Rounders

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday, 22nd April

Rounders v Bede's

1st IX            v U13 Won 12½  - 8, v U12 Won 11½- 5   
 Our first match of the season was a learning experience for those who had never played in the top team before. They were tentative at the start but really began to grow into their roles. We lost the toss and batted first. Gabi made 3½, Lexi 3, Lily and Georgie 1½ apiece, Marta 1 and Sonia ½. With a score of 12½ we took up our fielding positions. Georgie had a badly cricked neck and had to sit out the remainder of the match so Sonia moved to 1st post, Maria to 2nd post and Eloise to 3rd deep. We managed to dismiss three Bede’s players with great backstopping and accurate passing from Lexi to Sonia and two with fast reaction fielding by Lily at bowler to Sonia. These three girls also took a catch each. Adel also took a lovely catch at 1st deep and with a Box stumping Lexi dismissed the final player for 8 rounders: a superb first innings.
As the 2nd team had taken rather a pounding by the Bede’s U12 team we decided to play our second innings against them.

1st Team v Bede’s U12
Won 11½ - 5
With Georgie still injured and the girls having become accustomed to these positions we remained as we were and fielded first in this innings. Again the triangle covered itself in glory. Three were dismissed backstop to 1st post and Lexi and Sonia each took another catch. Maria, Jemima and Marta each made a stumping at their respective posts and the final two players were swiftly and decisively dismissed by Lexi at the Box. Our deeps, Gabi, Adel and Eloise each made superb use of their skills. This left us with a score of 5 to beat.
Gabi was top scorer again with 4, Lily made 1½, Marta, Sonia and Lexi 1 apiece and Jemima and Adel each made ½ a rounder. Once we had overtaken the opposition’s score we took many risks which was why we were all out in the time.
A great first set of matches.
‘Man’ of the Match Gabi batting and Lexi, Lily and Sonia for superb fielding!
PMc
         
2nd IX            Lost 2½- 22½, Lost 6 - 15½   
Today was the first match of the season and was difficult for the girls. After only having two days to practice their skills, or in some cases, to learn the rules of the game, the team was thrown in at the deep end. The girls took the challenge head on, playing to the best of their current ability and never giving up.  When it came to our turn to bat, Alice, Mariana and Annabel proved to be assets to the team, each scoring points for Ashdown. They put so much effort into their running and kept their eye on the whereabouts of the ball and their opponents at all times.
While fielding, Mariana was placed on 2nd post. She showed her understanding of the game and put it into context as she stumped opposition players out from her position. She also caught every single ball coming her way. Zene, Annabel, Coro and Emma were deep fielders and covered their respective areas beautifully, however they often stumbled when catching the ball or let it slip. This shows us that we can definitely improve on our long distance catching.
All in all, the girls played well as a team, but there are many skills we can improve. I look forward to what the rest of the season brings.    T-RR
 
Under 11         Lost 11½- 25½
Although the final result suggests that this match was rather one-sided, the U11s performed admirably and showed potential with the bat and in the field.
We started with confidence when Alisa and Kaoruko each scored a rounder off their first hits but even though all nine girls made contact, we struggled to send the ball deep enough to challenge the fielders. With the exception of Chloe, who directed the ball very cleverly, the whole team need to practise striking with power, through gaps between the fielders. Bede's bowler was startlingly accurate and she did not gift us a single half rounder so our score crept up rather too slowly and our opponents won with an innings to spare. 

In the field, we worked well between the posts. Our deep fielding was a little weaker but Ines impressed with a strong over arm delivery.  Miss Jordan and I will be reconsidering the fielding positions over the next few games sessions as they didn't quite work as hoped. 

Stats for the day...
With the bat: Alisa 5½, Chloe 3½, Giada 1½, Kaoruko 1 and Tara ½
In the field: Kaoruko stumped 6 girls out at 1st post, three balls delivered by Chloe and one by Alisa. Alisa caught two girls out at backstop and Chloe stumped one at 3rd.
Alisa was nominated 'girl of game'  VM

U10/9     Lost 14– 0½
It turned out to be a lovely afternoon for our first match of the season! The girls played very well together and learnt a lot from their first match. They progressed well throughout the game and played well as a team.
Mimosa and Florence shared the positions of bowler and 2nd post. Mimosa caught out one player, stumped out three of the opposing team and scored 2½ rounders. When Florence was on 2nd post she stumped out three of the opposing team and when she was batting she scored 1 rounder. Felicity and Mary shared the positions of back-stop and off 3rd. They both played very well and threw with increasing accuracy as the game went on. Felicity scored half a rounder and Mary scored 1½ rounders. Kitty was a great back up for 2nd post. She kept a close eye on the game and supported her team well. Tabitha backed up 3rd post well as she responded to the ball quickly. Tabitha scored half a round when batting.Stephanie, Tracy and Isabella played their first game of rounders. Stephanie fielded very well and scored one rounder. Tracy scored half a rounder and worked hard on 4th post. Isabella fielded on 1st post and was very close to stumping a player out!
All of the girls enjoyed the match and gave of their best. It was a great start to the season! LP

