Saturday, 03 June 2017

Saturday, 3rd June
Cricket v Cumnor House

1st XI             Lost by 82 runs
Today we were beaten fair and square by a very good side; it happens. Cumnor were a very well drilled, talented outfit and thoroughly deserved their victory. We competed and competed to the very end. Highlights of our day include another fine batting performance from captain de Havas, a fine spell of bowling from Pelling and two run outs from direct hits courtesy of the electric Gustavo Hannay. We gave our all and never gave up- hard to quibble with that. GdeM       
2nd XI            Lost by 9 wickets  
Colts A          Won by 3 runs            
The Colts A cricketers won their fourth match so far this term today in a very exciting contest at Cumnor House.  It was an excellent game of cricket between two well-matched sides and the result came down to the last ball.  At the end it was difficult to tell if the tension was greater among the players or the two sets of parents!  We batted first in glorious summer conditions and did well against a good bowling attack to reach 101-3 off our 20 overs.  Tom led the way with a superb half-century, scoring a stylish 55 before retiring with one over to go.  He hit six fours and a mighty six off a hook shot which sailed over the boundary.  Will gave great support with a patient 8, as they added 41 for the third wicket.  Tom and Igui had a partnership of 30, with Igui hitting a useful 9 not out.  After tea Cumnor started their run chase.  We bowled and fielded steadily and kept them just below the required run rate.  After ten overs they were 39-2, at which point they started to accelerate, chipping away with 5 or 6 runs an over.  With three overs to go they needed 21, then it was 16 off two overs, although Tom took two wickets in the 18th over.  They scored 10 runs off the 19th, which meant six runs needed off the last over.  Tom started well in the final over which went dot ball, single, single.  Four needed by Cumnor off three balls.  Off the fourth ball the batsman drove it to mid-on, one batsman took off , the other didn't.  Ed fielded and ran in to tag the bowler's stumps for a run out.  Off the fifth, a similar shot and Ed completed another run out at the bowler's end.  Four to win off the last ball, Tom bowled a fine delivery which was pushed to Kieran at short mid-off for no run.  A fantastic win in very tense,exciting circumstances, but it had been extremely close and Cumnor could easily have come out on top.  Tom (3-11 off 4 overs) and Kieran (1-6 off 4 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.  Ed was brilliant in the field.  Well played by the whole team and we look forward to St Christopher's on Wednesday.  MH

Colts B          Won by 2 runs    

Our first home match of the season could not have been more exciting. This was certainly not a good match for anybody with a nervous disposition. It was nail biting right to the end.

Ashdown went out to bat first and scored a superb 103 runs for 5 wickets. There was some terrific batting from Rocco, Toby, Aanu and Khalel. There were some unfortunate and unlucky moments but each player carried on and behaved impecibly. The boys were in reach of their first Century and, with determination set in captain Alexander's eyes, the boys ran hard and secured it in the final over.

After a quick change over it was our turn to field and again everyone bowled.  It was fantastic to see people taking fielding positions quickly and effectively. Cumnor's wickets fell fast and wickets were had from some unlikely sources, showing real development and progress. After 12 overs it was time for tea and I knew it was going to be close. So our assistant coach, Mr Moore, came down to support. It was clear to all watching that a win was wanted; I wanted it, Mr Moore wanted it and more importantly the boys wanted it. Without the latter we would not have won.. It was tough for some of our bowlers who are still progressing and picked up many runs due to extras, but they persevered and gave off their best. That's all I as a coach could ever ask for.  It came down to the final over After some sloppy fielding, Cumnor needed 4 runs off 1 ball, with extras counting as 2. It was nail biting stuff. But Kale stepped up to the stumps and bowled bautifully and with some quick wicket keeping we kept Cumnor down to 101. So a narrow victory but a brilliant one. One in which every boy played his part. Well done boys indeed.  WK

U9A   Lost by 11 runs
Today we faced a very strong Cumnor side despite the fact they only had six players!! Wilf won the toss and Ashdown fielded first. Cumnor got off to a very strong start scoring 30 in the first three overs of the game. We all knew we had to perform at our best if we were to get anything from the game! Our fielding was very strong today... in fact I'm happy to say it's the best I've seen the boys do all term! Cumnor scored 164 runs.

