Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Boys Cricket V Worth

1st - Tied match (GdM)


2nd - Tied match

The 2nd XI arrived at Worth on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon to play a match of ‘pairs’ cricket, limited to 18 overs per side.

Rocco won the toss and we chose to bat first, with Rocco and Johnny getting us off to a superb start. Kent and Aanu were Ashdown’s second pair to bat, and they set exemplary standards, running singles well and punishing the bad deliveries. Sadly, as soon as we worked our way into a dominant position, we lost wickets in clusters, which drastically reduced our total. Jean, Diego and Hamish all batted superbly to try and rescue the situation, but it proved very difficult to prevent wickets from falling at the other end. Having started with 50 runs, we managed to crawl to a total of 113, having deducted 35 runs for the seven wickets we lost.

We had a quick tea and chat, and then headed to the field to try and defend our tiny total. Alex and Miro opened the bowling for us, and a tidy start put the Worth batsmen under some pressure. Hamish, Kent, Diego and Jean all bowled superbly, with full and straight being the order of the day. We managed to take seven wickets during the innings, which meant worth needed 12 runs from the final over to win the match. Hamish began the over brilliantly, only allowing Worth to score five runs off the first four deliveries. A fielding error meant that Worth would need 3 runs off he final delivery to win the match. An anti-climatic final delivery gave Worth two runs for the wide, and this meant the scores were tied. As both teams lost 7 wickets each, the game was decided as a tie.

Unlucky boys. Keep on playing good cricket and the rewards will flood in soon.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Girls Cricket V Copthorne

1st Won by 9 Runs

The girls started their season with a good win against a competitive Copthorne team. Ines captained the team and having won the toss, opted to field.

Our bowlers produced a fantastic display with only 1 no ball and 6 wides in total. There were wickets for Michelle, Tara, Ines, Issy and Eva while Zadie two took two fantastic catches. We managed to restrict Copthorne to 209.

In reply, we found it hard to come by runs but with the match in the balance, Ariel and Daisy came out as the last pair and hit 12 off 2 to secure the win by 9 runs. A very pleasing first match.  (CS)

U11 Lost by 4 runs (HdM)

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Cricket v Sunningdale

1st XI - Lost by 3 wickets

This was a fabulous exhibition of school boy cricket and a great advertisment for the time and declaration format. After 4 hours of action, all thee results were still possible.

We lost the toss and were put in to bat. Edward Nolan and Chavasse batted supurbly and runs began to flow almost immediately. Nolan was particularly fluent and played some stunning strokes. Chavasse was technically excellent and rotated the strike skillfully. They brought up their century partneship in the 16th over, with Nolan completing a well deserved 50 moments later. He was eventually dismissed for a beautifuly constructed 79. Chavasse batted on for a few more overs and eventually we declared on his dismissal, setting our visitors 133 for victory.

We left ourselves plenty of time to take the 10 wickets reqired for victory, however our fielding was simply not good enough. We dropped three catches and let countless runs thorugh that should have been stopped. Fleming, Harvey Nolan, Chavasse and Daley all bowled well but were not given the back up they deserved in the field. Edward Nolan was the exception, running out two of their players and taking a terrific high catch.

The ending was close and we could have won. However, Sunningdale batted low down their order and they were able to squeak home with 2 overs to spare. Though losing is never fun, it was great to take part in such an enhralling fixture. It was a great advert for the format and the prep school game as a whole.

2nd XI - Lost by 4 wickets

Opting to bat, Nikko and Rocco made a very promising start. After 6 overs we were 31 for 0 and looking confident. Unfortunately, shortly after, Rocco was caught whilst trying to pick up the run rate. At this point, the runs dried up and we lost a flurry of wickets. Our positive start had come to a grinding halt. We finished our 20 overs on 51 for 9!

With very few runs in the bank, we knew we would be up against it after tea. Alex opened the bowling and returned figures of 3 overs 3-14. Kent, from the other end, struggled to find his range but also chipped in with 2 wickets. The last wicket came courtesy of a fantastic catch by Diego off the bowling of Elias, who also struggled to find his range.

Whilst we were never really in the hunt, we could have come close had we not gifted so many extras. We must try to be more economical. With the bat, we wasted a huge number of runs. At one point, the Sunningdale bowlers bowled 12 consecutive deliveries down the leg side and we didn’t hit a single run!

3rd - Lost

The 3rd XI travelled to Sunningdale on Saturday. We won the toss and elected to field, quickly discovering that we were facing some strong batting. Despite some good wickets from Sasha and Jean they managed to score 82 off their innings. After tea there was some impressive batting from Jean who was finding the boundary, and Remy who was lightning fast between the wickets. Despite this we were not quite able to chase the opposition's total down.

