Rounders

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday, 20th May

Rounders v Cumnor House
2nd IX             Lost 15 - 20½
We lost the toss and were put in to bat in this 30 good ball game. After 12 deliveries we had put no score on the board. Finally a mini break through came when Maria took ½ a rounder. Hopefully the floodgates would now be open. Sadly this was a mere crack in the Cumnor defence. Four balls later Ksenia took a further ½ rounder for the team. Over the next few balls we lost two players to catches and one stumped. Thankfully Emma managed to make 1½ rounders and Alice ½. With Cumnor's new bowler gifting us 1½ rounders in no-balls we had made 4½ rounders in our first innings.
 
Cumnor responded with 11½ rounders. We did manage to dismiss three of their players at 2nd post (Maria), one at 3rd post (Nanaho) and one at 4th post (Ksenia.)
 
In our second batting innings we were much braver when running around the posts and managed to score a few rounders; Alice 2; Nanaho 2½; Maria 1½ and Adel ½ . To our great good fortune Cumnor tried out two new bowlers and they gifted us 4 rounders in no-balls. We had made 15 rounders in total over our two innings.

Cumnor needed 4 rounders to win. They managed to make 9 rounders. We fielded with much more purpose and skill in this innings. Placing Emma at bowler and Alice out in deep made quite a difference. We stumped one player at 4th and one at 2nd posts. Eloise caught a player out at backstop and Maria took another at 2nd post.
‘Man’ of the match Adel for superb deep fielding and Maria for batting. PMc    
            
Under 11         Lost 10 - 13  
Ashdown won the toss and chose to field first but despite this advantage, our performance was lackluster.  Chloe bowled beautifully but fumbling on the posts gave our opponents too many opportunities to increase their total.  With the bat, we were no more impressive. Wild swinging and cautious running held us to 2½ rounders to Cumnor's 8. Thankfully, the second innings was much improved and the girls managed to inject some spirit into their game.  We won the second innings 7½ to 5, clawing back to a reasonable result.  With two tournaments coming up, this match was a lesson in the importance of making a strong start. Shorter games leave no time for a warm up. 

Today's statistics with the bat:  Giada 2½, Alisa 2, Kaoruko 1, Chloe 1, Tara ½, Sarah ½. In the field, Tara stumped two girls out at first, Giada stumped four girls at second and Kaoruko stumped two at fourth.  Kaoruko also took a catch behind. 

Chloe was nominated girl of the game for her superb bowling and Alisa was nominated for batting.  VM    
              
Under 10/9      Won 14 - 12½ 
It was a close match this afternoon which was played well on both sides. In the first innings Ashdown scored 7½ rounders and Cumnor scored 4½ rounders. Two of the Ashdown girls were caught or stumped out and all of the Cumnor girls were caught or stumped out with just two balls to spare.

 
In the second innings Ashdown scored 6½ rounders and Cumnor scored 8 rounders. Again two of the Ashdown team were caught or stumped out and all of the Cumnor girls were caught or stumped out with four balls to spare. Ashdown made a great start but as the game went on Cumnor grew stronger and really pushed the Ashdown team. Felicity, Kitty, Mimosa and Florence all made an excellent catch straight from the bat. As a team, their fielding performance has definitely improved. We will do some more batting practice this week to make sure all of the girls are connecting the ball and the bat, which will help us to score a few more rounders. It was a lovely fixture and quite exciting to watch! LP
 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday, 17th May

Rounders v Holmewood House

1st IX   Lost 10½ - 18½
Today we played 30 good balls. We batted first. Slick fielding and a slippery pitch meant that only the very best strikes were worthy of full or half rounders. Lexi slipped between 2nd and 3rd post on the first great strike of the day, thus only scoring ½ when she would easily have made a whole rounder. Losing Gabi on the 2nd ball to a great catch by 1st post was disappointing. This was followed by losing Felicity on the 5th ball, Adel on the 7th and Lexi on the 10th. By the end of the innings we had scored only 3½ rounders. Holmewood batted beautifully and we made some basic fielding errors during their first innings. Lily and Lexi each took great catches, one player was stumped Lexi to Felicity at 1st post and Sonia dismissed three players at 2nd post. We were down by 5 rounders at half time.

Our batting was better in the second innings, although we lost Gabi on the second ball to a fabulous catch out deep. We managed to make a further 7 rounders to force Holmewood to bat again. This they did beautifully furthering their score to 18½ rounders. Lily made two superb catches and Sonia dismissed two players at 2nd post.

