Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rebels edge another thriller at Rattlesnakes

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The Rebels survived a late surge by the Rattlesnakes to edge a tight game 20-17. It was an amazing game, that going into the 5th inning looked like the Rebels could win on the run-ahead rule. But a spirited fight back from the 9 man Rattlesnakes kept them in the game and they had the chance to win it right at the death.

The Rebels, who were forced into 6 changes from the team beaten against Marlow the previous week, fielded a pretty strong team. Missing both Captain and Vice-captain through injury, it still looked a tall order to overcome a Rattlesnakes team who sat second in the league and were looking to close the gap at the top. The task didn’t look any easier when the Rattlesnakes jump into a 6-2 lead after the first inning. A couple of towering hits from their 2nd and 4th girl batters seemed to be setting the tone for the night. The Rebels then rallied, a 5 run 2nd inning and 3 more in the 3rd put them 10-6 up going into the 4th. The game then looked won as a huge 9 run 4th inning put them close to victory, batting around the order and with the Rattlesnakes suffering a few injuries, it really only looked a matter of time before the game was done. However, the Rebels don’t do anything the easy way. The Rattlesnakes pulled the 9 runs back in the 5th and with the Rebels failing to score in both 5th and 6th inning the lead was cut to 19-16. A single run in the 7th gave the Rebels a 4 run margin, but with two outs, and having cancelled that run out the Rattlesnakes had bases loaded and their best male hitter at the plate. He went for the right hit, but unfortunately got under the pitch a little too much giving Rebel shortstop for the night, Steve Gilbert, time to get out and take the catch at the second attempt.

Another Thursday thriller went the way of the Rebels and improves their record to 3-3 with them sitting pretty in 4th spot in the league. Next up for the Rebels a home game against the Bracknell Scorchers.

MVPs

Kayleigh Chamberlain (Rebels), Billy Bryce (Rattlesnakes), Tracey Ellis (Rattlesnakes)

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First Inning Collapse Costs Royals

The Royals, sporting their new 2014 kit, made a disastrous start to their match against the league leading Phoenix. Dropped catches and a poor fielding display cost them 10 runs, that would eventually cost them the match. It was a carry on performance from the Wildcats game and after conceding 4 more runs in the second to trail 14-1, the chances of this game getting beyond 4 innings looked remote. The 3rd inning was the highlight of the Royals night. They finally got some batting going and moved runners round and fielded well in return. A 7 run blast did at least bring some respectability to the score, but even with the improved fielding, Phoenix stull added 3 runs to leave the Royals trailing 17-8. The 4th and 5th inning saw the Royals stem the Phoenix run follow to a trickle, but the lack of runs in both innings put them 3 runs away from the run-ahead rule at 20-8. Another blank 6th inning left Phoenix with the easy job on knocking off the 3 runs required and a disappointing evening ended 23-8 to the home team.

A night to forget all around, seven dropped catches and four scoreless innings out of six now leave the Royals one off the bottom. With a home game against BA Jets next and then a crucial home game against bottom team Flames in two weeks, the Royals season is at a pivotal moment.

MVPs:

Royals: Alan Le Marquand, Ellie Wheeler,

Phoenix: Natasha Humphries, Chris Snelling