Please find our latest results and match reports below.
Saturday 29th June 2019
Under 10 rounders Vs Brambletye
With a beautiful blue sky and searing thirty-degree heat the girls knew their final match would be tough. They won the toss and fielded first. I was really impressed with their teamwork, especially the communication between Stephanie M. (backstop), Stephanie D. (bowler) and Indya (second post). Bailey was fantastic out in the deep field, taking some amazing catches and running so fast, that if a ball did get past her, the batter rarely got past second post because of her lightening speed! In the first innings the Ashdown team got four Brambletye players out, leaving them with a score of 2.5 rounders. Ashdown had a super first innings and scored 8 rounders. The second innings was very exciting because Brambletye really stepped into action and scored 6.5 rounders, then fielded very well, getting three Ashdown players out. Luckily for Ashdown they didn't quite score enough rounders, leaving the total at 13.5 to Ashdown and 9 to Brambletye. The two top rounders scored in this match were Bailey and Indya, scoring four rounders each. It was a lovely opportunity for the girls to show off their talents to the large spectating crowd of Brambletye and Ashdown parents. They played very well and deserved final win. LP
Rounders V Brambletye
1st Lost 7- 17½ (PMc)
In the final rounders match of the season we fielded superbly against some big hitters from Brambletye. We managed to dismiss Brambletye in both innings. Sadly our batting was below par and when we did strike the ball well it generally went straight to a deep fielder who limited us to half rounders. We only managed to make two full rounders in the entire match.
In the first innings we dismissed ten Brambletye players which is a little odd since they only had nine players. Tara caught 2 at backstop, Daisy and Alisa one each at their posts, Clara one at 1st deep and Michelle 2 at 3rd deep. We also stumped players at 2nd post, 3rd post and backstop to 1st post.
In the second innings Alisa, Daisy and Teresa each caught 2 at their respective posts and Daisy stumped a further 2 at her post. The team was then out with Tara stumping the box.
Batsmen today Ariel 2½, Teresa and Alisa 1½ each and Daisy and Giada ½ apiece.
MVP Fielding Daisy, Batting Ariel
Saturday 22nd June 2019
Under 10s vs Cottesmore
It was a lovely afternoon for rounders, one of the best we've had so far this term. However, it wasn't a great day of play for the under 10 Rounders team. We were just not strong enough when it was our turn to bat. Often the girls would connect with the ball but hit the ball towards second post so they could not run there to score. It was not all bad though. Even with a few of the usual team members missing, I thought the girls coped really well with having to adapt to new positions. Their fielding was very good and continued to improve throughout the match, getting four players out in total. Daisy and Stephanie D, were the highest scorers and they scored a full rounder each. Lucia played very well, making great contributions to the fielding side in her first match. Looking ahead to our final match of the season against Brambletye next Saturday we will work on technique for batting and running. Quite often the girls ran without looking at the ball so they were stumped out, and on one occasion a team member was run out. These were careless mistakes that could have easily been spared. We have lots to work on over the next week but we will remain positive our try even harder next time. LP
U11 Rounders versus Cottesmore
Two equally strong fielding teams but a fair result given that, after a five week break from rounders fixtures, the U11 girls were rather rusty with the bat. Ashdown opened the batting with a spectacular hit by Alisha to score a rounder off her first ball, aside from that the girls could not find the power to challenge the Cottesmore’s fielders. The tally built very slowly, although by the final few balls, Florence and Beatrice had found their stride to pick up the run rate and reach 6. Cottesmore didn’t do much better in their first innings. Catches by Mary and Bea, plus three more dismissals at second post put pressure on the batsmen and they had to play cautiously, limited to 7 after thirty balls.
Ashdown’s second batting innings was equally flat. Florence and Mimosa managed to score full rounders. Elizabeth and Alisha also struck powerfully but they were consistently halted at third post thanks to a couple of very efficient deep fielders. Ashdown only managed to score 4.5 to total 10.5. Cottesmore exceeded this total after only a few balls but there were some superb moments nonetheless. Mimosa worked extremely hard off third to limit Cottesmore, taking two catches in the process.
Florence 2.5, Alisha 1.5, Beatrice 1.5, Mimosa 1, Ana 1, Elizabeth 0.5, Tracy 0.5.
Beatrice was nominated Batsman of the Match and Mimosa was nominated Fielder of the Match.
Wednesday 29th May 2019
Under 10 vs Cottesmore
On arrival at Cottesmore this afternoon we thought the match would be cancelled due to the rain that was coming in heavier as we neared the rounders pitch. Luckily, Cottesmore had a back up plan to use the indoor space. Although it is quite small, we put together an adapted rounders pitch and played with a tennis ball. The girls were pleased we were able to play.