With a big score in mind, the boys knew a challenge was on their hands. I believe, psychologically, we thought we would beat because they only had six fielders... we were very wrong. We found it very hard to break the first line and over the innings we got bowled out a couple of times. To be fair to the boys, the six they had were strong bowlers as well. This made it hard on our part but over the course of the game we did hit some really nice strikes. We scored 153 runs meaning we lost by 11 runs. Well done to all the boys. We go again!  JS

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday, 30th May

Cricket v Cottesmore
1st XI              Lost by 7 wickets
2nd XI             Lost by 5 wickets        
At 40/3, with Harry and Alex batting well, we looked poised to set Cottesmore a challenging total. However, their bowlers had other ideas. We were eventually bowled out for 57, which looked like a decent score after George W bowled one of their openers with a searing yorker in his first over. Excellent, tight bowling from Will, Lucas and Charlie then reduced them to 50/5. Had we scored another 30 runs it might well have been a very close match.  HdeM

3rd XI              Lost by 44 runs    
Colts A           Won by 42 runs             
The Colts A cricketers had an excellent win today against Cottesmore.  Batting first we did well to post 114-5 off our 20 overs.  Kieran and Ed batted superbly together to put on 54 for the first wicket before Ed fell for 26.  Tom joined Kieran and they added 42 for the second wicket before Kieran was out for a well-compiled 31.  Tom was out soon after for a useful 29.  Our run-scoring slightly dried up as we managed only 15 runs off the last five overs.  Harvey chipped in with a valuable 9 not out and we finished on 114.  After tea Cottesmore set off in pursuit of 115 to win.  However, steady bowling and lively fielding meant that we generated plenty of pressure and Cottesmore fell behind the required run rate.  We did very well right through the innings, keeping them to under four runs an over, as they finished on 72-6.  Ed was the pick of the bowlers with 3-6 off 3 overs.  Tom bowled beautifully, taking 1-5 off 4 overs.  Igui and Will both took a wicket, while Kieran, Harvey and Freddie all bowled nicely.  A third win of the season and we now look forward to the next match on Saturday.  MH

Colts B           Won by 1 wicket
Wow what a fantastic match. Our first win of the season but thoroughly deserved and the boys played superbly. Cottesmore batted first and put up a very respectable 68 runs. There was some terrific bowling from Toby, Kent and Khalel. Everyone had a chance to bowl and it was great to see the team coming together and finally really understanding how to react to the batsmen in terms of fielding. I was impressed with every single fielder.

When it came to our batting we got off to a very good start but suddenly lost wickets very quickly indeed with some silly run outs. What looked a fairly predictable outcome suddenly became rather perilous. What should have been an open straight suddenly became a choppy but very exciting storm. We lost 4 wickets in quick succession and some people less hopeful  thought we were done for. But, Oh No, for they hadn't realised that our number 6 batsmen, Khalel, was determined and eager. He knew exactly what to do and kept a cool head. However wickets still fell and it came down to our final batsman Jim and Khalel to seal the deal. With some fantastic running ( and some rather hairy moments). The two boys sparked up a very good partnership and ran for their lives and in the last 3 overs managed to get to 66. Then came Khalel's final shot a beautiful cover drive going straight past two fielders and over the boundary. All in all it was a superb team effort! What a fantastic game boys, well done indeed. I feel another win could be on its way.  WK

U9                   Lost by 41 runs
What a lovely day for a game of cricket! Today the boys were up against Cottesmore. Wilf was captain today & unluckily lost the toss meaning we had to bat first.

