Saturday saw the eagerly anticipated House Rounders competition with the Junior teams going in to battle first, Handford with a chorus of “this is the moment you’ve waited for” as the girls prepared to defend their title.
Handford was victorious against the might of Manor: “Just surrender” they called, and at 4 ½ to ½ a rounder, Manor did.
Handford v Field’s, the latter led by Marianna P, Jamie J and “big hitter” Izzy A, saw Field’s score 3 ½ rounders, but this was not enough and ended with another victory for Handford. With the expertise of Maya R’s bowling and Olivia A on second base, they were a force to be reckoned with.
And so to “the greatest show” of the afternoon, Sankey’s v Handford. The quick hands of Emily B, the immeasurable strength of Anje B’s slog with the bat, the vocal tactics deployed by Jessica E, this was going to go down to the wire…..
Final score Handford 6 – Sankeys 7 ... they had done it, they had taken the silverware back!
2018 Junior House Rounders results:-
First - Sankey’s
Second - Handford
Third - Manor
Fourth - Field's
As the temperature dropped and the wind picked up, gold glitter descended, along with lashes of pink, silver and green to lift the spirits for the Senior competition. There was music, team tactics a plenty and then things got serious……
Handford, led by our very own Head Girl, took her brave yet inexperienced troops into battle against a tough Sankey’s. Annabelle P, Daryna T, and Maria G all fielded well but Handford couldn’t quite deliver on their turn to bat:
Sankey’s 6 ½ Handford 1 ½.
Field's v Manor: Field’s House, with the force of Savannah K, Louise H and Favour N, set a score of 4 ½ for Manor to chase, and that they did, despite Pomme J's fantastic catches of Bella M and Jade B. But with the might of Molly C-H, Bella M, Florence L, it finished Field's 4 ½ – Manor 9 ½.
Match of the afternoon was Sankey’s vs Manor. With everything to play for this was the deciding match for the title. There was a 'game changer' moment for Manor when a switch in fielding saw the messiah Sophie W slip from first base to deep field and on Anje B’s first hit, Sophie’s catch was the highlight of the competition. Sankey’s couldn’t believe it ... Manor couldn’t believe it ... “what a catch!”.
Hard fought, and with recognition due to Ella P and Mabel W, who were tireless in their campaign for victory, but it wasn’t meant to be. Sophie W saw to it, almost single-handedly, to take rounder after rounder and, with the batting skills of Millie J, Manor dug deep!
Final score Manor 10 – Sankey’s 4 ½.
2018 Senior House Rounders results:-
First - Manor
Second - Sankey's
Third - Field's
Fourth - Handford
For the final fixture of the girls' season, the team travelled to Millais School, keen to see whether it could maintain its 100% record.
Losing the toss, Lancing were put into bat, and batting aggressively, Nelu M and Alice C put on 62 in just 5 overs. 17 not out from Maya R followed on from her 30 not out in the previous fixture, and contributions from Amelia G and Emily B meant that Millais were set 103 to win. Another excellent fielding performance, including two run-outs by Marianna P and excellent work in the deep from Tallulah Rand Claudia L, meant that despite some late hitting, Millais only managed to score 98. Lancing Girls thus justly earn the title of “Invincibles”!
Against KES Witley, the U15A team recorded a quickfire win. After bowling out the hosts for only 37, the team knocked off the runs without a stump tumbling and thus won by 10 wickets.
At the start of what is an intensive period of fixtures for the 1st XI, the team recorded a good win against the Elite International Academy by only 8 runs. Top scorer with the bat was Elian C (53) and pick of the bowlers was Will E, taking 3 for 28.
Last Saturday the boys' and girls' Junior tennis teams took on PGS in a block fixture. The U15 girls team won 5-4, with Natalia Y and Olesia G winning all three of their matches 6-0, 6-0, 6-1. Exceptional play from Ploy Ai and Charlotte G got Lancing over the line, with a 7-6 victory to steal the win.
The U14 girls' pair of Ruby B and Kitty P took on a strong PGS pair in a two-set match. With the match tied 1-1 in sets it went down to a nervy 10 point shootout which they duly won 10-7. The Junior boys, made up of George N, Will C, Finlay R, Sedric L and Ollie C took on PGS in singles and doubles matches, winning 7-0 overall.
On Tuesday the U15 girls' AEGON team of Tiana F, Natalia Y, Olesia G and Alicia H played Brighton College in the divisional final knockout match. All four girls won their singles matches, meaning the doubles were dead rubbers.This now qualifies the team for the regional knockout stage as Sussex Champions, and they are one step closer to the National finals.
On Tuesday the U15 boys and girls travelled to Bede's school to play in the Sussex Shield. The boys' team, made up of Will T from LPW, George N, Finlay R and Will C, finished first in its group by beating Christ's Hospital, Steyning Grammar and Rikkyo B. In the quarter finals the boys faced Rikkyo A and won 18-12. In the semi-final the boys faced Bede's A. Both pairs played amazingly to clinch a huge 21-13 victory over the hosts. Despite losing the final, the team should be very proud of the runners up award.