The boys started of today fielding and bowling. During the first overs the boys bowled well with some good stops but very minimal scoring as a result of some excellent scoring. Towards the sixth over Maidwell hit repeated 4s over and over and successfully brought their tally up to 281 runs. The boys had tried really hard fielding and bowling. The boys were optimistic going into the batting. Some excellent shots were played against Maidwell's superb bowls to the boys. The boys managed to get a few runs throughout however they were beaten by some superb fielding with the final score being 204 to the boys. The boys were disapointed but showed some great spirit in congratulating the opposition on their superb cricket.
The Grove: 204/3
Maidwell Hall: 281/1
Man of the Match: Ethan Ireland
Yet another nice day as we headed off for our third fixture of the season at Beachborough school. We made our way to the field with high hopes following a good practice session the week before, despite being one man down and Toby Cole with and injured hand. Patrick was the team captain for the game, Beachborough won the toss and decided to bat first. Gabrial Alvarez-Custodio got us off to a good start bowling the first over of the ten over match. Following some good bowling from the whole team Beachborough managed to score 80 runs. We took the field to bat knowing we had to score big, unfortunately that left us open and we gave away three wickets therefore loosing us fifteen runs. We all batted well especially Seth Okesola, but after our ten overs we notched up 53 runs.
The Grove: 52
Beachborough School: 80
Man of the Match: Seth Okesola
It was our second match of the season and another very hot day.
We made our way to the field with high hopes following a good practice session the week before despite being one man down and Toby Cole with an injured hand. Kyle Dissanayake was the team captain for the game, Swanbourne won the toss and decided to bat first. We all bowled well but from the start it was obvious we were up against a very good opposition. Despite our best efforts with some excellent fielding by everyone Swanbourne finished up with an amazing 103 runs. So we went into bat knowing it was going to be a tall order to match Swanbourne’s total but we gave it our best shot but unfortunately for us their bowling was as good as their batting.
Everyone gave it their best.
The Grove: 42
Swanbourne House: 103
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam
The boys were up against Swanbourne house school this week. After their tie against Ashfold they were really keen to win. They started as the batting team with our cricket captain Advik starting of facing some excellent bowls. The pairs worked together and only lost one wicket within their ten overs. The score for the boys stood at a respectable fifty two runs at the end of their overs.
They then moved onto fielding where there were some superb near misses on catching and a close miss to get the Swanbourne's wicket. Arnav and Gauthum did some superb fielding get the ball back to the bowler so fast to stop the other team from scoring any runs. A few wide balls and a couple of amazing fours from Swambourne just edged them ahead to fifty five runs.
The boys were understandably a bit disapointed to have only just lost but are determined to improve on this next term.
The Grove: 52/1
Swanbourne House: 55/0
Man of the Match: Gautham Parthiban
Quite a contrast to the last fixture, as it was cold and windy and not a particularly nice afternoon for a rounders fixture. Despite the challenging weather, the girls were excited for the game and after a quick warm-up the first innings began. Eve Bailey had a solid performance as bowler and after a few no-balls started to show some consistency in delivery. Fielding took a little more time to settle and we made a few mistakes under pressure. Our batting in both innings was a little disappointing and this is something we need to work on in lessons. Few balls were hit and the girls seemed hesitant to swing at the ball. Nevertheless, after the first innings there was not much between the 2 teams so the 2nd innings was all to play for. Unfortunately, our fielding was not as tight and we allowed Winchester House to score on our mistakes and this allowed them to secure a solid lead. Our batting did not improve and we then relied on some half rounders from no-balls and some mis-fields which was not enough. The final score was a loss for The Grove 12 and a half to 5 and a half.
The Grove: 5½
Winchester House School: 12½
Player if the Match: Sophy Pearce & Iraa Kulkarni
The boys were in good spirits travelling to Ashfold, keen for their first cricket fixture of the term. Wilfred Clark was captaining the team and was called straight over where we lost the toss and Ashfold chose to bat first.
