Please find our latest results and match reports below.
Saturday 29th June
2nd XI Boys’ Cricket vs Brambletye
Ashdown won by 8 runs
What a finale to the season! The boys were asked to bat and the game got off to an exciting start. Rocco and Jean hit 14 off the first over but unfortunately Rocco was caught out. The second over started well with more runs and another wicket, this time Jean. It was looking like we’d reach 100 runs but were bowled after 10 overs! Nikko steadied the ship, coming in at 3, batting through the innings and playing some quality shots. Kent made a determined enterance but was quickly run out and Aanu received a beauty first ball; the kind of delivery where you just have to congratulate the bowler. Diego then shuffled onto the pitch, hit 21 off 10 and was run out. Massie, Miro and Elias contributed 3 between them and we closed our account on 95-9 off 20.Alex's bowling was on another level today. He took 2 wickets off his first over for 1 run!
From the other end, Massie contributed brilliantly with figures of 2 for 10 off 3. Jean joined the attack and picked up a couple of wickets. A special mention must go to Massie for one of the best catches I’ve seen since arriving here in 2005! After a period of few runs and no wickets, Kent came into bowl and made an immediate impact, taking 2 wickets in his first over and 4 over all.
Diego pitched in with a late wicket but it has to be said, the Brambletye tail was wagging and our fielding was pretty woeful. Alex was recalled for the final over with Brambletye requiring 8 to win and no wickets in hand. Alex bowled a rank no ball! Hearts were pounding. Thankfully, with his second ball, he bowled an unplayable yorker and the match was won. An absolutely fabulous game of cricket. CS
Cricket V Brambletye
1st Lost 42 - 101 (GdM)
Colts Lost by 8 wickets(TG)
U9A Lost by 16 (JS)
Wednesday 26th June
1st XI vs St Christopher's
Lost by 11 runs
In a season of frustration and near misses, this was another encounter that can be filed under the heading 'What might have been!' We lost the toss and bowled first against an accomplished looking side. We were a little shoddy with our length early on and allowed our visitors to get off to a decent start. Will F changed that with two wickets in as many balls. His nagging line caught an outside edge, before getting the ball to jag back alarmingly to the incoming batsman, removing his off bail. A tight finish saw us restrict them to 92/5. This was regrettable. Sadly we lost wickets at key moments and failed to build any substantial partnerships. It's easy to look back in hindsight and see moments where we could have saved 11 runs in the field. However, this was a total we should have chased down. Onwards... GdeM
Won by 80 runs.
The 2nd XI faced St. Christopher’s on a blisteringly sunny Wednesday afternoon. We lost the toss and were put in to bat first. Rocco and Sami got us off to an exceptional start, running ridiculously quick singles and hitting regular boundaries. At one point, Rocco even managed to hit a huge six, which we had all believed to be impossible. Once Rocco was bowled out (30), Kent replaced him and managed to smash the ball to all corners of the pitch before being caught behind (23). Massimo, Jim and Diego all chipped in with boundaries and quick singles, pushing our total to a mammoth 158/8 from our 20 overs.
After a quick match tea we headed out to defend our huge total. Kent and Alex got us off to a super start, as usual, picking up regular wickets for barely any runs. Massimo bowled a tidy spell in the middle of the innings, with the opposition struggling to score off him. Yasser and Elias bowled excellently in tandem, picking up four wickets between them for the team. With the opposition struggling to score any runs, it was down to Miro to bowl a beautifully tidy over which featured a run out to finish the game.
St. Christopher’s batted for 12 overs before being bowled out, reaching a total of 78 runs, meaning Ashdown won by 80 runs.
Well played boys; it’s been a pleasure coaching you this season. W.T.
Girls 1st X cricket vs Great Walstead
Result: Ashdown won by 2 runs!
What a game of cricket!! Having lost the toss, Walstead asked us to bat first. We made a steady start, not hitting huge numbers of runs admittedly but not losing wickets either. The foundations of this solid start were tested when we lost a wicket in each of the third and fourth overs. The fifth over saw something of a resurgence with Ariel hitting a 6 and two 4s in one over. In the eighth over, our running between the wickets became slightly erratic as we tried to force the run rate. This, coupled with some either highly skilful or highly fortuitous fielding, resulted in 3 run outs in an over. Thankfully Alisa saved the day hitting four 4s in a row. We closed our account on 155.
