Please find our latest results and match reports below.
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)