After a scorching hot week of weather there was a welcomed respite with some cloud and a nice breeze for our fixture against Thornton. Iraa Kulkarni made her debut as captain and enjoyed the experience of leading the team. After winning the coin toss The Grove chose to field first and we had a very good start to the game, communicating well and keeping the rounders scored by Thornton to a minimum. Hana Iguchi was consistently good with her bowling and the partnership between bowler and backstop was working well.
When it was our turn to bat we managed a whole innings with no-one out with the girls only making calculated risks when running. Amaya Saiz-Arthur was superb scoring a rounder with every ball bowled to her, striking the ball with good direction and distance. After the first innings there was one and a half rounders separating the two teams.
The 2nd innings saw a lack of concentration from The Grove and our fielding started to unravel with silly mistakes being made. It was a real shame after the confident start in the first innings. Unfortunately, we found ourselves with a lot of rounders to chase which in the end became impossible. Amaya batted very well again and scored on every ball and others in the team were making contact but just unable to execute any distance to have a chance of scoring.
A great game played by both teams and some excellent sporting behaviour by both.
Well done girls.
The Grove: 12
Thornton College: 16
Player of the Match: Hana Iguchi