U9 - Lost by 20 runs

The sun had disappeared as Sunningdale arrived and we actually started in the rain! The only place in the south east! The boys won the toss and chose to bat bowl first. We bowled with some accuracy but there was great hitting from the Sunningdale boys. At the end of the innings we had restricted them to 275 off their 16 overs. We thought we could get their score if we batted sensibly and tried not to lose too many wickets. Unfortunately, the Sunningdale bowlers bowled with great accuracy, giving away very few extras and so put pressure on our boys. Despite one big over of hitting from Felix we were never close to the Sunningdale score. It was great to coach the boys again and it is lovely to see the progress they have made over the past few weeks.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Girls' Cricket v Skipper's Hill

Girls 2nd XI - Lost by 16 runs

Captain Ines won the toss and opted to have a bowl on an AstroTurf pitch which was half the length we have been training on. Despite this, I was delighted by the way we bowled. All bar maybe two deliveries were legitimate. The team should be very proud of this.

In terms of accuracy, we have work to do but special mention must go to Nao and Ines for taking our first wickets of the season. Also, we bowled very wides. We restricted Skippers to 64 on a very small pitch.

With the bat, we were aggressive but lost 6 wickets which cost us the game in terms of runs deducted. In fairness, it ought to be noted that our opposition fielded with four extra players and a fair bit of the bowling was a little questionable. I don’t mean this to sound like sour grapes as the afternoon was very much a learning experience for both teams and was played in great spirits. More to make the point that the girls actually played very well and should be proud of the progress they have made.

Many thanks for a fun afternoon one and all.  (CS)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Cricket v Holmewood House


1st XI - Lost by 66 runs


2nd XI - Lost by 39 runs

The 2nd XI arrived at Holmewood House and fielded first on a gently sloping pitch, with the brilliant sunshine beaming down on us.

Alex Ralli and Kent opened the bowing for Ashdown, and both boys were mightily unlucky not to pick up any wickets during their four over spells. Both boys bowled an impeccably straight line but the Holmewood opening batsmen were good enough to keep even our best deliveries out. Federico came onto bowl next and managed to pick up Ashdown’s first wicket via a neat stumping by Rocco. Sami and Aanu bowed tidily without picking up any wickets, leaving Elias and Johnny to bowl the remaining overs of the innings. Elias bowled superbly; with his slow and straight deliveries picking up two wickets. Elias does owe Aanu a huge ‘thanks’, as Aanu took two superb catches to earn Elias his wickets. Johnny had a very tough gig with bowling the final over of the innings, but he remained calm and finished the innings well. Despite our genuinely excellent bowling, the superiority of Holmewood’s batsmen meant that they scored 132 runs from their 20 overs.

After a quick tea it was time to try and chase down this mammoth total; and we weren’t going to die wondering. Nikita and Rocco our on an impressive opening partnership before both being bowed by very good deliveries. Kent, Sami, Johnny and Dahiru all found a circle next to their names on the scoresheet, which is a common price to pay when trying to score runs quickly. Federico scores a few quick runs before being bowled, once again, by an excellent delivery. Now it was time for Aanu to walk to the crease, and it was definitely worth waiting for. Aanu and Alex put on a masterful partnership. They ran well between the wickets, putting the fielders under constant pressure, and they also punished the bad balls by hitting them with conviction. Alex was able to second top score with 6 runs, but this scored was dwarfed by Aanu’s incredible 23*. Aanu played an intelligent innings full of craft and tenacity. Elias and Diego batted well for the team towards the end, with our running between the wickets being a constant positive throughout the game. Aanu and the tail managed to drag our score to a very respectable 93/9 off our 20 overs, meaning Ashdown lost the game by 39 runs.

We are playing excellent cricket at the moment boys, but things just aren’t going our way. Keep improving as quickly as we are and the results will certainly start favouring is more often.  (WT)


3rd XI - Lost by 8 Wickets

The 3rd XI had a close match against Holmewood House. We batted first and managed to score 78 runs off our 20 overs. There was some good batting from Yasser and Sasha who were running quickly between the wickets, putting the opposition fielders under pressure. After tea we bowled well, with wickets from Sasha and Mise, however the opposition managed to chase down our total in the 18th over.   (RC)


Colts XI - Lost by 6 wickets

The boys took on Holmewood, the sun was shining and we were looking forward to a close game. Ashdown batted first, Holmewood picked up an early wicket and put us under pressure. However, Inigo and Daniel held firm and dug in to help lead us to a total of 65 off our 16 overs. Inigo managing to bat for the majority of the innings which was a great effort. When it came to bowling, we knew if we were sharp in the field and bowled as accurately as possible we could get the win. The boys worked hard in the field and we managed to restrict them for 12 overs of the game, Holmewood only scoring 45 runs in that time, due to some tidy bowling by Nemo, Daniel and Juan. Each picking up a wicket or two. However, the Holmewood boys managed to keep some wickets in the hutch and attacked the bowlers hard in the last few overs, managing to get the runs with one over to go. It was a great over from the boys and onto Sunningdale on Saturday.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Girls' Cricket v Brambletye

U11 - Lost by 32 runs

For most of the girls this was their first cricket match. It wasn't a very pleasant day and due to the earlier rain, it took place on an astro turf. We batted first and made a decent start as Elizabeth exhibited a fine on drive for four off the opening delivery. Mimosa provided some power in her innings and Bea played a nice cameo towards the end.

