Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wednesday, 30th May

Cricket v Cottesmore
1st X1 Draw
On a soggy, humid afternoon, we con tinued our season against a decent Cottesmore outfit. We played a time and declaration game and hoped to bat first; as it turns out we lost the toss and were asked to bat anyway. We got off to a rotten start and were reduced to 4-2. Chavasse and Mazario then batted patiently and responsibly to heave us out of trouble. It was tough going on wet pitch and runs were at a premium. Chavasse crafted a beautiful 47 not out and saw us through to 91-4 when we declared at tea.

Cottesmore started their chase well until Daley struck in the fifth over. Then Chavasse chipped in with two quick wickets and all of a sudden the pressure was on. Yet another stunning catch from Hannay and grab at point from Ferrario reduced them to 45-5 at which point they blocked out for the draw. A frustrating result but one in which we will have learned a lot.  GdeM

2nd X1 Lost by 43 Runs 
With Cottesmore opting to bat, I had high hopes for a controlled display of line and length bowling, akin to our performance in the Worth game. This was not the case. Cottesmore’s openers batted beautifully, blocking the rare straight deliveries and punishing anything short or wide. The only highlight of our 20 overs in the field was Terhide bowling the Cottesmore No 2 on 49, although even the most staunch of Ashdown supporters would be first to admit that the poor lad deserved his half century. Cottesmore closed on 126 for 4.

Chasing 126 from 20 overs put us under pressure from the start. We knew we would have to take some risks. The chase started in positive fashion with Lucas and Peter putting on 12 in the first two overs. In the third over, Lucas was bowled by a beautiful delivery which brought Ter to the wicket. He hit three boundaries off his first three deliveries including a huge six! Ter continued in this manner scoring a swashbuckling 32 and was only out through a moment of bad luck which saw him playing on. After that, we capitulated courtesy of some very handy work behind the stumps.

Some notable improvements but we must do the basics well.  CS

3rd X1 Lost by 34 Runs
If it was only runs off the bat that counted in cricket, the 3rd XI would have beaten Cottesmore handsomely yesterday afternoon. As it was they, Cottesmore, compiled a daunting 104 in 20 extra-strewn overs. It was unfortunate that Ashdown bowled so many wides, because their ground fielding was impressive (particularly Oliver's clean pick up and direct hit of the stumps from fine leg). Ashdown batted well too: captain Kent  made 15 not out; Oliver again contributed with 12; and Diego made 10. However, they were unable to compensate for a slow start in the face of nagging, accurate Cottesmore bowling, falling 27 runs short of their target.  HdeM

Colts A Lost by 6 wickets 
With the clouds dispersing and the sun finally showing its face, the boys headed to Cottesmore for a tightly contested cricket match. We lost the toss and Cottesmore put us in to bat. Captain Ed got us off to a flying start as usual, and Monty nudged the ball into the gaps to maintain a good flow of runs. Ed scored 22 before one silly shot ended his innings bringing younger brother Harvey to the crease. Harvey’s shot selection was sublime and he quickly cantered to a score of 45 before being caught out. Harvey’s maturity (in the cricketing sense) was something at which to marvel and it carried us to a very respectable score of 108 from our 20 overs.

After a quick match tea, it was down to the bowlers to finish the job. Harvey and Khalel opened well, but the batsmen showed solid defences to stay in. Next, we tried to prize a wicket from the opposition via the spin of Ed and Igui. The boys both bowled well but wickets proved difficult to come by. Suddenly, three run outs came from nowhere and turned the game on its head. Wilf, Elias and Toby all held their nerve when bowing overs towards the business end of the game. Miro bowled a lovely line, picking up a wicket for his efforts. As time went on, the scores drew closer and closer until three runs were needed from the final over for Cottesmore to win. Ed stepped to the bowling crease and bowled a beautifully flighted spin which only leaked two runs from the first five balls of the over. After hours in the sun, one run was needed from the final delivery for Cottesmore to win. Ed tossed the ball up, and Cottesmore managed to scamper a single to win the game by six wickets.

Although we lost, we lost well today boys. You will have learnt more from today than you will from any wins at prep school. Today was a pleasure.  WT

Colts B Lost by 7 Wickets 
The Colts B had a fantastic match against Cottesmore. We got off to a good start with some promising batting from Miles, Daniel and Edward F. Unfortunately we lost some quick wickets and struggled to get many runs on the board. When it came to fielding Ashdown was on great form with some fantastic bowling from Charlie, Sami, Geroge W and Edward F, whilst Arty was a good firm pair of hands behind the stumps. Unfortunately for us Cottesmore just got a few too many runs and we lost in the last over. This was certainly our best game yet and we did really well. Keep going boys.  WK


U9A Lost by 40 Runs
The under 9s played Cottesmore away on Wednesday, the opposition chose to bat. We bowled well, but due to our accuracy it gave the batsmen the opportunity to hit the ball, on what was a small boundary, for 4. It was one of our best bowling performances of the season despite Cottesmore scoring 95. We went in to bat and Jonathan batted very well at the start. However, the opposition bowled very tight and kept us from scoring runs freely. So the game ended with us finishing 40 runs short. The boys definitely showed progress and I hope they continue to show this on Saturday against Cumnor House.  TG

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday, 23rd May
Cricket v Worth

1st X1 Won by 7 Wickets

2nd XI    Won by 20 runs
Worth were in a hurry owing to a prior engagement and were therefore keen to play a shortened format. We won the toss and opted to bat.

After a slightly slow start, Alex and Juan picked up the pace and were excellent running between the wickets. Six overs in, Alex missed a straight one which brought Charlie to the wicket. He and Juan continued to motor between the wickets, taking us into the 80s. With a few overs remaining, Charlie was bowled leaving Ter and Juan to close out the innings (almost). We finished on 104 for 3.

