Sporting Highlights - 3 May 2019

The first week back after Easter proved to be a typically busy one with cricket, boys' and girls' tennis, as well as athletics, all competing last weekend. 

Shooting
Following an extensive selection process and four day residential event, the College Shooting Team is proud to announce that Fifth Former Thomas C-F has been selected to be part of UK Cadet Rifle team. He will join a team of elite target rifle shooters at the end of the summer, shooting in the Jersey Championships. This follows hot on the heels of the news that OL Jacob Parsons and College coach Ed Compton have both been selected for the NRA 2019 Channel Islands tour next month.


Athletics
The girls travelled to Hurstpierpoint last Saturday to take part in their annual athletics event. This was very early in the season and a good opportunity to have a go at a variety of events. The first round of the Independent Schools' Diamond League takes place this Saturday, and the team (boys and girls) will be travelling to Eastbourne to compete.


Tennis
It was an excellent weekend for the Club. At Hurst, the U16 girls swept away all competition to take the inaugural Sussex Independent Schools title. This continues the success that this cohort has had throughout the school so far.

In the boys' competition, the 1st team finished as runners up in its group and therefore qualified for the League Finals which will take place at Lancing on Saturday 4 May. The U16 team (having a rather youthful look) also progressed to the finals by winning its group. MVP was George N.

On Thursday the U16A team travelled to Bede’s to play in the U16 Sussex Shield Tournament. The team – consisting of Tiana F, Isabella H, Natalia Y and Olesia G – beat Hurst, Bede's and Rikkyo in the first round of matches. Lancing then beat Moira House in the quarter finals and Eastbourne in the semi-final to set up a rematch against Bede's in the final. Here our girls showed no mercy with Tiana serving exceptionally, Olesia and Natalia snuffing out any threat at the net and Issy crushing the ball from the baseline. Lancing won by 2 points (22-20) and retained the Sussex title for the second year running. Well done girls!


Cricket
Last Saturday, three Lancing teams opened their season with matches against the Hampshire squads. Although the 1st XI lost, there were excellent wins for the U15A team (10 wickets), and the U14A team where Rocco G made his first half century for the College.

On Tuesday the U15A team took on Patcham High. The team won by 7 wickets to progress to the next round. Rocco starred again and took 2 wickets for 13 runs on debut, with George D-B taking 2 for 11 and top-scoring with 34. 

On Thursday, the 1st XI lost on the last ball against Christ’s Hospital. Making 117 in 20 overs, the match looked to be slipping away until two outstanding catches from Lewis F changed the game. The team however could not hold on. We now need to beat Seaford to progress.