Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday, 22nd April

Cricket v Christ's Hospital
1st XI            Won by 45 runs 
What a pleasure to be back out on the cricket field for the 2017 season. On a day that threatened rain and delivered sunshine, we played our opening fixture against Christ's Hospital. We decided upon a 20/20 format to start, won the toss and had a bat. We started at a nice tempo and gave ourselves a good platform. After 10 overs we were 45/1 and in the perfect position to accelerate. With Captain de Havas and the powerful Duarte at the crease, we went on the rampage, eventually setting a decent total of 124. Duarte played within himself and then exploded late on for his 26. de Havas played faultlessly and went on to score a fine 64.

We took the field hoping for a complete fielding performance. We started well with our opening bowlers Pelling and Rogers-Thomas making early breakthroughs. Pelling took two wickets and Rogers-Thomas three, one with a terrific piece of stumping from Smith behind the stumps. The visitors rallied but we managed to chip away with regular wickets. Gibbs bowled nicely and took a further two. In the end we bowled them out for 79.

This was a decent win to start the season and the boys should take great confidence into their next fixture. Congratulations to them all but particularly to the 2s boys making their 1st XI debuts. Well done.  GdeM

2nd XI       Lost by 6 wickets   
With only two days of term under the belt, I'm not sure what I was expecting from the boys but for the most part I was pleasantly surprised. The game was played as a practice match and it was great that so many had the chance to both bat and bowl.
Ashdown were asked to bat and opened with Will and Gus. Both got off the mark in timely fashion and Gus pushed on nicely to 15 before being retired. Will was unlucky to get a very good ball early on. George, Captain Harry, Finn,   Lucas, Peter and Seb also contributed. All were retired so effectively we only lost one wicket. After our 20 overs we finished on 118.
Our bowling started well with George taking a wicket in the first over. However, unsurprisingly we were unable to apply consistent pressure and the opposition put away anything short or wide. With only 9 runs to play with going into the final two overs, Will produced a double wicket maiden and Harry was very close to finishing the job off in the last. The winning runs came on the final ball!
It was an enjoyable and constructive afternoon from which we all learnt a great deal.  CS

3rd XI            Won  by 5 wickets
The 3rd XI had a trip to Christ's Hospital for their first match of the season. We played their U12B team who, like us, had had very little training (we have had just two practice sessions since the beginning of this term).
Myles was our captain and he was confident in his team's ability to bowl first. He was the first to bowl and did very well throughout the innings. With four wickets he was the top wicket taker of the match. Tolly took two wickets as well, in the same over. Javier made his debut as our wicket keeper and did very well and our fielding was good overall. We will have to improve our fielding if boundaries are to be denied the opposition. Tomo, Ter, Ethan and Sasha also had a go at bowling. Tomo in particular was excellent and he will surely be troubling a few batsmen this season. The opposition scored 63 runs overall, a do-able score to reach.
Ethan and Tolly batted first. They had a slow start but the runs started to come after a few overs. Tolly was caught having scored 7 runs. Hari came on for a short time and could not add to the tally. Javier’s partnership with Ethan was very interesting and they found a few boundaries. The last three wickets went in quick succession and Ethan, Ter and Ocean had to go. For his first ever cricket game, Zhangir scored a run and with Javier we managed to reach 64 runs with 8 balls remaining. We finished 64/5 and Christ's Hospital 63/6. Good game boys! SR

Colts A          Won by 43 runs
The Colts A cricketers made a winning start to the season with a good victory over Christ's Hospital U12A.  We agreed 20 overs each and batted first.  In our 20 overs we made 110-3.  The highlights were partnerships of 48 for the second wicket between Edward and Tom and 29 for the third wicket between Tom and Will.  Tom top-scored with a fine 41 before falling to a brilliant one-handed catch.  Edward made a solid 15, Will scored 13 before retiring and there were nice cameos from Igui and Harvey at the end.  We did well in the field after tea, bowling Christ's Hospital out for 67 in the 15th over.  Eight bowlers were used.  Will was the pick of the bowlers, clean bowling three batsmen in taking 3-3.  Alexander took 2-5 and Oliver 1-8.  Kieran and Harvey also bowled well.  Will also took two good catches and we claimed four run outs.  A promising start!  Well played, everyone!  MH

Saturday, 02 July 2016

Saturday, 2nd July

Cricket v Worth
Colts A          Won by 2 wickets

An exciting finish to the season today with our second match against Worth U12 in the space of four days.  With some rain forecast we decided to play 15 overs per side.  Worth batted first and we managed three overs before we had to come off due to a heavy rain shower.  After a break of ten minutes we resumed and did very well in the field.  We took regular wickets and reduced Worth to 18-6.  They recovered and batted well to finish on 47-7.  Jack took 2-1, Murray took 2-8 and there was a wicket apiece for Josh and Tom.  Vlad, Charlie, Will, Gonzalo and Peter also bowled nicely with their one over each.  Gustavo fielded tremendously well and Carlos, playing his first match, did exceptionally well as wicket-keeper. 