Worth hit ten off the first over of their chase and looked strong, particularly their left hander. Unfortunately for them, he ran himself out after 5 overs allowing Ashdown to take control. With two overs to go, Worth were way behind the run rate. Despite our death bowler bowling ten consecutive extras in the final over, Ashdown finished comfortably ahead of the curve.  CS

Cricket v Ardingly

U9A   Won by 13 runs
We took on Ardingly on a lovely sunny day and the boys were keen to record another win for the season after two recent losses. Harvey joined the side due to a fallow day for the Colts A. Ardingly chose to bat first and they came out all guns blazing, whacking our bowlers around the park. However, due to some tight fielding and great catching, 6 in all! We managed to restrict them to 55. We went to Tea confident that we could chase their total. We started in a similar fashion to Ardingly, with Charlie smashing a 6 in his innings! We had a slight stutter in the middle pairs but held on to take the victory by 13 runs! Well done to the whole team and on to the next game after the exeat!  TG

U9B Lost by 33 runs

Today’s performance was much better than previous weeks. We lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Our batting has improved over the last week and I hoped this would be evident on the pitch – it was! My only tip would be to move our feet enough towards the ball so we can attack it. Saying this, a few of the boys did produce some lovely cover drives.

Now it was our turn to bowl and I’m excited to say... we bowled excellently! Yes, there were still a few wides and no balls but, as a whole, there was an overall improvement through. A great job guys!   JS



Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday, 19th May

Cricket v Sunningdale
1st X1 Lost by 8 Wickets

3rd X Lost by 7 Wickets
The 3rds started cautiously, keeping wickets in hand as I had asked them to do. Rocco  batting for a considerable stretch. Some strong hitting and confident running, from the likes of Lachlan and Diego, saw us reach 63 after 20 overs. The game was nicely poised. However some powerful hitting from the Sunningdale openers got them off to a fast start. This continued despite the loss of a few wickets. Lachlan clean bowling Sunningdale's captain was a highlight of the match but unfortunately it was not enough to stop Sunningdale from reaching the total in 13 overs with the loss of only 4 wickets. Sunningdale win by 6 wickets.  JB

Colts A Lost by 8 Wickets 
The boys travelled to Sunningdale with the sun shining. We were put in to bat and the opposition started well dismissing our openers with some very sharp stumpings! However, Harvey managed to produce a counter punch and batted very well for his 35. While Harvey was there he was ably assisted by George and Toby. We finished on 87, a solid score against a good attack. 

After tea we went out to bowl and started with 6 very tight overs from Igui and Daniel. Unfortunately, we could not quite make the breakthrough that was needed to put pressure on the Sunningdale batsmen as they had a lot of overs to get our total. Harvey came on and picked up our only wicket of the game, clean bowling their strongest player. Despite being on the wrong end of the result the boys never gave up and worked hard until the end even though it had to be the hottest day we had played on so far. Good effort boys and on to the next one.   TG

Colts B Lost by 103 Runs

U9A Lost by 85 Runs
Today wasn’t a the best of days for us.

After the long journey to Sunningdale and with the sun beating down on us all, we won the toss and decided to field first. Unfortunately our bowling let us down but, on the other hand, our fielding was excellent. Now it was Ashdown’s turn to bat and we couldn’t get any momentum. All credit due to the under 9s at Sunningdale. They were very strong in all departments which made it extremely difficult for us, but some good cricket was played. JS

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wednesday, 16th May

Cricket v Holmewood House

1st XI    Lost by 10 wickets

2nd XI   Lost by 5 wickets
Batting first on an overcast afternoon, the Ashdown boys showed stout defence but were unable to put any rare loose deliveries to the boundary. As a result, we only lost 4 wickets, two falling in the final over, but underscored finishing on 65 runs.

With so few runs to play with, I was delighted that the boys showed such a positive attitude in the field. The bowling was consistantly accurate with only 3 extras coming from 12 overs and our fielding was also the best it has been all season. Special mention must go to Zhangir who bowled an amazing spell (2 for 6 off 4) and Juan for his sharp work behind the stumps. Lucas and Ocean were strong with the bat and Peter produced a pleasing all round display.

Whilst we were very much second best today, I thought the boys played their best cricket and many lessons were taken on board.  CS

3rd XI    Lost by 40 runs

Colts A     Lost by 10 wickets
Holmewood won the toss and, on a gloomy Wednesday afternoon, they put us into bat. Ed got us off to a decent start, and Khalel cautiously played out the bowling from the other end. Holmewood has a strong bowling attack and it wasn’t long before one of their spinners managed to slide a delivery between Ed’s bat and pad. Harvey came to the crease and looked very elegant whilst he was there; the issue is that he wasn’t there for very long either. With no let up from the Holmewood bowling attack, Ashdown lost a flurry of quick wickets. With five of our batsmen out for 0, the situation was begging for someone to spend some time at the crease. Freddie and George accepted the challenge with open arms. Although George only scored 5 runs, he occupied the crease for long enough to build a partnership with Freddie who scored 12 not out. The boys’ grit and determination was something to behold at a time when we truly needed it. As with any batting collapse, once Freddie and George had departed, a couple of run outs towards the end of the innings meant we only scored 52 runs before being bowled out.

We knew it would take a monumental effort to give ourselves a chance of winning. Sadly, Holmewood’s batsmen were just too good. They had obviously taken note of how Freddie negotiated the slightly uneven bounce by getting far forward. Ed and Harvey gave it a good go and, between all of our bowlers, we only bowled one wide. Huberto was exemplary in the field, making diving stops throughout the innings. Khalel bowled nicely, but with the batsmen not needing to score quickly, they were able to negotiate him with relative ease. Elias also deserves a small mention because, although he only bowled three deliveries at the very end of the match, he immediately settled into a lovely line and length which targeted the stumps, something which many of our bowlers struggled with. Holmewood managed to chase our total without losing any batsmen thus winning by ten wickets.

Today was a learning curve for us. As long as we work on the weaknesses which were highlighted, we will quickly improve as a team.   WT

Colts B   Lost by 85 runs
Today we faced a very strong Holmewood House side. With the wind picking up, the flight of the ball was going to be difficult to judge at times. Holmewood won the toss and decided to bat first. The game was going to be played as a pairs game with three overs each pair so everyone could have the chance to bat.