Ashfold got of to a good start with some fantastic fours to begin with, however the boys managed to get a wicket in the second over, a promising start. The boys continued to field well but bowled a few too many bowls wide, allowing Ashfold to increase their score by ten every over. Once the end of the eleventh over was reached by Ashfold they'd scored eighty six runs and only lost one wicket. A combination of wide bowls and some superb hits led to this early score.
The boys went into their innings with a high score to level. In the first over the boys were struggling to match the pace and skill of Ashfold's bowling loosing three wickets in quick succession. This was the trend that was set for the rest of the overs. The boys struggled to do more than stop the balls from Ashfold and all agreed that their bowling was superb.
The boys look forward to improving on this in their next fixture and are throwing themselves into training for it.
The Grove: 6/9
Ashfold School: 49/1
A beautiful day for our fixture against Swanbourne and the girls were very excited for our second game of the season. The first innings was a mixture of some excellent fielding but with a number of silly errors batting. Oluwadabira battled with her hay fever as bowler but her determination was admirable and she played a key role with some consistent bowling and speed to the ball when retrieving. Special praise must go to Emily Pugsley who took a fantastic catch and looked to stump her post as well. Our batting in the first innings unfortunately lacked concentration and many players were stumped out because of poor decision making. This is something to work on going forwards to the next game. The second innings fared better and although our batting was disappointing, our fielding remained consistent with very few half rounders given away. The final score finished as a loss for The Grove 16 and a half to 11 and a half.
The Grove: 11½
Swanbourne House: 16½
Players of the Match: Emily Pugsley & Oluwadabira Filani
The Under 9 Girls were very excited about travelling to Swanbourne for their Away match. After lots of practice in game play, the girls were confident. In the first innings, the girls showed obvious nerves, as we were missing hits and running cautiously, we were also not watching where the ball was going and this was getting a few of our players out. We just needed to relax into it more. Our fielding was excellent though, we were catching the ball well and we caught one player out, Alexa O'Kane's amazing quick reactions made the catch! It was a shaky first innings, but we were winning 5 ½ rounders to 3 ½ rounders.
The second innings was much better. The girls had some excellent hits and even scored some rounders from them (Hannah Siddall who scored 3!, Alexa O'Kane and Mikayla Martey). Our fielding was also better as Swanbourne's hitting had also improved. We managed to stop a few rounders from being scored and we also got 3 players out on the posts. Altogether, it was an amazing match to watch and umpire and the girls were very excited to take their first win of the season.
The Grove: 11½
Swanbourne House: 9
Player of the Match: Hannah Siddall
This was the first game of the season against Beachborough and the girls started well in the first innings. The bowling switched between Chloe Cave and Maya Shah and both girls bowled well and were sensible to swop places when they started to lapse in concentration. The girls understanding of the game was good and they worked hard to stop half rounders being scored at second post. When batting the girls were a little slow to get going and we scored most of the rounders from the bowlers no-balls. Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood both scored full rounders with some excellent running and tactical judgement. We were ahead going into the second innings and once again the fielding was solid with only a few errors when making quick decisions. Amaya Saiz-Arthur performed very well in bat for the second innings scoring 2 excellent rounders off 2 balls and both Emily Ying-Clifton and Emily Garwood worked hard for another full rounder each. The final ball ended in a victory for The Grove. Well done girls. A great start.
The Grove: 19½
Beachborough School: 16
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur & Esther Williams
The first rounders fixture of the season for the Under 8 team and the girls were very excited and nervous. We had a little bit of time to practice before Ashfold arrived and to go over some of the many rules of the game. Unfortunately, we lost the coin toss and Ashfold chose to field first for the first innings so the girls had to settle quickly into the batting order. Ashfold fielded very well and because The Grove didn’t really make much contact with the ball in bat they found it really hard to score. We scored a few half rounders from mis-fields and no-balls so ended the first innings with 3 and a half rounders. Ashfold were very confident in batting alongside a lack of concentration from The Grove leading to a good score of 6 and a half rounders after the first innings. The Grove improved into the second innings and actually scored more than Ashfold but with the gap created after the first innings the score ended with a very close 8-7 defeat.
A good start to the season. Well done.