Being the last match of term we mixed up the batting order - which often proves fatal! - to let some boys who haven't had much opportunity have the chance of a decent bat.  Will and Charlie opened and ticked the score along nicely to 6-0 after the first over.  So far, so good ...!  Then it was carnage!  Will bowled, Jack run out, Charlie bowled, Josh bowled and Gonzalo run out.  Suddenly we were 15-5.  However, Tom and Murray set about the recovery and batted sensibly to add 32 in about eight overs.  Worth bowled accurately and the batsmen had to work hard with a lot of singles.  Two boundaries from Murray eased the pressure.  With the scores level Murray mis-timed a pull and was caught at mid-wicket, 47-6.  One over to go, one run needed.  Vlad was bowled first ball, Carlos was bowled first ball and Gustavo nervously missed one.  Much to our good fortune Worth delivered a wide ... and we won with two balls to spare.  A fifth victory of the term - well done to the whole team on a fine season!  MH

Wednesday, 29th June
Colts A v Worth

A new fixture today against Worth U12.  It was good to have a match today after having three fixtures cancelled in recent weeks.  It was drizzling as we started, but both teams played very positively and we kept on going.  Ashdown batted for 20 overs and made 79-2.  Josh made a very good 29 before being run out.  He and Tom added 49 for the 2nd wicket.  Tom and Murray (9 not out) added 30 more by the end of our innings.  The rain continued for most of the afternoon, although it eased off on a couple of occasions.  Worth looked to be heading for a comfortable victory, but, despite the wet ball, our bowlers fought back and we took eight wickets.  Tom bowled extremely well to take 4-9.  Josh 1-10 and Will 1-13 were the other wicket takers.  Jack, Vlad and Ollie (our own U12 guest player) also bowled well.  We also took two run outs.  There were a few scrambled runs at the end, a couple of overthrows, lots of excitement and Worth got there for the win with four balls to spare.  We now look forward to a re-match on Saturday to conclude our season.  MH

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tuesday, 28th June

Ashdown House U13 Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament
Winners:            Copthorne
 Runners-Up:    Hilden Grange
 5th:                  Ashdown House

Today we held our annual U13 six-a-side tournament for the ninth year and the matches were played in very good conditions, a pleasant change from all the recent rain.  Our Ashdown team was joined by Brighton College Prep, Copthorne, Hilden Grange, Imberhorne and St Christopher's.  The teams played a full round robin of five matches each on three pitches, with each innings lasting five overs.  At the end of the round robin Copthorne had won all five games and Hilden Grange had won four.  After tea these two teams contested the final.  Copthorne batted well to reach 63-0 against a steady Hilden Grange attack.  Hilden Grange batted bravely in response.  They needed 16 off the last over and got it down to 5 to win off the last ball.  A boundary was struck to tie the scores with Copthorne victorious by virtue of having lost fewer wickets.
A huge vote of thanks to the ground staff for getting the pitches and outfields in such good condition; to our catering department for the delicious barbecue lunch and the teas, as well as the rolling refreshments during the day; also to our three guest umpires from the Sussex League panel.  We look forward to welcoming back our visiting teams again next year.  MH


Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Wednesday, 8th June
Cricket v St Christopher's

U12 XI             Lost by 10 wickets     
Colts A            Drew       
A very good game for Colts A today and we almost managed a win after a terrible start.  We played 20 overs per side and batted first.  Our top order have been scoring plenty of runs, but today it all changed.  Vlad, Josh and Murray all out for 0 in the first over.  After seven overs we were 17-6 and in danger of being skittled out for less than 30.  We needed two players to get their heads down and grind out a recovery.  Tom and Charlie stepped up superbly and added an invaluable 35 runs before Tom was caught for a fine 34 with the total on 52.  Two more wickets fell quickly and we were 56-9.  We were still in a fair degree of trouble, but Peter joined Charlie and they batted with great determination together ... and no little skill.  They added an excellent 34 runs in about six overs to get us up to 90-9 at the end of 20 overs.  Charlie made 15 not out and Peter scored 19 not out.

