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
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
The boys were in great spirits starting the match after their win last week against Bedford and Akeley. They battled well pushing the ball up to Beachbrough's end of the pitch repeatedly but being denied the goal due to some brilliant defending and keeping by the opposition. The boys continued trading shots till half time with no goals being scored by either team.
The second half started well but an early mistake led to a goal being scored by Beachbrough. The boys determinedly fought back with so many near misses, before finally Toby Coles managed to level the score to one all. The boys continued to push the ball up to Beachbrough's goal but were denied again and again. A mistake in the last five minutes allowed Beachbrough to score the match winner. The boys played really well with Seth Okesola showing so much progression in his skills and gaining man of the match.
The Grove: 1
Beachborough School: 2
Man of the Match: Seth Okesola
On Friday 16th March, our Under 8s had a 3-way Fixture at Akeley Wood with Bedford Modern School. It was a lovely fixture, where Bedford Modern brought along an 'A' and a 'B' team. When the teams were not playing, the older children from Akeley Wood did some drills with the girls. It was all very friendly and relaxed, and the girls really enjoyed the atmosphere.
Our first match was against Bedford Modern 'A' team. After a nervous start, the girls soon got into a rhythm and started to play well. Their marking and defense was good, and they stopped a few goals from being scored. The final score was 0-0, and the girls were very proud of this performance as these girls were very strong.
Our second match was against Akeley Wood. We started very well, with some excellent passing from the girls. They were getting very confident now and were moving into a space. We scored two goals in the first half, Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley were moving well into the space. During the second half, Akeley Wood gained more confidence and possession of the ball, however, our defence from Oyindamola Omotosho, Vera Padhiar and Chloe Chan kept the ball away from Akeleys Goal. The final score was 2-0 to The Grove.
Our final match was against Bedford Modern School 'B' Team. We had gained a lot of confidence in the previous game. The team worked extremely well passing the ball into space, moving into space and marking the other team well. Ife Adenkambi and Dabira Filani worked well moving the ball to Shekinah Okosieme and Emily Pugsley. The final score for this game was 6-0 to The Grove!!
Overall the team gained more confidence during the afternoon, and I think they had an amazing experience at Akeley with the older children teaching them some skills.
Well Done Girls!
The Grove: 0
Bedford Modern School 'A': 0
The Grove: 2
S Okosieme, E Puglsey
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove: 6
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove U8's first match was against Akeley where the boys started well moving the ball up the pitch fluidly and with pace. The match continued at this pace with Toby Coles, Keith Adeleye and Oliver Whittam working well up front to dominate the game. Everytime the ball entered their half the excellent defense of Gabriel Alvarez-Custodio, Kyle Dissanayake and Barnaby Davison cleared the ball back up to the midfield players. The boys scored an excellent five goals win 5-0 in their first match of the fixture.
The second match against Bedford Modern started in the same manner with the boys pressing their advantage early on and again dominating the match. They scored a further four goals with Oliver scoring his second hatrick of the day. The boys worked well in a team and this shows in their amazing results.
The Grove: 5
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye (2)
Akeley Wood School: 0
The Grove: 4
O Whittam (3), K Adeleye
Bedford Modern School: 0
Man of hte Match: Toby Coles
Continuing our yearly tradition, we hosted Birkenhead School from the Wirral as part of their annual football tour.
Looking to bounce back from midweek defeat we started well, putting pressure on our opponents. We were however coming up against a very confident team who weren’t fazed by this pressure and were moving the ball around with great skill.
When we did eventually win the ball back we were unable to keep it for long passages, although the introduction of Keith Adeleye and Kanye Nwuga gave the team more attacking pace and we threatened on the counter attack at times.
We weren’t able to keep out our opposition and they found joy in front of goal, partly through skill and partly through our lack of marking, with us gifting them far too much space in our penalty area.
The boys can be more pleased with their efforts in this game compared to Wednesday, as they did threaten going forward, and did continue to work to try and stop Birkenhead.
The Grove: 0
Man of the Match: Kanye Nwuga