We made a positive start with some lovely bowling action on display. Our fielding was excellent with a few making critical stops. We sadly picked up a lot of wides and no balls, which result in Holmewood gaining cheap runs. They finished on 136 runs.

Now it was Ashdown's turn to bat and we were star struck. The opposition's bowling was fantastic which made it extremely difficult to face though we made several lovely cover drive shots. Our communication and supporting was outstanding and I was very proud of the team. Ashdown scored 51 runs.

Well done to all the boys today. Onwards and upwards!  JS

Cricket v Copthorne
The Under 9s travelled to Copthorne for a 'local' derby today. We lost the toss and we were put into bat. The Copthorne boys bowled well but our boys showed progress from our previous game and really tried to hit the ball hard. Due a slight change in the rules we didn't get as many runs as we were used to scoring. However, we went into our fielding stint with positivity. We definitely bowled straighter. Unfortunately this meant the Copthorne boys were able to hit the ball more easily. We stayed alert in the field managing to get one catch and a good run out. Well done to our boys and onward to the next match.  TG

Saturday, 12th May

Cricket v Wellesley House
1st XI  Match abandoned

2nd XI   Lost by 7 wickets
On a day where we’d have been better off with snorkel and flippers rather than helmet and pads, we welcomed Wellesley House.

Batting first, we started painfully slowly although it must be said that Wellesley bowled beautifully. Regular wickets fell and our total would have been very modest indeed were it not for Lucas and Tolu hitting enough runs to give us some credibility.

With a mere 52 required for the win, our only hope was that a combination of over confidence and the ever worsening weather would cause them to stumble. An early wicket allowed us a moment of short lived hope but Wellesley soon recovered their stride and cruised to victory.  CS

Colts A   Lost by 12 runs
On Saturday, the Colts A played Wellesley House, the weather was not perfect. We didn't see a dry moment! However, both sets of boys played with great commitment and skill. Wellesley batted first, we started well and picking up regular wickets. Ed nearly grabbing a hat trick! Wellesley finished on 79, a competitive total on a difficult wicket. We went out to bat and the Wellesley bowlers kept it very tight and we lost a cluster of wickets. Ed and Harvey made it look like we could get the victory but some good catching and more accurate bowling meant that we fell 12 runs short. The boys were a credit to Mr Hogue and, I am sure, look to bounce back in their next game.  TG

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Wednesday, 9th May
Cricket v Handcross Park

Colts A XI  Won by 10 runs
After a minute’s silence to remember the life of a uniquely wonderful person, we headed down to the pitch where so many words of wisdom had been passed onto so many of us over the years at Ashdown.

With the sun beating down, we elected to bat first. Ed got us off to a blistering start, scoring 32 runs in no time. Sami played a vital innings, ensuring we didn’t lose many early wickets. This allowed Harvey to carry on from where his brother left off at the other end, scoring 28 runs in an impressively mature innings (We won’t talk about the run out!). Igui and Khalel both chipped in at the end, bringing our final score to 95/5 from 20 overs.

After a quick tea break, it was time to finish the job. Harvey and Khalel set the tone well with the ball, restricting the opposition’s scoring rate whilst each picking up a wicket. Ed and Freddie continued the good work, with Ed’s spin bamboozling the opposition and Freddie bowling in a good area consistently. As the scores drew nearer, Ed marshalled the troops well and Miro, Wilf and Daniel all fielded exceptionally, picking up vital run outs and catches to keep the game within our control. With the value of each run steadily increasing, George worked tirelessly behind the stumps to make sure the game went down to the final few overs.

With the pressure growing, Monty worked his way into a valuable spell of bowling, conceding hardly any runs. With pressure building at the other end, Igui was able to take two wickets in one over. Ed returned to the Boeing crease and quickly picked up his third wicket, meaning that Freddie stood at the top of his bowling mark knowing one final wicket was needed to snatch a momentous victory. After a nervous dot ball, Freddie bowled an impeccably accurate delivery that cannoned into off-stump. Ashdown win by 10 runs.

Well done and thanks you boys; everyone is and would be proud. WT

Colts B XI  Lost by 48 runs
The Colts B had a very enjoyable afternoon of cricket. We played a pairs game and were put into field. There was some very good bowling from everyone but especially Huberto and some some great catches from Arty, Edward and Theo.

We opened the batting well and got some very quick runs. However we had a major collapse and lost many wickets resulting in a loss of runs. Despite a fantastic partnership of Hunter and Toby we still couldn't get to the total of 86. We need to continue to work on our running in between the wicket especially when it comes to our decision making. Keep going boys.  WK

Cricket v Cottesmore

U9A XI   Won by 9 runs
Last Wednesday the Under 9s took on Vinehall, the sun was shining and the boys were looking forward to trying to get their first win of the season. We bowled first and kept the Vinehall boys to a low score and fielded well with Jonathan taking a great catch. We then went into bat, all the boys showed progress from their previous match and hit the ball hard and made sure that their calling was really clear! We managed to finish nine runs ahead in the end, sealing the first win of the season. Well done boys and on to the next game!  TG

Cricket v Lancing Prep 
U9B XI  Won by 7 runs
On this glorious sunny day we travelled down to Lancing prep. As with all local prep school matches today, we observed our minute’s silence to remember the brilliant Mr Hogue.

Paul was our captain today and won the toss deciding to bat first. Our batting was fantastic with a few low powerful drives being made. What really impressed me though was our defending on the wickets. They are taught to attack the ball in the correct situations and we aced it today. We scored an impressive 77 runs for the loss of no wickets!

With Lancing now batting and fighting for the win, we knew our bowling had to be good though we’re still giving away a lot of wides and no balls. Bowling is difficult to conquer and we are very much in the development phase. Saying this, we kept them from making lot of runs by some very sharp fielding. Lancing scored 70 runs.

Well done to all the boys for their performance today.  JS

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Saturday, 28th April

Cricket v Brambletye

 1st XI              Won by 27 runs
'Ness:   Never stop-- Never stop fighting till the fight is done.
Capone: What'd he say? What'd you say?
Ness: I said, "Never stop fighting till the fight is done"!'

Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and Al Capone (Robert de Niro) in 'The Untouchables'

 I must confess I didn't think we'd play cricket today. When we heard we were going to play, I didn't think it would be long until the weather intervened. Though it was dark, soggy and borderline Arctic, we ended up getting a full game in; and what a game it was.
I am determined to play aggressive, attacking cricket this season. In recent seasons I have become disillusioned with Prep School cricket, certainly on our circuit. Negative, overly defensive damp squib draws have become commonplace. This season we are going to try and win every game. If that means losing the odd game we might otherwise have drawn, then so be it.

 In that spirit, we won the toss and batted first. Twenty minutes later that decision seemed unwise! I have never coached nor played in a cricket match when a side has been reduced to 6 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Yes the pitch was tough. However, I'm not keen on excuses and our top order need to reflect in a job poorly done. 6/7 then became 17/9; at least we'd be back in good time.

Then followed a partnership of grit, concentration and maturity. Ferrario, who'd rescued us on Wednesday, played a heroic innings. In Rogers-Thomas, he found a batting partner stubbornly determined not to give his wicket away as others had before. Charlie's 2 not out from 27 balls was one of the great '2 not outs' I have witnessed. Ludo played beautifully, paced his innings well and accelerated towards the finish. His 32 not out, in the scheme of things, was the equivalent of a hundred in better conditions. With a total of 60 from our 20 overs, we had a pulse.

Every run was precious and our bowling had to be spot on. Daley started beautifully and picked up a wicket in the first over. He was ably supported by Chavasse's miserly off spin at the other end. Daley took another wicket in his second over and suddenly we had hope. Smith took two catches at slip off Chavasse. Pelling, though struggling for accuracy, bowled a couple of beauties to continue our momentum. A sharp run out helped our cause before Fleming, the pick of the bowlers, cleaned up the tail with astonishing figures of 3 wickets for just 2 runs.

There are any number of sports metaphors that would suffice for this game. We were 'on the ropes', we were 'behind the 8 ball' and we were 'tailed off with a circuit to run.' However, we never gave up. There are many better prep school cricket sides than ours. Are there any gutsier? Not today.   GdeM

2nd XI              Drew    
With the weather looking ominous, it was decided that playing a T20 would be the appropriate format for what might have been a shortened or interrupted afternoon. Brambletye suggested that keeping the draw as an option for the team batting second would also be a worthwhile exercise. We were very happy to agree with this as we have made it our aim to bowl sides out.

Having agreed terms, Ashdown won the toss and elected to bat. We lost Lucas early on to a very good swinging delivery but other than that, made steady progress. Ocean and Diego quietly accumulated runs and played us into a reasonably strong position. Losing Diego to a run out was disappointing but Javi picked up where Diego left off and we closed our 20 overs on 78 for 2. Special mention must go to Ocean for scoring a super 40 runs in very difficult conditions.

Brambletye started their chase with real aggression and were into the twenties within four overs. At this point it was looking like the chase would not take long. Thankfully, Alex and Zhangir started to find their range and we managed to get a little more control of the run rate. That said, it wasn't until the sixth over that our fortunes really started to turn when Alex bowled a double wicket maiden. Lucas and Tolly replaced Alex and Zhangir for the first change, Tolly bowling an absolutely fantastic line and length from the off and deservedly taking a wicket maiden in his first over. Lucas took an over to settle but, once he had, bowled superbly taking two wickets of his own. Not to be outdone, Peter also took two wickets, one from a maiden over.

With two wickets left to take and 19 runs required from the last two overs, we did our best to apply pressure but Brambletye rightly shut up shop and batted out for a well earned draw.

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's cricket although perhaps some sunshine when we meet later in the season please.  CS

Colts A            Lost by 10 wickets     
A tough day for the Colts A cricketers.  Batting first on a wet wicket was not particularly easy, but we made a good start with Ed and Harvey looking untroubled as they took the score to 13.  However, Ed fell for 9 and Harvey for 7.  After that, there was a steady procession of wickets and we were all out for 37 in 13 overs.  Khalel played nicely and showed a promising willingness to play with a straight bat.  Brambletye batted well in their run chase, scoring 38 without loss in 9.5 overs.  Harvey was the pick of the bowlers with 0-5, but in reality, we did not have enough runs on the board.  We now look forward to St Ronan's on Wednesday.  MH            
Colts B            Lost by 19 runs  
The Colts B gave a terrific performance v Brambletye on Saturday. They won the toss and we were put into field. There was some excellent bowling from Monty, Huberto and Edward F. The fielding was much improved and looking sharp. There is still a bit of work to do on our bowling as we have a few too many wides away.

The batting was decent and we were chasing 108 runs. Huberto once again performed brilliantly making two brilliant shots carrying the ball straight over the boundary. Hunter  and Miles also performed well. However, Brambletye's bowling was on point and they gave away few runs in terms of extras and we just could not get the runs required. Good effort boys and keep going.  WK
Colts C            Lost by 46 runs 
The Colts C had a super match against Brambletye. Some were playing their first ever cricket match and the whole team tried hard. Vadim and Elias batted well and there was some good bowling from Harrison and Martin. Despite losing, all the boys played with good spirit and enjoyed their match.  RC

U9A     Lost by 63 runs
The boys went to Brambletye, having changed the venue due to weather conditions. We batted first and the Brambletye bowlers managed to restrict us to a low score with a few good shots from all the boys, showing some progress from last Wednesday. Unfortunately, we were unable to take many wickets in order to keep the Brambletye score down when we bowled. The boys battled hard and look forward to the rematch in a few weeks!  TG

Under 9B         Lost by 18 runs

We faced Brambletye for our first game of the season and despite the freezing temperatures, we showed fantastic potential.

We started off fielding and bowling and managed to hit the wickets twice demonstrating some good techniques. We still need to improve having a straighter arm instead of a throw like action. A few brilliant fielding points as well. Brambletye scored 61.