Saturday, 02 July 2016

Saturday, 2nd July
Rounders v Brambletye

U11                Lost 10½- 17 
The weather this season has been less than kind. This trend continued right through to include our last match. The pitch was extremely slippery and many girls on both teams lost their footing and did not take catches that they would have made under dry conditions. The passing was also less clean as the ball slipped out of the hand.
That having been said some good fielding was done on both sides. Our successes were an awesome catch by Patricia off 3rd; Elicia at backstop and Maria at 4th.We also made three great stumpings at 4th post; three successful backstop to 1st post stumpings and two at 2nd post. Adel also made some fantastic throws in from the deep and Andrea fielded superbly and backed up as if her life depended on it!
Sadly our batting was a little below par. The top scorers today were Felicity 4, Andrea 2, Georgie 1½, and Elicia and Tallulah 1 each.
‘Man’ of the Match Fielding Andrea and Adel, Batting Felicity   PMc
   
               
U10/9             Won 9 - 6

Lost 10½  Satu-

17

The weather this season has been less than kind. This trend continued right through to include our last match. The pitch was extremely slippery and many girls on both teams lost their footing and did not take catches that they would have made under dry conditions. The passing was also less clean as the ball slipped out of the hand.

That having been said some good fielding was done on both sides. Our successes were an awesome catch by Patricia off 3rd; Elicia at backstop and Maria at 4th.We also made three great stumpings at 4th post; three successful backstop to 1st post stumpings and two at 2nd post. Adel also made some fantastic throws in from the deep and Andrea fielded superbly and backed up as if her life depended on it!

Sadly our batting was a little below par. The top scorers today were Felicity 4, Andrea 2, Georgie 1½, and Elicia and Tallulah 1 each.

‘Man’ of the Match Fielding Andrea and Adel, Batting Felicity

PMc

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Wednesday, 29th June

Rounders v Great Walstead
1st IX           Lost 14 – 14½

The British weather was against us again today. The drizzle began just prior to leaving and we arrived at our venue with steady rain falling. Both teams were desperate to play as it was their last match of the season - so we gave it a go. Great Walstead were a very efficient fielding side, who dealt with the slippery ball and general weather conditions far better than we did.  Consequently we only scored 6½ rounders to their 12½ rounders in the first innings. Our batting was also below par.
We just managed to overtake them with our second batting innings making a total over both innings of 14. They won the match after 12 more balls. We decided to stop there as the weather was steadily becoming worse.
 
Top batsmen today were Carmen and Frankie with 3 apiece, Ana with 2½, Teagan with 1½ and Lexi, Cristina and Sonia ½ each.
 
Fingers crossed for the weather on Sunday so that we can end the season on a high!
PMc


2nd IX          Lost 5 - 8   
               
U11              Lost 11½ – 14½
The weather has been a constant problem this term. We decided to go ahead as the girls were ready, willing and a little damp already. The wind increased and rain persisted. Ashdown lost a close battle 11½ to 14½. So that everyone played, we shared fielding positions and everyone batted as it was 10 minutes for each innings.

As the ball became soggier and stickier, the bowling became more difficult and most of the scores cam e from no-balls on both sides. The throwing range between Elicia and Georgie became a battle into the wind and rain. What was very good was the batting. All the players connected with the ball and most managed to hit beyond the posts. Very few were spooned up into the air and only two run outs showed an improvement in decision making. I am not going to single anyone out; the all coped very well in dreadful conditions and they have been great fun to coach over the year. Well done girls and have a fabulous summer! FN



U10/9           Lost 6½ - 9   
The British Summer did not play its best cards for us this afternoon! It was another wet and windy day. We played 12 girls on each team as it was too cold to stand around. The girls did so well to play and I was really impressed with their fielding today. The final score was 9 to Great Walstead and 6½ to Ashdown. They were a lovely team to play and both teams were in high spirits despite the rain.             

A game with many improvements today but unfortunately not quite enough rounders to win. Well fielded by the Ashdown team and well done to Great Walstead!  LPThe Ashdown team showed big improvements in their fielding today. In the second innings they managed to get nine players out! Tabitha W played on 3rd post for the first time. She performed very well and stumped a couple of people out. Issy, Mimosa, Tabitha B, Tara, Mary and Sarah all played away from posts in the field. They were all very supportive and proved to be good back-ups for the girls on the posts who found it very tricky due to the wet weather. Tara had a particularly good game fielding today and was awarded girl of the match for batting too. Florence played on 2nd post and stumped out three players and caught out one player which is a huge achievement! Chloe had an excellent match bowling. She was much more consistent and also made a super catch to get one of their players out. Kaoruko was playing on 4th post. She played very well and also stumped a couple of players out. Alisa played on 1st post which was a great position for her, she made some excellent passes to 2nd post which enabled Florence to stump players out. Ines was back-stop, she did a superb job at throwing the ball to the best post for the game and was awarded girl of the match for fielding.