After tea we had a short rain delay and then St Christopher's started their chase. All our bowlers bowled two overs each.  Josh and Tom bowled steadily, but were not able to remove either of the impressive St Christopher's openers.  Vlad and Jack were the second pair of bowlers and both took a wicket.  We claimed a good run out and suddenly we had them 22-3 after eight overs.  Will and Peter then bowled two overs each and did well.  After 12 overs our visitors were 39-3.  At this point we had to end the match early as St Christopher's had to leave to get the coach back to Hove.  This was unfortunate as we had them well behind the run rate, but alas we had to settle for an honourable draw.  A valuable cricketing lesson today - never give up after a bad start.  With a bit of application, you can always fight your way back into the match!  Well played, Colts A! 
Colts B            Won by 9 wickets     
Beginner's luck...I took the Colts B team down to play Christopher's and we secured a triumphant victory.

We lost the toss and were sent in to field. We bowled okay...far too many extras were given - bowling requires discipline and I am sure that next match will be better! (I digress)...The pick of the bowlers was Freddie - he was very economical and took a couple of wickets.
The extras top-scored and we had 93 runs to chase. Not only did we have to chase the runs, but the storm clouds were gathering, so we needed to get a move on.
Caleb and Freddie braved the initial onslaught and settled down to some very good batting. Both boys called clearly in between the wickets and took singles sensibly. Freddie scored 15 runs and Caleb top-scored with 20 - hitting 4 fours in the process. Well done boys. 

We only lost 1 wicket and thus won the match by an impressive 9 wickets. Well done and let's see an even better bowling display next match.  RS
U9                   Lost by 4 runs

Saturday, 04 June 2016

Saturday, 4th June

Cricket v Cumnor House
1st XI            Lost by 104 runs   
2nd XI           Lost by 9 wickets           

Colts A         Won by 82 runs                
The Colts A cricketers made it four wins from six matches today with a fine performance against Cumnor House.  After having recent fixtures against Holmewood and Cottesmore cancelled due to the weather, the boys were delighted to be back on the field today.  We agreed to play 20 overs each and we batted first.  Vlad and Josh got us off to a very good start, adding 29, before Vlad was out for 10.  Josh and Tom then batted beautifully to add a partnership of 76 in 12 overs.  Josh retired for a hard-hit 52 and Tom retired shortly after having made a well-compiled 34.  Murray and Will kept the momentum going, adding 15 together off the last two overs.  Murray made 14 not out, Will scored 9 not out and we finished our 20 overs on 139-1 -  a superb effort.

After a short tea break, we took our turn in the field and put on our best bowling and fielding display of the term.  We reduced Cumnor to 11-5 after 7 overs and controlled the match from then on.  Josh took 1-5, Tom took 1-3, Vlad 2-3, Jack 2-9, Will 1-9 and Peter 2-0.  Charlie, Gonzalo and Liam also had a bowl and did well.  Our fielding was excellent.  Tom, Vlad (2), Gus and Jack took catches, Murray took a stumping and we claimed one run out.  Cumnor had a good partnership to go from 23-8 to 56-8, but Jack came back on and wrapped things up with two wickets in four balls.  Cumnor all out for 57 and a win by 82 runs.  Well played, everyone!  MH

Colts B         Lost by 9 runs                  

U9                Lost by 2 runs
The Under 9s had a thrilling match against local rivals Cumnor House. We batted first and showed huge improvement when running between the wickets. Captain Harvey  scored 18 off a single over, leading the charge to a 254 total at tea. We went on to show how much we have improved our bowling, in particular Harrison who has become much more consistent. Unfortunately the opposition managed 256 off their overs, sneaking victory on the penultimate ball of the match. Congratulations to all the boys, in particular Theo who played some fine cricket in his first ever match.  RC

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Saturday, 21st May
Cricket v Worth
1st XI            Lost by 66 runs   
2nd XI           Lost by 3 wickets  
The English summer is upon us and we played cricket under a very refreshing drizzle this afternoon which kept the players alert. Worth elected to bowl first and Harold and Felix opened the innings. Felix was impressive and managed to build a nice innings of 26 runs eventually being the victim of a silly run out. Other good contributions came from Runo, Fernando, George Halblander-Smyth and Captain Oscar. We finished the innings 92 for 6.