Off the first three overs, Miles and Luca were our first batsmen up. They scored some really good singles. This gave us a really solid start to the game.Wilf & Daniel were second, and I must say, they both had a blinder! Scoring 21 runs as a pair is brilliant. The communication and decision making was spot on.
Kit and Teddy we're the third pair and both made a fabulous effort! They did struggle a little because their bowler was putting a lot of power into his bowling which made it very difficult to deal with. Monty and Harry were the fourth pair to bat and they both did very well defensively but couldn't really find the technique to attack and the Cottesmore bowler pitched it very short. Lastly, George and Ben. Both were very unlucky while batting. Ben hit a great shot but fielders were in the right place at the right time & they were caught out. Both did superbly. We scored 132 runs.
Ashdown's turn to bowl and oh my... what a start we had! In the first three overs we got them out four times!! (-20) This gave us a real upper hand in the game. The opposition batsmen were really strong. I sort of knew this was their strong point so it was good to get a good early start. We gave it our all, pushed and pushed but it wasn't enough to get the victory! They hit lots of 4s and a load of singles which won them the game. They scored 173 Runs. 

Overall, we should be very proud of ourselves.  JS

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday, 20th May

Cricket v Sunningdale
1st XI            Lost by 4 wickets   
After torrential rain for two days at least we were blessed with dry weather on Saturday. The earlier downpours had made the surface quite spongy and it was always going to be a low scoring affair. We lost the toss and batted first. A combination of good, accurate bowling and some questionable stroke play saw us slump to 26/5. We looked in real trouble. Thankfully, Andrew played a fantastic innings to get us to a vaguely respectable total. He played extremely responsibly and then attacked the bad balls. He was bowled for an excellent 28 as our innings closed - all out for 74.

Were we to have any chance we had to bowl out of our skins and take every chance available. Theo picked up a wicket with his opening delivery, giving us the perfect start. Captain de Havas bowled from the other end and started to get some prolific turn. He ripped through their captain with an unplayable leg break, before then taking three further wickets in his next over. After Roland produced a thin edge that was caught by Smith behind the stumps, we had the visitors in trouble at 55/6. Unfortunately we just hadn't given ourselves enough runs to play with and Sunningdale regrouped to chase down our total.

We deserve credit for making a match out of an unpromising position at half way. However, that is now two very disappointing batting displays in a row. We need to refocus on our skills and thought processes moving forward.   GdeM
2nd XI           Lost by 9 wickets   
Having travelled an hour and three quarters by coach, we won the toss and decided to bat (or at least attempt to). A combination of straight bowling on a wet deck and brainless batting on our part, meant that we were reduced to just 20 runs off 11.2 overs. Top scorer was extras (of which we were mercifully given 10), followed by Harry's 4 runs.

We had a quick match tea, which lasted almost as long as our innings, before going out to try and defend 20 runs. The plan was to get quick wickets; the reality was that we only got 1 wicket (Myles), and they chased down our total in 3.3 overs.

Areas to improve on: batting, bowling and fielding. WT
3rd XI            Lost by 54 runs  
We had to play pairs against Sunningdale giving a shot to everyone to perform. We played on a wet pitch this afternoon with the rain falling before the match started. This made it hard for us to bat. Sacha scored 5 runs, Ethan 3, Tolly and Zhangir 2 and Can 1. We sadly conceded 11 wickets, with -5 runs for each one we would have to bowl well. We finished with +11. Sunningdale scored around 60 runs overall and we took six wickets (Alex W 3, Zhangir 2 and Ethan 1). They finished with +65.

