From the Pitches

Boys v Bede’s

1st XI

On the first truly warm Wednesday of the term, the 1st XI hosted Bede’s Prep on the main field. Bede’s batted first and scored an eventful 126 off 20 overs.  We have worked hard over the last week to give away fewer extras and the boys achieved just that.  Our fielding was also a lot slicker, with a number of good run outs and catches taking place. The pick of these was Will S’s fantastic catch behind the stumps off Thomas S’s bowling.  Basil S finishing with figures of 3 for 20 off 4 overs.

Our run chase unfortunately did not go to plan. Faced with a good opening spell we lost wickets at regular intervals, being bowled out for 35.  A tough loss, but many positives to take away from the game.

Matt McKinnon

2nd XI

On a glorious sunny afternoon the 2nd team were involved in what turned out to be a very close match away at Bede’s.  With Vinehall losing the toss and being asked to bat, they scored 80 for 7 off their 20 overs.  After tea Bede’s went on to chase that score down in the 19th over for the loss of 4 wickets with Isak S-D, William F, William C and Billy M all taking a wicket.

Vinehall 80 for 7    Bede’s 81 for 4      Lost by 6 Wickets

Jon Newman

3rd XI

The 3rd X boys’ team played a pairs game v Bede’s and, in a much improved performance in all areas, narrowly lost by 14 runs.  It was in the balance, with three balls to go as we had scored 269 (starting at 200) and they were on 271; a couple of wickets (-5 runs) would have done it for us but a few lusty blows saw them home on 283.  An exciting game in which all were involved.  Man of the match was Clovis T – a relative newcomer to the game.

Nick Butcher

Girls v Marlborough House

1st team                      Won: 336-326                Batter of the match: Willow A                   Fielder of the match: Margot F

This was an exciting and very close match throughout. The girls won the toss and wisely chose to field first. They were rather sluggish to start, which may have been down to the heat! This allowed two pairs in the first eight overs to score many unaccounted runs.  However, the girls then found some momentum and within the next four overs took four wickets.  This continued throughout the match, with a further three wickets.  Miranda R and Melisa A were the most accurate at bowling. The girls then went into bat, with a tentative start.  Marlborough took six wickets from us over the duration of the game.  Two of them were silly errors on our part, with them contacting their own stump. Isabelle S, Willow A, Connie S and Melisa all scored 6s.  Isabelle S, Freda H, Willow A, Connie S, Mary KB and Melisa also scored 4s.  All players scored individual runs.  Going into the final pair, the team were 19 runs down.  Melisa faced and scored an impressive 20 runs to take a lead.  They played tactically to ensure that they played defensive blocks to seal the victory in the last over. Well done all.

Total runs scored by each pair.

Isabelle and Margot        26

Willow and Freda             40

Connie and Miranda       30

Mary and Lara                    11

Isabella and Melisa          29

Laura Percy-White


2nd V                Lost 232-245            POM Milly D

Second game of the season and our bowling was already much better.  Still a few wides given away, but we are heading in the right direction.  Fielding is our strength; however, we do need to take care that balls are stopped and thrown straight back, rather than a miss and a fumble and then a missed opportunity of a wicket which takes 5 points away from the other team.  When in as second batter, the girls need to move at a greater pace up the pitch so that they are half way there when the first batter calls with the instructions.  It is a really technical game and I think everyone is doing very well considering it is still very new to them.

Louise Barrett


U11A                            Drew 234-234         POM: Adriana MC

This was the most exciting match played on the most beautiful summer’s day and it could not have been more closely contested!  We were put in to bat first and had some lovely batting, with Clementine D clearing the fielders and the boundary to hit a beautiful 6!  Francesca F, Honor F and Sophie P each cleared the boundary with well-placed shots to score 4; and Olivia H, Olivia S, Honor G and Adriana M all scoring consistently.  Unfortunately we had three wickets taken which took quite a chunk from our score.  However, the girls came back strongly to hold their own, bowling and fielding with confidence to hold the opposition to a draw.  Clementine D and Adriana M each took an impressive wicket. All the girls enjoyed the match and played with a great team spirit.

Dalene Viljoen


U11Bs v  Marlborough House 3rds                         Lost 210-157                          POM Helen T

A great game girls!  The girls began the game by batting, and at times were quite successful. Overall, 5 x ‘fours’ were scored by Ottoline G, Efe O, Chaya L and Ines BS. The girls did an excellent job of hitting and running, exemplifying an enthusiasm towards the game.

Although bowling presented itself as a difficult task to many of the girls, they persevered and gave it a go. Helen T was awarded player of the match for her efforts in bowling. Chaya L and Daisy F are to be commended on their bowling skills, as they bowled with accuracy and good technique. A couple of girls almost caught the batter out during fielding, adding to the excitement of the game! Keep up the good work girls.

Louisa Grundy


U10A                                      Won 242-213                                  POM:  May A

The girls enjoyed a lovely afternoon of cricket in beautiful weather.  May A had some great fielding and took a wicket, as did Seren W and Imogen W.  Grace W, Imogen W and Camilla B scored 4s and the whole team put on a good performance in their first match – well done!

Aileen Cheevers

U10B                                         Lost 224-260                                         POM: Agnes DB

Vinehall lost to Marlborough House in a good game of cricket.  Vinehall scored 224 runs batting first, whilst the opposition scored 260 in their innings.  Molly P hit a 4 and Elizabeth G got a wicket.  Isabelle H did particularly well with her bowling, as did the whole team.

Hannah Buckley

Girls v Saint Ronan’s

U9s v Saint Ronan’s               Lost 242-250               POM Lucy P

A very close game, with Saint Ronan’s taking the win with 250 runs to Vinehall 242.  Lucy P scored a 4 in the 6th over and Harriet W took a wicket.  Well done to all the girls for their effort in the field.

Hannah Buckley