George W. opened the bowling and got a nice wicket and Roland managed 12 dots in his two overs bowled. Our fielding was good and Felix was excellent in his role as wicket keeper with 5 run outs. On the bowling front, everyone had a go today but the whole match came down to the last two overs; this is where the drama commenced... William stepped up for the second to last over and Worth needed 6 runs to win; he did well and our opposition needed 3 runs with 6 balls to spare. Harry H had bowled well today and claimed a wicket earlier in the match; he was brave to volunteer starting wide, (at that stage it was a draw), then a dot ball, then it was a run out, then a dot ball, then another. The tension was to be felt everywhere on the pitch and Harry bowled, the ball hit the batsman’s pads and he set off, Felix gathered the ball and threw it towards Harry and Harold who lacked communication and unfortunately the ball missed the stumps. The boys were disappointed but also understood that they played a great match and should be proud of their performance. The crowd applauded and the boys will have learnt a great deal from this bitter defeat at Worth.  SR
3rd XI            Lost by 3 wickets    
The 3rd XI played a fantastic game throughout the afternoon whether batting in the sun or bowling in the rain. Ashdown won the toss and elected to bat. The opening pair of Callum and Murray (parachuted in from the Colts) got off to a very good start striking up a solid partnership of 35.  Murray batted exceptionally well as did Seb who kept the score ticking over. We finished up with a sound total of 73 for 6 wickets.
Despite the rain and slippery grass, our bowling got off to a good start with a wicket in the first over. Worth’s wickets fell quickly with Myles bowling two batsmen out in one over. However it was the partnership of batsmen 8 and 9 that we just could not get out. Some superb fielding from Seb, Abba, Murray and Callum made sure that the game was going to be close and it certainly was. In the last three overs the opposition only needed 10 runs but, with a very tight over from Myles, they needed 8 off 2 overs. With some very good shots the Worth batsmen reached 75 in the final over. Overall it was a game of real enjoyment showing some exceptional bowling and fielding but in some areas also showing that there is still room for improvement. Good effort boys well done.   WK          

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Saturday, 14th May

Cricket v Wellesley House
1st XI            Lost by 6 wickets  

2nd XI           Drew 

If there is such a thing as a losing draw then that is what we achieved today and I couldn't be prouder!

Asked to field, we got off to an excellent start when Roland took a wicket early in his spell. However the Wellesley batsmen soon found their feet and hit us to all areas. Whilst the bowling was by no means brilliant, Wellesley had some very gifted batsmen who taught us a thing or two. They batted out their 25 overs scoring a superb 172.

Even though their batting was excellent, I think Wellesley missed a trick today. As a team we know we don't have the muscle to really smash the ball around. With that and the enormous total in mind, we had very little incentive to go for the win because we were pinned down by their formidable bowling attack. It was clear after the first five overs that we had no chance of chasing down the total, but had Wellesley put their lesser bowlers on and gifted us some run scoring opportunities, perhaps the Ashdown batsmen would have been drawn into the trap and played with more reckless abandon.

As it was, the boys realised that batting for the draw was our best chance of saving a crushing defeat. I was really impressed with the determination and mental strength of our batsmen. In particular, Oscar got us off to a good start and occupied the crease for a long period, and George W and Fernando saw us home with long stints at the crease also.

As a rule I'm not greatly in favour of negative batting but there can be truly heroic moments when trying to save the match for your side purely by defending your wicket. In this instance, the circumstances demanded these tactics and I'm thrilled that the boys finished the job. Wellesley were much the better side but from their 25 overs they could only take 5 wickets. There were certainly missed opportunities but hopefully plenty of lessons learned and fun had.  CS

Colts A         Won by 45 runs         
The Colts A cricketers made it three wins from five matches with a terrific victory at home against Wellesley House.  We agreed to play a time and declaration game and Ashdown won the toss and batted first.  We were all out in 22.4 overs for 118.  Tom top scored with a well compiled 22, Josh made 13, Murray 12 and Charlie 12.  There were also useful contributions from Vlad with 9 and Liam with 8.  We suffered a mini collapse in the middle of the innings, going from 79-3 to 87-7.  At 99-9 we didn't seem to have enough runs, but Liam and Peter batted sensibly to add a valuable 19 runs for the last wicket.  After tea we produced an excellent bowling and fielding performance to dismiss Wellesley for 73 in 25.1 overs.  They were going along reasonably well at 38-3, but we then took regular wickets.  There were wickets for Tom (2-5 off 5.1) and one apiece for Vlad, Jack, William and Charlie.  William took a superb catch, Murray got a stumping and we took four run outs.  The team is growing in confidence and we look forward to Holmewood House on Wednesday.  MH                                   