When our turn to field came, we largely bowl accurately. Mimosa again shone with a fine over. Florence and Beatrice were excellent in the field. Though we tried, we were unable to take as many wickets as the opposition and fell to a fair defeat. Lots to work on but a pleasing start nonetheless.


U10/9/8 - Match was tied

The girls were not expecting to play when they woke up this morning to the rain outside. However, Brambletye managed to move us onto thier astroturf which meant the game could go ahead. The girls were excited to get thier first game of cricket underway. We bowled first and everyone gave of thier best and produced some very encouraging cricket, Isabella and Stephanie D bowling with great accuracy. We managed to get a few wickets and kept Brambletye to 223 off thier overs (we start on 200.). We went out to bat with the plan to whack the ball, the girls did just that and they hit a number of boundaries, Indya smashing a few herself. However, due to our gun-ho plans we lost a couple of wickets thanks to some great catching by the Brambletye girls. It came down to the last ball with us needing 1 run to tie, Stephanie D kept her nerve and the game was tied. It was a pleasure to coach the girls today and I hope to coach them again soon. Well done to all!

Wednesday, 08 May 2019

Cricket v Cottesmore

U9 - Lost by 59 runs

The Ashdown Under 9 boys took on a very talented Cottesmore side today. A few of their boys play club level, but that’s still isn’t an excuse.

The game was very one sided with Ashdown not really an impact. But, I must say, even though they were strong, we were faultless at times. Are bowling from the Brambletye game had improved so much in a short period of time!

A small mention to Rafe, who batted outstandingly and to Felix who ended the game with a wicket! We go again, boys!!

Thursday, 09 May 2019

Cricket v Skipper's Hill

U9 Girls - Lost by 15 runs

On a perishingly cold afternoon, the girls played their opening home match of the season. We played well and made huge strides. Stephanie M showed some real flair with the bat, smashing a couple of terrific boundaries. Baily bowled like a hero, taking a couple of wickets from her two overs. Though we slipped to a narrow defeat, the girls would have learned a lot from the experience. We were all thrilled to warm up in match tea afterwards!


U9 - Lost by 18 runs

It was a very miserable day for a game of cricket. Will the match just going ahead, we excepted a challenge regarding the weather. With a few absences, a few players had to fill in who I must say, done a fantastic job!

Slippers Hill won the toss and decided to bowl first. Ashdown was up against it already with some fine bowling... again! All the pairs did exceptionally, and to this, gained a score of 150 runs.

Now to switch around and the rain started to pick up heavily. We were on the brink of going inside but fought our way through it. The bowling was on point with a few wides and no balls, but overall very pleased. We were just outdone by a better batting team on the day!

A special mention to Rufus who played a massive part in being our wicket keeper today. A great performance by him and all the others. Don’t give up boys!!


U8 - Lost 44-50

Another close game..

On an overcast and slippery day against a similar skilled Skipper's Hill team, we won the toss and elected to bat. The outstanding communication between wickets, meant we managed to not lose a wicket all afternoon. Despite great fielding, we are yet to improve on bowling, costing us some late runs, losing only by six runs. I am certain once we are consistently accurate in regards to bowling that we will be in winning form. However credit to Skipper's Hill showing good perseverance to score 21 runs in the last three overs to take the victory.

All in all, a good performance boys well done. We showed good promise for the games to come.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019

Cricket v St. Ronan's

1st XI - lost by 38 runs

On a pleasant, yet blustery, afternoon, we took on a traditionally strong St Ronan's side. We lost the toss and had to bowl first. In truth this was the best and Ashdown side had bowled and fielded for quite a few years. After getting off to a fast start, we took wickets consistently and held a very impressive opposition to 75 all out. Tom was the stand out with a sublime spell of off spin.

