CRICKET

U10A House Match
Date: Monday 4th June
Result: St George’s 269 St Philip’s 263
Most Valued Player: Dhruv Susarla
Report: This was a thrilling House Match, and it was great to see both players and spectators on the edge of their seats in the final overs. St George’s posted a strong total of 269 in the first innings and some excellent boundaries came from Dhruv and Faaris, despite some accurate bowling from Ashley and Luke. St Philip’s kept up with the run rate throughout the run chase in the second innings, and Felix set the tone with some hard hitting in the opening overs. With 8 needed off the final over the St George’s captain took a crucial wicket which put the game beyond the reach of St Philip’s – a very enjoyable afternoon.

Mr Newman

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U9 Mixed Cricket v RGS The Grange (H)
Date: Tuesday 5th June
Result: Blue Coat 276-5, RGS 275-4
Most Valued Player: Real team effort with everyone playing their part in the field
Report: Blue Coat batted first and remained steady through the whole innings. Only conceding two wickets. The problem was getting bat on ball, with Henry De Bono, Keerat Rai and Evan Tomlinson successfully hitting a few singles. RGS then had a killer third pair, hitting 6 fours. That took the game away from Blue Coat after taking two lovely run outs with Ali Ahmad’s speed in the field. Blue Coat needed two wickets in the final over, a tall ask, but such a lovely well-competed game.
Scorer: Ali Ahmad (5) with a lovely four through mid wicket

Mr Harrison

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U9 A Cricket vs RGS
Date: Tuesday 5th June
Result: Blue Coat 273 – RGS 257
Report: The U9A side played a competitive RGS side on Tuesday, winning a well fought match. Batting first each pair showed a real ability to hit the ball and in general ran well between the wickets. The last pair of Smallwood and Protherough put on 33 runs which really set on imposing total. The team’s bowling was excellent with a big drop in the number of wides bowled with Massey and Padley bowling with good pace and control. The one area where we need to improve is in our fielding and understanding the basics of backing up.

Mr Protherough

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U11 Bablake Festival
Date: Wednesday 6th June
Result: Blue Coat 254 -Solihull 257, Bablake 257 – Blue Coat 248
Report: This was one of the most frustrating days of cricket I’ve experienced at Blue Coat as the U11As let slip 2 potential victories against good opposition through lack of concentration and game understanding. In the 1st game against Solihull the side batted well especially Dhillon, Kanda and Draper, however some shocking running between the wickets cost 4 wickets which equated to 24 runs. In the second game with the game in the palm of our hands we managed to lose 2 wickets in the last 2 overs, ending in defeat. Draper was by far the most switched on and intelligent cricketer in the team, showing great resilience after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer! Josh Dhillon bowled accurately and showed good composure with the bat. Dhruv Susala showed great promise for a Year 5 with both bat and ball. As a whole the team needs to start to understand there is more to the game than trying to whack the ball or bowl as fast as you can!

Mr Protherough

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ROUNDERS

U11 Rounders Tournament
Date: Wednesday 6th June
Result: 4th out of 16 Teams
Report: We started our matches really positively and beat King’s Hawford 6.5-1.5 with Skye and Poppy scoring 2 each. It was a closer match v Hereford Cathedral and we had to bat first which gave us the challenge of fielding to our potential. Serena and Poppy were working really well as a pair and Gracie was solid on Fourth. We managed to beat them by half a rounder. Then we had RGS The Grange and we went slightly to pieces and we gave them rounders through bad decisions rather than them scoring through excellent batting. We lost to RGS but progressed through to the knockouts, winning our league. We had to Play Bromsgrove in the Quarter-Final and they had not lost a match so we new they were strong. We had to go into bat first. Our first batters were both out quite quickly but Teresa, Neave and Melissa had found their form and were smashing the ball and scoring for us. We finished our innings with 5 rounders. Up stepped Bromsgrove’s first batter and she hit the ball so far it nearly went into the garden of the Headmaster. We had to field with real precision and started to get players out and Anne Laure was working hard on the left side. We kept our cool til the last bowl and up stepped their top batter again. We had our opportunity to get her out but unfortunately we failed and she scored to equal the points. It finished a draw. After discussion we had to have 9 good bowls which meant 1 bat each. Prisyn and Poppy managed to score from their shots but Bromsgrove kept putting the fielders under pressure and they scored more half rounders so Bromsgrove went through to the final. In the bronze place playoffs we met RGS the Grange again and took our chances well with Gabby making steady contributions to the batting. Unfortunately, RGS found their batting arms and were swinging great shots and we lost by 2 rounders. It was a great effort by the girls and we were the only team not to lose to the overall winners and take them to a hit off.

Mrs Bennett

SWIMMING

U8, U9 and U11A Swimming Gala vs Warwick
Date: Monday 4th June
Result: Blue Coat 70 – 48 Warwick
Most Valued Player: Harry Forty
Report: Our final inter-school swimming gala of this academic year saw a team of 24 Blue Coat swimmers travel to Warwick School for what promised to be an exciting fixture. The U8 and U9s had trained in the morning in the performance group and we decided to practice starts and finishes for this gala. Swimming side by side, our U8, U9 and U11 A Boys and Girls spurred each other on, competing against the A teams of both Warwick Schools. The highlight for me personally was seeing our U8s start correctly from the blocks and win their individual races comfortably. The A team boys won 16 out of 19 events, with the A team girls winning 15 out of 19 events. It was fantastic to see great team cohesion and support as we swam through the event. Special mentions to Harry F for winning the U8 25m Freestyle by 5 metres and recording an impressive time.

Mr Kelly