Friday, 06 May 2016

Friday, 6th May
Ashdown U8 Cricket Tournament
Today we hosted our annual U8 cricket tournament.  Our U8 team were joined by five sides from London pre-prep schools:  Blackheath Prep, Knightsbridge, Merlin and Eaton House The Manor, who brought two sides.  We were blessed with a glorious summer's day and the grounds staff had the pitches and outfields looking superb.  The teams played four matches each, with each team having one side that they didn't play.  Matches lasted ten overs per innings, with each pair batting for two overs.  Play started at 10.30 and everyone played two matches before lunch at 12.30.  There were two more matches each in the afternoon.  The players had a terrific day and it was noticeable how the batting, bowling and fielding improved as the day went on.  Eaton House The Manor A won all four matches to win the cup, with Blackheath Prep finishing second.  Ashdown did well with two wins and two losses and a third equal finish.  A huge thank you to the catering staff for the continuous refreshments during the day and for a wonderful lunch.  We look forward to welcoming our visitors back next year!  MH

Wednesday, 4th May

Cricket v St Ronan's
1st XI         Lost by 55 runs     
This was an entertaining game played on a beautiful sunny day. We won the toss and inserted our visitors. We bowled better today but still produced too many short balls and conceded too many extras. Tilley bowled tightly with Chen and Li adding firepower. Roig took an exceptional catch down the leg side for our first dismissal. At one stage it looked as if we might chase upwards of 150, in fact we limited them to 131 after 25 overs.

We knew we would have to bat well to chase it down. We got off to a good start and were well set on 38-0 after 7 overs. We sadly then collapsed due to a combination of poor shot selection and kamikaze running between the wickets. 77 all out was a disappointing showing.

This side has produced promising moments thus far this season but have lacked consistency in all three disciplines of the game. Some stats don't lie - we are played three, lost three. We must be honest with ourselves, work hard in training and fully apply our skills in matches. A win is needed.   GdeM 
2nd XI        Lost by 98 runs   
A tough afternoon but, whilst we were beaten by a much better team, we did our best to make life easy for them.

Oscar opted to bowl and apart from Roland, who was economical and effective as per usual, our bowling was all over the place. From the end I was umpiring, I counted only seven deliveries that would have threatened the stumps and more went down the leg side than the off. St Ronan's were a physically strong outfit and every time we strayed, they put us to the boundary. It was a harsh but valuable lesson. The upshot was a very daunting target of 143 to chase from our 20 overs.

We started our chase in truly pedestrian fashion and of course the pressure built. Silly mistakes followed, including four run outs. We will need to work on our backing up and calling. However, our biggest problem was our inability to get bat on ball for singles let alone boundaries. We finished on 45 for 8, losing the match by 98 runs. Plenty to work on!  CS
3rd XI         Lost by 79 runs
We travelled to St Ronan's on this beautiful afternoon hoping to perform well after our first win of the season last week.  We welcomed Antonio and Alex for their first ever cricket match and Tise was promoted to captain while Callum was away. Our opposition chose to bat first. We struggled to find consistency in bowling and fielding which allowed St Ronan's to score some runs. If you add to that the fact that they hit the ball quite hard, we ended up chasing 104 runs in the second innings. However, we did well on the bowling front with Myles and Seb taking two wickets each and Tise, Ralph and Alexander Holman getting one. We seem to be more of a bowling than a batting side. This statement proved to be correct when we finished the match 25 for 7... The boys need more confidence in the crease and more practice in a match situation. We all are already at work to make that happen.  SR
Colts A      Lost by 1 wicket  
The Colts A cricketers had a very close game against St Ronan's in glorious conditions and we  lost narrowly in a tense finish.  We batted first and lost regular wickets against their steady bowling attack.  Vlad batted very well for his 24, but no-one else scored double figures.  Fortunately wides contributed 12 to our score.  We were all out for 59, which seemed to be far too small a total to defend.  However we bowled and fielded very well after tea and nearly pulled off a superb victory.  Tom bowled brilliantly with his well-flighted off-spin, clean bowling five batsmen, taking 5-6.  Josh, Jack and William each took a wicket and we reduced St Ronan's to 47-9.  However, their last pair batted sensibly, and although we bowled quite well, they chipped away at the target and sneaked home on 62-9, giving us a one wicket defeat.  Nevertheless, a very enjoyable game and we are improving as a team.  MH          
Colts B      Lost by 24 runs     