We knew that chasing it down would be tough. We had bargained on playing against one of the quicker and aggressive fast bowling attacks I have seen from a prep school side. We knew our fate early on but toughed it out and though we were never close to their total, we were at least not bowled out. We will play worse against other schools and win the game. This was just one of those occasions were we need to tip our cap to the opposition and move on.  (GdM)


2nd XI - lost by 53 runs

The 2nd XI arrived at St. Ronan's on a glorious Wednesday afternoon and, having won the toss, decided to bowl first. Federico took the new ball first and his tidy over put some pressure on St. Ronan's opening batsmen. This led to an erroneous run by St. Ronan's and a well executed throw by Dahiru, allowing Ashdown to produce a run out within the first over of the game. Federico and Kent bowled challenging spells for Ashdown, and with Federico picking up a wicket in his second over, the pressure was on St. Ronan's batsmen. Alex Ralli made sure that the pressure remained firmly on St. Ronan's, with a very accurate spell of bowling allowing him to pick up one wicket, although he definitely deserved a few more. Aanu and Dahiru came to the crease next and, although neither picked up a wicket, they didn't give many runs away. Elias and Nikita both bowled similar, and very useful spells. Bowling slowly and accurately, both boys were able to bowl out an opposition batsmen. Sami also hit the stumps during the penultimate over of the game, which took some of the pressure off Johnny, who was to bowl the final over. Johnny bowled the final over like a hero, only conceding two runs and almost picking up a wicket. Despite our bowlers' impressive accuracy, the strength of the St. Ronan's batsmen meant that they were able to climb to a total of 128/7 off their 20 overs. We went into tea knowing that we would have to bat extremely well to chase down this towering total.

Nikita and Rocco opened the batting for Ashdown, and each played a responsible innings, only trying to hit the bad balls for runs. The issue was, St. Ronan's weren't bowling many bad deliveries for us to try and hit. With Nikita falling early and Remi being run out without facing a delivery shortly afterwards, most of the pressure fell on the shoulders of our wicket keeper, Rocco. Rocco handled the pressure excellently, running between the wickets very well and playing each delivery on merit. Wickets kept on tumbling at the other end however, with Kent playing some lovely shots before being bowled out, and Sami faring the same fate. Dahiru applied himself very well at the crease, waiting for Rocco to complete each run before turning for the second at lightning speed. Despite our valiant efforts, the St. Ronan's total was just too good to chase down. Rocco was eventually caught behind having scored 14 runs, and Ashdown finished their 20 overs with a score of 75/9, meaning we lost by 53 runs.

St. Ronan's are a very strong side and although we were outplayed, I was extremely pleased with the way we conducted ourselves, especially in the field. We shall forget the result, remember the lessons learnt and move onto the next game. Tough luck boys. (WT)


3rd XI - lost by 4 wickets

The 3rd XI traveled to Saint Ronan's for their second match. We batted first and managed to score 85 off 20 overs. Sasha and Jean batted strongly, with Jean hitting some impressive boundaries. After tea we saw some impressive early bowling from Yasser  and Miles . Miles had been promoted from the 3s due to short numbers so this was particularly pleasing. Early wickets were taken by Yasser, however their middle order got on a roll, building a strong partnership, until Charlie came in and took them both in a single over. Unfortunately it was not enough to stop our opponents chasing us down in 16 overs with 4 wickets to spare.  (RC)


Colts - draw 109 - 109

We had a long, windy drive to St Ronan's but the sun was shining which was much improved compared to last Saturday's icy gales! We were playing on their AstroTurf and we ended up using a wind ball instead of a hard ball. The boys took this in the stride and bowled well. Jeffry getting his first ever wicket in cricket in his first ever over!! Edward and Daniel took a couple of excellent catches. St Ronan's finishing on 109 off their 15 overs. We knew it would be close but we were confident that we could do it. Inigo started very well and smashed a couple of boundaries when he departed we slowed and the St Ronan bowlers made it difficult for us to hit the boundaries that we needed. However, Daniel came in a hit 14 in 3 balls, bringing the game back to us. Then William managed to whack a couple of fours and with some over throws in the penultimate over, it meant we needed 6 off 6 balls. The pressure got to both teams with St Ronan's bowling a couple of wides but we couldn't hit the legal deliveries! It came down to the last ball, with us needing 1 run. Sadly, we were unable to get that elusive run. Overall, the boys did really well and we move positively onto our next fixture against Windlesham at home. (TG)

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Cricket v Brambletye

1st - Lost by 4 runs

It was a desperately cold afternoon for doing anything, let alone play cricket. As we play a much longer form game against Brambletye later in the season, we decided to play a 20 overs limited over game this time around. We bowled first and were generous early on. Brambletye raced to a first start before wickets from Nolan H and Daley pegged them back. Some miserly spin from Chavasse and fine seam bowling from Fleming held them back. However, they finished with a bit of a blitz and we missed our lengths too often. They posted 110 which looked over par.