Top batsmen today were Lexi 4, Sonia 2½, Felicity and Jemima 1½ and Lily ½. ‘Man’ of the match : Batting Lexi and fielding Lily  PMc

2nd IX  Lost 13½ - 18
The team played very well today.  Batting proved tricky as Holmewood’s bowler was very quick. Despite that, Annabel and Mariana scored 3, Alice 2½ and Maria and  Nanaho scored 1 each.

The girls fielded very well in slippery conditions. Esme made a few stumpings at 2nd Post, Emma stumped 1st and Eloise 3rd. Two superb catches by Nanaho at 4th and a great catch in the deep by Annabel were the stand-out moments. Well done all 9 - you all contributed to a fairly tight and very competitive game.  FN

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday, 13th May

Rounders v Vinehall
1st IX               Won 15½ - 6½ 
 For once we won the toss and we put Vinehall in to bat. We fielded rather well and thus only allowed Vinehall to score 4 rounders. With a couple of girls away for the match we had drafted in Airlie and Eloise. Both these girls took a great catch out in the deep. Lexi was in great form passing fast and hard to Georgie to dismiss three players. Jemima, Marta and Sonia each made a good stumping to dismiss three other players. We batted well at the beginning and end of our first innings, with a slightly dry patch in the middle, to make 8½ rounders.

Since most of Vinehall’s players batted towards 3rd deep we moved Gabi to 3rd deep for the 2nd innings. A great move since she caught three players out with her incredibly safe hands! Airlie took another super catch in her new position of 2nd deep and Jemima an awesome one off 3rd! Lily made two incredible stops and passed hard and fast to Georgie to dismiss a further two players at 1st post. With a stumping at 3rd and a further two players dismissed by Lexi at the box, Vinehall were out and we had won the game. They kindly allowed us to bat our 2nd innings where we made a further 7 rounders to finish the day with a sore of 15½.
Every girl made it onto the score sheet today. Gabi 4, Lexi, Jemima and Marta 2 apiece, Sonia 1½, Georgie 1 and Lily, Airlie, Mariana and Eloise ½ each.
‘Man’ of the match Gabi batting and fielding  PMc

Under 11           Won 22 - 17       
A deserved win for the U11s this afternoon.  With the bat, the girls played cautiously but cleverly.  Alisa, Giada, Chloe and Kaoruko tested the fielders with some powerful strikes behind fourth post but the other players really took their chances too.  Everyone contributed to the total:  Alisa 3, Sarah 3, Chloe 2½, Tabitha 2½, Kaoruko 2, Giada 1½, Issy 1½, Tara ½ and Ines ½.   VM
            
Under 10/9        Lost 12 - 13½
It was another great afternoon for a rounders match! The girls played well this afternoon and we saw some excellent fielding, however we just weren't strong enough to field some fantastic hits by the Vinehall girls, who beat us in one innings. In our batting innings Mimosa scored four rounders, Florence scored two and a half rounders, Isabella scored one and a half rounders, Felicity scored one rounder and Stephanie and Kitty scored half a rounder each. Mimosa received girl of the game for batting because she hit some fast, high balls which were difficult to field. Florence received girl of the game for fielding which was well deserved as she got six people out during the game. Well done to all of the girls for keeping their determination up throughout the game! LP

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday, 10th May

Rounders v St Andrew's
1st IX                Lost 20½ - 27    
Having lost the toss we were sent in to bat. The innings got off to a bad start as Georgie was dismissed on the first ball. However the girls regrouped and slowly began to rack up the runs. There was efficient fielding from an accomplished opposition but we managed a very respectable 10 rounders. The girls then fielded quite well to keep some great hitters at bay. Georgie, Sonia and Jemima each took catches and there was slick passing in from the deeps, especially Gabi, to dismiss two players at 4th post by Marta and one by Sonia at 2nd post. Lexi made a bullet pass to Georgie dismissing a player backstop to 1st post and she also dismissed the team, for 12½ rounders, with quick thinking at the box. Thus we were still in the running at half time.

During our second batting innings we increased our total to 20½ rounders. This would prove to be slightly too small a total to defend. More great catches were taken in the second fielding innings by Jemima, Lily, Felicity and Gabi. Marta and Jemima each stumped a player out and one more was dismissed backstop to 1st post. A great throw was put in to Lexi near the end of the innings to dismiss the final two players.
Top scorers of the day were Lexi and Lily 4½ each, Gabi 3½, Felicity 2½, Sonia 2, Marta 1 and Adel ½.  ‘Man’ of the match:  Lexi and Lily for great overall play!
PMc
            
2nd IX               Lost 11 - 31  
We played a timed game today where all our girls got the chance to bat and field. The weather was fantastic and the girls enjoyed playing, despite the outcome. There were definite positives to be taken from today's match. Eloise was a commanding presence at back stop, making some fine interventions. Coro took a stunning catch in the deep, one that will live long in the memory. Mariana was like a young Babe Ruth with the bat, demolishing the ball to all parts of the Patch. At 1st post, Esme was like a 'ball magnet', beautiflly stumping a trio of oppostion batsmen.