A game with many improvements today but unfortunately not quite enough rounders to win. Well fielded by the Ashdown team and well done to Great Walstead!  LP          

The British Summer did not play its best cards for us this afternoon! It was another wet and windy day. We played 12 girls on each team as it was too cold to stand around. The girls did so well to play and I was really impressed with their fielding today. The final score was 9 to Great Walstead and 6½ to Ashdown. They were a lovely team to play and both teams were in high spirits despite the rain.

The Ashdown team showed big improvements in their fielding today. In the second innings they managed to get nine players out! Tabitha W played on 3rd post for the first time. She performed very well and stumped a couple of people out. Issy, Mimosa, Tabitha B, Tara, Mary and Sarah all played away from posts in the field. They were all very supportive and proved to be good back-ups for the girls on the posts who found it very tricky due to the wet weather. Tara had a particularly good game fielding today and was awarded girl of the match for batting too. Florence played on 2nd post and stumped out three players and caught out one player which is a huge achievement! Chloe had an excellent match bowling. She was much more consistent and also made a super catch to get one of their players out. Kaoruko was playing on 4th post. She played very well and also stumped a couple of players out. Alisa played on 1st post which was a great position for her, she made some excellent passes to 2nd post which enabled Florence to stump players out. Ines was back-stop, she did a superb job at throwing the ball to the best post for the game and was awarded girl of the match for fielding.

A game with many improvements today but unfortunately not quite enough rounders to win. Well fielded by the Ashdown team and well done to Great Walstead!  LP

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday, 25th June

Rounders v Cottesmore
1st IX         Won 22 - 17            
Torrential rain came down at Ashdown so we changed venue to Cottesmore. Sadly the rain met us there and consequently neither team played to their usual standard. This was due to the ball being very slippery to catch, travelling differently to the batsman, and the ground underfoot being extremely slippery and difficult to keep balance for the hitting; running was also a challenge.
 
Cottesmore batted first and made 9 rounders. We only managed to dismiss three of their players, one at 2nd post and to catches by Mila at backstop. In our innings they also found it difficult to dismiss players. We scored a respectable total of 12 rounders.
In the 2nd innings Cottesmore increased their total to 18. We dismissed all their players, the last going on the final ball of the innings. Lexi played superbly at 1st post receiving two balls from backstop to stump out two players and reacting fast to field the ball herself and stump out two further players. Carmen took a great catch at bowler, Ana a super one at backstop and Lily calmly took one off 3rd post. The other two batsmen were stumped at 2nd post by Carmen. We slowly built our total with sensible half rounders during the course of our second innings and added 4 full rounders to the total as well. A well deserved victory was the result!
 
Top batsmen today were Carmen and Gabi 4 apiece, Sonia 3, Ana 2½, Cristina 2, Frankie and Mila 1½ each and Lexi 1.
 
‘Man’ of the match (batting) Carmen and Gabi, (fielding) Lexi and Carmen
PMc
                
U11            Lost 4 - 11  
This game was tough battling the weather conditions as during the match it poured with rain making the ball and the field quite slippery. Ashdown girls decided to bat first. Sadly it was a fairly poor effort with only 2 rounders scored off 30 balls. We had a lucky shot from Andrea in the air allowing her to score a rounder and two shots from Maria allowing her to score two half rounders. It was understandable that it was difficult to get around the posts with such terrible weather. The girls than went out to field and tried their absolute best to throw the ball to one another. However it wasn’t in our favour with such a slippery ball and cold fingers. They were able to get 5 batters out, mostly at 1st post due to the partnership between Georgie and Elicia. Cottesmore ended their batting with 11 rounders.

As Ashdown went back in to bat they felt the pressure of being 9 rounders behind. Trying to hold it back Andrea and Mariana were able to score half rounders each and Felicity scored a rounde bringing us to 4 rounders in total. Both the Cottesmore coach  and I decided not to score Cottesmore’s second innings as they had already won. Going back out to field, Marta stood out as she played exceptionally well stopping many hits and throwing strongly across the field and this was only her second match. The girls overall played well considering the tough weather conditions.  AR       
       
U10/9         Lost 4 - 6
After a lovely sunny morning, it was a wet and windy game on Saturday! Due to the rain we decided to only play 20 good balls per innings which was a lucky decision because the rain persisted and the pitch became quite slippery. Cottesmore won the toss and they chose for Ashdown to bat first. In the first innings Alisa scored 1 rounder and Sarah scored half a rounder. We also gained 1½ from consecutive no balls putting the total at 3. In their first innings Cottesmore scored 4 rounders.