In reply, Walstead came out all guns blazing. For the first four overs they raced along, averaging 10 an over. Captain Ines then joined the fray, taking a wicket with her first ball thanks to a decent catch. Not only that but she drastically reduced the run rate. This was then brilliantly backed up by Tara, Ariel and Issy. Tara went for only 3 runs, Ariel for 2 while Issy returned figures of 1 for 4.
With 1 over to go, Walstead only needed 7 runs. The tension was palpable (for the minority who knew what was going!). Alisa bowled the final over and even when Walstead only needed two off the last ball, she held her nerve to seal a memorable victory.
A brilliant game, played between evenly matched teams, in the right spirit.
Girls U11 vs Great Walstead
The girls turned up to Great Walstead in a positive attitude, looking forward to a competitive game. We lost the toss and we were put into bat. The GW girls bowled with some accuracy but managed to master the second bounce yorker which meant it was very hard to hit them for big runs. At the end of the innings we finished on 259, a competitive total. When we started bowling, we bowled with great accuracy and managed to get the ball there consistently in one bounce. However, this meant that it was easier for the GW girls to hit the ball hard and they did! Whacking a number of sixes! Sadly, we were unable to pick up enough wickets due to some sensible batting from the GW girls when they knew they were ahead of our score. In the end we finished 20/30 runs behind them. It was a pleasure watch the girls work so well as a team. TG
Saturday 22nd June
1st XI vs Cottesmore
On a beautiful sunny day, the 1st XI took on Cottesmore. Having been given the briefing that Cottesmore were severely under-manned, we took the sporting decision to play time and declaration, have a bat and set ourselves the task of bowling them out. All of which we very, nearly completed.
Batting first, we made some silly errors on a slow pitch. Luckily, Tom played his customary mature innings and found support from Harvey. They batted well for a while, with Harvey picking up the slack when Tom was caught out after 40 runs. Harvey then fell in the 30s and it was left for Igui to play a suburb stint, smashing a quick fire 20 off not many balls.
When it came to our bowling, we took wickets intermittently, but simply didn't bowl enough balls that were troubling the stumps. Excellent catches were taken by both Harvey and Edward and Vlad behind the stumps. However, we just could not take the final wicket, no matter how hard we tried. We reduced Cottesmore to 52/9 chasing our 113. A shame we just couldn't quite finish them off. A splendid afternoon's cricket nonetheless.
3rd XI vs Cottesmore
The sun was shining and the boys were ready for a good match against Cottesmore, having had our previous meeting abandoned without a ball being bowled. Cottesmore won the toss and chose to bat. They started well, hitting a few early boundaries to set the tone. They scored steadily throughout their innings despite Kit, Miles and Daniel each taking a catch to slow them down a little. Cottesmore finished on 128 off their 20 overs, a formidable total but extras cost us, giving away too many free runs. When it came to us batting we knew it would be difficult and with some accurate bowling from the Cottesmore attack it meant we were always behind the run rate. However, it was great to see Jeffry and Aidan score their first runs f the season. Unfortunately though, we finished on 65 at the end of our 20 overs. Despite the result the boys did not give up and a special mention must go to Harrison for his nonstop encouragement whilst we were fielding! On to the next one!
Wednesday 19th June
Under 9s v Cottesmore -Lost by 37 runs
The under 9s have had a very successful season so far, but in this match they came up against a very strong side with team members who play at county level. Despite all of this we played some fantastic cricket.
Ashdown bowled first it was precise and effective, improving the first bounce placement of the ball. The Cottesmore batters found it very difficult to get many runs at first but, once their two strongest batman's came to the crease they hit run after run.
We changed over and we started strong. We keep striking the ball straight out and not out wide, next time we need to be bold and go for the attack. A big congratulations to Felix and Charlie on scoring 46 of 3 overs. What an achievement! Keep going boys!!
Under 9B vs Cottesmore
The boys and girls were excited to be playing another game together! We had 5 girls in the team out of 8 which was great to see. Cottesmore arrived and chose to bowl, having won the toss. The boys were mixed up with the girls so we had mixed pairs. There were a few lusty blows from Spencer and Stephanie Mc but the Cottesmore bowlers produced some tight bowling and we finished on 254 off our overs. A score we thought we might be able to defend.
Cottesmore came out strong, smashing the ball to all parts of the pitch but we stayed in the game due to some good fielding by Antony. Unfortunately, we were unable to keep control for too long and they passed our score and finished 25 runs ahead. It was a fun game to be in charge of despite the result but to see the girls and boys improving their skills over the term has been fantastic to see.