We still have to improve on our batting as we don't seem to have anyone capable of scoring big runs. Fielding is also an area that needs improving; we are letting the opposition score too many easy runs. Next we have a double encounter against Cottesmore and we hope to show a better display than today.  SR
Colts A         Lost by 9 wickets
The Colts A cricketers suffered their first defeat of the season today, coming up against a very good Sunningdale side.  We made a good start with the bat, reaching 19-0 after 4 overs, with Kieran and Ed looking in good form.  However, both were out shortly after, Kieran for 13 and Ed for 10.  The turning point came on 41 when we lost three wickets at that score.  The key wicket was Tom, who was averaging 141 before today's game.  He was looking good on 14 when he slammed a full toss through mid-on, only to be brilliantly caught by one of their fielders diving full length through the air, taking the catch in two hands inches above the grass.  The rest of our batsmen offered little resistance and we were all out for 46.  Sunningdale knocked off the runs easily in 10 overs. Kieran and Will bowled well.  Tom took a brilliant one-handed catch off Will's bowling, but this was our only moment of success.  Plenty to learn from today's game!  MH     
Colts B         Lost by 9 wickets     
Under 9 A     Lost by 68 runs   
Today we hosted Sunningdale on a dark windy day! Ashdown lost the toss & batted first. Our batting has improved over the term but I believe we just need to be more confident in attacking the ball. Sunningdale's bowling was very accurate most of the time, so it made it even more difficult for us to gain any momentum.

It was our turn to field & bowl. I must admit.. the wind did not help us in the slightest of ways and it resulted, unfortunately, in a lot of wides and no balls. Overall the boys played to a good standard today. We shall now prepare ourselves for the next fixture.   JS
Under 9 B      Lost by 41 runs   
The Colts B arrived to find a rather soggy pitch at Sunningdale.  We lost the toss and were put in to bat. Unfortunately our wickets fell as quickly as the rain did the previous night and we looked like to be in serious trouble. But with the daring efforts of Sami we managed to get 40 runs which was a sterling effort against a strong and determined fielding side.

Our bowling started off well with Toby getting a wicket early on. But, despite good fielding and aggressive wicket keeping from Rocco, we were unable to get them out and Sunningdale came out on top!

Unlucky boys; keep going - I feel a win coming.   WK
Girls' Cricket v Cumnor House


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday, 17th May

Cricket v Holmewood House
1st XI              Lost by 81 runs         
2nd XI             Lost by 30 runs          

With rain threatening, a T20 was agreed upon as the format and Ashdown were asked to field.

For the first time this season, the bowlers produced a display of real control and consistency and we restricted a superb Holmewood side to 90 for 8, with wickets distributed evenly throughout.

We fared less well with the bat with too many of the boys pushing and poking at the ball. With a mere 40 on the board and only one wicket in hand, Roland came to the crease and played some outrageous shots to the enjoyment of both sides. We finished with a respectable 60 then the rain started...

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's cricket. CS

3rd XI              Lost by 3 wickets  
Our opening pair -  Wilson and Waya  - made a strong start under bruised skies, only for the latter to be brilliantly run out by a throw from the boundary. In cricket one wicket often brings two, and in this case Waya's wicket brought 5, and quickly. It took a steadying partnership from  Sharma and Bada to stop the slide. They batted together for almost half the innings, with Sharma (4 not out) the anchor and Bada (27 not out) the swashbuckler. They took 13 runs off the final over to set Holmewood 81 to win from their 20 overs. 

All ten of our outfielders bowled, and all of them creditably. A smart run out by Petersen and two wickets for MacDonald (including an excellent high catch from Waya) were amongst the highlights of a spirited fielding display. Holmewood House eventually won, but not before we had given them a real scare, claiming seven wickets and taking the game down to the final over.  HdeM
Cricket v Copthorne
Under 9 A        Won by 29 runs
Today we hosted Copthorne; fingers were crossed the weather would hold... luckily it did! Ashdown won the toss and we decided to field first. Copthorne had some massive hits gaining some good ground early on. Our bowling/fielding was exceptional. I've never seen us bowl this well in any match or games session before. It was like we turned into professionals overnight! Every single one of the boys put in 100% effort and I'm extremely happy that they have listened and taken on what I've been advising to them to do. Copthorne made 168 runs.

Our batting was fantastic. We were very strong in defending the wickets, playing a lot of correct safety shots. A couple of the boys hit a few 4s but ideally made some great singles. Our communication and overall batting was faultless. This shows great confidence going forward. This lead us to get 197 runs.