Cricket v Handcross Park
U9             Won by 13 runs
The U9s were much improved this afternoon in their match against Handcross Park. We bowled first and our hard work in training since the last match paid off. Monty was particularly impressive, taking a fine wicket from an excellent Harvey catch at mid off. We kept them to 142 runs and went on to bat confidently; captain Harvey made a couple of good fours and the Toby - Vadim partnership ran well between the wickets. We managed to post 155 runs to seal the victory. Congratulations to all the boys on working hard to improve since the last match. We now go into the Ashdown tournament on Friday with lots of confidence before travelling to Sunningdale on Saturday.  RC

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, 27th April

Cricket v Brambletye
U9                Lost

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, 27th April

Cricket v Vinehall
1st XI            Lost by 19 runs          
2nd XI           Won by 8 wickets 
Second match, second victory but I am not getting carried away. My 3rd team did the same last year then didn't win another game! However the boys thoroughly deserved this victory and won on the bridle.

Oscar won the toss and elected to have a bowl on a pitch that was wet but with some decent bounce. George and Roland started well, taking a wicket apiece in their second overs, with a third wicket coming from a run out, courtesy of another Thatcher collaboration. We had them at 10 for 3 off 4 overs.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and, like last week, we had lots of contributors to the cause. Catches from Oscar and Fernando, a couple of wickets each from Harry and Fernando and one from Butch. Roland then returned to mop up the tail with a pair in the last over. We would need 83 for the win.

After a slightly nervous start losing Felix early, Oscar and Harry got their heads down and saw off the opening bowlers. Harry was dismissed in the sixth over and although he only made 1 run, he played a vital role in steadying the ship and calming the nerves. At the other end, after a missed stumping opportunity and some loose hits outside the off stump, Oscar started to get his brain into gear to great effect. Anything straight was blocked, anything outside off was left and anything down leg was smashed to the boundary. Unfortunately he didn't manage to carry his bat, getting bowled in the 13th over but by that point he'd already played the winning innings. Oscar finished with 59 runs including 10 fours- a superb performance and very much a captain's knock. Harold and Fernando also contributed with 5 runs each to win the game by eight wickets with nearly 5 overs to spare.

Before the next game we must try to find consistency with our bowling. Admittedly the ball was wet and hands were cold (thanks to the snow) but there is no excuse for gifting 35 extras! Against stronger sides, that margin will be where games are won and lost.  CS

3rd XI            Won by 30 runs    
We had some more time to warm up before our match this afternoon with our opposition’s arrival delayed by 35 minutes. We played a slightly different format this time: an 8-a-side match and pairs. Each pair would bat for 4 overs and each wicket would cost -5 runs on the scoreboard. Vinehall won the toss and decided to bowl first. Our first batting pair was Callum and Misha who started the game well for Ashdown giving the team a positive score. Tise and Seb were next and faced some good bowling for four overs. Myles and Ralph were our third pair; they kept the score ticking on our favour and prepared the ground for Runo and Abba. Despite getting out once, Runo was the man of the inning as he scored a couple of fours and several singles. He was strong with his bat in hand and showed a good ability to swing it. We finished the inning having scored 45 runs overall and conceded four wickets.

After a well-appreciated match tea we were back on the field. We have got a good bowling side with, today, Runo taking two wickets, Seb one, Myles three (top wicket taker this season with four), Tise one and Callum two. The boys managed to restrict Vinehall to 15 runs and secure their first win of the season by 30 runs. Well done !   SR

Colts A         Won by 9 wickets  
The Colts A cricketers made it two wins from two matches in an exciting encounter.  We left Ashdown in warm sunshine, drove through a bit of rain and then some snow at Ticehurst!  Vinehall elected to bat and made 108-4 off their 20 overs.  We were a bit loose with much of our bowling and they hit a lot of boundaries.  We also dropped half a dozen catches.  The best part was our finish with Josh and Tom bowling very well at the end, only conceding two runs off the last three overs.  This put the brakes on Vinehall's scoring rate, when it looked like we might be chasing 120 or 130.  Josh, Tom, Vlad and Liam took a wicket apiece. 

