The first rounders game of the season was soon upon us and the girls took their first game against Hurst to work out fielding positions and batting orders. Copthorne were sent into bat first and eased their way into the match, making contact and hitting the ball but without threating the scorecard. As the remaining balls decreased, the lack of awareness started to creep in and the girls began to unnecessarily run each other out.
It was clear from Hurst’s batting that they were a good team, many of whom were capable of hitting the ball with power and placement. The girls struggled in the field, giving away a few half rounders, due to inaccurate throws and slow decision making as to where to field the ball to. This gave the visiting team the comfort to score at ease.
During the 2nd innings we saw a totally different Copthorne side. The batting was more aggressive and the ball started to clear the inner fielders, allowing more chances to get to 2nd post. Katherine and Madison were the two main scores, this doubled the 1st innings total. Even our second performance in the field improved substantially, restricting the opposition to less rounders compared to the 1st innings. The girls were more alert in the field, Jemima, Tash and Katie all taking good catches.
It was a good afternoon and I was pleased to see a much improved side by the end of the afternoon. Well done to Natasha for being voted player of the match.