We can learn a lot from this game and hopefully, with some determined practice, find more success in our future endeavours. A good effort girls. T-RR

Under 11           Won 23- 14½   
In the glorious sunshine on a sea-salty coast, the U11s enjoyed a comfortable victory against St Andrew’s.

In the first innings, we fielded neatly and cleverly. A number of St Andrew’s girls managed to direct the ball to the left of 1st post which was hard to field efficiently but otherwise the girls adapted well to positional changes.  Alisa caught one girl out behind and Giada stumped three out at 2nd, limiting our opponents to 8 rounders. In the second innings, we were equally slick - Chloe caught two girls out, including one strong batsman, and she stumped one on 1st. Giada stumped two out at 2nd. Our passing between the posts was mostly accurate. Tara and Zene made some good stops. 

With the bat, Alisa was supreme and the rest of the team improved over the two innings. The batting totals were as follows; Alisa 7, Kaoruko 4½, Giada 3, Tabitha 3, Chloe 2, Tara 2.   Girl of the game- Alisa   VM
          
Under 10/9        Lost 9½ - 11
It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon so it was great weather for a rounders match! We played an under 10 A and B mixed team. They were a strong team who fielded well and batted with good strength. St Andrew's batted first, gaining 11 rounders. In our first batting innings Felicity, Florence and Stephanie scored one rounder each and Mimosa scored half a rounder. As we were behind by a little way we batted again straight after our first batting innings. Kitty, Mimosa and Indya scored one rounder each and Mary and Tracy both scored half a rounder. Along with some half rounders gained for obstruction and no balls, this bought our game total to 9 and a half rounders. The game then ended there with St Andrew's winning on one innings. It was a tough match however the Ashdown girls did do some great fielding when the ball was hit inside or just outside the posts. The St Andrew's team had some strong players who could hit the ball quite far, and being a younger team, we didn't have the strength to get the ball back to the pitch quickly. The girls tried really hard, despite knowing they were up against a strong team, which is all we can ask for! LP

Saturday, 06 May 2017

Saturday, 6th May

Rounders v Brambletye

U12      Lost 13-19
We won the toss and thus fielded first in this 36 good ball game. During the first innings we dismissed one player backstop (Nanaho) to 1st Post (Georgie), one was caught beautifully by 2nd deep (Adel), two were stumped at 2nd post (Mariana) and one stumped at 4th post (Marta.) Brambletye hit some lovely shots during the latter part of the innings to make 8½ rounders. We batted quite well and ran bravely to score 6½ in our 1st innings.

Thus, with all to play for, we began the 2nd innings. Brambletye hit well during the entire innings and although we fielded much better generally, we did make several unforced errors. Two great catches were made, one by Felicity off 3rd and one by Marta off 4th. Three other players were dismissed at 2nd post. Brambletye had upped their score to 19 by the end. We had rather a lot to do in our 2nd innings and with a few silly run outs, we only managed to increase our score to 13.

Top batsmen of the day were Georgie 4, Annabel 2½, Felicity 1½, Alice, Maria, Marta and Adel 1 apiece and Emma And Nanaho ½ each.  ‘Man’ of the match Georgie batting and Adel fielding   PMc 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday, 26th April

U13 Rounders Tournament at Bede's

1st IX                 Abandoned 
 4th Place
Bowler Lily, Backstop Lexi, 1st Post Georgie, 2nd Post Sonia, 3rd Post Jemima, 4th Post Marta/Felicity, 1st Deep Adel, 2nd Deep Gabi, 3rd Deep Mariana
v Bede’s Won 10-4
v Brambletye Lost 3-5
v Lancing Won 12½ - 4
v Vinehall Won 12-10
v DCPS Lost 10½ - 12
v Moira House Won 10-5
v Windlesham Match abandoned due to hail. Windlesham had batted and scored 8 

