Maidenhead Royals began the 2015 Indoor season with two wins. This is the first time the Royals have won either the opening fixtures to the delight of their captain, Julia Barlow, who commented after the game, ”It was fantastic start to the Indoor season. You can see below the scores reflect just how well everyone played together.”
Opening up the Royals faced Bracknell Scorchers, who were making their debut in the indoor league. This was a good early test for the Royals, who after leading 19-7 after the 1st inning seemed to be passing with flying colours. However, Bracknell then tightened their defence up and reduced the Royals lead to 9. In indoor, 9 runs is not a big lead. The final inning was a defensive battle, with the Royals experience from past campaigns finally closing the game out to win 33-19. In their second game, the Royals faced the RG Blue Sox, the Blue Sox had piped the Rebels to the Division 2 title last season, so the Royals were out for a modicum of revenge. The victory against Bracknell had been built on defence and against the Blue Sox, the the Royals defence again proved it’s worth holding their opponents to a minus score. A 17 run inning put the Royals in a commanding position, 17 – -3 up. The Blue Sox rallied in the second and third innings, cutting out the unforced errors restricted the Royals to just more 8 runs. However, this valiant defensive ultimately proved in vain. The Royals kept the Blue Sox to just 1 run and ran out 25-1 winners. These two wins put the Royals second in the early season table, tucked in behind RP on run difference only. Next up, BA on Wednesday February 4th.
Maidenhead Softball Club is running open training sessions starting Friday 6th February from 6pm at Newlands Girls School, Farm Road, Maidenhead. If you fancy trying Softball out, come along. No equipment or experience necessary.
Both the Royals and Rebels enjoyed successful road trips this week. Both registered their first wins of the campaign and both were involved in close games. Tuesday saw the Royals travel to Farnham Park to play the Chalfont Flames. The Flames were coming of a defeat against their other club team, the Royals having narrowly lost at Richings Park. That narrow loss at RP seemed to have an effect on the Royals, who started the game extremely slowly and found themselves 9-1 down after 3 innings. A minor recovery in the 4th and 5th innings saw the Royals at least stop Chalfont from adding to their score, but going into the 6th inning they still trailed by 4. The story of the Royals season has so far been late rallies and this games was the best yet. From 9-1 down, the Royals posted 7 runs in the 6th to lead 12-9 with the Flames to bat and going into to the 7th held a one run lead. Another big inning in the 7th added 6 and game the Royals an 18-11 lead, Flames tried to rally, but could only manage 2 in reply as the Royals ran out 18-13 winners. That win, put the Royals 3rd in the early table, with a first home game of the season against the Wildcats next up.
The Rebels were involved in an equally close encounter away at Bracknell Scorchers. The Rebels lost a close game here last year and this game seemed to follow a similar pattern as they jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first. Scoring would be at a premium in this game, neither side really taking advantage of getting runners into scoring position early. With scoreless 2 and 3rd innings, it was going to come down to which side could force an error and get something going. In the 4th the Rebels finally added to their score, 3 more unanswered runs gave them a 6-1 lead. Both teams exchanged a run in the 5th, to set up a grandstand final two innings. Bracknell finally got something going, they, first, kept the Rebels off the scoreboard, and then began to eat away at the lead. In the end, they reduced the deficit to 7-5, but it was just a little too late to save the game and the Rebels had their first win of the season. Following other results, the Rebels are 4th in the table behind the Blue Sox, Rattlesnakes and Flyers. Next up for the Rebels is a home game against the RP Hawks.
As part of Get Berkshire Active week, Maidenhead Softball Club is holding a taster evening on May 27th from 7pm at North Maidenhead Cricket club. This is open to anyone aged 14 and above. No prior experience needed, not equipment needed, just outdoor sports wear.