9 May 2022
Tennis vs Stonyhurst College - Tuesday 3 May
On Tuesday, the KGS U18 Tennis Squad (pictured above) travelled to Stonyhurst College to play in the third round of the Aberdare National Cup.
The competition consists of a team of four players who play 2 set singles and doubles matches.
Yandy Shek and Freya Peet were up first in the singles matches with doubles pairing Mia Tinsley and Matilda Loggenberg on court alongside them. Shek had a great start, winning her serve and breaking the Stonyhurst first counters serve. Shek took the first set but narrowly lost the second set taking the match to a 10 point tie break. Shek finished 10-6 up taking the victory.
Freya’s singles didn’t go exactly to plan, and although the match was close, Peet was narrowly defeated as counter 2.
Tinsley and Loggenberg didn’t give Stonyhurst any time and ploughed through both sets to take a convincing doubles victory.
At the turn over, Tinsley’s singles went swimmingly, with her taking two straight sets to secure the victory. Loggenberg followed suit to take a straight two set victory resulting in KGS winning the match 4-1 before Shek and Peet took to the court for their doubles matches. Due to time, the girls played a one set match to finish the day.
KGS now take on Alderley Edge School for Girls in the semi-final of the U18 Aberdare Cup. A very positive start to the 2022/23 tennis season!
Under 14 Cricket v Tauheedul Islam, Blackburn - Thursday 5 May
Tauheedul - 35 all out (Bray 2 for 0, Milligan 2 for 4)
Kirkham - 36 for 0 (Simpson 25*, Collinson 9*)
KIRKHAM WON BY 10 wickets.
On a beautiful May afternoon at the picturesque Salesbury Cricket Club overlooking Pendle Hill, the Under 14 progressed into the second round of the Lancashire Cup. Bowling first, the boys played well and had the opposition 3 for 0 in the early stages of the innings. Ten bowlers were used overall and it was a great team effort to bowl out the opposition for 35. Charlie Bray, coming back from injury, opened the bowling and bowled with pace and accuracy removing two of the opposition's best batsmen in quick time. He was ably supported by his teammates with seven of the boys taking wickets. In reply, Captain, Collinson, and Simpson batted sensibly and knocked off the required 36 to win in only six overs. A great match played in a great spirit.
We all look forward to the next round.
Under 14 Cricket v Stonyhurst - Saturday 7 May
Kirkham – 121-9 off 25 overs (Alex Davies 49 not out, Harry Marsh 27)
Stonyhurst - 33 all out off 15.4 overs (Theo Smith 5 wickets for 5 runs)
KIRKHAM WON BY 88 runs.
On a fresh spring Saturday morning, the Kirkham U14 cricket team completed a comfortable 3rd successive win at the expense of opponents Stonyhurst. Captain, Stan Collinson, won the toss and elected to bat first for the first time this season. This decision looked to have been a mistake when one of the opening Stonyhurst bowlers claimed 4 quick wickets, leaving Kirkham teetering on the edge of defeat at 29 for 6. However, the swashbuckling Harry Marsh hit a rapid 27 (including 4 hours), turning the tide in Kirkham’s favour. The batsman of the day was wicketkeeper Alex Davies, hitting a fluent 49 not out (with 7 boundaries), and with fine lower order support from Will De Klerk, Joel Ashton and Zede Graham, a very competitive score of 121 was attained off the allocated 25 overs. Stonyhurst also struggled with the bat, but the quality of Kirkham’s opening bowlers Charlie Bray and Theo Smith ensured that Kirkham soon had victory in sight. Theo Smith was outstanding, with rapid, straight and full deliveries claiming 5 wickets (4 of which were bowled) to leave the Stonyhurst innings in tatters. The match was soon wrapped up with Kirkham winning by 88 runs. The game was played in excellent spirits, and credit must also be given to the sporting Stonyhurst team who never gave up despite facing such a quality bowling attack.