I couldn't pick out every single individual because I'd be here all today praising them. The team as a whole did a great job. Well done boys, all should be proud!  JS

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday, 13th May

Cricket v Wellesley House
1st XI               Drew                       
2nd XI              Lost by 130 runs

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday, 10th May

Cricket v Cottesmore
Under 9 A         Won by 20 runs
What a lovely day for a game of cricket! Ashdown lost the toss and the Cottesmore captain decided to bat first. Our bowling showed massive improvement from the pervious games we have played! All the boys took on board what they have learnt and it paid off. The Cottesmore batters couldn't really pick up any momentum and could only fork out the singles.  Cottesmore scored - 125 Runs

It was our turn to bat and what a fantastic job we made of it. Every Ashdown batsman put 100% effort taking in what they have learnt. I would say, we just need to attack the ball more in order to get more power on the strike... but that's being picky!
We got many singles, a few 4s and a massive 6. The team are really starting to show their full potential.   Ashdown scored - 145 Runs   JS

Saturday, 06 May 2017

Saturday, 6th May

Cricket v Brambletye

1st XI             Won by 9 wickets 
 What an extraordinary afternoon that was. I can scarcely think of a more incident packed, dramatic prep school sports fixture.  There was chaos even before we started. No sooner had we lost the toss than we were already a man down, Andrew Innes being taken unwell. Thankfully the 1st rounders were not in action and Sonia PP was plucked from her cosy practice and thrust into the heat of battle. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Unsurprisingly, she fielded superbly and deserves enormous credit for her efforts. As far as I know, Sonia became the first girl to represent the Ashdown House 1st XI, a terrific feat.

We made the perfect start with ball in hand. Barker, roaring in from the Hartfield Road end, took a wicket with the opening delivery and then clean bowled the incoming batsman to leave our guests 0-2 after the first over. They lost a third wicket a few overs later, Mazario taking the first of his three catches at point, and we looked to be sitting pretty, having reduced Brambletye to 20-3.

Then the wheels came off. A combination of mature batting and, frankly, pretty dreadful bowling and fielding allowed them to resurrect their innings. The runs flowed freely and, from a position of dominance, we were suddenly staring down the barrel of a big run chase. 20-3 after 6 overs became 120-3 after 14 overs. With plenty of time left to bat and wickets in hand, 170/190 looked the likely outcome. Thankfully, we dragged it back. Barker returned to the attack and offered more control. de Havas bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket. Duarte and Gibbs then ran through the remainder of their line up, Gibbs finishing with four wickets and Duarte three. They were all out for 139. Perhaps not as many as they looked like getting at one stage, but still a formidable total in prep school cricket.

Our chase got off to the worst possible start, losing Fournon with the opening ball. Duarte joined de Havas at the crease and the pair began to construct a partnership that will live long in the memory. After withstanding the opening barrage, the two played majestically, waiting for bad balls and dispatching them when they arrived. de Havas played with stunning calm and assurance. He caressed the ball through the covers and was strong off his pads. Duarte played incredibly maturely, understanding the need for a partnership, he quelled his natural aggression and was the perfect foil for his captain. All of a sudden, a total that looked out of sight, seemed reachable. Pressure is an amazing thing. The partnership began to grow and grow. As the overs ticked by, the runs required began to shrink. With five overs to go, de Havas put his foot down and sent a couple of booming sixes onto the bank. A swipe to the leg-side completed the job.  The partnership of 140 was the largest by an Ashdown pair since 2005. Duarte showed fantastic discipline, finishing 30 not out. The end of the chase denied de Havas a chance at three figures. His 87 not out was a thing of beauty.