After a close first half we quickly went into the second half . Kaoruko scored half a rounder and we gained half a rounder from consecutive no balls. Cottesmore scored another 2 bringing the game total to 6-4 to Cottesmore. It was a quick game but the Ashdown girls showed some excellent fielding techniques. They are really beginning to work as a much better team and this week they showed they were watching the game as they often fielded the ball to the best position on the pitch - to either stump the post to stop the Cottesmore girls running on, or getting them out. I was pleased to see the commitment the girls showed to the game even though the weather conditions were not pleasant and they were feeling very cold.   LP

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wednesday, 22nd June
Rounders v Skippers Hill
U12          Won 17½ - 5½ 
Our only official U12 rounders match of the season was played in fantastic spirits and with great skill. Gabi and Lily played bowler and 2nd deep for an innings each to great effect. Jemima was our solid little backstop. Lexi and Airlie played 1st post and 3rd deep for an innings each and both made good dismissals. Sonia played 2nd post very efficiently and made four dismissals. Ksenia and Marta shared 3rd post, both learned a great deal from the experience. Esme and Kitty shared 4th post with safe hands. Eloise played a very good 1st deep, backing up beautifully.
Our batting and running round the posts has come on brilliantly this season and it was due to our sense and bravery that we scored most of our rounders. Top scorers today were Lexi 4, Gabi 3½, Sonia 3, Lily, Jemima, Esme and Marta 1½ each and Airlie ½.
This bodes well for next season.   PMc

U11           Won 18 - 11½
All the girls played and we welcomed Andrea back who opened the bowling. We lost the first half but as they say in sport, it's a game of two halves! Down 8½ to 9½, we put Tallulah in to bowl and then backstop Elicia found her range and threw perfectly to Georgie at 1st post. They got 8 stumpings overall! Elicia also took a great catch and Alice a run out at 3rd. Our batting remained consistent and we scored 10 in the second half but with awesome accuracy from the bowling  and stumping, the opposition were out for only 1½. Final score 18½ to 11.  Well done all FN

U10/9        Lost 10 - 11½
The Ashdown and Skippers Hill teams were very well matched today, both possessing some good batters and fielders. In the first innings for Ashdown Kaoruko scored 1½ rounders and Alisa and Tabitha.W both scored half a rounder. We also gained 2½ rounders from consecutive no balls. Sarah played very well in the first half in the deep field quickly passing the big hits to Florence on 2nd post or Mimosa on 3d who were both very alert throughout the game. Sarah and Florence were also well backed up by Issy and Tara who were a great support to the field near to 2nd post. Skippers Hill scored 6½ including 2½ rounders for consecutive no balls. At half time the final score was 5 to Ashdown and 6½ to Skippers hill. For both teams the second innings was a little more exciting! Skippers Hill scored 5 rounders including 2 rounders for consecutive no balls and half a rounder for obstruction.

As Ashdown went into their final batting innings they knew the score could be close. Early on in the innings Chloe scored 1 rounder and Alisa and Mary scored half a rounder. The Skippers Hill backstop and 1st post then worked extremely well together to get almost all of the Ashdown girls out except Chloe. Being the last batsman Chloe knew she had to give it all she had. She hit the ball between 3rd and 4th and risked a speedy run on from 1st. The Skippers Hill 2nd post was ready to receive the ball as Chloe ran on, but missed the catch, so Chloe made it all the way to 4th post! As she stood in the batting square again Chloe hit the ball in the same direction, ran on to 2nd and the same thing happened again so Chloe scored another rounder. It was a brilliant end to the game and brought the score closer together. Ines worked tirelessly as back-stop throughout the match and was rightly awarded girl of the match for fielding. Due to her fantastic thinking and efforts Chloe was awarded girl of the match for batting. It was a great game this afternoon and good fun to watch.  LP



Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Wednesday, 8th June

St Andrew's U12 Rounders Tournament
U12                4th     

Squad:  Lily (Cpt), Lexi, Sonia, Gabi, Jemima, Esme, Airlie, Eloise, Kitty and Ksenia
 
v Windlesham House Lost 4½ - 5
v St Andrew’s Won 10 – 8½
v Moira House Won 8½ - 3
v Marlborough House  Won 6½ - 5½
v Buckswood Won 6½ - 1½
v Brambletye Lost 3½ - 10½
v Bede’s Lost 6 – 7½
 
Rounders For: 45½  Rounders Against: 41½ 
 
The girls all had moments of brilliance and moments when panic mode set in, but overall they were superb. They listened carefully to tactics and deployed them to the best of their ability. Lexi began the tournament by making a superb catch at 3rd deep. Lily sent some fantastic passes in to save certain rounders. Sonia moved round to fill in any gaps in our fielding beautifully. Gabi controlled the play like a professional. Jemima threw herself at any ball that was even remotely catchable. Esme was mature and safe at 4th post. Eloise never gave up and sent the ball in accurately. Airlie worked extremely hard at backstop, she will be tired tonight! Ksenia stumped a player out at 1st post, she looked delighted. Kitty watched the play carefully and fielded well.
 
