Monthly Archives: June 2017

No Balls triumph at C.W.S 2

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Sunday May 21st saw the second running of Maidenhead Softball Club’s “Chicks with Sticks” tournament. This year 8 all-female teams compete in this one day event, with three new teams entering, RG, TV and Bracknell Scorchers, to complete alongside returning teams from 2016, No Balls, Lady Heath, Portsmouth Dodgers, Sticky Chavs and MSC’s own female team, Diamond Squeezers.

clip_image004Under glorious blue skies, these 8 teams found out a series of round-robin games, to determine the Cup and Plate competition. The competition was hard, but friendly, hitting and fielding that even surprised the resident Cricket team, as well as spectacular catching, made more interesting with fencing on both fields.

Group 1 was won by No Balls, going undefeated, from Lady Heath, Diamond Squeezers then Bracknell Scorchers. Group 2 saw Portsmouth Dodgers pip Sticky Chavs thanks to a final group game win over their rivals. RG came third ahead of TV as the two fought out a 3-3 draw in their final game. This was first draw in CWS history.

The post group stages worked out along the experience lines, with the three new clip_image006teams, plus Diamond Squeezers making up the Plate competition, while No Balls, Lady Heath, Portsmouth Dodgers and Sticky Chavs.

The semi-finals of the Cup competitions started with Portsmouth Dodgers taking on defending champions, Lady Heath. Lady Heath were determined to defend their title and put on a good performance to book their place in the final with a 24-12 win. The other semi-final pitted Sticky Chavs against No Balls. This was a very tight game that could have gone either way, in the end No Balls came out on top 15-12.

The plate semi-finals saw all the local teams face off as TV took on Diamond Squeezers and RG take on Bracknell Scorchers. It was heart break for the host club team as TV beat the Squeezers 5-4 to set a final showdown with RG who shut Bracknell out 8-0.

The Cup competition was a repeat of the 2016 final, No Balls overcame Lady Heath 17-10 to gain revenge on their one run defeat in 2016.

The Plate Final saw two of the new teams, RG and TV fight out a close game, with TV finally winning 10-9.

clip_image008The aim of the day is to provide an opportunity for the female team to play out a fun, relaxed but competitive day of Softball. Although Sticky Chavs did find way to relax between games and it wasn’t talking tactics.

C.W.S 3 will be back in 2018, will we have our first repeat Cup winner or will someone else break the monopoly No Balls and Lady Heath have started?

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Royals survive Typhoon Scare to go 3rd

clip_image002[5]The Maidenhead Royals kept up their good start to the 2017 Windsor and Maidenhead League season with a narrow victory over newly promoted TV Typhoons. The Royals needs to show all their resilience in a game dominated by defence. The 10-8 road win put the Royals third in Division 1 on a 3-1 record. This latest win was their first on the road following two good wins in Maidenhead. This away win was particularly pleasing to coach Alan Le Marquand, who had seen his team throw a 12-run lead in two innings in their last road game. “That sudden collapse was as frustrating as it was surprising”, the coach commented, “We had been in total control for 4 and half innings, going into the bottom of the 5th we had just added 3 more runs to lead by 12. Then in two innings we conceded 17 unanswered runs and the game was gone.”

clip_image004[4]In Typhoons games, the opposition had an excellent start to the game, racing to a 4-run lead in two innings and completely shutting the Royals offense down. The Royals needed a spark to get themselves going, and they found it in the top of the third when pitcher, Martin Bitmead, scored the Royals first run with a solo home run. Bitmead would go on to be MVP for the game, his run was followed by 5 more Royals runs in this inning as Royals sparked into life and forced a number of errors from the Typhoons defence. The Royals defence, which had looked a little porous in the first two innings, tighten up significantly. Shutting the Typhoons down in the 3rd, they built on that with 4 more runs in the fourth to turn the game around. While the Royals offense would not score again, their defence and pitching saw them home as they conceded just 4 more runs in last 5 innings. At the end a happy coached commented “This was always going to be as tricky fixture. Newly promoted teams can sometimes be an unknown quantity, and we looked as bit off the pace to start. You can’t afford that in this division, however once we scored some runs we looked a different team. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.”

This excellent away result gives the Royals something to build on with tricky fixtures against the league’s top two in their next two games, followed by the club derby in June 23rd.