U8/U9 Girls’ Swimming v Warwick (friendly gala)
Swimmer of the gala: Anika Moholkar
The year 3 and year 4 girls raced Warwick Prep in a well contested friendly gala at BCS. The atmosphere was fun and well supported by team-mates and parents as the girls raced 4 individual events, along with the freestyle and medley relays. Anika raced well in the individual 25m butterfly as well as playing her part by performing the same stroke in the medley relay. There were notable races by Amadora and Ellie, who both swam their 25m freestyle events in under 20 seconds due to a strong technical performance. And from year 3, Ava-Mae and Pippa were ferocious in their relay events by making excellent tactical decisions during their starts and finishes. Well done to all girls who took part and showed wonderful sportsmanship towards each other and the opposition.
Miss Mockler and Mr Clifford
U11 IAPS Girls’ Cricket
Overall Result : BCS 3rd place
Most valuable player of the tournament (voted by the umpires) – Anusha Singh
With this being the first ever girls’ IAPS cricket event BCS has have entered, we were unsure what standard to expect. The competition was strong with all schools bowling efficiently. The competition was split into two leagues and the BCS team played Spratton Hall, Milton Keynes and The Manor Prep. Our first match was fairly even with both schools fielding well however, with a good execution of batting BCS won by 25 runs. It was clear from the start that Milton Keynes were a strong team and dominated the second match taking wickets and catches through the game and our girls became deflated, something which I had not seen before. It showed strength in character for them to lift their spirits and they came close, losing by only 9 runs.
Our final league match was versus The Manor Prep and with Isabella, Tia, Nush and Beatrice all hitting boundaries. The girls found themselves on edge waiting to see the outcome of the other league match to find out their next progression. The top two league teams played each other in the final so we played Bilton Grange for 3rd place. After a break for lunch the team batted first and seemed very lethargic and we were out for 229. After a stern team talk from Mr Gregory the whole team raised their spirits and energy levels and proved their worth by having the bowling innings of the term taking 6 wickets and getting the opposition out for 221. The expectations the girls have set for themselves was plain to see and whilst they were disappointed with third place this is a great foundation for us to now build on from our first ever IAPS cricket tournament. The whole team should be proud of themselves as well as all the other girls who help practise with them weekly and pushing them to become better. What a fabulous year our teams have had.
U10A House Cricket Matches
Result: St Margaret’s 325 – 318 St Monica’s
Players of the match: Rosie, Aaria
It was on the cards that this final House match between the two girls’ cricket teams would be close and competitive, and it certainly did not disappoint. St Monica’s won the toss and chose to bowl first. Madalen as team captain bowled the first over and only 2 runs were made which was a great start; Sinai and Tarini ending on 23 with Aaria taking a catch. Tabitha and Sabrina were in next and clocked up 47 runs, however, Lydia took a catch and Zoe bowled a wicket leaving St Margaret’s on 60. Rosie and Anna paired well scoring 27 with Rosie hitting the boundary twice and Anna once. The final pair of Sophie and Sabreena scored 48 but Lydia was alert and stumped the runners out twice costing them ten runs.
With St Monica’s into bat they chased down the score of 125 with the first pair of Eliza and Aaria scoring 36, both Eliza and Aaria finding the boundary. Madalen and Lydia took 30 with Madelen also finding the boundary. With the last two pairs to bat it was close with St Monica’s on 91. This became a contest between “smasher for 6” Aaria and bowler of the day Rosie. What a great display of cricket as the match turned into a T20. This was a fabulous match which had everything on display with limited wides, great catches and spectacular shots.
U10B House Cricket Matches
Result: St Monica’s 138 – 122 St Margaret’s
Players of the match: Lara Sethi and Umaiza Kashif
A fantastic afternoon of cricket; both teams batting and bowling well and eager to do well for their house. St Margaret’s won the toss and opted to field. Excellent line and length bowling by Serena and Ashni made it tricky to score but some superb batting saw the girls hitting 4’s and 6’s to rack up a strong score. St Monica’s then took the field; sharp fielding prevented any easy runs and some great bowling by the whole team limited the St Margaret’s score. A great game of cricket, it was fantastic to watch how much the girls have progressed with their batting and bowling this season. Well done girls!
U10C House Cricket Matches
Result: St Monica’s 80 – 68 St Margaret’s
Players of the match: Rubie Johal and Jolin Hu
House matches are always a super way to finish the term, particularly when the sun is shining and all girls are super competitive, wanting to gain valuable points for their house. This game did not disappoint. An excellent display of progress too, with all the girls demonstrating really good bowling, keeping that straight arm throughout! Both houses also showed fantastic teamwork, communicating with one another when in to bat and out to field. This teamwork made for a very competitive game and I am really proud of all the girls and how they performed in this week’s fixture. Well done, a very close game!