All players got on the score sheet. Top batsmen were Gabi 11, Sonia and Lexi 9½, Lily 4, Esme 3, Jemima 2½, Airlie 1½  and Eloise, Kitty and Ksenia ½ each.
 
A really worthwhile experience for the girls and a delightful set of girls for their coach!
PMc  


                            
Lancing College U11 Rounders Tournament
U11                 5th         
                        
Rounders v Brambletye
U10/9              Lost 8½ - 13½     

A fabulous afternoon for rounders today! After new positions were assigned in training this week the girls were very keen to play. Their fielding has made a noticeable improvement over the term and they were working very well together today. They really brought what they had practised into the match.
 
Ashdown fielded first in the first innings. Brambletye scored 4½rounders. It was a gentle start with some good batting and fielding. When Ashdown came in to bat it was clear the Brambletye team worked very well together too, communicating really well. Ines, Alisa and Chloe all scored and along with two half rounders gained for no-balls Ashdown scored a total of 3½ rounders.
 
In the second innings Brambletye had some excellent hits so put our fielding team to the test. The Ashdown fielders worked well together and managed to get one batter out. Over the innings Brambletye scored 9 rounders which set us a bit of a target! Alisa, Ines, Chloe, Tara and Tabitha all scored and, with half a rounder for consecutive no-balls, Ashdown scored a total of 5 rounders in the second innings.
 
A great game from all the girls who participated. Those who played particularly well in their new positions were Ines as backstop, Sarah in the deep field and Tara as a back up for Flo on second, Tara and Flo helped each other and both showed excellent sportsmanship.  A lovely afternoon and a great match with Brambletye!  LP
 
 


             

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Saturday, May 21st
Rounders v Cumnor House
1st IX       Lost 12 ½ - 13
The score makes the match sound rather closer than in fact it was.   Cumnor could have scored many more rounders as they still had 24 balls to play in their second innings. As the rain was coming down fast by this time we decided to stop for safety reasons.

In our first innings we batted well, but Cumnor fielded superbly limiting us to 3 rounders. We fielded reasonably well in response, but not quite up to our usual standard. However their batting was relentless and we allowed 9½ rounders to pass us. We did dismiss them with some superb throws from Mila to Gabi taking five batsmen, a fast piece of fielding by Gabi to stump a sixth at 1st post and great stumpings by Cristina at 4th and two at 2nd post.

Instructions for our second batting innings were to relax the shoulders and hit out. The girls did this superbly making a total of 9½ rounders, a much more respectable score. With very few rounders to play with, Cumnor only required 3½ to win: we were on the back foot for their innings. We worked hard, but they took the win after only ten balls.

Top batsmen of the day were Frankie 3½; Sonia 2, Mila 1½; Teagan and Lily 1; Carmen and Gabi ½.  ‘Man’ of the match Mila and Frankie    PMc  

2nd IX           Lost 7½ - 8½                       

U11              Lost 10 - 10½                    

U10/9           Lost 11 - 17      
Another enjoyable game this afternoon! The girls were in good spirits for the game and played well. In our first batting innings Mimosa, Kaoruko and Alisa all scored a half rounder. Chloe scored two half rounders and Tabitha scored a full rounder. We also gained 3 half rounders through consecutive no balls bringing our total to 5. Cumnor House scored 7 rounders in their first innings and gained one half rounder through two consecutive no balls. In our second innings Chloe and Innes scored a half rounder each, Alisa scored two half rounders and Kaoruko scored two rounders. We also received four half rounders through consecutive no balls bringing the total to 6 for the innings. Cumnor House then went on to score 8.5 rounders and gained two half rounders through consecutive no balls. This left the score at 11:17 to Cumnor House. Chloe did an excellent job bowling and Kaoruko supported her well as back stop. Florence worked tirelessly on second base and managed to get a couple of players out. Ines, Tabitha Whitehead and Sarah did a great job in the deep field – we will work on long distance throws in the case of big hitters! Tara improved her focus and play this week. She played well at third post and also got a player out! Tabitha B and Mary both played at first base. They were well supported by the other players and kept a good watch on the game. Overall it was a fun afternoon even though it did start to rain!  LP                  

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Saturday, 14th May

Rounders Triangular v Worth & Vinehall
1st IX            Won 25 - 3, Won 15 - 5  

v Worth

Won 25 – 3

We initially decided to play a 15 minute innings match against Worth. As they were out for one rounder in six minutes we altered this to two seven minute innings. In that innings we fielded superbly and dismissed the team by two bowler to 1st post stumps; three backstop to 1st post stumps; a stump at 2nd post; a catch by bowler and the final pair at the box. We scored 12 rounders in our first innings.