Our batting was excellent. We’ve not really focused a lot on batting but, we managed to hit the ball into some good areas. We scored a strong 43.

Well done to everyone for all their efforts and we now look forward to our next match v Lancing prep on the 9th May.  JS


Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wednesday, 25th April

Cricket v Vinehall

1st XI       Match abandoned 
'Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.' The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We knew it was too good to be true. After a week of Caribbean-esque weather to begin the term, the British weather reverted to the norm. Under a leaden sky, the Ashdown House 1st XI began this year's campaign. We lost the toss and were inserted by our visitors from Vinehall. The pitch, damp and uneven, was not easy. Vinehall bowled well and gave few run scoring opportunities. It was not a day to be tentative on the front foot and in the blink of an eye we found ourselves 22-6 and in big trouble. Thankfully Ferrario and Garrido, making his 1st XI debut, batted sensibly and with tremendous composure. They rebuilt our innings and nursed our score up to 67-8 at the close of our 20 overs. Ferrario in particular played exceptionally well and can be very proud of his efforts.

As we headed up to tea it began to look bleak. As we finished tea in looked bleaker. It was at its bleakest as we took the field. 7 balls in to their reply, the heavens opened. Players and umpires fled the field, sadly never to return.  GdeM

2nd XI    Match Abandoned
In hindsight, today was one of those days when it would perhaps have been of greater benefit to have an indoor net, instead of making the journey to Vinehall. Whilst we were spared snow and hail (not the case in the last two seasons), we were not spared incessant rain. We attempted to bat but by tea, had only managed 10 very damp overs. After tea, we decided that Vinehall should have a bat. That lasted 1.2 overs before both teams decided to cut their losses. Hopefully a beautiful May beckons.  CS

3rd XI Match abandoned 
Had this match been played a week earlier, sunstroke would have been the major concern. As it was, after Ashdown had posted a creditable 73/4 from their 20 overs, 22 bedraggled cricketers fled for cover just two overs into the Vinehall response as rain and hail pummeled the pitch. They were 2/1 after a scintillating first over from Kent saw one of their openers caught and bowled. A winning draw for Ashdown I'd say!  HdeM

Colts A Match abandoned 
The Colts A team played their first match of the season today away at Vinehall. We passed through sunshine and showers during the drive down, but hoped for sunny weather when we arrived. Vinehall batted first in a 20:20 match. We made a great start when Harvey clean bowled the opener with the first ball of the match. It was 18-2 when Harvey fielded off his own bowling and threw down the stumps for a run out. We then had 20 minutes off for rain. Once we resumed, Vinehall batted very well and finished their 20 overs on 140-6. Best bowlers - Harvey 3-31 and Freddie 2-18. Despite the wet ball, Khalel and Ed also bowled well. Daniel and Wilf each took a fine catch, while Sami and Miro fielded very well. While we were at tea the heavens opened and we had to abandon the match. It was an encouraging start for the boys and there was plenty to take out of the game. MH

Colts B Match abandoned
The Colts B were all ready to go and had been training hard. After a delayed Vinehall team arrival, we quickly went out onto the field. There was some really good bowling from Huberto (who got 2 wickets) and Hunter. There were also some good attempts from Toby, Boris and Theo.  Vinehall managed to get 84 runs and we went into bat. We saw some good batting from Edward (also a fantastic fielder) and Miles. However we soon found ourselves getting very wet as the rain came in. Unfortunately we had to call off the remainder of the match. Well done boys it was a very good attempt and start to the season. Still a lot to do!  WK

Cricket v Lancing Prep  
Under 9A Lost by 33 runs
The under 9s took on Lancing Prep School today. Lancing won the toss and chose to bowl. They bowled accurately and patiently at us and we found it hard to score runs off the bat. We ended our innings with the score on 52. The boys then came out to bowl and played with great concentration and effort. Unfortunately, the opposition had some very strong batsmen and they scored freely throughout their innings. However, we managed to peg them back a little when George and William took a couple of excellent catches. The boys bowled well and fielded with great commitment. We move on to Saturday with excitement and anticipation.  TG




Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Wednesday, 5th July

Cricket v Eaton House The Manor

Colts A              Lost by 5 wickets  
Today the Colts A team played their final match of the season in a new fixture as we hosted Eaton House The Manor, who came down from Clapham in London.  We agreed to play 20 overs each.  It was already very warm as we began play at 11am.  We batted first and got off to a fine start.  Kieran and Ed put on 37 for the first wicket in five overs.  Kieran and Tom then added 47 for the second wicket.  We eventually finished our 20 overs on 127-5.  Tom was the mainstay of the innings with a superb 50, including eight fours.  He retired with a couple of overs to go.  Kieran made 22, Ed made 21, Igui chipped in with 5 at the end and Harvey added 6, including a superb lofted boundary back over the bowler's head.  Eaton House had an excellent bowling attack, with a barrage of energetic bowlers who all raced in and bowled quite quickly.  At this point we all headed up to the Dining Hall for a wonderful barbecue lunch. 

After lunch we set about trying to defend our total.  We took an early wicket through a run out - a direct hit from Tom.  Although we generally bowled steadily, Eaton House was more than equal to the task.  Partnerships of 29, 24 and 44 saw them pass 100 with six overs still remaining.  They continued to score freely and passed our total in the 18th over.  It was a good team effort by their batsmen, with five players scoring between 15 and 23.  Harvey was the pick of the bowlers with 2-12.  Ed took 1-24, with both brothers taking a caught and bowled.  Kieran, Will, Tom and Freddie all tried hard with the ball.  Igui took a smart catch and we claimed two run outs.  Diego showed good improvement as wicket-keeper and George fielded beautifully.  We finished the season with a pretty decent record of six wins and four losses, and some excellent cricket played!  MH

Colts B              Lost by 5 wickets 
Under 9 A          Lost by 66 runs 
Today was our last game of the season against a very strong Eaton House side. We won the toss and decided to field first. Over the 20 overs, we didn't put a foot wrong but we were overwhelmed with the strength of their batting. To be fair, we did get 7 wickets but we all knew it was going to take more than that to stand a chance. Eaton House scored 206 runs.