Wednesday 5th June
U12A girls vs St Andrews, Eastbourne:
'Having been drafted in last minute, I was excited to see the skills of the 2's girls on display. We lost the toss and St Andrews chose to field first. Giada came out and smashed it around the park, getting us off to a great start. Those girls have some awesome power, with Ariel and Giada hitting a couple of sixes! We ended up scoring 298 off our 15 overs, a brilliant effort by the whole team. When we went out to bowl, the girls thought they could get the victory. Despite a fantastic catch from Daisy W, St Andrews were able to take advantage of our accurate bowling, we bowled 10 less wides than St Andrews, and hit very well across the line. We had our chances and on another day victory could have been ours. Sadly, going down by 19 runs in the end. Overall, there were many positives and I hope to see the girls again before the end of term and I look forward to seeing their progress!'
U11 girls’ match against Cottesmore
The U11 girls cricket team arrived at Cottesmore and batted first in a match that would last 16 overs per innings. The girls batted in pairs, and Isabella and Lily got us off to a great start, picking up runs whilst protecting their wickets. The next pair to bat were Alisha and Bea, who also managed to steal vita runs when the opposition weren’t fully switched on. Bea also managed to hit a couple of sixes over square-leg, putting us in a healthy position. Tabitha and Florence continued in the same manner, smashing boundaries all over the park. Some dodgy running saw us being deducted a few runs, but we were still in a commanding position. The final pair to bat were Mimosa and Elizabeth. Elizabeth rotated the strike nicely and allowed Mimosa to hit some huge sixes. Having deducted 25 runs for the five wickets which we lost, we managed to reach a total of 190 runs (having started on 100).
Next it was Cottesmore’s turn to bat, and Bea opened up the bowing for Ashdown. Bea bowled superbly, and managed to get a wicket in the first over. Alisha and Mimosa bowled nicely, restricting the number of boundaries the Cottesmore batters scored. Elizabeth was the standout bowler, only conceding 5 runs from her two overs and picking up two wickets as well, meaning her spell went for -5 runs. Our fielding was exceptional; we took some great catches and also got a couple of run outs. Florence took a spectacular catch on the boundary, and was so pleased with herself that she managed to walk over the boundary during her celebration, turning the wicket into six runs.
Although we played well, the Cottesmore girls were simply too strong, and they managed to score 220 runs from their 16 overs, meaning they won by 30 runs. The opposition awarded Florence the award for best fielder, and Bea picked up the award for the best batter.
Well played today girls; unlucky with the result.
Saturday 1st June 2019
Girls 1st Cricket v Cumnor House (Lost by 43 runs)
We were very impressed how much the team has improved since the start of the season. Considering Cumnor has been playing cricket for four years, the girls should be very proud for their performance today.
Cumnor won the toss and decided to bowl and field first. Our batting was very consistent and with a few girls getting a couple of fours. A bit more attacking when batting would have been great. Sometimes you’ve got to play a defence shot, but if we try and attack every ball, this will increase technique and confidence. Overall the batting side was impressive.
Considering the girls haven’t played cricket for long, it was amazing how accurate the bowling was as it’s not the easiest of skills to perfect. The opposition batters were strong as expected but as a whole the girls should be really proud. Well done girls!
1st XI vs Cumnor House
Winning the toss, our Captain, Tom opted to field and the early signs seemed positive; Harvey and Kieran returned figures of 10 for 1 off the first 4 overs. However, from this point on, we were unable to put 6 consecutive deliveries in the right spot. Countless times, our bowlers produced 4 or 5 good balls and then got dispatched. Added to that, when fielding we dropped five catches and missed a fairly straightforward run out opportunity. By the end of the 20 overs, Cumnor had scored 131-6 the wickets coming from the bowling of Harvery, Kieran, Will and Ed.
Captain Tom, has been fantastic all season but on this occasion, Tom batted and chipped one up for an easy catch. Thankfully, Ed hit his first two deliveries for four and played with determination. He too was eventually caught, such is the pressure of a big score to chase. Kieran, who had made a quiet start with the bat, then started to help the cause but by this stage, we were comfortably behind the run rate. With Harvey and Kieran at the crease, the Cumnor skipper cleverly decided to take the pace out of the game thus forcing us to create the power. This proved to be a savvy move as the runs dried up, one of their spinners returning figures of 0-1-3. With 3 overs to go, we still needed fifty odd runs but the Cumnor bowlers maintained their strangle hold and our innings closed on 89 for 7.
