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By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 01:55PM


Clifton College and Ipswich School will contest the final of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup later today.


Bristol’s Clifton College (186-1) beat Shrewsbury School (110 all out) by 76 runs thanks to an excellent 162 run partnership from Bea Willis (80no) and Greer Barnes (57no) at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.


In the other semi-final, Ipswich School suffered a late innings wobble against Reigate Grammar (114-6) before winning by four wickets with two overs to spare.



By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 11:53AM


Bea Willis (80no) and Greer Barnes (57no) turned on the style for Clifton College in the semi-finals of the School Sport Magazine National Schools U15 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.


The powerful duo accelerated gradually through their innings as the Bristol side posted a daunting total of 186-1 against Shrewsbury School at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.


In the other semi-final, Reigate Grammar recovered from 61-5 to reach 114-6 off their 20 overs against Ipswich School.



By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 11:03AM


Batters faced mixed fortunes in the early stages of the School Sport Magazine National Schools Girls T20 Cricket Cup semi-finals today.


Bristol’s Clifton College made a steady start against Shrewsbury School, reaching 61-1 off ten overs in beautiful conditions at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.


But Reigate Grammar were in a spot of bother after losing three quick wickets against Ipswich School, collapsing from 43-1 off six overs to 61-5 off ten.



By schoolsportmag2, Sep 6 2021 10:44AM


Clifton College and Reigate Grammar made steady starts today in the semi-finals of the School Sport Magazine National Schools Girls T20 Cricket Cup.


Bristol’s Clifton College were 31-1 off five overs against Shrewsbury School at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex.


Meanwhile Surrey’s Reigate Grammar were 43-1 off six overs against Ipswich School as batters took advantage of hot, dry conditions on perfect batting pitches.



By schoolsportmag2, Sep 3 2021 09:17AM


Four schools are set for an Autumn shoot-out to decide the best girls’ U15 cricket team in the country.


Two new sides will join two returning teams in a fantastic finals’ days at Merchant Taylor’s School in Middlesex next Monday after an exciting summer of competition.


Bristol’s Clifton College will play Shrewsbury School while Ipswich School will take on Reigate Grammar in the semi-finals on two adjacent pitches at the top-class venue followed by a final and third-place play-off.


(For full reports on schools' cricket, check out the new edition of School Sport Magazine out next week)



By schoolsportmag2, Sep 2 2021 10:43AM


Schools all over the country are preparing to resume competitive netball after last season’s fixtures were devastated by coronavirus.


State and independent sides are looking forward to doing battle in the county rounds of England Netball’s premier U14, U16 and U19 competitions.


And they are especially keen to resume the fight in the School Sport Magazine National Schools U12, U13 and U15 Cups, which are returning after an absence of four years.


All six age-group competitions are qualifying tournaments for the prestigious top 200 sports schools of the year list.


And Sharron Lewis-Burke, head of netball at Streatham & Clapham High School, can’t wait to get going as courts reopen for business.


The London side face a trip to Croydon High School in the U15 first round and Sharron says: “I entered us into the School Sport Magazine National Schools Netball Cup because of the standard of the schools who entered previously.


“The level is of a very high standard which is perfect for our girls’ development. It also allows us to play against a wide range of schools who we would not ordinarily meet.”


Six of the seven previous winners of the competitions have entered this season including Bromsgrove School, Cheadle Hulme School, St Helen & St Katharine School, Berkhamsted School, Grange School and Brentwood School.



By schoolsportmag2, Aug 9 2021 02:10PM


Children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust has announced the return of The School Games National Finals, the UK’s biggest youth multi-sport event, next month after a three-year hiatus.

One thousand three hundred young athletes will return to the four-day finals on September 2 at Loughborough University.

Young people will compete in ten sports across the event, four of which include disability competition - athletics, BMX, cycling, triathlon, hockey, netball, laser run, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and girls’ cricket.


The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics GB squad features more than 80 School Games National finals alumni, including Adam Peaty, Dina Asher-Smith, Hannah Cockroft, Ellie Simmonds and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.


Will Roberts, chief operating officer of the Youth Sport Trust, said: “It has been a huge achievement by all involved to see the return of this year’s School Games National Finals and I am incredibly proud of the innovation that has happened to ensure a generation of talented young people have the opportunity to compete with other athletes across the UK.

“This year, alongside all the excitement of the competition and the values our athletes will learn through the triumphs and tribulations, we will have a heavy focus on athlete wellbeing. It has been a historical moment in time following the Olympics with athletes choosing to protect mental health above competition and there are lessons to be learned.

“It is important to us that we provide young people with the key coping mechanisms and experiences they need to take on the world stage and be happy and healthy.”

Steps have been taken to ensure the event will be Covid safe in a post pandemic world. including the appointment of one of Wimbledon 2021’s team doctors Natasha Beach, working with local public health officials, testing and temperature checks for all athletes and event staff on site, social distancing and athlete bubbles, spectators replaced with live streams of the action, and mask wearing.

Dr Beach said: “I am really excited to have joined the School Games National Finals event team and I am looking forward to leading the development of the protocols in place to ensure that all the young athletes who will compete in just a few weeks’ time have the best and safest experience possible.


“Having worked as a Covid medical officer at events like The Hundred, Vitality Netball Super League and Wimbledon Junior Qualifying, it is great to see the innovation from the world of sport that is taking place as we come out of the pandemic and get back to competition.”


By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 04:49PM


Openers Alice Capsey and Mary Taylor provided a batting masterclass to see Bede’s School home in style in the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.


The dynamic duo threw caution to the wind as they set about chasing down Shrewsbury School’s total of 91 all out in damp and windy conditions at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire.


And despite a finals day previously dominated by the bowlers, Alice (45no) and Mary (36no) smashed the ball to all parts of the picturesque setting to win by ten wickets in fewer than ten overs.


Bede’s Indigo Gentry took three wickets while four run outs also helped Bede’s cause as Shrewsbury failed to convert a decent start to be bowled out for just 91.


(For full cricket reports and round-up, check out the next edition of School Sport Magazine)



By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 03:32PM


A great finish is in prospect in the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today at Abingdon School.


Bowlers continued to enjoy the upperhand as Shrewsbury School were bowled out for 91 runs against Sussex’ Bede’s School.


Indigo Gentry took three wickets while four run outs also helped Bede’s cause as Shrewsbury failed to convert a decent start that saw them reach 62-4 off eleven overs.


By schoolsportmag2, Jul 6 2021 01:00PM

Shrewsbury School batted sensibly to reach the final of the School Sport Magazine National U18 Girls T20 Cricket Cup today.


In wet and windy conditions at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, Shrewsbury’s bowlers took the upper hand early on against the Leys School after the Cambridgeshire’s captain and leading runscorer Issy Routledge was unluckily run out backing up early on.


Leys battled back to reach 88-7 in their 20 overs but Shrewsbury recovered well from losing two early wickets to win by eight wickets in 15.2 overs.


Their opponents in the final will be Bede’s School who won another low-scoring second semi-final against Millfield.


Bede’s bowlers proved extremely effective on a damp pitch, restricting their Somerset opponents to 66-9 in their 20 overs.


And, despite losing three early wickets themselves and seemingly struggling at 17-3, the Sussex side (68-4) bounced back to win by six wickets.