Saturday, 6th May
Cricket v Brambletye
1st XI Won by 9 wickets
What an extraordinary afternoon that was. I can scarcely think of a more incident packed, dramatic prep school sports fixture. There was chaos even before we started. No sooner had we lost the toss than we were already a man down, Andrew Innes being taken unwell. Thankfully the 1st rounders were not in action and Sonia PP was plucked from her cosy practice and thrust into the heat of battle. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Unsurprisingly, she fielded superbly and deserves enormous credit for her efforts. As far as I know, Sonia became the first girl to represent the Ashdown House 1st XI, a terrific feat.
We made the perfect start with ball in hand. Barker, roaring in from the Hartfield Road end, took a wicket with the opening delivery and then clean bowled the incoming batsman to leave our guests 0-2 after the first over. They lost a third wicket a few overs later, Mazario taking the first of his three catches at point, and we looked to be sitting pretty, having reduced Brambletye to 20-3.
Then the wheels came off. A combination of mature batting and, frankly, pretty dreadful bowling and fielding allowed them to resurrect their innings. The runs flowed freely and, from a position of dominance, we were suddenly staring down the barrel of a big run chase. 20-3 after 6 overs became 120-3 after 14 overs. With plenty of time left to bat and wickets in hand, 170/190 looked the likely outcome. Thankfully, we dragged it back. Barker returned to the attack and offered more control. de Havas bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket. Duarte and Gibbs then ran through the remainder of their line up, Gibbs finishing with four wickets and Duarte three. They were all out for 139. Perhaps not as many as they looked like getting at one stage, but still a formidable total in prep school cricket.
Our chase got off to the worst possible start, losing Fournon with the opening ball. Duarte joined de Havas at the crease and the pair began to construct a partnership that will live long in the memory. After withstanding the opening barrage, the two played majestically, waiting for bad balls and dispatching them when they arrived. de Havas played with stunning calm and assurance. He caressed the ball through the covers and was strong off his pads. Duarte played incredibly maturely, understanding the need for a partnership, he quelled his natural aggression and was the perfect foil for his captain. All of a sudden, a total that looked out of sight, seemed reachable. Pressure is an amazing thing. The partnership began to grow and grow. As the overs ticked by, the runs required began to shrink. With five overs to go, de Havas put his foot down and sent a couple of booming sixes onto the bank. A swipe to the leg-side completed the job. The partnership of 140 was the largest by an Ashdown pair since 2005. Duarte showed fantastic discipline, finishing 30 not out. The end of the chase denied de Havas a chance at three figures. His 87 not out was a thing of beauty.
The elation of this victory over our neighbours must not mask our deficiencies. For two straight matches we have been poor in the field. 38 extras is ridiculous. We still have a lot of work to do. However, this was a wonderful afternoon to be the 1st XI coach. Those boys should be extremely proud. GdeM
2nd XI Lost by 69 runs
The 2nd XI arrived at Brambletye in high spirits. We lost the toss and were put into the field to bowl. Our bowling performance was very respectable although we bowled far too many wides which gifted our opponents ample free runs. Roland, Myles and George took the only three wickets during Brambletye's innings. A formidable partnership prevented us from getting into the tail of the opposition's batting line up, with one Brambletye player scoring 62 runs. This partnership meant that, despite some very good bowling on our part, Brambletye managed to make 144 runs in their innings.
It was up to George and Will to begin the run chase and for a while, albeit a very short one, things weren't looking too bad. A fantastic middle order collapse meant that Harry was left to try and get all of the runs by himself (a task which he attacked quite beautifully for some time). Harry's wicket later fell via a cruel run out, meaning Alexander H was our last recognised batsman at the crease. Alex managed to top score with 23 before finally giving his wicket up as well.
We were bowled out for 75 runs meaning that Brambletye had won by 69 runs. A good effort by everyone, but if we want to be victorious more frequently in future, then we must improve in all departments of the game. WT
3rd XI Lost by 47 runs
We had our first match of the season against Brambletye and it gave us the opportunity to test ourselves against a good opposition.
We were unfortunate that only eight players were available today, Brambletye kindly transferred one boy over for the afternoon Louis captained the team and Ocean was our wicket keeper. He did very well and will I am sure be useful in the future. We fielded first and everyone had a go at bowling. Special mentions are to be made to Eben, our only wicket taker today, Alex for two good overs bowled, Tomo for his legendary consistency and Louis for a maiden over. Their batsmen were strong and reached 138 runs after 20 overs. Not that many of those 138 were wide balls which must be mentioned.
Hari and Sacha opened the batting for Ashdown, Sacha being run out having scored one run. Louis had a go and Ter scored 8 runs. Hari finished with 7. Ocean was our outstanding batsman of the day with 11 including two fours. We reached 91, a very good score.
We now have a couple of weeks before our next match against Holmewood on 17th of May (2pm start) SR
Colts A Won by 48 runs
The Colts A cricketers played their third game of the season today at home to local rivals, Brambletye. We played 20 overs each and batted first. We lost Ed early, but Kieran and Tom got the innings back on firm footing with an excellent partnership of 58 for the second wicket in only six overs. Kieran was out for a well-compiled 17. Tom batted superbly, scoring a fine 72, including 12 fours. He put away the loose ball ruthlessly and eventually retired with one over to go. We finished our 20 overs on 138-4, with Igui hitting a very good 16 not out. After tea we produced a most impressive bowling and fielding performance, restricting Brambletye to 90-7 off their 20 overs. Kieran was the pick of the bowlers with 4-15, while Harvey and Freddie both took a wicket. Tom took two catches and Ed completed a fine run out, actually taking a catch off a no-ball and then running in to tag the wickets with the batsman in mid-pitch. Will and Igui bowled nicely and George showed improvement as wicket-keeper. Well played, everyone! A deserved victory! MH
Colts B Lost by 7 wickets
The Colts B have certainly improved over the last ten days and everyone played very well against a strong and well drilled Brambletye side. We were put in to bat first and, after a slow start, we managed to get a respectable 69 runs. Rocco was very useful and showed real promise as a batsman playing some lovely shots. Unfortunately we got some silly run outs, but overall it was a good innings.
Our fielding and bowling had certainly moved on too. Kent and Toby both got wickets and proved that they could be very successful this season. There was also some brilliant fielding from Johnny who kept everybody on their toes throughout the game.
Well done boys and keep going - we will get a win I'm sure of it! WK
Under 9 A Lost by 127 runs
Today we made the short journey to Brambletye and what an effort from all of the boys! Ashdown batted first and, I must say, overall we were very good. We got many singles & seven 4s in the game which is a massive improvement. A development point would be to bat into the space not the fielders! We scored a respectable 156 Runs.
Now it was our turn to bowl/field. On the second ball the Brambletye batsman hit a massive 6, so I knew we had to bowl well in order to prevent this. Our bowling was good in areas. I still think we need to learn where the first bounce should hit but we will work on that. Our fielding is excellent and was faultless for most of the match. The batters were really strong and, to be honest, there was no stopping them. They scored 283 runs.
This was the boys first 'full' game of the term, so each and every one should be proud of himself. Well done gents! JS
4th July – x1 full size coach
Ashdown House to Fortune Theatre (Woman in Black) – arriving in London for 6 / 6.30 pm
Fortune Theatre to Ashdown House – pick up at 10.30 pm
4th July – x1 full size coach
Ashdown House to The Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street (The Play That Goes Wrong) – arriving in London for 6 pm
The Duchess Theatre to Ashdown House – pick up at 10 pm