Our reply got off to a sedate start. Batting in the cold wind wasn't easy but we struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking and lost two reasonably early wickets. Chavasse and Nolan E rebuilt steadily but surely. They gave us some stability and gradually we crept closer. Though the run rate was climbing, it was always manageable. We required 28 from the last 4 overs, 26 from 3, 19 from 2 and then finally, after a barrage of boundaries from the excellent Nolan, 7 from 1. Ultimately we fell short due to some fine death bowling from the opposition. It was a valiant chase and a fine game of cricket to begin the season. We have lots to look forward to in the months ahead. (GdM)


2nd XI - Lost by 33 runs

Obviously with only a couple of training sessions under the belt, there was bound to be some rust. At this point in the season, the side which bowls the fewest wides generally wins or at least puts itself in a very useful position. I was therefore delighted with the start we made in the field. Fede and Kent each bowled a fantastic opening over, taking 2 wickets and 1 wicket respectively for only 2.

At this point, a decision needed to be made. Either we could let our two openers carry on bowling, in which case the game could have been very short or we could use the game to give as many of the team as possible a bowl. With the benefit of hindsight, my choice of the second option cost us the game. However, I am supremely confident that for the development of the team, it will prove to be the right decision as the season develops. Certainly it highlighted the areas which require the most work.

Therefore, I decided to call upon the services of our less experienced bowlers. Diego, recently returned from Spain for his annual English summer sojourn, came on to bowl and promptly took 2 for 4 off 2 overs! At the other end, Johnny was marginally more costly, taking 1 for 6 off 2 overs! Brambletye were 6 for 12 off 6 overs. From here we somehow contrived to lose the game!!

Apart from Dahiru, who bowled a relatively inexpensive 2 overs but never consistently threatened the stumps, the rest of the bowlers had a severe radar malfunction. We went from 6 wides from the first 6 overs to somewhere in the region of 30 from the following 12. Brambletye were bowled out for 83, only scoring 42 off the bat.

As we were soon to find out, after tea and 14.1 overs, we had successfully managed to pluck defeat from the jaws of victory.

The batting instructions were very simple: at this point in the season, you will get plenty of loose deliveries to attack so if the ball is remotely straight get forward and block it, otherwise feel free to go after it. The boys were told to express themselves but also to be under no illusions that anyone getting bowled by trying to slog a straight one would incur my severe disapprobation. Clearly my words hit home in a big way as 7 wickets fell to straight deliveries the various batsmen had attempted to hit into Surrey!

In terms of being the architects of our own downfall, Richard Rogers couldn’t have designed it any more perfectly. Brambletye had no bowlers with express pace but as a bowling unit they were tidy and that proved way more of a match than was needed to rattle through our batsmen. At one point we were 20 for 9! Oh dear...

Aanu and Johnny mounted a valiant rear guard action, saving some blushes but it was nonetheless deeply disappointing to be skittled for 50 just after the 14th over. We play Brambletye again this season and it should be a fascinating game.  (CS)


3rd Lost by 5 wickets

The 3rd XI had their first match of the season against Brambletye. We batted first and managed a total of 78 off our 20 overs, with some solid batting from Remy and Martin . After tea there was some strong bowling, especially from Yasser with two wickets. The opposition, however, were quick between the wickets and managed to chase our total off 14 overs with 5 wickets to spare. We look forward to our next match against Saint Ronan's.  (RC)


Colts Lost 30-40

'The boys started thier season well, despite the loss. There were positives across the board. when we were bowling we managed to pick up a few wickets, Juan getting 2. We also fielded with great commitment, despite the blustery conditions, collecting 2 direct hits that resulted in run outs! When it came to batting we knew we would be up against it, chasing 101 off 16 overs. The Brambletye bowlers were accurate and hard to get away. As a result of thier pressure they picked up regular wickets until Juan (again!) and Kit started to put some runs on the board. Juan managed to launch one of the deliveries for 6 (to the longest part of the boundary!). Unfortunately, though we were bowled out for 65 which was a respectable effort considering we have had very little training. So the boys are now excited about the upcoming games! Well done and on to the next one! (TG)


U9A Lost 184 - 286

The under 9s boys had their first competitive match of the season against a strong Brambletye squad. For our first game we did t do too bad. Our batting was excellent with a few of the boys hitting fours and sixes. What let us down was our bowling. We gave too many sides which resulted in Brambletye gaining a lot of runs.

We have a lot of hard work to do but I’m confident that we’re have a successful season. Well done boys, keep working hard!


U9B Lost 70 – 72 (SH)

A very close game. We lost the toss but were determined to win the match. We batted extremely well and ended with a score of 70. A few early wickets from the likes of William and Spencer meant we were in for a good shot at victory. However one too many wide balls got the best of us, and in the last over we unfortunately conceded two too many runs. Despite this, it was a great afternoon and some great cricket was played, I’m sure once we conquer bowling there will be no stopping this team.



Saturday, 30 June 2018

Saturday, 30th June
Cricket v Bramletye

1st X1  Won by 29 runs

2nd X1 Lost by 8 Wickets
Having played well against Brambletye earlier in the season, the boys weren’t really at the races today. We lost the toss and were asked to bat. Wickets fell at regular intervals, mostly due to poor shot selection. Diego top scored with 11 and we were bowled out for 67.