At the end of the first innings the score was seven all. In the second innings Cottesmore scored five and a half and Ashdown scored six. It was a very close match played well by both teams. The Ashdown team fielded particularly well getting three of the Cottesmore team out in each innings. Stephanie.D bowled beautifully and took on the role of leading the rest of the fielding team from the centre of the pitch. Bailey and Indya worked as a great team on and near second post and were well backed up by India and Scarlet. Belle and Katia had a good impact on the fielding by fourth post, stopping some full rounders being scored. Stephanie.M played as back stop and today her throwing was more accurate than it has been before.
The rounders we scored by Bailey (4.5),
Indya (3.5), Stephanie.D (2), Belle (2), Katia (1) and Stephanie.M (0.5).
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Rounders V Copthorne
2nd Won 22½ - 11½
We were put in to bat first in this 30 good ball match. The girls had listened to instructions and followed them to the letter. We slowly built up an extremely good score of 12 rounders. Our first fielding innings was equally impressive. Alisa bowled well and Giada backstopped like a professional. Lucy, Teresa and Tracy had fantastically safe hands on 1st, 2nd and 4th posts. Amalia leapt about stopping every ball that came her way off 3rd post. Our deeps; Delilah, Sadie and Ines were alert and quickly got each ball back to the posts. Teresa caught out two and stumped out a further two batsman. Giada and Lucy dismissed two at 1st post; Giada caught out one player and Lucy dismissed another with great speed of reaction. Tracy also stumped a player at 4th post. With efficient fielding we held Copthorne to 4 rounders.
In the 2nd batting innings we scored a further 10½ rounders. Many positions were moved for the 2nd fielding innings. Giada and Alisa shared bowler and off 3rd; Delilah took on 1st post; Sadie played an efficient backstop; Nao became 4th post and Amalia, Elsa and Lucy became deeps. We dismissed most of Copthorne’s players, catches were taken by Giada X2, Alisa and Teresa and stumpings by Delilah and Teresa X3. Copthorne made 7½ rounders in this innings.
Top Batsmen today were Alisa 4½ , Giada 4, Amalia 3, Teresa 2 ½ , Delilah 2, Elsa and Lucy 1 apiece and Tracy and Ines ½ each.
MVP Batting Giada and Alisa, Fielding Teresa
U10/9/8 - Won 19.5 - 16
A high scoring game on a beautifully warm and sunny day. It was a delight to coach Miss Pugh's well-trained team this afternoon and they worked hard to secure a victory against a competent Copthorne side.
Ashdown opened the batting and Stephanie D was quick to score a rounder off the first ball. This strong start gave the team confidence and they made sensible decisions to slowly build a total. Copthorne used some mature tactics such as stumping out at first with a delivery from the backstop and stumping out at 3rd and 4th posts. The girls were quick to adapt and they maintained their concentration so to maximise on every opportunity. After thirty good-balls, Ashdown had scored 10 rounders. Ashdown's fielding was largely controlled by Stephanie D, Stephanie M, Indya and Bailey. The girls communicated brilliantly although, at times, they would have been wise to focus on stopping the live batsman. Copthorne managed to score 6 before being stumped all out at the box with one ball left.
The second innings followed very much the same but Copthorne were more powerful with the bat and thanks to two excellent players, they nearly doubled their total. Luckily, our fielders were also on super form and they attacked the innings with energy and determination. Accurate deliveries from Stephanie M to Indya at a backwards hit and some nifty footwork by Bailey proved crucial.
A close result in the end but a well-deserved victory for the U10/9/8 girls.
Batting statistics: Bailey 5.5, Stephanie D. 3, Indya 2.5, Stephanie M. 1.5, India B-B 1.5 and Belle 0.5.
Stephanie D was nominated batsman of the game for her brave running and Bailey was nominated fielder of the game for her AMAZING high catch. (VM)
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Under 10 Rounders Vs Moira House
It was a glorious day for rounders, just as the season should be! The girls were excited for their match and they all made sure to wear their new hoodies, which they love. The team played really well today but we came away with plenty to work on, including: reading the opposition players, holding the post when batting and making sure to run when the bowler has released the ball to clear the field for point scorers. During the first innings Ashdown batted first and scored five and a half with only one player being caught out. Moira House scored seven and a half with one player caught out and three players stumped out. Stephanie. M made a superb catch and even surprised herself when it happened. It was a super sporting moment for her. During the second innings Ashdown came back slightly stronger with a better idea of everyone's jobs as well as their own. They scored eight and a half with only three girls being stumped out. Moira House scored seven and half. Overall, it was a very successful match and the Ashdown team were the stronger fielders which was proven in their second innings when they got seven out of nine opposing players out. We have lots to look forward to over the coming season.