Rowing: Kings with the bat and oars

IT HAS been a week of sporting glory for The King s School, Ely, with rowing successes and an England call-up to celebrate. King s student Becky East, 17, has been selected for the England rounders team for the fourth successive year. Becky, who plays at

IT HAS been a week of sporting glory for The King's School, Ely, with rowing successes and an England call-up to celebrate.

King's student Becky East, 17, has been selected for the England rounders team for the fourth successive year.

Becky, who plays at first post, beat competition from across the country to win her place in the squad, which will compete in several games during the summer.

Becky said: "Rounders is very strong in other parts of the country, especially in the north of England, where there are many inter-school and inter-county matches."


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And the sporting success continued on Sunday, when King's oarsmen won several events at the Ball Cup Regatta, at Dorney Lake.

Undeterred by the downpours that were a constant irritant throughout the day, James Scott dominated the J16 singles, winning by ten lengths against opponents a year older than him.

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Laurence Dugdale collected the first of his three golds in the J15 event, and Tim Mitchell, in his first regatta, finished fourth in the J14 sculls.

In the doubles, Laurence teamed-up with Max Hutchins to win the J15 event with a very slick performance.

The J16 double of James Scott and Robert Deamer were slightly disappointed with their bronze medal, having taken things a little easy in the first half of the race and the J14 crew of Michael Hawes and Tim Mitchell finished a creditable sixth.

The final races of the day were the quads events. The J15 crew of Robert Deamer, Laurence Dugdale, Max Hutchins, James Scott and Edward Cumberland maintained their impressive record for the year by winning their event comfortably. The J14 crew of Tom Oliver, Alex Brear, Lars Thornhill, Richard Glasspool and Tom Spencer reached their final, ending in sixth place.

The crews are now in the middle of two weeks' intensive training on the Ouse in preparation for the National Schools' Regatta at Nottingham, which begins next Friday, May 25.

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