Girls' U13 Rounders v Clevedon School, Tuesday 3 May: Sidcot 8 ½ – 14 Clevedon
In what proved to be a highly competitive affair, our girls came out full of enthusiasm and determination, although perhaps a little nervous as this was the opening game of the season.
Sidcot lost the toss and were put into bat first. Hitting was a little hesitant to begin with, although Freya King was immediately on top form hitting the ball all over the park and making her mark on the scoring. A reasonable score of 5 rounders were accumulated by the end of the first batting stint.
Clevedon followed in and it was quickly apparent that they had some competent hitters. Our deep fielders were called upon to create long barriers and then get the ball thrown in to posts. There was a touch of hesitancy amongst the fielders at times and a few ‘soft’ scores were given away – both as halves and whole rounders.
By the end of the first innings Clevedon were ahead 8 – 5.
Both teams batted better second time round, connecting with good force and power and fielders were called upon to work hard to retrieve and field in to posts.
While in field, Clevedon, perhaps had the upper hand and were a little sharper and more focussed on occasion, despite Freya King’s good efforts to control the game from position of bowler.
It all remained fairly close, but Clevedon were able to just score those few important extra rounders which pushed them through to win the game.
Well done to all.
Player of the match: Freya King
Physical Education Faculty
Girls’ U14 Rounders v Clevedon School, Tuesday 3 May: Clevedon 26½ – 15 Sicdot
After a long awaited delay in games, due to a combination of inclement weather and the early return to school after the Easter break, the U14 girls were eager to get their rounders fixtures under way. Travelling up to Clevedon they faced a well drilled and competitive team, who having lost the toss, were forced to open the batting.
Sidcot’s Gracie Fletcher bowled steadily and initially Clevedon found the pace of her bowling difficult to connect with. However, after a few misfield’s by Sidcot, the Clevedon girls started to find some confidence and soon began to score freely. Sidcot did well to contain them, but unfortunately their lack of movement and accuracy in their throwing did little to stem the tide.
Chasing a total of 13 rounders did not deter the Sidcot batsmen and although some good hitting from Elllie Kendall and Lydia Hodge enabled the girls to get some runs on the board, it was left to the left handers to eat into the Clevedon total. Both Lucy Chen and Valentina Tsaroullas out manoeuvred the Clevedon fielders with some deft hitting out beyond 1st post, which the opposition not only found hard to read, but difficult to stop.
A similar pattern was seen in the second innings, yet despite Sidcot losing quite heavily on this occasion they certainly showed good character and determination to keep up the pressure, on a team who were just a little too sharp for them.
Player of the match: Gracie Fletcher