Girls U11 Rounders
vs. King's College School
On Friday 18th May, all of the Year 6 girls took part in their first rounders fixture of the season against King's College School. Even though their training sessions had been plagued by rain, the girls weren't feeling anxious and were raring to try out their rounders skills in a competitive fixture.
It took the A team a little while to settle into the game and to remember to apply what they had learnt. After losing the first innings 7-1.5 they managed to close the distance during the second innings. They still finished slightly behind King's at 6.5-4.5 but had managed a far more respectable score.
The Bs were attacked by a plague of no balls! Unfortunately, luck wasn't with them and a few half rounders were given away. The girls tried valiantly but a win wasn't to be – they lost both innings 9.5-2.5.
Both the A and B teams showed some strengths in fielding and under the stewardship of Mel West and Holly Jones, as A and B team captains respectively, the girls strived to demonstrate what they had learnt so far this term. Although the teams had suffered losses, their spirit was undamaged and they finished postively.
vs. St John's College School
A couple of days later the girls faced a new opponent, St John's. The girls had learnt from their fixture against King's; they were able to communicate more effectively as fielding teams and understood better when to take batting risks!
However, the As struggled with the pressure and lost the first innings 8-3 after giving away a few half rounders from no balls and making some fumbles in the field. They did come back stronger in the second innings with TT Owers and Georgina Wilkinson keeping cool heads in the field. The girls managed to close the gap and only lost out by two and a half rounders. The final score was 14.5-7 to St John's.
vs. St Faith's
On Wednesday 23rd May, the girls took on their third fixture in almost as many days! It was a beautiful afternoon and the girls were happy to be playing on their home ground at last.
The A team were first in to bat against St Faith's but unfortunately the opposition took some early catches which weakened our side and only afforded us one rounder. In the field, the team put in a really solid performance and stopped most whole rounders. St Faith's did manage to clock up 6.5 however, albeit it mostly in halves. The next batting attempt proved a little stronger but we were held to three rounders only as all batters were out by ball 17. Back in the field, the girls really came into their own. The communication on the pitch was excellent and Amelia Oberholzer's safe hands on second, an awesome sliding catch from Emily Aldridge and some fast bowling from Florrie Clark stopped St Faith's scoring more than six. The final score was 12.5-3 to St Faith's, but this was by far the girls' best performance!
In order to field three teams we called in the services of some girls in Year 5. Consequently, we divided the girls into two teams of mixed ability and called them the B and C teams.
The B team started the match in the field with an excellent bowling display from Elizabeth Minshall. The girls showed an improved understanding of the game and communicated effectively with each other to prevent St Faith's scroing whole rounders. At half time the opposition were ahead by just one and a half rounders. Despite a second good fielding innings, St Faith's produced several huge hits, creating lots of work for Sophia Stonebridge in third deep and resulting in a final score of 15-6 to St Faith's. The whole team should be really proud of their efforts as it was evident that their hard work developing their fielding skills had improved their game significantly.
The C team's first innings was the strongest; they pulled ahead of St Faith's by four rounders! Sophie Brierley contributed to that total with some excellent batting, as did Veniece Ramsay. During the second inning St Faith's fielding had noticeably improved and a few too many risks led to almost of the Perse Prep girls getting out. Victoria Halstead managed to stay in until the very end, remaining composed under pressure. Katie Russell as bowler and Sophie Smart at second post had a great partnership whilst fielding and Soo Yeon Kim was a strong captain, shouting helpful direction and encouragement throughout. Thankfully they managed to keep their lead, beating St Faith's by half a rounder – congratulations girls!