After tea we started our run chase in disappointing fashion with Vlad run out off the first ball of the innings.  Josh set about making amends and by the end of the first over he had hit three fours and a glorious straight six back over the bowler's head.  The pair added a superb partnership of 109 in 8.4 overs, to which the Vinehall bowlers had no answer.  Tom played a lovely supporting innings of 21 not out with three fours.  However, Josh was the star with a Brendon McCullum-like display of awesome destructive hitting, not often seen at Colts level.  He hit 76 not out off about 27 balls, including eleven fours and four sixes.  With rain starting to fall and thunder and lightning booming a few miles away we needed to finish it quickly, so the boys took 34 runs off the last 11 balls faced and we won with more than 11 overs to spare.  To complete the wild weather of the afternoon an impressive hail-storm erupted just as the game finished!  Well played, everyone!  MH

Colts B         Won by 10 wickets     

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Saturday, 23rd April

Cricket v Christ's Hospital

1st XI           Lost by 39 runs  
This was one that got away. Games of cricket, particularly limited overs matches, though you play all afternoon, are often decided in a short period time. So it proved on Saturday.

We arrived at Christ's Hospital and under overcast skies, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat. They were away to a slow start and our bowling attack limited the runs whilst bowling too short (this was a theme for our afternoon). Gibbs came on to bowl as first change and immediately picked up a couple of wickets - fine catches from Tilley and Lindsay. Another catch from Tilley and an LBW from de Havas' first delivery reduced the opposition to 73-4 with eight overs remaining. Sadly for us, this was where the game was won and lost. Their number 3 batted extremely well and struck the ball very cleanly but, my word, did we make it easy for him! We bowled far too short and allowed him to free his arms. Suddenly 73-4 became 169-4 at the end of their innings.

Our response started well. Tilley and de Havas looked comfortable and the runs began to flow. We lost Tilley to an avoidable run out and then Gibbs to a ball that kept a little low. de Havas and Lindsay then formed an excellent partnership and batted maturely through the middle overs. Sadly the run rate began to climb and climb. Risks needed to be taken and inevitably wickets began to fall. We ended up posting a very respectable 130. de Havas batted beautifully for a fine 55. However, we were just chasing far too many runs.

There were a number of contributing factors to our performance in the field. Inexperience was one. It was also particularly cold when we were out there. Yet, as a 1st XI, we need to set ourselves high standards and on this occasion our bowling and fielding was not good enough. We will take the positives from this display, put the match behind us and move on to Vinehall at home on Wednesday.  GdeM


2nd XI         Won by 24 runs 
A fantastic start to the season! After losing the toss we were put in to bat and made a positive start going at around five an over. Wickets fell periodically but Oscar held his nerve and scored a very pleasing 24 before succumbing to a straight yorker. Harold and Will also made good contributions with the bat but it must be said the extras column did our cause no harm either! Our rate of scoring fell away a little after Oscar's dismissal but we finished on 82 for 7 off our 20 overs- a pleasing score considering the pace of the outfield.

After tea, we set about defending our total. Roland and George opened the bowling, George generating decent pace whilst Roland was finding some in swing and cutting the ball away from the right hander. Roland took three wickets in his first over, giving us the platform we needed to bowl the opposition out. All the bowlers contributed with wickets, Roland finishing with 4, Harry 1, Oscar 1, George 1, Fernando 1 and Harold 1. The Thatcher boys also joined forces to fashion a run out. I was particularly pleased with Finn's attitude and ability in the field.

Christ's Hospital fell 24 runs short of the target despite a very strong innings from one of their top order. Congratulations to all for an enjoyable and promising performance.  CS


3rd XI          Lost by 9 wickets
The 3rd team was away at Christ's Hospital this Saturday for their first fixture of the Summer Term. Although the temperature was closer to the one in February the boys were looking forward to testing themselves after a week of practice. Callum was our captain today and he elected to bat first, Despite some good shots from Misha, Seb and Runo, we did not manage to build strong partnerships and we finished the innings 42 for 9. We will have to progress in our ability to strike the ball hard and judge the good balls from the bad ones.

The second inning saw Myles taking the first wicket of the season after a run out and some help from Alexander H.  Among the bowlers, we saw some promising stuff coming from Ralph, Tise and Seb.