In the field, we managed two early wickets and for a brief moment there was hope. However, Brambletye then got their heads down and reached the required total with plenty of overs to spare.

A slightly sad way to finish an otherwise pleasing season. CS

3rd X1 Won by 3 wickets
The 3rd XI began this match with no wins under their belt. Not that this dampened their spirits. The boys took to the field with mixed results. As is the way with this team, everyone plays their part by bowling two overs each. A special mention must go to Oliver who bowled two maiden overs on the bounce, a fantastic display of disciplined bowling. Sadly this did not seem to slow Brambletye down, they reached a total of 126 from their twenty overs. This left the boys with a seemingly impossible task. Some brilliant running between the wickets from Louis and Rocco meant we were ahead of the run rate after 8 overs. The game was starting to get interesting with the Ashdown boys believing they could do it. Some strong batting followed and with six overs left Ashdown needed 28 runs to win. Some quick singles and exciting cricket followed. Four was needed from the final over. A wide; two needed from five balls; a quck single by Oliver meant Kent had four balls to get the winning runs. After two dot balls Kent held his nerve and hit the winning run with one ball to spare. Every player played his part and the boys should be very proud of their performances.  WB

Colts A   Lost by 4 wickets 
The boys went into this game hoping for a victory to finish the season. Having lost to Brambletye earlier in the season we hoped to show some progress and give them a good run for their money. We started solidly as we got our eye. Unfortunately we lost a couple of quick wickets but that brought Ed N to the crease. It looked like it was going to be a good day for Ed when he dispatched his first ball for nearly a six over mid wicket. He continued to take apart the bowlers, ably assisted by Freddie RT. Sadly Freddie perished and Brambletye took advantage taking three wickets in one over! However, Ed  carried on smashing the bowlers to all parts, reaching his fifty off just 23 balls! He continued to bat but was excellently caught and bowled when he got to 61. Sadly, the rest of the team were bowled out once Ed departed and we finished on 96. A competitive score that the boys thought they could defend! 

We started well with Harvey and Khalel bowling a couple of tight overs. We picked up a few wickets and the pressure started to build. Brambletye put on a very good partnership in the middle of the innings and it looked like it was drifting away from us. However, with a couple of wickets from Harvey and tight bowling from Ed, the boys pulled it back. Despite these wickets Brambletye kept on playing their shots and gave us some opportunities for catches, sadly we couldn't hold on to them and they got to our total in the 18th over. A really good game to finish the year and the progress of all the players was very clear. Mr Hogue would have been proud of them all.  TG

Colts B Lost by 34 runs

U9A Lost by 20 runs

U9B Won by 27 runs

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Saturday, 23rd June

Cricket v WIndlesham House

1st X1   Won by 6 runs
Apologies for the delay of one of the more eagerly anticipated match reports of the. season.

Saturday saw prep school cricket at its finest. Two teams trying to win a match, yet remaining respectful of each other throughout. There are a lot of critics of the time and declaration format; however when both sides are positive, there is no finer spectacle.

Batting first on a sunny day and dry pitch, we got off to a rotten start; stop me if you’ve heard this before! At 12/4 we looked cooked. Some teams at this stage would have given up and whistled down the wind; not this group.

Daley joined Chavasse and put together a stonking partnership of 80 runs. Daley batted with discipline and showed tremendous grit. Chavasse, fresh from being awarded his colours, played imperiously, making a fine 45. We declared, setting a competitive 110 for victory.

Their innings got off to a solid start, though we chipped away with a couple of early wickets. Then their opener started to tee off and all of a sudden we were under big pressure as they reached 60/2 in no time at all.

We reacted well and Chavasse clean bowled their danger man. We then really tightened the screw and took a flurry of wickets, including a phenomenal catch from Hannay. Fleming, Daley and Amangaleyev all bowled effectively. Windlesham slumped to 85/9 and we were ready to celebrate. They think it’s all over... not quite.

What we didn’t bank on was their numbers 10 and 11 hitting us all round the ground, including taking 14 off of Chavasse’s final over. You couldn’t make this up. Laugh? We nearly cried!

Thankfully Hannay, steaming in with all the fire and aggression of Dante’s Inferno, managed to sneak a yorker under their last man's defence. They think it’s all over, it is now. This led to a huge roar of celebration and a big sigh of relief.

What made this such a great game was that both sides were prepared to risk losing in order to try and win. We set attacking fields to take wickets, even though some on the boundary's edge speculated that a coach setting these fields might just be two sandwiches short of a picnic!