Our chance to bat in the blasting heat and we were not on great form today. Again, we were facing a very strong set of bowlers. It took time for us to get into the game but when we did, we played some fabulous shots. Ashdown scored140.
This season has been a pleasure to teach the under 9s. It's also great to see the progress of each and every cricketer. Well done boys!  JS
Under 9 B          Lost by 81 runs
The U9Bs faced Eaton House on a blistering Wednesday afternoon. We won the toss and elected to field first. Inigo and Vadim opened the bowling for us, providing stability at the start of the innings. Aidan bowled with great accuracy, making it difficult for their batsmen to score off him. Thomas, Max and Etienne bowled well in the final few overs of the innings, not allowing the score to grow at an alarming rate. Eaton House managed to score 243 runs from 22 overs, leaving us a generous target to try and chase down.

After a delicious BBQ for lunch, John and Theo took to the field with bats in hand. This pair got us off to a steady start, making sure not to lose early wickets. Boris and Hunter came in next and played some great shots to keep building our total up. Harrison played a brilliant cameo, hitting boundaries on both sides of the field. Even with Harrison's boundary hitting at the end, we were unable to get close to Eaton House's total. Ashdown finished with 162 runs from our 22 overs, meaning we lost the match by 81 runs.
Overall, a very good effort and a great end to the season. Well done boys and good luck next year!  WT

Saturday, 01 July 2017

Saturday, 1st July
Cricket v Brambletye

1st XI             Lost by 4 wickets    
The 1st XI arrived at Brambletye on a glorious Saturday afternoon. Having won the toss, we decided to bat first. We were playing a time and declaration game, meaning that keeping wickets in hand was essential.   Having said that, the first half hour of the match saw our top order crumble. The loss of early wickets meant that it was down to the middle order to accumulate the runs. Carlos and Theo briefly gave us hope of an Ashdown comeback, both playing aggressive strokes during their cameos before chipping the ball to the opposition fielders. Ashdown ended up scoring 87 runs, which was at least 60 runs short of what we believed to be a competitive score.

Knowing that Brambletye only needed 88 runs to win the game, and they had all day to score those runs, our bowlers were keen to take early wickets. Theo and Daniel charged in as always, setting the tone for what would hopefully be a miraculous turnaround. With help from Ollie and Roland, we managed to take 4 wickets for around 40 runs.

With the game in the balance, it took a splendid partnership between two Brambletye players to quash our hopes. Showing maturity and organisation, they knocked off the runs and the scores were level. In a slightly bizarre twist of events, we managed to take two wickets for no runs, leaving the opposition 6 down and slightly nervous. This wasn't enough though, and Brambletye chased down our scores having lost 6 wickets.

A slightly disappointing end to what has been a very promising season. Good luck with cricket in the future boys.   WT
2nd XI            Lost by 7 wickets
Out final match of the season was something of a damp squib. Harry won the toss and we decided to have a bat. The start of the innings was fairly positive but when we lost George, the wickets tumbled with fairly alarming frequency. Butch top scored with 15 and there were useful cameos from Alex (11), Fernando (8) and Lucas(8).

In the field we looked good early on and were well placed at 21 for 3. Unfortunately we were unable to maintain any momentum owing to numerous extras. Brambletye cruised to the total with 4 overs to spare.  CS
3rd XI             Lost by 29 runs  
Our second match of the season against Brambletye sadly was another defeat. We elected to bowl first and everyone had the chance to be on display for two overs. Tomo got a wicket in the first over and he was followed by Julius in the fourth. Then Ocean decided to get three run outs following great throws of Ethan, Tolly and Gonzalo's bowling. Zhangir got the final two wickets, one clean bowled and one lbw. Sadly, we conceded 116 runs which would prove to be a total too big to chase.
Batting has been hit and miss this season. We did not have a good start today and struggled to get the runs going. Zhangir got out in the first over and Tolu followed shortly after. Gonzalo came on and steadied the ship, he batted almost for 20 overs and scored a good 28 runs. He is our man of the match. His partnership with Ocean (12) kept us going. Ethan scored 2 runs, Tolly 3 and Louis was our final batsmen and scored 7 runs. Overall, we came short of 29 runs.
Our first innings showed promises and good team spirit. We have definitely improved and look like a cricket team now. We lacked one or two boys able to score big runs to put us in a more comfortable position to clinch the win. We finish with 2 wins in 8 games, which is good achievement. The boys can be pleased with themselves.  SR                

Colts A          Won by 9 wickets
Today we played our final Saturday fixture of the term and our second match against our local rivals, Brambletye.  We agreed to play a declaration game, with Brambletye winning the toss and electing to bat.  We started well, keeping them to 5-0 after 4 overs.  However, the Brambletye batsman got going and scored freely on a ground with a fast outfield.  Too much of our bowling was wayward in both line and length and our hosts took toll, with four batsmen scoring 20 or more.  Brambletye declared after 27 overs on 174-7 - a very imposing total.  Kieran bowled very well, with 1-12 off his 5 overs.  Tom took 2-27 and Will did well with 0-15 off four overs.  Ed did well in the field, taking a good catch and a run out with a direct hit.  After tea we made an excellent start to our run chase with Ed and Tom adding 52 for the first wicket, before Ed was out for 33, hitting his own stumps after putting a ball away for four.  What happened next could not have been scripted ...!  Tom and Will batted beautifully together, adding a magnificent partnership of 124 in exactly 16 overs.  We rode our luck as our hosts put down about six catches, but the boys played splendidly.  Tom won the game with his 18th four, finishing on 97 not out.  Will offered great support with his 26 not out.  Not many Colts matches have 350 runs scored in an afternoon!  Well played, everyone!  MH                 

Colts B          Lost by 10 wickets
Under 9 A       Lost by 118 runs
Today we faced our local rivals Brambletye.
Myles won the toss and decided to field first. We got off to a really strong start by preventing the opposition batsmen from gaining a big score early on. We tied them down for the first four overs but our bowling got a little bit sloppy. This gave them the chance to gain off our wide and no balls. In all fairness, we didn't put a foot wrong but we were up against a team that have been undefeated the whole season. Brambletye scored a whopping 251 runs off 24 overs.

