Sports Round-up - start of Summer Term 2017

Squash

Over the break, Jasmine H represented England in the European Championships, finishing in the top five in Europe in her first year, losing out only to one of the finalists and dispatching the 1st strings from Wales, Ireland and France. Jasmine also represented her Club in the National Championships where the team beat Carlisle and Edgbaston to become National Champions.

Cricket

We congratulate OL cricketers Mason Crane and Will Fazakerley. This week, Mason was awarded the O’Reilly Medal for being voted Player of the Year in the New South Wales Premier Cricket league in Australia: another accolade for an outstanding OL. 2016 Leaver Will was rewarded for his efforts in his first professional cricket season with an official place in the Leicestershire 1st team squad. We look forward to hearing much more in the coming months.

On Open Morning, the club took on the might of the Hampshire Academy. With a slightly depleted squad the U14A team took on the challenge with excellent enthusiasm. Some excellent bowling went unrewarded for a while and some tough chances came and went. Although a loss was the eventual result, it was a great team performance that will only breed confidence for the rest of the season.

Result of the day came for the 1st XI, who beat the Hampshire U16 team by two wickets. In the field, Matthew L impressed with a fine spell of pace bowling to take 2 for 27 in 9 overs. Larry M was economic, only allowing 13 runs from his spell. With the bat, Captain Ollie J scored 55 and Ferdie D top scored with 57 off 67 balls. It was Matt L however who again featured, this time making a vital 17 not out (batting at eight) to see the team to an impressive victory.

RGS Guildford provided strong opposition for the first block of the term. The highlight was provided by the 1st XI as Jack D (57) and Ollie J (79) nearly saw the team over the line. The boys bounced back in the Langdale Cup against Christ’s Hospital. Lancing tore into the opponents’ batting line up with Matt L (3 for 12) and Ollie J (3 for 11) being the pick of the bowlers. Having reduced Christ’s Hospital to 60 all out, Lancing cruised to the win with 7 overs and 7 wickets to spare.

Swimming

This term the swimming team has hosted Eastbourne, Ardingly and Hurst in a fiercely contested Sussex cup. All the swimmers fought hard throughout their races with the Senior Boys taking their trophy having won both relays. In addition to this, Nigel W also won his 100m Freestyle and Grigory V won his 50m Freestyle. In the Junior Boys, Miles H won both of his races while the Junior Girls finished second, only being beaten by a strong Hurst team. The competition was tough but Lancing held its own to finish with a great set of results.

Tennis

Last weekend the Boys U15A team had an overwhelming win against Brighton College, winning eight out of nine games. Overall everybody played well, but the ‘pair of the match’ award went to Mortimer S and Kyron T.

Eugene W, Sam N, Alfie F and Charlie W also played in the U16 Boys Sussex League Round 1 tournament. Eugene W and Sam N clinched the win by securing break point opportunities and rallying past a strong Eastbourne College first pair, beating them 6–4. After narrowly beating Brighton College, Charlie W unfortunately injured his ankle after playing Brighton College but fortunately Fred V B stepped in his place and continued to play Eastbourne College. As a result of their stunning efforts they have successfully finished second place in their round, managing to make it through to finals day.

The Boys' 1st team played in the Sussex League. They played against Brighton, Hurst and Eastbourne. The competition was a combination of both singles and doubles matches with the boys breezing through to the final with both Alex H and Harry S winning five out of their six matches. Despite the team then losing to Bede’s, they played very well all round and ‘man of the match’ went to Sam N for his enthusiasm and good quality through the day.

The U15 girls played Brighton College in their first match of the AEGON League. Olesia G stepped forward at the last minute to win her singles match. Both doubles matches were very close with great tennis played and we’re very much looking forward to the next AEGON match against Bede’s.

The girls’ 1st team played Worth. Great victories came in the singles from Viktoria D, Tiana F, Flora D and Savannah K. This fine run continued in the doubles with the pairings of Tiana F and Flora D, as well as Laura S and Mabel W both winning. The 1st pair of Viktoria D and Olivia L took the first set to a tiebreak, eventually winning their match 6–5 6–3 completing the overall victory.

Subsequently Olivia L, Tiana F, Laura S and Millie J took part in the U18 Sussex Cup Tournament at Bede’s. After decisive wins against Bede’s A and B teams and against Brighton, the girls were put through to the semi-finals, taking on Brighton's A team. A well-matched game saw Tiana and Olivia initially in the lead, but in the end, the team lost out narrowly to Brighton. Girl of the Game was Tiana F.

The U14 team took on Worth and Ardingly College. Lancing started well with a win over Worth. We had good communications in our teams which helped to win some game. Ardingly provided stronger opposition but the team managed to win 4–0, including one win in a tie-break situation. Well done to Matthew E and Ploy A who managed to beat the Worth top seeds. Alden M volleyed well at the net and all players showed great effort and improvement.

The girls’ 1st team also took on Christ's Hospital in the regional quarter-final of the Aberdare Cup. Both Mabel W and Olivia L made fighting comebacks to win both their singles matches. In the doubles matches, Millie J and Tiana F easily defeated CH with scores of 6–1, 6–0. The match came to a climax and the Lancing team came home victors as Tiana F and Olivia Lt played the championship tiebreak and won 10-2. The girls are now through to the semi-final.

Congratulations go to Tiana F who represented the U14 Sussex team, playing number 1 seed. Tiana has also just been shortlisted to represent Great Britain in the Summer Cup and European Championships, where the top 3 in the country are selected to play.