Wednesday, 20th June
IAPS Rounders Tournaments at Holmewood House
1st Team 3rd
v JKS Lost 9½ -10
v Hazelwood Won 13½ - 13
v Saint Ronan’s Won 10½ - 9
v Holmewood House B Won 14½ - 4½
v Holmewood House A Lost 8½ -12
The girls began a little slowly today and consequently, due to rather lacklustre fielding, lost their first match by half a rounder. This energised them and from that moment on they played superbly, winning the remainder of their section matches to come second in their section.
This put us into the semi-final against Holmewood. Here we fielded well but were jagged at the deliveries from a fast bowler rather than batting in a smooth fashion,. This meant that we underscored and consequently lost the match that we were more than capable of winning.
Our batting was shared between the entire squad.
Adel 10½ , Georgie 8½ , Mariana 6½ , Nanaho 6, Felicity, Maria and Irene 5½ each, Hannah 2, Alisa 1½ , Emma ½
We made many superb dismissals and every girl can be suitably proud of her contribution to a very successful day. I should like to commend the girls for their performance; the way they supported each other and above all the way they represented their school. PMc
U11 Team Runners Up
v Skipper’s Hill won 13-3
v Junior King’s won 9-5
v Brambletye won 9½-7
v Ardingly won 10-7½
v Derwent Lodge lost 7½-8
We came into this year’s IAPS tournament feeling confident, having been undefeated in matches this term, but we certainly didn’t expect to finish the day as runners-up! A calm but determined approach helped us to realise our potential. Losing to Derwent Lodge in the final by only a half rounder was disappointing but we were delighted to have been placed second overall in Kent and Sussex.
Every girl had a WOW moment during the day.
As U11 Captain, Tara controlled the field from her backstop position in a direct but encouraging manner. She demonstrated an excellent understanding of game tactics and she mentored our less experienced players very well indeed.
Clara’s highlight came in our first match, against Skipper’s Hill, when she directed her hits brilliantly to score a rounder off each of the three balls that she faced. This helped the whole team to make a strong start to the tournament, building confidence and self-belief. Throughout the afternoon, Clara’s fielding off third post was superb. She was the busiest fielder and she made very few fumbles. A wonderful display of natural sporting ability and quick decision making.
A late addition to the squad from the U10 team, Florence really impressed during training and the Skipper’s match confirmed just how deserving she was of a place in the tournament side. She scored two brilliant rounders and on walking off the pitch, she remarked ‘I didn’t know I could hit like that!’
Beatrice, Mimosa and Ana also joined the U11s from our U10A team. They learned so much from playing alongside the 3s’ girls and each of them contributed to the batting total.
Junior King’s were the team who we feared the most in the group stages. Known to be well trained and slick, all nine Ashdown players were under pressure to perform. Felicity was superbly consistent with her delivery of the ball and I was very proud of her when she faced some strict umpiring against JKS. She listened carefully to the umpire and adjusted her walking in for the remainder of the innings.
Amalia worked brilliantly with Tara to dismiss a number of strong players at first post. Her catching was secure and she gave our opponents no option but to connect with the ball.
Daisy was simply oustanding with the bat and in the field. She was so brave, taking a number of knocks in pursuit of the ball. Her finest moment was when she placed the ball deep behind first post to secure a crucial rounder in the final against DL.
Giada was our most consistent and highest scoring batsman. She seemed to find spaces just when it mattered the most and two stunning hits against Derwent Lodge in the final helped us to make it a great a contest.
Cristina’s shining moment came in the final when she made a superb catch at third deep to dismiss a strong batsman. She dived onto the grass in what can only be described as a ‘face-plant’ and as we all looked over in shock, she simply raised her head with a wide grin and held the ball high into the air. Our supporters erupted in applause! She also batted superbly against Brambletye. As the last remaining batsman, she scored a crucial rounder off the last ball to stretch our lead a little further.
Today’s batting totals: Giada 8, Florence 7, Cristina 7, Clara 6, Daisy 4½, Mimosa 4½, Tara 3, Beatrice 1½, Ana 1.
Well done to all of the U11 tournament squad and how lovely to be able to return to Ashdown with some silverware! Thank you to Holmewood House for our smart trophies! VM
Rounders v Moira House
2nd Team Lost 8 – 27½
The girls today played extremely well against a very strong team from Moira House. Although the score was not ideal, the girls played really well. A special mention must go to Alice and Teresa who were nominated girls of the match for batting and fielding respectively. Andrea and Anastasia, who have both joined the team this week, showed there talent and played exceptionally. Patricia was the highest scoring player of the team with 2½ rounders across both innings. She also played, along with Anastasia, Issy, Sarah and Andrea, at deep which was an extremely important role in a match with fantastic batters from Moira House. All the girls should be very proud of their effort today and know they played well against some very a tough opposition.
U10/9/8 Team Lost 8½ - 18½