The elation of this victory over our neighbours must not mask our deficiencies. For two straight matches we have been poor in the field. 38 extras is ridiculous. We still have a lot of work to do. However, this was a wonderful afternoon to be the 1st XI coach. Those boys should be extremely proud.   GdeM       

2nd XI            Lost by 69 runs   
The 2nd XI arrived at Brambletye in high spirits. We lost the toss and were put into the field to bowl. Our bowling performance was very respectable although we bowled far too many wides which gifted our opponents ample free runs. Roland, Myles and George took the only three wickets during Brambletye's innings. A formidable partnership prevented us from getting into the tail of the opposition's batting line up, with one Brambletye player scoring 62 runs. This partnership meant that, despite some very good bowling on our part, Brambletye managed to make 144 runs in their innings.

It was up to George and Will to begin the run chase and for a while, albeit a very short one, things weren't looking too bad. A fantastic middle order collapse meant that Harry was left to try and get all of the runs by himself (a task which he attacked quite beautifully for some time). Harry's wicket later fell via a cruel run out, meaning Alexander H was our last recognised batsman at the crease. Alex managed to top score with 23 before finally giving his wicket up as well.

We were bowled out for 75 runs meaning that Brambletye had won by 69 runs. A good effort by everyone, but if we want to be victorious more frequently in future, then we must improve in all departments of the game.   WT
3rd XI             Lost by 47 runs    
We had our first match of the season against Brambletye and it gave us the opportunity to test ourselves against a good opposition.

We were unfortunate that only eight players were available today, Brambletye kindly transferred one boy over for the afternoon Louis captained the team and Ocean was our wicket keeper. He did very well and will I am sure be useful in the future. We fielded first and everyone had a go at bowling. Special mentions are to be made to Eben, our only wicket taker today, Alex for two good overs bowled, Tomo for his legendary consistency and Louis for a maiden over. Their batsmen were strong and reached 138 runs after 20 overs. Not that many of those 138 were wide balls which must be mentioned.
Hari and Sacha opened the batting for Ashdown, Sacha being run out having scored one run. Louis had a go and Ter scored 8 runs. Hari finished with 7. Ocean was our outstanding batsman of the day with 11 including two fours. We reached 91, a very good score.

We now have a couple of weeks before our next match against Holmewood on 17th of May (2pm start)  SR

Colts A          Won by 48 runs  
The Colts A cricketers played their third game of the season today at home to local rivals, Brambletye.  We played 20 overs each and batted first.  We lost Ed early, but Kieran and Tom got the innings back on firm footing with an excellent partnership of 58 for the second wicket in only six overs.  Kieran was out for a well-compiled 17.  Tom batted superbly, scoring a fine 72, including 12 fours.  He put away the loose ball ruthlessly and eventually retired with one over to go.  We finished our 20 overs on 138-4, with Igui hitting a very good 16 not out.  After tea we produced a most impressive bowling and fielding performance, restricting Brambletye to 90-7 off their 20 overs.  Kieran was the pick of the bowlers with 4-15, while Harvey and Freddie both took a wicket.  Tom took two catches and Ed completed a fine run out, actually taking a catch off a no-ball and then running in to tag the wickets with the batsman in mid-pitch.  Will and Igui bowled nicely and George showed improvement as wicket-keeper.  Well played, everyone!  A deserved victory!  MH 
Colts B          Lost by 7 wickets    
The Colts B have certainly improved over the last ten days and everyone played very well against a strong and well drilled Brambletye side. We were put in to bat first and, after a slow start, we managed to get a respectable 69 runs. Rocco  was very useful and showed real promise as a batsman playing some lovely shots. Unfortunately we got some silly run outs, but overall it was a good innings.

Our fielding and bowling had certainly moved on too. Kent and Toby both got wickets and proved that they could be very successful this season. There was also some brilliant fielding from Johnny who kept everybody on their toes throughout the game.

Well done boys and keep going - we will get a win I'm sure of it!  WK

Under 9 A       Lost by 127 runs
Today we made the short journey to Brambletye and what an effort from all of the boys! Ashdown batted first and, I must say, overall we were very good. We got many singles & seven 4s in the game which is a massive improvement. A development point would be to bat into the space not the fielders! We scored a respectable 156 Runs.

