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On Tuesday 24th April, the sky was blue and the sun was shining. However, this weather was not to last beyond lunchtime… by the time Richmond House School arrived to play an afternoon of rounders, a light drizzle was falling. A quick decision from Miss Knights meant both schools headed down to the astro-turf to avoid slipping on wet grass.

U8 Rounders

The Under 8 game was a successful training match. Rounders is a surprisingly complex game and one of the best ways to understand the rules is to play and be coached through the various scenarios as they arise.

We opened the first innings as the batting side just as the rain transitioned from a light drizzle to what was arguably a downpour. There were some fabulous hits from Thea, Ursula, Annabel and Emily T, allowing us to open the game with four and a half rounders.

As we moved to field, Richmond House displayed some great hitting skills to make our fielders work. Luckily, Emily R, Lily, Connie and Sophia were quick to respond and passed the ball to fourth post to prevent the opposition from scoring too many whole rounders.

In the second innings, now with our games kits truly saturated, Claudia hit an absolute corker of a shot into a wide, open space and easily made her way around the field.

Despite great play from all the girls, Richmond House took the win with an approximate score (due to the disintegration of the score-keeping paper) of 10 rounders against Terrington’s 8 rounders.

U9 Rounders

The U9s faced the same tough conditions and adapted well to them and being down on the astro. We batted first and subsequently gained an advantage, testing how far and quick the ball can travel on the astro. It turns out to be the most perfect of surfaces with the girls scoring rounder after rounder and after their first 20 balls inning they were up by 11 rounders!

Now, as we moved into the field we knew we had to be aware of our positions, moving further out than normal, with no magic spots, so as to prevent Richmond House from scoring those vital full rounders. We proved our fielding was good, not perfect, but good with Tilly catching a batter out at backstop and the collective quick fielding skills resulting in two more players being stumped out. We had held them in their first twenty balls to 5! So had a comfortable lead.

After a short half time talk about making the decision whether to risk it if we happen to hit it behind and checking that everyone was happy, even if a little soaked, we stepped up to bat. Once again we proved what potential we have with more full and half rounders being scored. We finished our batting with 21 ½ rounders, a very impressive score to beat.

Once again in the field we were sharp to react with super bowling from Flora and excellent fielding team work from Mollie, Olivia and Imogen we were preventing RHS from scoring. After 10 balls and the rain really starting to come down now we swapped positions with Roma, Jana, Crystal and Rosie moving into the key positions, which they did so with confidence, and they prevented any further score.

The girls had won their first match 21 ½ to 8, proving what a fabulous team they are and the potential they have.

Now we have everything crossed for more games in better weather!

Miss Diggory & Miss Knights