U10A Boys’ Cricket v West House (A)
Result: BCS lost
Players of the match: Aditya Solanki
The U10As played out a very competitive game against West House, losing narrowly to a good side. BCS batted first and Toby got the team off to a flyer with some excellent striking. After this though some of batting was a bit naive on a slow low wicket and we lost a fair few wickets until Aditya and Doger had a good last wicket stand. Although we bowled pretty well the West House boys defend straight bowling better and ran out deserved winners.
U10B Boys’ Cricket v West House (A)
Result: BCS won by 55 runs
Players of the match: Aditya Solanki
The U10B team travelled to West House and put in an assured performance to be the victors by 55 runs. BCS fielded first and were slow to start with, the opposing pair scoring some boundaries supported by some extras from wides and no balls. Into the middle overs and this where the bowlers really put the brakes on the West House score with Toby and Oliver both picking up wickets. This was supported by some excellent catching in the field by Ahryan and Dan. This continued with Aaron and Noah both taking a wicket by building pressure in bowling a lot of deliveries that no runs were scored off. The final total set by West House was 258.
In response a steady start by Oliver and Sam ensured BCS were around the required scoring rate. The next pair Aaron and Rohan took the team to within 15 runs with some smart running between the wickets. This spread through the team as Ahryan and Noah watched and followed their lead, scoring 32 runs as a pair in 4 overs due to some excellent running between the wickets. Toby and Kabir came out and then bludgeoned a few boundaries to further increase the BCS score, and then Dan hit the gaps well and used the pace of the ball to pinch singles. The team finished on a total of 313 winning the game by 55 runs. A solid performance in the bat and field with some improvements on the bowling side to limit those wides and no balls.
U9A Boys’ Cricket v West House (A)
Result: BCS lost by 43 runs
Player of the match: Jasper Neeson
The U9A cricket team travelled to West House on a glorious summer day. Captain James won the toss and elected to bowl. There was a great start with Dhruv picking up a wicket caught by Umar in the first over. Some tight bowling made early run scoring difficult with Freddie, Noah and Umar all bowling with a tight line and length. Noah and Umar both picked up a wicket each with Noah beating the batter for pace and then he got a superb direct hit run out. Arjun and Jasper then came into the bowling attack and bowled with accuracy again making it difficult for the opposition to score runs, with Arjun picking up an early wicket off his bowling. Into the final pair and some sloppy fielding from BCS gave West House the opportunity to score a few boundaries. James and Rayan did both manage to take wickets to reduce the score and West House finished on a total of 281.
In response BCS needed to start well. Jasper and Noah displayed some clever running between the wickets early on in the game. Dhruv managed to powerfully hit some boundaries when batting and James played some lovely shots during his innings. However the team lost too many wickets hitting the ball up in the air for the opposition to catch or not playing solidly in their defence meaning they finished on a score of 237. Plenty for the team to learn in particularly when they have the bat in their hand.
U9A & B Girls’ Cricket v RGS (H)
Results: A team lost and B team won
This afternoon BCS played their final fixture of the term against RGS. They are always good competition and both of these fixtures were a very good standard of Cricket. Overall, both A&B demonstrated excellent bowling and batting skills and you can really tell they have been focusing on this in lessons. The girls played with determination, excelling particularly when into bat! They need to work on their fielding skills next year and build on those quick hands back to the wicket keeper or bowler to try and get the opposition out. However, overall I was really impressed with the level of progress the girls have made, which made for a very competitive game. Well done to each and every one of you.
U9C, D & E Girls’ Cricket v RGS (H)
BCS C 68 – 75 RGS
BCS D 261 – 273 RGS
BCS Jets 211 – 213 RGS
On a beautiful sunny afternoon our three teams were eager to play some cricket in the pairs format. Every Year 4 girl attempted to bowl overarm initially and whilst some had to revert to a drop feed, it was pleasing to see so many girls out on the front field trying their best to showcase skills they have learnt over this trinity term. When a player received a good bowl it was encouraging to watch as players moved their feet towards the ball to try and strike the ball as hard as they could into the spaces in the outfield. We still have a couple of weeks to work on the basic skills before their House match where I look forward to seeing how much they have improved as we adapt to this new technical game. Well done to all the girls involved.
Mrs Bennett / Mr Wood
U11A Girls’ Cricket v RGS
Results: BCS Lost by 109 runs
Player of the match: Evangeline Ernest
The U11A Girls’ cricket team were defeated by a very strong RGS: The Grange team on a scorching Wednesday afternoon. BCS elected to bowl first and started off well. Evangeline and Tia both bowled with pace and accuracy, Evangeline beating a batter for pace, and clean bowling them out. However, some very sleepy fielding with players not attacking the ball and not throwing to the correct end in addition to some misfields letting the ball through their legs for boundaries made containing the RGS score very difficult and they totalled a big score of 319.
In response with the bat some powerful shots from Evangeline scored some early boundaries however the regular loss of wickets, mainly caught by the opposition fielders, meant the team were never getting close to the RGS score and finished on a total of 211. A lot to learn and realisation that focusing and concentrating on fielding makes a huge difference to an opponent’s final total.
