What a week! Perhaps the wettest start to the Summer term we have experienced in a long time.
With cricket matches, both home and away having to be postponed due to the weather or the pitch conditions, it has been a frustrating start for our cricket players this week.
Last weekend saw our U12/13 girls and our U14/15 boys and girls having some preparation time in the nets whilst other matches had to be cancelled. Our athletics team managed to dodge the weather and attended their first open meeting, hosted by King’s College, at The Castle School track. With many athletes competing for the first time of the season, we achieved some great team event results in the 4×100 relay and the mixed medley relay, not to mention some fantastic personal achievements in the shot putt, javelin, high jump and hurdles.
This week the girls travelled to Wellington School for some fantastic cricket matches. For their first competitive match of the season, the U13/12D team travelled to Wellington School. Despite some nerves showing at the start of the match, the girls embraced the occasion with enthusiasm. Some excellent batting displays and consistent bowling from both teams made for an exciting game. With a little more confidence when batting, the girls will undoubtedly continue to add to their batting totals over their next few matches. The U12/13C Team had their first taste of competitive cricket this term. They took on a Wellington team in a 16-over softball match. Queen’s set the bar high with a batting total of 104 runs. Despite Wellington’s best efforts they chase a high score but only managed 85 runs. Fantastic communication and strike rate meant we were a tough side to beat. Well done girls!The wicket proved to be rather unpredictable and had suffered as a result of the unwanted rain for the U13A team. Regardless of conditions, the girls proved to be a formidable force for the opposition. A solid batting performance held off a comprehensive bowling attack from the opposition, reacting well to the ever-changing and deteriorating wicket. The Queen’s bowling display was outstanding, not even a wide bowled in the whole innings! This consistent pressure meant the girls came away victorious. For the U13B team Queen’s won the toss and elected to bowl first. Everyone bowled and India and Niamh also kept wicket. The fielders were vocal and encouraging. The bowlers performed well, restricting runs with the backing of switched-on fielders. Wellington hit 83/6 and Queen’s reached 83/4 in their reply off the last ball. A brilliant tie to start the season.
The annual cricket match between the MCC and Queen’s 1st XI was another victim of the poor weather this week. The MCC won the toss and kindly chose to bat first, unfortunately, only ten balls into the match, the rain made yet another appearance and the match had to be abandoned. We look forward to a weekend of cricket fixtures against Wellington School and will be attending the Blundell’s open athletics meeting. We are hopeful that the rain will not make an appearance again!
Also this week, Our U14, U15, U16 and U18 swimmers took to the pool in a friendly gala against Wellington school. We saw some close finishes and impressive performances from both sides. A well done must go to Zack Lyle who achieved a personal best in his 100m Individual Medley. Thank you to everyone who took part.