s side 20-16 in the semis. However it was our 14A girls who defeated top seeds Brighton College in the semi-finals, with a 10-1 win from Amelia P & Coco M and a tight 10-9 win from Tessa O & Amelia G. The girls then progressed through to the final where they faced old rivals Eastbourne College. A cracking performance from Amelia and Coco winning 10-7 put the girls ahead. However, it wasn’t to be in our final match, where Eastbourne just pipped us in the end to take the overall 17-16 win over Lancing. The girls did phenomenally well and were awarded with Runners Up medals. Miss Airey adds that with three teams competing, it was an utter delight to see players cheering each other on, supporting one another over performances, and showing great sportsmanship throughout the day. For this, both the U14B boys and U14A girls were awarded the LTA Fair Play award by the tournament referee.

Congratulations also to George H who played in a men’s Grade 4 tournament last Sunday at The Weald, and won all of his matches to take the title. The final was a long and tough battle and he came through 12-10 in the third set tiebreak.