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.
Under 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 teams, 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.
The 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?