U11A Rounders v Cottesmore – Drew 21-21

Well what a beautiful day to be involved in Copthorne sport! After little practice due to the horrible weather at the beginning of the week, and the recent half term break the U11’s were raring to go!

They were up to bat first after losing the toss, however they came out strong and had a good first innings of batting, scoring 11 rounder’s in total, with 3 great rounders from Neve, as well as rounders from Ella D, Josie and Jemima! There was also some good half rounders from Ella C, Rosie and Neve! The U11’s then went into field and were solid for the first part of the innings, playing their usual game and allowing no full rounders to be scored. There was a spectacular diving catch from Ella D, as well as a good catch from Katie, and two great stumps from Ella C at second post! Towards the end of the innings though the girls lost their focus and allowed Cottesmore to creep up on the score, making the score 11-9½ rounders at half time!

In the second innings the girls again came out strong and batted well with rounders from Ella D and Josie and half from Ilana, Khushi, Rosie, Josie and Ella D. Risks however in this innings were made to early, resulting in lots of the girls getting out when they probably wouldn’t have normally got out! Nevertheless the girls had another good innings totalling their score to 21.It was all to play for in the last part of the innings and although Copthorne had batted well today, again the girls lost their focus when fielding towards the end and errors were made. However, another two great catches form Josie and Ella C, and Rosie, Katie and Josie all managed to get another 4 players out between them! Despite batting well though, like the first match of the season against Cumnor, it all came down to the very last ball and with Cottesmore just managing to score ½ a rounder, they levelled the score to 21 a piece!

I’m sure with more practice next week and better focus; the U11’s will be back to their normal fighting spirit!
Cottesmore’s players of the match today were Neve, and Ella D who were also mine, Neve for her super batting and Ella for her super diving catch! Well done girls!

Neve 5½, Ella. D 4½, Josie 4, Ilana 2½, Rosie 1½, Jemima 1½, Ella, C 1½, Khushi 1 and Katie. TC

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