Now it was our turn to bowl/field. On the second ball the Brambletye batsman hit a massive 6, so I knew we had to bowl well in order to prevent this. Our bowling was good in areas. I still think we need to learn where the first bounce should hit but we will work on that. Our fielding is excellent and was faultless for most of the match. The batters were really strong and, to be honest, there was no stopping them. They scored 283 runs.
This was the boys first 'full' game of the term, so each and every one should be proud of himself. Well done gents!  JS


4th July – x1 full size coach


Ashdown House to Fortune Theatre (Woman in Black) – arriving in London for 6 / 6.30 pm


Fortune Theatre to Ashdown House – pick up at 10.30 pm



4th July – x1 full size coach


Ashdown House to The Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street (The Play That Goes Wrong) – arriving in London for 6 pm


The Duchess Theatre to Ashdown House – pick up at 10 pm


Friday, 05 May 2017

Friday, 5th May

Ashdown House Under 8 Cricket Tournament
Winners       -  Eaton House The Manor A
Runners-Up  -  Merlin A
Ashdown A   -  4th in group
Ashdown B   -  3rd in group

Today we hosted our annual Under 8 cricket tournament.  Ashdown fielded an U8 team along with an U9/8 B team, with both sides including boys and girls.  From London we were joined by Eaton House The Manor and Merlin, both with two teams.  Blackheath Prep and Knightsbridge Prep both brought one team.

We started at 10:30 with teams batting for 10 overs per innings (5 overs per pair).  Scores started at 100, with five runs deducted for each wicket lost.  Each match lasted approximately one hour.  After two matches all the players, staff and parents went up to the Dining Hall for a delicious fish and chip lunch.  We played one more match after lunch to complete the round-robin.  In Group A, Merlin A won the group with three straight wins with Eaton House B second.  In Group B, Eaton House A won all three games with Blackheath second.

In the last round of matches Merlin A played Eaton House A in the final.  Eaton House were too strong, winning 175-134.  The other sides all played the team who finished in the same position in the other group.  Ashdown House B had an exciting win over Knightsbridge, 134-133.  Ashdown House A won off the last ball against Merlin B, 129-127.

Then we had afternoon tea and the presentation of the cup and winners' and runners-up medals. Congratulations to Eaton House A on retaining the cup.  Many thanks to the catering department for superb refreshments and a delicious lunch.  Thanks also to the ground staff for all the work in preparing the pitches and outfields.  The day was much enjoyed by players and spectators alike.  We look forward to seeing our visiting teams back next year.  MH

Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Wednesday, 3rd May

Cricket v Cumnor House
Under 9 A        Match Abandoned  

Today we hosted Cumnor House. Ashdown won the toss and decided to field first. Half way through the innings it started to rain lightly but nothing too bad. We were fielding excellently but the wet ball made it hard for a few of the boys to bowl, but we struggled through it! Cumnor House batted and scored 283 with four balls left to face on the last over.  With that the rain started again and it was heavy! We decided to go in for match tea and make a decision after that but the weather was too bad to carry on. Return fixture is the 3rd June, so we will be looking forward to this!  JS
Cricket v Brambletye
Under 9 B         Lost by 41 runs

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday, 26th April

Cricket v Vinehall
1st XI                Won by 3 wickets 

We've come off for rain often enough but this was the first cricket match that I've known where snow and hail have stopped play! After taking the long and winding road to Vinehall, we won the toss and elected to field. From the first over we were all over the place with our lines and lengths. No bowler seemed to be able to find a rhythm and the extras total sky-rocketed. Luckily, we kept chipping away taking wickets, stunting Vinehall's progress. Barker and Gibbs both took a couple, with Pelling and de Havas claiming the other two. The hosts were 65-6 when the snow flurries began to fall. We took an early tea and Vinehall very sportingly declared, leaving us the same 14 overs to overhall their total.