U11C Girls’ Cricket v RGS (A)
Results: BCS lost by 44 runs
Players of the match: Elaine Nguyen and Aalisya Bhatti
A lovely sunny afternoon for cricket. The girls were very enthusiastic to play their last cricket game against another school. BCS started off batting while RGS fielded. It was clear from the start that RGS had some strong players in their team. Their bowling was great and the girls quickly realised that it would be challenging to score runs. BCS did not attack the ball which meant that very few runs were scored each over. RGS bowled three wickets which reduced our runs significantly. The girls continued to try their best and their sportsmanship and encouragement shone through.
It was then BCS’s turn to field. The girls showed some super fielding and bowling skills. However, the batting from RGS saw them scoring a lot of runs and edging further ahead. We decided to give each pair another over to bat and bowl. In this second half of the match the girls showed significant improvement. They were more aggressive towards the ball and scored more runs than in the first innings. The improvement in the BCS performance showed their true skills and it was great to see the progress that they have made. A superb show of sportsmanship today, girls. Well done.
U11D and Stars Girls’ Cricket v RGS (A)
Results: D Team won and Stars Team lost
Players of the match: Lailaa Suleman & Bavanjot Hunjan
This Wednesday saw the very last time the U11 girls would compete against another school. For their last fixture, we made our way over to RGS, it was a fantastic way to end their sporting journey on a beautiful sunny afternoon. All the girls had a fun-filled afternoon, they played really well and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, encouraging not just each other but also the opposition. Furthermore, their batting and fielding skills shone through today, showing excellent progress. After the games had finished they made their way up for aftermatch tea, where the girls sat down with RGS girls and made some new friends, which is always a delight to see. As we walked back to the mini bus, the girls were reminiscing of the number of times they had been to RGS over the years, expressing fond memories. I wish the girls all the luck with their sporting endeavours as they continue into secondary school. It has been a pleasure to teach you all.
U11A Boys’ Cricket v RGS (H)
Result: BCS lost by 20 runs
Player of the match: Remy Granger
The U11s encountered a strong RGS side on Wednesday and eventually lost by 20 runs. It was a good lesson in doing the basics well of bowling at the stumps and playing straight. Our innings started in fine fashion as Aarya and Greg set about the bowling in fine style scoring 36 runs. The 2nd pair of Kanav and Pranav also posted a respectable 22 but after this the next two pairs struggled against some accurate bowling. It was only when the last pair of Remy and Harry came in that the innings regained its impetus and a respectable score of 93 was posted. This could have been enough but the team just didn’t bowl and field as well as they can and in fairness RGS deserved the win for doing the basics well. Hopefully it serves as a timely reminder to some to not get carried away and still be humble and willing to listen to advice.
U11C Boys’ Cricket v RGS (H)
Result: BCS 111 – 26 RGS
Player of the match: Harry Fraser
On a beautiful day for cricket, the boys certainly didn’t disappoint! There were fantastic performances from every individual, in what was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. RGS opened the batting, with BCS making a strong start to their bowling; Karum and Krish took 3 wickets between them in the opening overs which really set the tone for the rest of the game. After some strong, accurate bowling, RGS finished with a total of 26.
It was now time for BCS to bat and again, a strong start really helped the boys. Harry was up first and put in a superb performance, calming any potential nerves by hitting 3 fours in the opening over! The impressive batting continued from every member of the team, with a particular mention needing to go to Jack, hitting 3 brilliant sixes and confirming victory for BCS. The boys showed great sportsmanship throughout and should be proud of the efforts, a fantastic game of cricket – well done!
U11D Boys’ Cricket v RGS (H)
Result: BCS lost by 143 runs
Player of the match: Jodh Singh
A lovely afternoon of cricket and the boys did well against a strong RGS team. BCS won the toss and opted to bat, some fast bowling made it difficult to score but once the boys got their eye in the runs started to come. Adam and Felix hit a few strong boundaries but unfortunately BCS gave away too many wickets which dramatically reduced our score. RGS then went into bat and although the BCS boys bowled accurately we lacked pace and RGS were regularly able to hit the ball to the boundary. A tough game but the boys battled well.
U11F Boys’ Cricket v RGS (H)
Result: BCS lost by 17 runs
Player of the match: Bikram Kang
This Wednesday BCS was thriving, with cricket, cricket, cricket everywhere in all of its glorious forms. For the match I umpired the boys played pairs cricket with adapted bowling to allow for play to flow. Riyadh made some significant runs managing to hit the boundary twice. It was very hard to score any runs as the bowling lacked any line and length and the majority of runs were scored from wides. BCS’ bowling innings was stronger than RGS’, which enabled them to gain more runs from hitable bowls. This was a shame as our accurate bowling or feeding played against us and meant that RGS took the lead in the final over.