This was a good day for Prep School cricket, regardless of the result. GdeM

2nd X1  Lost by 6 wickets

3rd X1   Lost by 3 wickets

Colts A  Lost by 41 runs
We made the long journey to Windlesham House for a sunny game of cricket. We were put in to bowl first and for the first 10 overs I think we were still half asleep on the bus! Our bowling was as good as it could of been but our fielding was very lazy. Saying this, we did pick up as we went along but we were outshone by a superb batting team, who scored 175 runs off 25 overs.

After tea, it was our turn to attempt to perform as best we could. If we stood any chance we needed a average of 8 an over. Sadly, I think that knowing this affected us and we only managed to score 10 off first 3 overs. We knew our work was cut out, but we weren’t going to give up without a fight. After a hard hitting 25 overs in the blazing sun, we managed to reach 134 runs off 25. What let us down today was our team spirt. We need to encourage and motivate others instead of taking on a negative approach. However well done to all the boys for their effort today in tricky conditions but we move on and improve! Lastly, a special well done to Harvey for his half cetury. JS

Colts B X    Won by 17 runs

U9A            Lost by 65 Runs

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday, 20th June

Cricket v Skippers Hill

2nd XI   Won by 8 wickets
We opted to have a bowl and our usual lack of consistency was very much in evidence. We still cannot build pressure through accurate bowling. However, Carlos got the ball rolling behind the stumps with two sharp pieces of glove work, one a stumping and t’other a catch. There were also wickets for Ethan, Gus, Tolly, Juan and Javier. However, the real damage was done by Zhangir who took his first hat trick and produced a fine display of swing bowling.

After tea we were chasing a total of 100. Apart from the loss of one early wicket, we had the measure of their bowlers and hit them to all areas. The boys chased down the total with ten overs to spare. A powerful display but our bowling still needs work.  CS

Colts A    Won by 18 runs
Having won the toss, and with the sun gently baking the wicket, Ashdown elected to bat first. Our two openers got out cheaply, leaving the middle order to get us out of a tricky situation. George C managed to stick around with Harvey for a while, rotating the strike well to prevent the bowlers from settling. Once George’s resistance ran out, Igui stepped to the crease and played an invaluable innings. The boys built up a wonderful partnership and there was a steady flow of runs throughout the innings. Igui rotated the strike well, getting Harvey back on strike whenever possible. This allowed Harvey to retire having scored an exceptional 50 runs to get his team out of trouble. Thanks to this mammoth partnership, and excellent running throughout our innings, we were able to score 122 runs from our 20 overs.

After tea, it was down to the boys to finish the job. We rotated our bowlers regularly, using all ten fielders to bowl. Wickets were tough to come by early on, but with the required run rate growing every over, we knew it was only a matter of time before something had to give. Then, Ed came to the bowling crease and took five wickets in three overs (including a hat-trick). Thanks to Ed’s mesmerising spin, an incredible catch by George behind the stumps and some exceptional run outs, we were able to get 9 of the opposition’s 10 wickets. The final wicket was tough going and we allowed the tempo of the game to slow down, which gave the opposition an opportunity to work their way back into the game. At last, Igui came to the crease and got the final wicket that was needed.

Ashdown won by 18 runs. A very strong performance boys; well done.   WT

Cricket v Great Walstead 

U9A    Lost by 50 runs
Today wasn’t our best day. We were put in to bat first and had high expectations, but were very sluggish at stepping towards the ball and attacking it. A lot of improvement is needed in order to end the season on a high.

Our fielding, however, was a lot better than in previous weeks. Not many wides and no balls but we were simply outshone by a great team. We were lightning sharp at fielding the ball but found containing the sixes was very difficult.

A great effort chaps -  well done.  JS

U9B   Lost by 27 runs
The U9Bs faced a tough challenge posted by a good Great Walstead B team. Our captain, Kit, won the toss and selected to bowl first. Some top bowling from William D restricted the Walstead opening pair making it difficult to score. However the Walstead batsman soon got into their stride and finished on a total of 77 after some large sixes. Ashdown batted well in reply. However the Great Walstead bowling was very impressive meaning Ashdown fell short on 50. Well done boys!  WB

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Wednesday, 6th June

Cricket v St Christopher's

Colts A XI  Lost by 10 wickets
The Colts A arrived at Preston Nomads’ cricket ground on this glorious Wednesday afternoon. After a quick warm up, we won the toss and elected to bat first. As per usual, Ed got us off to a good start, but some superbly straight bowling from the opposition prevented us from maintaining our rapid run rate. St. Christopher’s immaculate line and length meant that we lost a steady flow of wickets. Freddie played the stand out innings, digging in and getting forward to block out the good balls. Freddie made 21 runs, but he occupied the crease for most of our innings, allowing our score to continue slowly growing. Despite Freddie’s resistance, Ashdown managed to score 83 runs before being bowled out.

