King James' School

Summer Term Sport

Cricket

The Year 7 boys have had a mixed start to cricketing life at KJS. They have performed well in the field but have struggled to score big with the bat. They started the year with a convincing win over Thirsk School, but unfortunately were knocked out of the Yorkshire cup by St John Fishers. The boys know they need to develop their batting in order to progress further in next year’s cup competitions. All boys have shown great commitment to training and games throughout the year.            

The Year 8 team had a good season that could have gone better. They only had one cup to challenge in and progressed through the 1st round comfortably with a great all round performance. With great batting from Chester Ribbons and Liam Blacker-Meek and then tidy bowling from Ethan Westerman, Jack Degruchy and Liam again. In the next round however, they were up against a strong Ripon Grammar School who play cricket throughout the year. In a very close and competitive match they were unfortunately on the losing end of the result. Many of the lads played for older year groups due to their cricket skills and if we continue to have the same numbers at training next year they will be competitive in both cups. Well done to Chester and Liam who have both represented the county this year.

The Year 9 cricket team have had a mixed season, with good performances against Lady Lumley´s and a great win and team performance against last year’s county cup winners Ripon Grammar. They were unfortunately beaten in the quarter-final by a very strong Driffield team. A great season for the boys who were well led by Dan Weatherill. Well done boys.

The Year 10 boys have had a very successful summer term reaching the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup. They have showed outstanding commitment and enthusiasm in the qualifying rounds beating St John Fishers, Thirsk School and Ampleforth College. They boys unfortunately fell short, losing in the semi-finals to a very strong St Peter’s team from York. Mr Atkinson has been so impressed with the cohesion between the boys and how they have performed both in batting and fielding.

Tennis

Another season of tennis in which the weather played a significant part, resulting in a fixture congestion which meant we played 4 fixtures in 8 days!

The Year 8 boys found it hard going in their division 1 matches, but the Year 10 boys fared better beating Harrogate Grammar School and losing only narrowly to St John Fisher and St Aidan’s.

The girls teams and the boys B teams took part in Division 2 which had a new format; a festival at Ashville and played as doubles. The Wilson sisters (Ellie and Izzy) performed admirably as a partnership in their games with some of the Year 7 girls getting a chance to play competitively for the first time.

The boys also enjoyed their matches with the Year 9’s playing as Year 10’s and the Year 8 B team enjoying competitive matches

Many thanks to John Forster and Phil Attwell for their unstintingly enthusiastic coaching each week.

Girl’s Cricket

Girl’s cricket this year encouraged Year 7 and 8 girls to learn the skills and challenges that cricket brings. The girls were committed to practices on a weekly basis allowing them to improve on their cricket skills. The girls were able to test their skills against the boys and had the opportunity to play against other schools in a couple of indoor games. The girl’s enthusiasm all year made the practices even more enjoyable.

Rounders 

Rounders in the lower year groups has always shown significant amounts of interest, and this year was no different with both Year 7 and 8 having 30+ girls attending practices on a weekly basis. The girls had many games throughout the season against a variety of schools and also took part in Rounders tournaments. Rounders was always enjoyable especially when the girls showed so much enthusiasm in both practices and games and had a determination to learn new skills.

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