The Grove: 7
Ashfold School: 8
Player of the Match: Oluwadabira Filani
The Under 9 Girls had their first Rounders Fixture of the season against Ashfold School at home. The girls were a little nervous as they had had very little practice of a full match due to the amount of rain we had in the previous weeks. They were also very excited also, as Rounders is an all around favourite with these girls. The girls started in the field, this was good as it got them used to the catching and they could see how good the other teams hitting was. There was some very accurate bowling from Alexa O'kane and some quick catching from Hannah Siddall on Backstop. It took a little while for the girls to get in their stride, but they soon were catching and making good decisions with the ball. Their batting was consistent, and the girls were very good at watching the ball, however, they did not take enough risks to take the half rounders we needed if we hit the ball. We relaxed more in the second innings, and we had some lovely accurate catching from Harini Sivavakesar on 4th to stop some rounders being scored. We were also more confident in our batting overall, with some better risk making from Hannah, who scored a rounder.
Altogether, the girls had a successful first match, and really enjoyed the afternoon.
The Grove: 4
Ashfold School: 8½
Player of the Match: Alexa O'Kane
The Grove U8's
It was a hot and sunny afternoon as we made our way to the field for our first cricket match of the Summer season.
Due to the very wet weather we have experienced recently, practice has been boggy to say the least. However, we were all in good spirits and ready for the match. Toby Coles was the team captain for the game and went forward for the toss of the coin, or in this case, guess which hand the grass was in. Ashfold won and decided to put us into bat. With some outstanding batting from all the team we totalled 52 runs. Our turn to field and Toby led the bowling for the first over, followed by the rest of the team, with everybody rotating round all the positions on the field. With only eight in the team, Toby bowled for the second time and made a great catch off his third ball.
Everyone played extremely well and after a close ten-over game, Ashfold pipped us by 10 runs.
The Grove: 52
Ashfold School: 62
Man of the Match: Oliver Whittam
The Grove U9's
The boys cricket season started well, with the boys in great spirits for their first fixture. The boys faced Ashfold School, for a home
fixture. The boys very kindly let Ashfold bat first. The boys started bowling well with some fantastic bowls. Particular mention needs to go to our cricket captain Advik and Gauthum, who bowled some terrific overs. The boys fielded well keeping Ashfold's score at 80 runs in total.
The boys then had the opportunity to bat which they had been looking forward to with avid anticipation. The boys started well scoring a few fours and doing well of some of the wide bowls as well. Throughout the first few overs the boys were level pegging or slightly behind on the score in comparison to Ashfold. With two overs to go, the boys were trailing by five runs. Everyone's heart was in their mouths as the boys came to three runs behind with one over to go. In the final over a wide ball and a desperate run by Keith enabled the boys to level the score before the game ended.
The final score was a tie with eighty runs scored by each team. The boys thanked Ashfold for a great match. Most of them then went straight to cricket club which was fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm the boys have for the sport. They cannot wait for their next match next week vs Quinton House.
The Grove: 80/0
Ashfold School 80/0
Man of the Match: Gautham Parthiban
Beachborough arrived at The Grove for the final fixture of the term and what a great game it turned out to be. With a lovely atmosphere between the two teams the game began. The first quarter started well for the girls and they straight away dominated the play with some lovely passes through the centre third to our attacking players. Schekinah Okosieme scored with her first attempt making the score 1-0 into the second quarter. The game became more competitive as Beachborough started to settle and put together some good passes. Despite some tight marking from The Grove, Beachborough scored with a super attempt a fair distance from the goal. The Grove responded and Emily Pugsley managed a second goal under pressure just before half-time. The third quarter was dominated by The Grove with the majority of possession in our attacking third. Schekinah Okosieme managed a third goal but we did have a number of chances that unfortunately we didn’t capitalise on. The final quarter was exciting and Beachborough fought back admirably. Ewa Adekanmbi and Oyindamola Omotosho worked extremely hard as Goal Keeper and Goal Defence intercepting and marking well preventing Beachborough from scoring. The final score finished at 3-2. What a great way to finish the season.
The Grove: 3
S Okosieme (2), E Pugsley
Beachborough School: 2
Players of the Match: Ewa Adekanmbi, Ife Adekanmbi, Oluwadabira Filani