After tea, we headed out to try and defend our small total. However, the St. Christopher’s opening batsmen had other ideas. Harvey bowled a superb opening spell, starting off with two maidens in a row. Khalel and Wilf also managed to bowl full and straight for the majority of their deliveries. Despite some disciplined bowing from Ashdown during certain periods of the game, St. Christopher’s batsmen were stubbornly good and they managed to stay in for the entire match, meaning Ashdown lost by 10 wickets.

Unlucky today boys; we were outplayed by a better team on the day. We need to make sure our heads don’t drop so early next time we are put under pressure.  WT

Colts B Won by 10 Wickets
The Colts B have been so close to winning the last few matches but have been so unlucky. However, they were rewarded this week with a fantastic wimn against St Christopher's. Miles was the Captain and chose to field. With a tight field and some truly great fielding from Juan, Edward, Miles, Daniel and Monty we let very few runs go by.

Some strong bowling from Sami, Monty and Daniel meant that the opposition only got 58 runs. Arty was once again a firm pair of hands behind the stumps and made some fantastic stops.

The atmosphere at tea was very positive but also slightly tense as the boys wanted this win so very much. So with a real sense of excitement we went out to bat with Sami and Monty opening the batting. Monty received a slightly high ball and his bails only just fell off, very unlucky indeed. Miles and Sami then struck up a great partnership and took us to 55. Sami then gracefully retired bringing on Daniel. It was safe to say that we won the match with 6 overs to spare.

The boys performed really well and I was so pleased with all their efforts. A win at last- well done boys!  WK

U9A Lost by 70 Runs

U9B Lost by 45 Runs
Today we were up against St. Christopher’s in almost perfect conditions. After a team talk we opened the batting. We started very strongly making 21 from our first four overs, however we still give too many easy wickets through lack of communication and wild decisions. Saying this, we did manage to gather a couple of fours and a few sixes.

The blazing sun beating down on us didn’t help our fielding at all. Our lack of concentration still let us down and, at times, we’re slow to react when a ball is struck. Are bowling was much better than recent weeks but still fell short. In all fairness, St. Christopher’s batted outstandingly today.   JS


Saturday, 02 June 2018

Saturday, 2nd June
Cricket v Cumnor House

1st XI    Drew

2nd XI  Won by 60 runs
After our poor bowling against Cottesmore in the last match, I was thrilled by the way we performed today. The boys bowled with a much greater degree of control and were rewarded with 8 wickets. Playing a ‘pairs’ format, Cumnor finished on 137.

Our chase got off to a shaky start with a run out on the first ball!  After that, we batted intelligently making 197 for 2.

Well played, gents.  CS

Colts A Won by 87 Runs
The Colts A played Cumnor House on Saturday. We started well with Ed N smashing it to all parts ably assisted by Igui who hit a few boundaries as well. Ed retired, while Igui was bowled trying to up the run rate. Harvey then came in and kept scoring runs freely, Toby stayed with Harvey and kept the scoreboard ticking over. At the end of the innings we scored a very competitive 138. The boys were very pleased with their efforts and knew there was a good of victory. We started very well with Khalel bowling very tight at the start of the innings. Wilf then came on and bowled really accurately, picking up three wickets to really slow the opposition down. In the end we managed to bowl them out for 51. All the boys did their bit and there were also a few great catches! Overall, a good day!  TG

Colts B Lost by 20 Runs
The Colts B played a pairs game against Cumnor and performed well. Charlie, Miles and Huberto batted particuarly well. There was yet again some great bowling from Edward F and George W. Unfortunately for us we just were not accustomed to the short boundary and use of a soft ball and let Cumnor get too many runs. The boys conducted themselves very well and were on good form.  WK

 U9A XI    Lost
On this glorious day with the sun blazing overhead, we made the short trip to Cumnor.

We lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Even though the boundaries and wickets were shorter than normal, we were able to gain a few 4s and a massive 6! Some lovely shots were on show but, going forward, we need to focus on the ball more. Sometimes we just need to block the ball instead of throwing everything at it. Ashdown scored a massive 114 runs.

After a quick turn around, we now needed to focus on reducing the runs as much as possible. Our bowling is improving week by week and, with that, we managed to get 5 wickets in our innings. The game was getting very tense towards the end with Cumnor needing 11 of the last 8 balls. We gave it are all but sadly couldn’t hold on.

A fantastic step in the right direction. Well done chaps.  JS

Cricket v Cottesmore
3rd X1 Lost by 6 Wickets
With the odds stacked against by the lack of players we did well to score as many runs as we did. Ashdown reached 81 for 6 after their 20 overs. A fantastic effort from Diego  who scored  33 not out. Sadly this total was not enough despite the excellent opening spells of Kent and Dahiru and a few early wickets. Cottesmore reached 82 for the loss of only 4 wickets. Resulting in a six wicket win for Cottesmore.  WB

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