For the second fielding innings the deeps were moved to the posts and to backstop. We then managed to dismiss Worth again in their second innings, this time for two rounders. On this occasion there were catches made at 1st deep; 4th post; 3rd post and two by the bowler. We stumped two at 2nd post; one backstop to 1st post and one at the box. We scored a further 13 rounders in our second batting innings.

Top batsmen of the match were Frankie and Gabi 4; Sonia 3½; Lexi and Lily 3; Mila 2½ and Cristina and Carmen 2.

v Vinehall

Won 15 – 5

An unbeaten side from Vinehall played us in our second match of the afternoon. We were put in to bat first in this one innings game. It appeared to be almost all over after the initial 12 balls of the innings. We had scored only 2½ rounders and lost five batsmen! Our remaining four - Frankie, Sonia, Teagan and Cristina - then dug deep. Over the next 19 balls they managed to increase the score by good hitting and fabulous running to 9½ rounders. We then lost Sonia to a superb catch by Vinehall and were down to three batsmen. These three then worked extremely hard to increase the score further over the remainder of the innings. With two minutes left to play we were up to 14½  rounders. Over the next three balls we lost first Cristina and then Frankie, leaving Teagan alone, again! She managed to make a further half rounder before she too was dismissed with 10 seconds to go. We were now in with a chance!

The girls set a fantastic field for their innings-totally unaided. The fielding was quite superb, Teagan making the catch of the season to dismiss Vinehall’s best batsman. This obviously shook their team’s confidence. She followed this up with an incredible dive to stop a bullet ball passing her, not only stopping a certain rounder but also getting the ball to 3rd post for a stumping. More dismissals followed; two catches at 3rd post. A fabulous stumping at 1st post; backstop to 1st post ; two at 2nd post; one at 4th post and two players at the box. We had dismissed Vinehall for 5 rounders! We have worked hard on our fielding and today I could not have been more proud of the team’s slick and deadly efficiency.

Top batsmen; Teagan 5; Frankie 4 and Sonia and Cristina 2

‘Man’ of the match Teagan (and her entire team!)

PMc
 
Rounders v Vinehall
2nd IX            Won 19½ - 6½ 

U11                Lost 8 - 16                     

U10/9             Lost 10 - 13   
After a difficult start today the girls really got into the game towards the end of the match. Tara, Alisa and Tabitha.W had a good first innings all scoring for Ashdown. We ended the innings on 4½ rounders. The first fielding innings was difficult as Vinehall had a strong team. They scored 10 rounders. Chloe, Mary and Alisa all scored in the second innings and we gained half rounders from no-balls and obstruction,leaving our final score at 9½. Going into the final fielding innings the girls were still very positive. Vinehall had some good batters so kept Tabitha.W, Ines and Florence working very hard. They did an excellent job getting all 9 players out with 11 good balls left to play. However, Vinehall managed to score 3 more rounders taking their score to 13. It was an exciting end to the match and well played by both teams.  LP

                 

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

Wednesday, 4th May

Rounders v Lingfield Notre Dame
1st IX          Won 24 – 15½
We lost the toss and were sent in to bat. We managed to score a decent amount in the initial 12 balls, however we failed to capitalise on the rather poor fielding during this time. Lingfield then pulled themselves together and began to field well. We managed to score 8 rounders by the end of the innings. If we had been alert we could have doubled that score.  Lingfield batted well in their first innings and we fielded reasonably, but without our usual care. Thus we allowed them to score 7½ rounders. 

There was all to play for in the second innings! We were much more efficient in our batting and our running this time and we added 16 rounders to our score before running out of batting time.  In our second fielding innings we played calmly and efficiently dismissing Lingfield for 8 rounders. Thus we had won.

All girls got a score on the board. Frankie was top scorer with 4, Gabi and Lily 3½, Lexi and Sonia 2½, Carmen 2, Mila 1½ and Teagan and Cristina 1.  The triangle which consisted of several players during the course of the match dismissed 12 players between them.  ‘Man’ of the match Batting Frankie, Fielding Mila and Lexi
PMc
              
2nd IX         Lost 9 - 15½

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, 27th April

Bede's U13 Rounders

1st IX            Group stage
Bede’s Tournament
v St Andrew’s Lost 7½- 8½ 
v Vinehall Lost 6½ - 7
v Moira House Lost 4 – 5½
v St Chistopher’s Won 7½ - 3½
v Roedean Lost 2 – 4
v Brighton Won 8 – 3½
We had a good start against St Andrew’s, Vinehall and Moira House narrowly losing due to our decision making on when to run and when to stick with the half rounder we could have achieved. Against St Christopher’s we played with fluidity and really looked like the team that we should be. Sadly the move to a different pitch for the next match seemed to throw us and we played quite dreadfully both on the batting and fielding fronts. Our final match against Brighton took us back to top form and here we again showed glimpses of greatness!