Every girl added some vital rounders to our scores: Gabi 14½, Lexi 9½, Felicity 9, Georgie 7½, Marta 6½, Sonia 5½, Lily 4½, Jemima and Mariana 1½ and Adel ½.
Our triangle of Lily, Lexi and Georgie stumped out 19 players with razor sharp fielding. Lily caught two players and Lexi one. On the posts Sonia caught one player, Jemima five and 4th post caught two. Gabi, our awesome 2nd deep, took four incredible catches!  Four players were dismissed at the box by Lexi, two by Jemima at 3rd, one at 4th post and nine by Sonia at 2nd post.  All the girls gave of their best today and also learned a huge amount. They will be a more accomplished team after this experience.  The most incredible piece of fielding was performed by Gabi who stopped an almost unstoppable ball out deep, and threw it like a bullet to Sonia to dismiss the best player on the Lancing team. For this; her incredible catches and her performance with the bat she is my ‘Man’ of the tournament!  PMc
     
                               

 

4th Place

Bowler Lily, Backstop Lexi, 1st Post Georgie, 2nd Post Sonia, 3rd Post Jemima, 4th Post Marta/Felicity, 1st Deep Adel, 2nd Deep Gabi, 3rd Deep Mariana

v Bede’s Won 10-4

v Brambletye Lost 3-5

v Lancing Won 12½ - 4

v Vinehall Won 12-10

v DCPS Lost 10½ - 12

v Moira House Won 10-5

v Windlesham Match abandoned due to hail. Windlesham had batted and scored 8

Every girl added some vital rounders to our scores: Gabi 14½, Lexi 9½, Felicity 9, Georgie 7½, Marta 6½, Sonia 5½, Lily 4½, Jemima and Mariana 1½ and Adel ½.

Our triangle of Lily, Lexi and Georgie stumped out 19 players with razor sharp fielding. Lily caught two players and Lexi one. On the posts Sonia caught one player, Jemima five and 4th post caught two. Gabi, our awesome 2nd deep, took four incredible catches!  Four players were dismissed at the box by Lexi, two by Jemima at 3rd, one at 4th post and nine by Sonia at 2nd post.  All the girls gave of their best today and also learned a huge amount. They will be a more accomplished team after this experience.  The most incredible piece of fielding was performed by Gabi who stopped an almost unstoppable ball out deep, and threw it like a bullet to Sonia to dismiss the best player on the Lancing team. For this; her incredible catches and her performance with the bat she is my ‘Man’ of the tournament!

PMc

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday, 26th April

Rounders v Ardingly

2nd IX                Lost 10½ - 21½ 
Alice, Eloise (capt), Esme, Airlie, Coro, Ksenia, Maria, Nanaho, Annabel, Kitty, Emma.

All the girls got to bat as we played 33 good balls followed by 22 good balls.  The weather was extraordinarily cold and wet hands played havoc with bowling and catching.
Things on the 'to do' list: we need to watch the ball more closely, into out hands. We need to connect bat to ball more consistently and not take huge swings. We need to throw with more care to the fielders at the posts, so that they have a chance of stumping.

But Kitty stumped a player at 1st post; Annabel threw a super ball in from the deep to Esme for a stumping at 4th; Maria and Nanaho held on to catches; Airlie and Eloise stumped a few and Alice bowled consistently well and scored 1½ which was the best of the batting. We switched field positions for the second innings and had a much better time of it, only losing that session 7½ to 6½. Well done girls and I hope you all warm up soon.  FN
       
Under 11            Won 14 - 12                        
There were noticeable improvements in today's U11 game.  In the field, the girls were bold and decisive.  Communication was good and our less confident fielders contributed well.  Tabitha's catch off 4th post was a highlight.  To improve, the girls must try to use a long barrier and I must think again about fielding positions.  Giada is perfect for 2nd post, Chloe is a superb bowler and Tara worked well off 3rd but I'm not convinced that we have found the best combination yet...

With the bat, the U11s found the balance between running with caution and taking chances to improve the score.  The batting total was more evenly spread amongst the team.

This fixture against Ardingly was wonderfully competitive. Our opponents won the first innings 6-5 and we won the second innings 6-9 resulting in a pleasing victory for Ashdown.

Stats for the day;
Batting totals - Alisa 3½, Kaoruko 2, Sarah 2, Giada 1½, Chloe 1, Tabitha 1, Tara ½, Issy 0½and Zene ½- plus 1½ for consecutive no-balls.
In the field- Kaoruko stumped five girls out at 1st, Giada stumped three girls out at 2nd and caught one, Chloe stumped one at 3rd, Alisa stumped two at 4th and caught one behind and Tabitha caught one off 4th. 
Giada was nominated 'girl of the game' - she has proved herself quite capable of playing up with the U11s.  VM

Under 10/9         Won 12 - 3½

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-

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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

                 

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