It was our first match and we still have points to improve and we can target those weaknesses in order to improve in the next few matches.  SR


Colts A       Won by 8 wickets
The Colts A cricketers began their season with a very encouraging victory against Christ's Hospital U12B.  Both teams included boys playing their first ever game of cricket, so it was hugely beneficial for the boys ... and for the coaches!  Our visitors batted first and we did well to dismiss them for 17.  Vlad had the best figures with 3-3, Will took 3-5, Jack 2-1, Tom 2-3, while Josh also took a wicket.  Murray did well as wicket-keeper with a catch and a stumping.  After tea we started our chase by letting all the boys who didn't get a bowl have a bat first.  After losing two early wickets Liam and Tolu batted nicely to win the game.  We continued batting for about three-quarters of an hour to allow both teams to have further practice.  We finished at 86-3 with everyone getting a bat.  Josh top-scored with 17 retired, while Charlie made 10 retired and Vlad 8 retired.  We now look forward to Vinehall on Wednesday.  MH


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Cricket v Brambletye

1st XI    Won by 97 runs

2nd XI   Won by 27 runs
The 2nd XI played their final match of the term away at Brambletye, looking for an elusive first win after four losses, one draw and one tie.  We played a time and declaration game, with a maximum of 27 overs in the first innings.  We made a reasonable start, being 24-2 after eight overs.  Then we had a really good partnership of 42 for the third wicket between Ben and Arthur.  Ben was finally out at 66 for a well-compiled 20.  Arthur and Edouard added 23 quite quickly for the fourth wicket before Arthur was out for 32, his best score of the season.  However, from 89-3 we collapsed against some accurate bowling to 97 all out in the 27th over.  Edouard made a useful 13 with two boundaries.  After tea Brambletye made a steady start, putting on 20 for the first wicket.  David and Michael bowled steadily, taking a wicket each.  However, the damage was done by our second pair of bowlers, Arthur and Harrison.  They bowled their best spells of the season to reduce Brambletye to 42-8.  A partnership of 24 for the ninth wicket gave Brambletye hope of a draw or possibly a win, but Harrison and Arthur came back on and took a wicket each to wrap up the victory with Brambletye all out for 68.  Harrison took 4-5, Arthur 2-8 and there were also wickets for Vadim and Oscar.  Our fielding was very good today, with lots of commitment.  Our first win of the season!  Well played to the whole team!  MH

3rd XI   Lost by 46 runs

Colts A Won by 2 wickets

Colts B Lost by 8 wickets

U9        Lost by 50 runs


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Cricket v Cottesmore

1st XI   Won by 79 runs

2nd XI   Tie
Today the 2nd XI played their sixth match of the season away at Cottesmore.  We played 20 overs each.  To speed the game up we agreed to count two runs for every wide and no-ball and not bowl any extra deliveries in an over.  Most of the Cottesmore innings was played in steady drizzle, but we stayed out and completed the 20 overs.  Our hosts made 118-7, with one boy hitting an excellent 50.  We bowled very inconsistently, serving up 16 wides and 10 no-balls, scoring 32 and 20 runs respectively.  The other eight Cottesmore batsmen only contributed 14 runs, so our rather wayward bowling was costly.  The wickets were shared between Arthur 2-22, David 3-14 and Michael with 2-8.  Ben did well to take two catches.  Our run-chase turned into a tense, exciting finish.  Arthur and Ben batted really well to put on 44 for the first wicket before Arthur fell for 13.  Ben and Edouard added 24, with some terrific running between the wickets, before Edouard was out for 8.  When Ben was out for a patient 12 we were 85-5 and things looked dodgy - 34 to win off four and a half overs.  However, Oscar and Michael rose to the occasion with a superb partnership of 29 in four overs, with several fours, plenty of quick singles and some hair-raising near run outs!  Six to win off the last over!  A couple of singles, Michael and Oscar both run out.  Two to win off the last ball and David and Felix scrambled a bye to finish the match with a tie.  A wonderful finish to a well-contested game of cricket!  MH

3rd XI    Won by 6 wickets
It seems like a long time since the 3rds last took the field together but the boys were on great form as always and were not lacking in cohesion.
Luke won the toss and opted to have a bowl. Ralph and Harold took a little time to warm up but after a few looseners, bowled a good line and length, picking up the wicket of the dangerous Cottesmore captain on the way. More wickets followed but the flow of runs could not be stemmed and, by the tea interval, Cottesmore had racked up a respectable 90 runs.
Our chase did not get off to the most auspicious start with Luke flattening his own stumps on the first ball. Max and Callum steadied the ship then went about making serious inroads. Max made 37 and Callum 17, taking the chase to a promising 60 for 1. Unfortunately we lost Max and Callum in fairly quick succession and Cottesmore, sensing weakness, started to apply the pressure. More wickets followed but thankfully, George and Harold put on a partnership to put the game to bed. Well done gents.  CS

Colts A

Colts B   Lost by 6 wickets

U9/8       Won by 19 runs


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