On the 14th June, the U10/11 Grove girls played against Ashfold School B team. The game started promptly and it was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to put into practice what they have been learning in their rounders lessons.
Within the first innings, the Grove played well managing to score seven rounders in total, including an excellent rounder by Carolina Diniz Fernandez Lomana. Similarly, when fielding, I was extremely impressed by the girls positioning and quick decision-making when in play. This was demonstrated particularly well by Luluwah Alsallal as she continually positioned herself effectively to deliver a fast ball to second post.
Ashfold on the other hand, also played very well and their team consisted of some excellent batters and fielders, therefore they managed to accumulate a total of nine rounders in the first innings.
In the second innings, the game was still relatively equal in terms of ability, however Ashfold School managed to make contact with the ball more frequently when batting, managing to gain additional half rounders. Therefore, this meant that the total score overall was 15½ to Ashfold – 10 to the Grove.
Overall, this was a great game with lots of positives to take away. There were also many excellent individual performances, including Tiya Mistry as bowler, who throughout the game was consistent and accurate with her bowling. Also, Mariam Elakama demonstrated very safe hands when fielding and power when batting, resulting in her being chosen as ‘Player of the match’ by the opposing team.
Well done girls.
The Grove: 10
Ashfold School 'B': 15½
Player of the Match: Mariam Elakama
This was the U9 first game against Beachborough at home. Amaya Saiz Arthur was chosen as captain and won the toss, therefore deciding to start as the fielding team. The game started well with Hana Iguchi as bowler. After a few no balls, Hana warmed up and became a consistent bowler for the first set of innings.
Within the game, the Grove managed to score points from no balls, including a rounder by Amaya. The score at the end of the first innings was six to Beachborough and two to the Grove.
In the second innings, Beachborough were exceptional at their batting and managed to cumulate a good score from lots of half rounders. They had some very strong players on the pitch, which resulted in a total score of 15 rounders to Beachborough. The Grove fought back well, however due to a lapse in concentration, over half of the team were made out at first post.
Despite this, the Grove girls learnt a great deal from this fixture in terms of positioning and decision making which they can use to take forward into their next fixtures.
The Grove: 7
On Tuesday 23rd May, the Under 8 Girls went to a very exciting rounders match at Beachborough School. It was perfect weather for rounders, warm and sunny. In the first innings, we fielded excellently getting a number of players out and stopping quite a few from scoring. We lacked some confidence when we were batting , however and we didn't push ourselves to score many. In the first innings we were losing 11-9.
After a little chat before the second innings, the girls were a lot more confident. With excellent bowling from Alexa O’Kane, we managed to stop a lot of rounders from being scored. The Beachborough team were excellent batters, and the amazing alertness from Sophie Hartley-Wiley and Chibugom Iwugawu in the deep, we managed to get the ball a lot more successfully to Arianna Viecelli-Fitch on 4th post and either get the player out or stop them from running. We also batted more confidently, taking more risks in the latter half of the innings to put Beachborough under pressure.
This was a very positive match for The Grove Under 8's and they all performed amazingly in the heat of the sun.
Well Done Girls.
The Grove: 16
Due the cold and wintery nature of the pitches at Winchester house, our first Under 9 cricket fixture was played on the astro pitch. The Grove won the toss and captain Stellan Chinnappa chose to bat first. With pairs cricket two batters have three overs between them to score as many runs as possible. Findlay Hovell and Kwaku Malanda opened the batting and got the team off to a great start. Our next pair of Wilfred Clark and Alexander Chan consolidated but unfortunately lost wickets in the third over of their innings.
Captain Chinnappa and Leon Gunasekara were in next and tried valiantly to move the scoring rate along. This did prove difficult as Winchester bowled well at both players. Our final pair of Thomas Huggins and Gbolahan Asade did manage to get the Grove to a very respectable 96/4, a competitive total in our first outing.
In reply The Grove started strongly with two tight overs, however as the innings wore on Winchester House began to approach the total with ease. Despite some great fielding from Thomas Huggins and fierce bowling from Alexander Chan Winchester House recorded a very strong 112/2 in their 12 overs. The lads were naturally disappointed to lose in such a tight manner but the level of commitment from the team was excellent. Well done.
A special thanks to all the parents who came out to support the team in the first match of the new cricket season.
The Grove: 96/4
Winchester House: 112/2
Man of the Match: Leon Gunasekara
Tuesday 16th May saw The Grove Under 8 Boys play their first Cricket fixture of the year at home to Swanbourne House. Leading up to the day, the boys had only had a handful of sessions in order to prepare themselves. However, each and every one of them gave 110% and deservedly came out with a win.
The match started off with the boys fielding. Due to the age of the boys, one of the most difficult aspects of the game is bowling. It can be very hard to get to grips with the correct technique of how to bowl accurately and considering the relatively short amount of practice they had leading up to the fixture they all performed extremely well.
Ethan Ireland and Kanye Nwuga were up first to bowl 1 over each against Swanbourne House’s first batting pair. From the 12 balls bowled, Swanbourne managed to score themselves 18 runs.
Second up was Advik Mishra and Isaac Okwuadigbo. After some excellent bowling Swanbourne house were only able to score a total of 12 runs. However, due to some excellent fielding from the boys as a whole they were able to take one wicket resulting in 5 runs being subtracted from Swanbourne’s current total.