The triangle dismissed 19 players between them, a great effort. We also dismissed 15 at second post and five between the other posts. More consistency is required and greater understanding between our players.

Every player achieved a score. Top scorers were Carmen and Sonia with 6½ apiece, Lexi with 4½ , Frankie 4, Gabi 3½, Mila 3, Teagan and Lily 1½ each and Cristina 1.
Much was learned today and many things have been highlighted for improvement. Overall a good afternoon!
PMc
 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Wednesday, 27th April

Rounders v Ardingly
2nd IX            Lost 3 - 10  
                  
U11               Lost 14½ - 21  
The girls are making good improvements already this term and this was a fun, friendly match in breaking sunshine.

Emma took two excellent catches at 3rd. Felicity bowled more consistently  and the backing up between Tallulah, Maria and Adel was super. Anastasia improved her fielding considerably by the end and the tactical side of the game is becoming less of a mystery to all. Elicia backed up 4th post very well and when our throws become more accurate and 'friendly' to catch, we will see a massive improvement. Top batters were Tallulah, Maria, Adel. FN

U10/9            Lost 5 - 9
It was a lovely sunny afternoon for the rounders match which the girls really enjoyed. Ardingly bought a great under 10 team who played an excellent game. In our first innings Alisa scored half a rounder, and we gained 3 half rounders for no balls. Ardingly had a stronger first innings scoring 5 and the Ashdown fielding team got one girl out by stumping 3rd post. In the second innings Kaoruko and Alisa scored half a rounder each and Florence scored two half rounders. We also gained another rounder from consecutive no balls. Ardingly scored another 4 rounders in their final innings however the Ashdown fielding team were a lot stronger, worked well together and got three girls out. Chloe made an excellent catch after it had been hit high into the air. Innes really strengthened throughout the match as her understanding of the game improved. She became very aware of where the opposing team were running to ensure she was throwing the ball ahead of them. Mimosa and Tabitha worked hard around 3rd base and were kept busy by some good hits from the Ardingly team. Issy and Tara worked well together at 4th base and managed to stump a couple of runners out. Overall a great afternoon and a fun match. Well done to both teams!  LP

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Saturday, 23rd April

Rounders v Bede's

1st IX   Won 13-7 
The first match of the season. We won the toss and put the opposition in to bat.The girls were a little rusty at the start, but soon picked up the pace. Teagan bowled well and caught out three players in the first innings. Mila was a little nervous at backstop, thus rather tentative in her endeavours, but took a fabulous catch. Lexi commanded 4th post beautifully and made one stumping and took a catch. Lily played well at 3rd deep and stumped a player with her quick reactions at 3rd post. The catch of this innings was made by Frankie at 1st deep! Having dismissed Bede’s for only 4 rounders we were in good shape. We batted quite well, but tended to hit straight to the deep fielders (discussed and sorted at half time!). By the end of our innings we had made 8 rounders.

In their second innings Bede’s again batted well, but we were more alert and kept them down to a total of 3 rounders, thus we had already won 8-7. We changed bowlers and this seemed to suit Mila as she managed to send some bullet passes to Gabi to dismiss two players. Mila also took two great catches, Lexi and Gabi each took a catch. With a quick stumping by Carmen at 2nd post we just had two to dismiss at the box. Our batting was better in the second innings, although some rather unintelligent running meant that our score was less impressive than it could have been.

Top scorers for the day were Gabi 3½, Carmen and Lexi  2, Mila and Lily 1½, Teagan ½.
'Man' of the match:  Fielding Teagan, Batting Gabi
PMc

2nd IX          Lost 6.5 - 7.5            

U11             Lost 10.5 - 22             

U10/9          Lost 6.5 - 13.5            

 

v Bedes

Won 13-7 (or 8-7 plus an innings)

The first match of the season. We won the toss and put the opposition in to bat.The girls were a little rusty at the start, but soon picked up the pace. Teagan bowled well and caught out three players in the first innings. Mila was a little nervous at backstop, thus rather tentative in her endeavours, but took a fabulous catch. Lexi commanded 4th post beautifully and made one stumping and took a catch. Lily played well at 3rd deep and stumped a player with her quick reactions at 3rd post. The catch of this innings was made by Frankie at 1st deep! Having dismissed Bedes for only 4 rounders we were in good shape. We batted quite well, but tended to hit straight to the deep fielders (discussed and sorted at half time!). By the end of our innings we had made 8 rounders.