Ashdown's turn to bat and I'm sad to say it was a bit of a disaster. We just couldn't get the ball past any of the fielders to break the line only scoring singles most times throughout the game. I can see this was very frustrating for the boys. In addition to our frustration, we ended up trying to hit the ball as hard as we could. This resulted in the ball being sliced and, many times, knocked up in the air for an easy catch. Ashdown scored 133 runs in 24 oers.

Lastly; all the boys have come extremely far with their progress in such a short period of time. All of them should be proud of themselves. We host our last game of the season against Eaton House next Wednesday.    JS

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thursday, 29th June

Cricket v Winchester House
Under 12         Lost by 99 runs

Lost Today we hosted Winchester House from Brackley in Northamptonshire, who are on tour in Sussex.  Their touring squad are all Leavers, most of whom are usually in their 1st XI.  With our Leavers away on camp, it gave us the opportunity to field an U12 side.  It was a tough match for our boys, playing against a team all a year older.  In fact, our side consisted of eight Year 7s and three boys from the Colts.  We agreed to play 20 overs each.  Our visitors batted first.  After seven overs we were doing very well, restricting them to 30-3.  However, a couple of powerful hitters turned the game in their favour as they hit 135 off the last 13 overs.  They finished on 165-6.  Kieran was the pick of the bowlers with 3-15 off four tidy overs.  At one stage he took two wickets in two balls.  Tom also bowled well, with 2-18 off four overs.  Jack, Murray, Will, Gus and Charlie all bowled and found the batsmen in quite punishing mood.  After tea we set about our run chase.  We were going along quite nicely at 36-3, when Tom was unfortunately run out for a very well-compiled 23.  From this point on we struggled to score quickly against some good bowling.  Kieran showed the way, batting with determination to make a patient 13.  Ludo chipped in with a useful 9.  We were eventually all out off the last ball of the 20th over for 66.  The boys put in plenty of effort today and enjoyed the experience of playing a side we don't normally play.  MH

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday, 24th June

Cricket v Worth
1st XI                Won by 7 wickets        
2nd XI               Lost by 75 runs    
Rather a tough afternoon for the boys. Worth had some very powerful batsmen who didn't hang around! They hit 166 off their 20 overs with two of the top order making 50s. We did not come close to this target! Nonetheless, the boys were very positive ambassadors for the school in slightly trying circumstances.  CS
Cricket v Windlesham House
Colts A             Lost by 5 wickets                
Today we travelled to Windlesham House, looking to continue our good form.  We agreed to play a time and declaration game.  Windlesham won the toss and put us in to bat.  We batted for about an hour and twenty-five minutes against a good bowling attack.  We declared after 25 overs on 90-8.  Kieran top-scored with a fine 31 and he was well supported by William with 15, Tom with 13 and Harvey with 11.  After tea Windlesham set about chasing down our score in an hour and five minutes.  We did have them 27-3 and then 51-4, so the match was evenly poised.  However, they batted very well from this point on, while our bowling and fielding became a little ragged.  They reached our target in 17 overs for the loss of five wickets.  Kieran was the pick of our bowlers with 3-8 off four overs.  Tom did well with 0-10 off four overs.  William, Ed and Harvey all tried hard with the ball, but we weren't quite good enough on the day.  MH

Colts B             Lost by 46 runs
A great afternoon of cricket was played at Windlesham House. After a long coach ride Ashdown were put into field and it became apparent that we were up against a strong and well drilled team. With some tight bowling and great fielding Windlesham still managed to get an impressive 149. There is still some work to do on our backing up.

Rocco and Aanu started the batting extremely well and got a solid partnership  of 39. Unfortunately we failed to meet the required run rate and even though there was some fantastic batting from Kent we just couldn't beat Windlesham. Well done though boys for a solid effort.  WK

Under 9 A         Lost by 83 runs
On a chilly wet day, we travelled to Windlesham House. The conditions had a part to play in the performance of some.
We lost the toss and batted first. We got off to a strong start but found ourselves struggling more into the game. We just couldn't handle the pace of their bowlers. Our decision when making runs just wasn't good enough today. Something to work on! Ashdown Scored 128 runs.

Now it was Ashdown's turn to field and, despite being very strong throughout the innings, we just couldn't stop the Windlesham batsmen from scoring many 4s and a few 6s.   Overall, there was not much we could do!    JS

Friday, 23 June 2017

Ashdown House U13 Six-a-Side Cricket Tournament
Winners          St Ronan's
Runners-Up    Cottesmore

Today we hosted our annual U13 six-a-side cricket tournament for the tenth year.  We were joined by Copthorne, Cottesmore, Imberhorne, St Christopher's and St Ronan's.  All six teams played a full round-robin with innings lasting for five overs.  After three rounds everyone was treated to a delicious fish'n'chip lunch in the Dining Hall, with the final two rounds of matches taking place after lunch.

A very strong St Christopher's team came out on top winning all five matches.  St Ronan's were second, Ashdown third and Cottesmore fourth.  After a superb afternoon tea we had the semi-finals.  Cottesmore produced an excellent all-round performance to earn a shock victory over hot favourites, St Christopher's.  Cottesmore bowled very well to keep St Christopher's to 46-3, before batting sensibly to reach 50-0.  In the other semi-final, St Ronan's scored 48-0 to pass Ashdown's total of 45-2.  In the final, St Ronan's batted well to reach 59-0, before restricting Cottesmore to 44-1.

