03 May 2022
Sports report – 3rd of May 2022

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Sports report – 3rd of May 2022

Cricket

The 1st XI played Oxford University on Friday evening in a T20 match. Despite getting off to a solid start through Barney Carey and Will Price the team were perhaps a few runs light with a total of 141 – and so it proved, as the University reached their target with 7 balls to spare, largely thanks to their number 3 who scored 89 runs.

School Field was looking superb as it bathed in sunshine on Saturday and the team were excited to play the first 50 over match of the season against Bromsgrove. The 1st XI again made a promising start, with Will Price continuing his fine form with the bat. However, the team failed to capitalise on this and were bowled out for a below par 172. Despite taking a wicket in the first over, Bromsgrove produced an excellent batting display to win the game by 9 wickets.

Elsewhere there were dominant wins for MCS with clean sweeps for the U13’s, U14’s and U15’s. In total MCS won 10 of the 13 fixtures played, which is an excellent start to the season.

The U14A’s showed real character, where a partnership of 103 between Ben Harkness and Arthur Hanson, secured a 7-wicket win. This was almost matched by Louis Prestedge and Tejas Anand, who shared an opening stand of 91 in the 2nd XI.

Notable performances included fifty runs for for:

Will Price

Louis Prestedge

Shreyas Anand

Arthur Hanson

Ben Harkness

Danny Robinson

Ruben Dharwar also produced a fine spell of bowling to pick up 6 wickets in his first match for the school.

Tennis

The first weekend of the tennis term saw a busy weekend of activity for all age groups. Internal fixtures were played by 24 of the U12 and U13 B&C team players and 16 U12A and U13 team players took part in the qualifying for the MCS Road to Wimbledon event.

Our U14’s A-D and U15’s A-C teams delivered a clean sweep winning all 7 fixtures against Winchester College. Matches were unfortunately a tad one sided at these age groups with the exception of the U15A’s who scraped home 5-4. Our 1sts, 3rds and U16B’s all lost in extremely tight matches, 5-4, and the U16A’s lost 5.5-3.5. The only winners in the older age groups were the Senior 2nds who won 5.5-3.5. A thrilling afternoon was enjoyed by all and it was so nice to see over 100 players competing for MCS Tennis this on Saturday.

Rowing

The rowers spent a long but fruitful day at the Junior Sculling Regatta on Monday. The J14 and J15 quads, despite not making it through to the finals, gained more valuable race experience. The J15 double of Alex Wade-Martins and Oli Wenban-Smith placed 4th in their B final, up two positions from their time trial position. The J16 and J18 quads, with last minute substitutes due to injury and illness, rowed well but also missed out on a finals place, as did the J18 double. Peter Crossley in the J17 single placed 3rd in the B final in a real fight for the line, and Alex Underwood in the J18 single won a silver medal in his category, with another nail-bitingly close finish.

Athlete of the week is Alex Underwood for his superb silver medal in the J18 singles yesterday afternoon.

A reminder to exam year groups that it is important to take care of yourself during the exam period by eating well, sleeping well and exercising regularly. Physical activity is important for you over the coming few weeks, not only does exercise help you to oxygenate the brain and release tension, helping you to keep calm, mentally relax and study more efficiently, but it also provides you with social stimulation as well.