Our innings got off to a wrethched start, losing our captain in the first over for a duck. We contiued to lose wickets consistently and looked in real danger of losing a match we really should have won. Thankfully, Duarte played one of the most gutsy, mature prep school innings I have seen for a long time. He played each ball on its merits, took his time and accelerated just at the moment we needed him to. His 42 from 40 balls was instrumental in us succesfully chasing their total and he should feel extremely proud of his innings.

It is always nice to win but the truth is we did our very best to throw this game away. Of their total of 65, we helped out with 35 extras - at 1st XI level that simply isn't good enough. I am thrilled we are two from two but there is plenty to work on. GdeM

2nd XI               Match Abandoned    
Vinehall asked us to bat first and Will and George started in positive fashion. We had reached the mid twenties before losing our first wicket and were only four overs in. Had we continued in a similar vein, this could have been a very strong innings. However, a flurry of bad shot selections and we were backs to the wall. Then the rain came, followed by Biblical hail! Early tea was taken but the poor weather continued and the match had to be abandoned. At close of play we were 49-5 with 7 overs left so I think it would be fair to say that we had a narrow escape.  CS         

3rd XI                Lost by 10 wickets               
April is indeed the cruellest month. A match whose first innings started in Spring sunshine only reached the fifteenth over before a hailstorm cruelly intervened. During that time, Tomo clean bowled two Vinehall batsmen in his first over, Tolly dispatched a third, and our hosts set a target of 83. Despite the hail, we remained hearty, and the chase was on after tea. One over, ten balls and three wickets later, thoughts of victory seemed distant. Both openers had been run out and Javier superbly caught by a swooping square leg. However, staunch resistance from slowed the procession, then Zhangir and Tolly halted it entirely. Both remained unbeaten, though we were beaten, narrowly, by 15 runs.

Colts A             Match Abandoned   
The Colts A team made a great start to their second match today, at home to Vinehall, before the weather intervened.  We agreed to play a 20:20 and batted first.  Edward and Kieran opened the batting and produced an excellent partnership, adding 79 for the first wicket in only 7.4 overs.  Edward was first to go, after scoring a blistering 40 including nine fours.  He played some tremendous attacking shots.  Kieran and Tom then added 32 for the second wicket, before Kieran was out for a well-compiled 29.  Will made a promising 8 before being bowled just as the hail storm started.  The hail lashed down for ten minutes, almost leaving the outfield white.  We took an early tea on 125-3 after only 14 overs.  Tom was not out on 28 and looking in fine form.  At tea the match was abandoned, which was a shame, as we were in such a strong position.  Fingers crossed for sunny weather next week at St Ronan's!  MH           

Colts B             Lost
After only a few training sessions the Colts B played against Vinehall and, after the long journey, went out to bat. Unfortunately we lost some wickets fairly quickly and struggled to get a lot of runs. However there were some lovely moments from Toby and Sami.  When it came to fielding it is clear there is still quite a bit of work to do but once again Toby showed real potential.
Overall it was a good first match especially when there were so many boys who were new to the game. However the Vinehall team were strong and well drilled. I look forward to watching the team progress.  WK



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wednesday, 26th April

Cricket v Lancing Prep

Under 9A           Match Abandoned
We welcomed Lancing Prep to our first cricket fixture this term. Ashdown won the toss and decided to field first. We fielded excellently over the 20 overs. Our pick ups and backing up on the wickets was spot on! The bowling could have been better as we had a few wide balls but that's something to work on. Lancing batted a solid 283 runs.

Now it was Ashdown"s turn to bat and we had a really good start to the over scoring some excellent singles. Our striking was on point but our communication between the batting pairs needs to be improved.

Ashdown were on 277 with 5 overs to play but unfortunately the heavens opened and the game couldn't continue due to the hail. Both sides agreed the game would finish as a draw and we very much look forward to the returning fixture soon.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday, 22nd April

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

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

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

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

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

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