Falling 43 runs short was probably a fair reflection of the difference between the two sides today but the boys would have added considerable to the scoreboard if they hadn't been caught out.
'The boys had not played a match for a week or so. As a result they were raring to go! Cumnor arrived and it was decided, due to a couple of their players not being 100% confident against a hard ball that we would play soft ball pairs. Our boys adapted brilliantly, despite it being a very different skills when bowling with a lighter ball. We batted first and the boys were steady throughout the innings. We never looked under pressure and we scored a solid 75 runs off our overs, losing 3 wickets. When we went into the field, we found it hard to use the lighter ball and so giving away a few wides at the start of their innings. However, the boys worked hard and our recent focus on fielding paid off and we built pressure on the Cumnor batsmen. In the end we controlled the game and won by 27 runs. Well done to all the boys for our first victory of the season, onto the next one!'
Wednesday 29th May 2019
1st XI vs Cottesmore (lost by 41 runs)
Today was like playing cricket in the winter. It was windy, cold and wet. It was getting unplayable at one point but the boys fought it through.
Our bowling and fielding was excellent. We bowled a lot of dot balls and hardly any wides which was very effective. Even though our bowling was excellent, it didn’t stop the Cottesmore boys scoring a few 4s/6s to gain an overall score of 188. Ashdown’s turn to bat and it just wasn’t our day. We couldn’t get any momentum at all and only could hit for singles. We finished on 147.
Well done boys. Keep battling!
1st X girls cricket vs Cottesmore. Lost by 54 runs
Getting comprehensively beaten is never much fun. Doing so in the cold and the wet is even less so. However, the team showed spirit and gave it their best shot. As a yardstick for progress, I am reading nothing into the result. We were beaten by an excellent team who clearly had a great deal more than a term’s experience.
Of the areas we have been working on, there were notable improvements. We have been working on defending our wickets and today only one of our batters was bowled out. Worth noting that the player in question selected the correct shot but was beaten by a very good ball with a slightly low bounce courtesy of the wet surface. In other aspects of batting, inexplicably we left many of the leg side deliveries, despite having worked hard on this.
Our bowling is coming on apace however we simply couldn’t compete with Cottesmore on that front today. We gifted them far too many extras whilst they only conceded less than twenty.
In all, there is much to be proud of but plenty more to learn as the most glaring difference between the teams was the general understanding of the game.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Boys Cricket V Worth
1st - Tied match (GdM)
2nd - Tied match
The 2nd XI arrived at Worth on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon to play a match of ‘pairs’ cricket, limited to 18 overs per side.
Rocco won the toss and we chose to bat first, with Rocco and Johnny getting us off to a superb start. Kent and Aanu were Ashdown’s second pair to bat, and they set exemplary standards, running singles well and punishing the bad deliveries. Sadly, as soon as we worked our way into a dominant position, we lost wickets in clusters, which drastically reduced our total. Jean, Diego and Hamish all batted superbly to try and rescue the situation, but it proved very difficult to prevent wickets from falling at the other end. Having started with 50 runs, we managed to crawl to a total of 113, having deducted 35 runs for the seven wickets we lost.
We had a quick tea and chat, and then headed to the field to try and defend our tiny total. Alex and Miro opened the bowling for us, and a tidy start put the Worth batsmen under some pressure. Hamish, Kent, Diego and Jean all bowled superbly, with full and straight being the order of the day. We managed to take seven wickets during the innings, which meant worth needed 12 runs from the final over to win the match. Hamish began the over brilliantly, only allowing Worth to score five runs off the first four deliveries. A fielding error meant that Worth would need 3 runs off he final delivery to win the match. An anti-climatic final delivery gave Worth two runs for the wide, and this meant the scores were tied. As both teams lost 7 wickets each, the game was decided as a tie.
Unlucky boys. Keep on playing good cricket and the rewards will flood in soon.
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Girls Cricket V Copthorne
1st Won by 9 Runs
The girls started their season with a good win against a competitive Copthorne team. Ines captained the team and having won the toss, opted to field.
Our bowlers produced a fantastic display with only 1 no ball and 6 wides in total. There were wickets for Michelle, Tara, Ines, Issy and Eva while Zadie two took two fantastic catches. We managed to restrict Copthorne to 209.
In reply, we found it hard to come by runs but with the match in the balance, Ariel and Daisy came out as the last pair and hit 12 off 2 to secure the win by 9 runs. A very pleasing first match. (CS)