 

In their second innings Bedes again batted well, but we were more alert and kept them down to a total of 3 rounders, thus we had already won 8-7. We changed bowlers and this seemed to suit Mila as she managed to send some bullet passes to Gabi to dismiss two players. Mila also took two great catches, Lexi and Gabi each took a catch. With a quick stumping by Carmen at 2nd post we just had two to dismiss at the box. Our batting was better in the second innings, although some rather unintelligent running meant that our score was less impressive than it could have been.

Top scorers for the day were Gabi 3½, Carmen and Lexi  2, Mila and Lily 1½, Teagan ½.

'Man' of the matchFielding Teagan, Batting Gabi

PMc

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday, 16th March

Brambletye U13 Netball Tournament

1st VII           Winners 
v Cumnor House Won 10-1
v Great Walstead Won 7-3
v  Handcross Park Won 2-1
v Brambletye Won 6-5
v Lingfield Notre Dame Won 10-2
v Cottesmore Won 8-5
v Ardingly Lost 3-5
 Goals For 46, Goals Against 22
The girls were quite superb today - versatile and charming!
It was a little sad to lose to a team we should have beaten, BUT in the end our goal difference pulled us through. We were plus 24 and Brambletye were plus 21.
A thoroughly deserved win for Carmen and her superb team.  It is important to commend all, but in particular; Carmen and Teagan who are quite superb; Frankie, Mimi, Mila and Cristina who have improved beyond all recognition this season and Lexi for her fortitude with a damaged leg, she kept on playing.
'Man' of the match THE ASHDOWN 1st Team!  PMc                  

Hurst U11 Netball Tournament

U11      5th          

Squad Felicity (capt), Tallulah, Elicia, Maria, Georgie, Adel, Emma, Alice, Chloe, Kaoruko

What a fabulous way to end the netball season. Bright sunshine and a howling gale seemed to raise our performance. Ashdown came second in their group, beating Cottesmore 3-2, and Bedes 2-0 and settling for a 2-2 draw against Ardingly. We were then in the playoffs. We were soundly dismissed by St Hilary's who went on to win the tournament. Hurst beat us 3-1 and we had a a very tight 2-1 loss again Cumnor. We came 5th overall out of 12 teams and  we were only a couple of goals away from a medal. The whole team played well and began to launch themselves into the air to compete for the ball. Elicia shot some amazing goals in very tricky conditions and towards the end, some wild passing in the wind was our undoing. Never mind that. The team has grown in confidence and ability and should be thrilled with themselves.

Happy Easter to you all and let's perform well in rounders and athletics in the summer.

FN

    

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

1st IX Rounders Triangular with Ardingly and Handcross Park

As with all triangular matches there is no second innings. Sadly that means there is no time to regroup if your best batsman is out or your fielding positions require alteration. As it was a blisteringly hot day the innings were only 10 minutes long.

v Handcross Park Won 10½- 6
We fielded first for only about the second time this season. We were not in quite our super slick mode. Although we managed to get the team out in just under their allotted time, we gave away at least 4 rounders in fielding errors. This set us up for a battle in our batting innings. With a considerable number of no balls our batting time was severely limited; however we did manage to score well enough to take the game by 2 rounders. The other 2½ rounders were from no balls. Top scorers were Elizabeth with 2 and Ana with 1½.

v Ardingly Won 6- 4½ 
In this match we batted first, again without our usual efficiency. Having only posted a score of 6 rounders we had plenty to achieve in the fielding innings to limit Ardingly. We did manage to do this as we fielded slightly better than in the match against Handcross. PMc

 

 

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Rounders v Hawthorns

2nd IX               Won 10 – 9½             (MM)

U11                 Won 16½ - 5             (JU)

U10/9              Won 20 – 12½           
On the hottest day of the year, the U10 team remained cool enough to secure their most convincing win of the rounders season and I could not be more delighted!  We won the toss and went in to field first.  Due to the harsh weather conditions, we played shortened innings of 27 and 18 balls respectively, but it became clear early on, that we would not struggle to compete against this Hawthorns side.  Our fielding was almost faultless, apart from a couple of over zealous deliveries from Maria in third deep which challenged Felicity. We held the opposition to 6½ after one innings and 12½ in total. 
With the bat, we played better than in any other match.  Plenty of halves and full rounders, shared amongst all nine girls.  Hawthorns did gift us quite a few no-ball halves too though.   Totals for today: Andrea 4, Adel 3, Felicity 2, Elicia 1, Patricia 1, Kaoruko 1, Tallulah ½, Maria ½ and Anastasia ½. 

Adel was nominated 'girl of the game' for her outstandingly powerful hits but I would also suggest that Elicia should share that accolade for her brilliantly brave fielding. 
Well done to all of the girl and THANK YOU for a lovely lovely lovely season. VM

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