Many congratulations to the winners, St Ronan's, who won the cup for the first time.  A huge vote of thanks to the grounds staff for preparing the pitches.  Thanks also to the catering department for all the refreshments and to our visiting umpires from the Sussex League Panel for officiating to such a high standard all day.  We look forward to seeing all our visiting teams back next year.  MH

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wednesday, 21st June

Cricket v Skippers Hill
2nd XI               Won by 40 runs     
The half term break and respite from my coaching seemed to pay off for the 2nd XI.
We were asked to bat in the blistering heat by the oppo and Andrew and Gus got us off to a good start. The innings was ticking along nicely thanks to some good stroke play and one or two extra from the bowlers. However, wickets were falling at fairly regular intervals and by the halfway point of the 20 overs we had lost 6 wickets and were looking like getting bowled out. Thankfully, Roland steadied the ship and hit a useful 32. We finished our 20 overs on 167-7.

In response, Skipper's had a couple of very useful batsmen and our line was a little wayward at times. However our fielding was tight and we started to find a good length. Skipper's were bowled out 40 runs short.

Well done one and all on an excellent performance.  CS
Colts B             Lost by 5 wickets
Cricket v Cottesmore
3rd XI                Won by 8 wickets   
The conditions at Cottesmore were more typical of Sri Lanka than Sussex. The equatorial heat and humidity did not, however, prevent us from putting in a fantastic performance. Fielding first, we restricted our hosts to 117, due both to solid fielding (four run outs), and canny bowling. All ten outfielders bowled two overs apiece, with Tolu (2 wickets for 9 runs) and Ocean (1 for 4) impressive. The best of the bunch, though, was Peter, whose two overs cost just two runs, and who was unlucky not to take a few wickets.
118 is seldom an easy target to chase in 20 overs, but on this occasion it was. Openers Zhangir  and Terhide  steered Ashdown to 53 without loss, before they were both retired to make way for Alex H and Tolu (20 not out). This pair tucked into the Cottesmore bowling like two loose labradors at a buffet; both hit towering 6s and a succession of scorching 4s through the leg-side. By the time Alex was stunningly caught at midwicket for 30 the match was as good as over. We cantered to victory, with 8 wickets and four overs to spare.  HdeM
Cricket v Great Walstead
Colts A              Lost by 42 runs    
The Colts A team put in a fine performance today against a strong side from Great Walstead.  It was not easy in the conditions, with temperatures reaching 31 degrees, but both teams played some good cricket.  Great Walstead batted first and did very well to reach 159-6 off their 20 overs.  After 13 overs we had them 78-3, but we started to wilt in the heat and they added 81 off their final seven overs.  Kieran was the pick of the bowlers with 3-20, while Ed did well to take 2-22.  Tom and Will also bowled well, with Will only conceding 17 off his four overs.  After tea we set about our run chase.  Against a strong bowling side we did very well to reach 117-9.  Tom played beautifully for his 44 including eight fours.  Will batted very well for his 20 and Ed started off with a well-compiled 18.  In the end the Great Walstead bowling was a bit too strong and we finished 42 runs short.  MH          
U9B       Lost by 79 runs
We batted first and didn't do too badly at all scoring some lovely 4s. Though not always the bravest of batters we gave it a really good shot and scored 168 Runs.
Our bowling was very good in certain moments in the game, but unfortunately they were a really good solid batting side scoring a few 6s.   Great Walstead scored 247 runs.
This was my first experience taking these boys and I must say, I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount of hard work and commitment they put into the game.  This has really made it difficult now trying to pick an A side now. Well done to everyone.  JS
Cricket v Lancing Prep Hove
Under 9 A           Lost by 34 runs  



Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Wednesday, 7th June
Cricket v St Christopher's

Under 12            Lost by 10 wickets     
Colts A              Won by 8 wickets          
The Colts A team had their fifth win of the term today, at home to the St Christopher's U11B team.  We won the toss and put them into bat.  We made a fine start with Kieran taking wickets off the final two balls of his first over.  At 12-3 we were able to bring on some of our part-time bowlers to give them some much needed match practice.  Igui bowled very impressively, taking 3-4.  Hamish bowled nicely, taking 2-6.  Alexander bowled a couple of steady overs, while George and Beltran also had a bowl.  George wasn't sure which hand to bowl with, so he bowled his first ball with his left hand, before switching to right arm for the next five balls!  Harvey and Will each took a wicket, while Kieran returned the excellent figures of 2-0 off his two overs.  Tom took three catches at short cover, while Alexander took a good catch to dismiss their final batsman.  St Christopher's all out for 37.  After tea we mixed up the batting order somewhat and knocked off the runs in the seventh over.  Ed hit a rapid 22 including four fours to take us to the brink of victory, before Tom and Igui saw us home, both finishing on 2 not out.  Well played, everyone!  MH

Colts B              Won by 1 run    
Whilst Mr Koops was incapacitated, the Colts B traveled to Rottingdean to take on the might of St Christopher's.

Big Jim Wu skippered the side and lost the toss- his only mistake all afternoon. Ashdown were asked to bowl with an incrediball in a strong breeze and the strike force found this more than a little challenging. Bu the end of the 20 overs, St C's were on 110 but with only 8 runs coming from the bat!!

Despite some very good bowling from St Christopher's, Ashdown managed to chase down the runs with an over to spare. This was thanks to some swashbuckling batting from Jim, Toby, Rocco, Aanu, Oliver, Elias, Kalel, Sami and Kent.

A very good team performance. Well done, Gents.

Under 9 A           Lost by 28 runs 
Today we were every unlucky against a strong team! The St. Christopher's captain won the toss and decided to field first. We got off to a strong start scoring 34 runs from 4 overs. They had some strong bowlers but we kept up our defensive shots and played some really nice singles. Overall our batting was good.The only thing I would say, is we still need to work on making a faster decision when we bat but that will come! Ashdown scored 176 Runs.

Our bowling wasn't brilliant today. We gave away far too many wides and no balls. Yes, the wind did have a slight impact, but we gave away too many points. All the St. Christopher's batters were at a very good standard so getting a wicket looked near impossible. Some work for improvement. They scored 204 runs.

At the end of the day we did bat to a very high standard but unfortunately it just wasn't  enough. We will all, I hope, look forward to the long trip down to Lancing prep on the 21st June.  JS
Under 9 B           Won by 34 runs  
<<  1 [23  >>