The boys finished off the first innings strongly. Joseph Imonioro and Oliver Surely finished strong by managing to take 3 wickets from Swanbourne and only allowing them to score 4 runs from 12 balls. This resulted in Swanbourne House finishing with a total of 246 runs.
After the changeover the Grove stepped up to bat. They started off slowly but once they got into their stride and got to grips with the game they did not disappoint. Swanbourne had some strong bowlers however this did not phase the boys as they remained in control of the match.
Considering the short amount of time, the boys had had to prepare for the fixture they performed extremely well. Towards the end of the game Gautham Parthiban showed off his ability by hitting several boundaries to see of the game and bring The Grove to an impressive total of 280 runs. This included scoring a 6 with an unstoppable hit right through the heart of Swanbourne’s fielders.
Due to such a positive performance we all look forward to our next fixture and hope that the boy’s success can continue.
The Grove: 280
Swanbourne House: 246
Man of the Match: Gautham Parthiban
On Tuesday 16th May our Under 8 girls aged their first rounders match of the season, at home against Swanbourne House School.
The girls were very excited and were really looking forward to playing. We started the first innings fielding, and even though the girls have not played a match before, they started very positively without nerves. Alexa O'Kane did some beautiful bowling, and Arianna Vicelli-Fitch played an excellent backstop collecting the missed balls and sending them straight to Hannah Siddall on second. They managed to get many players out and stop some good rounders from being scored. We also batted well, albeit against an excellent Swanbourne bowler. Alice Alder and Sophie Hartley-Wiley managed to score some good rounders. We played an excellent first innings scoring 6 and a half rounders.
The second innings, however, was not so positive. The Swanbourne batting was too consistent and aiming for the gaps in the field and we ended up conceding too many rounders, even though our fielding was still good. We also batted well in the second innings, but we took too many risks and we got ourselves out too much.
Altogether, the girls thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon. Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 9
Swanbourne House: 20½
The senior girls captained by Caitlin Hendry started by fielding first.
Tiya Mistry bowled consistently well throughout both innings but unfortunately there were a number of girls on the Quinton House team that were exceptionally strong at batting and the girls struggled a little to field the balls in quickly despite Caitlin Hendry’s excellent throws and Amy Pattinson’s valiant attempts to chase down a number of particularly long bats.
We fumbled a number of balls, which cost us dearly but our catching and decision-making was much improved in the 2nd innings. Our batting also improved in he second innings allowing us to reduce the lead Quinton had made but unfortunately much damage had been done in the first innings.
Darina Vieceli-Fitch worked hard throughout the game and scored consistently well when batting which earned her ‘Player of the Match.’
A great effort girls – keep trying to be more confident taking catches in the field!
The Grove: 7½
Quinton House School: 23
Player of the Match: Darina Vieceli-Fitch
7.5 – 11
This was the first fixture of the summer term and it was a fantastic start by all involved. Akeley Wood won the toss and decided to field first with The Grove team batting. The Grove girls batted well and managed to score 7.5 points. After 30 good balls, the teams swapped over and Akeley wood stepped up to bat. In fielding, Caitlin Henry (captain) bowled some beautiful balls and as a consequence was awarded player of the match by Akeley Wood. As a whole, there were lots of brilliant performances from the Grove players including a fantastic catch made by Mariam late in the game!
Akeley Wood finished up scoring 11 points, however it was a very well matched game and a good start to the Rounders season from the girls.
The Grove: 7½
Akeley Wood School: 11
Player of the Match: Caitlin Hendry
After a long journey to Maidwell Hall we were greeted with a wonderful, picturesque venue for our match and a very friendly opposition. The girls had some time to warm-up and prepare and then the game began with Maidwell unfortunately winning the first centre pass. The first two quarters of the game were very defensive from The Grove and we seemed to struggle to keep possession of the ball, find space to receive a pass or find the hoop when shooting. We found ourselves 5-0 down at the half-way point. After a stern talking to and an attempt to inject some passion and determination into the game, The Grove started to win the ball, driving into space and managing to get the ball into the circle to our shooters. The last two quarters saw 2 goals scored by Amaya Saiz-Arthur but unfortunately it was not enough and the match finished with an 8-2 loss.
The Grove: 2
A. Saiz Arthur (2)
Maidwell Hall: 8
Player of the Match: Amaya Saiz-Arthur
A cold and wintery afternoon greeted The Grove U9’s for their final match of the season against Maidwell Hall. We arrived in good time and this allowed Findlay Hovell to lead a very detailed warm-up giving The Grove some confidence leading into the game.
The first half started strongly for Maidwell, with George Skillings and Alexander Chan having to defend strongly and with two great saves from Thomas Huggins the score was only 1-0 to Maidwell at halftime.
The second half saw Maidwell score two quick goals before The Grove staged a remarkable comeback with both Wilfred Clark and Findlay Hovell scoring in quick succession.
With the game poised at 3-2 Grove pressed hard for the winner with both Stellan Chinnappa and Kwaku Malanda pushed up-field and retained possession for one final attack. Unfortunately, the ball bounced of the crossbar directly to a Maidwell player who broke up-field and scored to finish 4-2 to Maidwell.
The boys were clearly disappointed, however the application and effort was superb and but for some luck a draw would have been a fair result. The boys have tried hard all season and deserve credit for the way they have represented the school.
A special Thanks to all the parents who came over to support the team in our last match of the football season.
The Grove: 2
W. Clark, F. Hovell
Maidwell Hall 4
Man of the Match: Wilfred Clarke