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Royals make top 4 at Diamond 1

imageThe Maidenhead Royals began their quest for the 2018 Diamond Series championship over the weekend of May 19th and 20th. Following the disappointment of relegation from NSL 2 last year, the Diamond series represents the first steps in trying to gain promotion back this year.

The Diamond series runs over 3 weekends during the summer. Teams compete for the individual event titles, but also the series championship. The Royals are back in the “B” Grade competition and are looking for a high finish in the series.

The “B” Competition this season consists of 16 teams who are divided each event into two groups of 8. The teams play each other once to determine places and who progresses to the Cup and Plate competitions. The Royals were drawn in Group 1, along with Spitting Camels, TV Typhoons, Bristol Monkeys, Nottingham Pyros, OAPs, Dodgers East and London Flames.

The day didn’t start as well as the Royals had hopped. In a very imagetight game, they fell just short 9-7 against the Spitting Camels. Game two was a local derby as the Royals faced the Typhoons. Both teams had just meet in the opening week of WMSL League season, and this encounter was their 3rd so far, having also played in the WMSL First Ball competition. The Royals ran out 22-2 winners. That doesn’t tell the story, the Typhoons had the misfortune early on as they lost their right fielder, Sam Croft to what turned out to be a broken hand. We wish Sam well and speedy return to the diamond. The Royals were making hard work of their group games, and OAPs, didn’t make it any easier. This game went right to the final minutes of the game and a Home Run by Dom Shepherd drove in the winning run as the Royals came from behind to win 9-8.

The Royals weekend was series of outstanding batting games followed by a drought. Against Bristol Monkeys, the runs poured off the bat. The 24-5 win was the third in a row and set up the final game of the day against the Nottingham Pyros. Late on Saturday, the Royals wished they could have some of the runs from the previous game as a dogged Pyros teams kept edging in front every time the Royals seemed to have got ahead. In an almost identical finish to game 3, it was the last hit of the game that sealed it, unfortunately it was a Pyros hit and they edged the game 9-8.

The Royals started very early on Sunday against Dodgers East. Both teams starting the day 3-2 following Saturdays games. It was the Dodgers who woke first raced into an early lead, the Royals rallied and won their fourth game of the competition 10-5. The last group game was against a familiar foe, the London Flames. The two teams have met in some epic encounters over the years in the Diamond tournaments. This latest encounter will be added to the list. A back and forth encounter again went to the wire, with the Royals coming out on top 13-11 as the Flames just feel short in the last inning.

Their 5-2 record put the Royals in the Cup competition following a 3rd place finish and encounter with Ducky Fuzz in the Quarter final. Ducky Fuzz came into the game as the higher seed, but from the off the Royals demonstrated how potent their offense had been at it’s best on Saturday. Two huge innings against a fading opponent saw the Royals into the Cup Semi final with a 24-4 win.

The Semi-final was a rematch with Pavs Knicks, a team the Royals beat twice in the WMSL First Ball competition, including victory in the final. The game was the mirror opposite of the Ducky Fuzz game, with the Knicks on the front foot from the start and the Royals could not get anything going at all. As with Saturday, the batting deluge in one game was followed by the drought in the next. So, the day belonged to the Knicks who ended the Royals quest for a Diamond Cup title, with a 15-7 win. The Knicks would go on to win the Cup themselves and will be a force to be reckoned with over the summer.

A top 4 finish was a very good return to the Diamond series. In Diamond 3 last year the Royals fail to win a game, so 6 wins and 3 defeats over the weekend was a real morale boost and keeps them right in the hunt for the series championship. The Royals now look forward to Diamond 2, which starts on June 9th, with real optimism.

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Royals Add to early Season Honours

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The Maidenhead Royals started the outdoor season in the same way they finished the indoor season, winning a Trophy. Following on from collecting the Indoor League title, the Royals took part in the traditional season opening WMSL First Ball Tournament. The club had both their First Division teams competing on the day, and both faired differently on their opening games. The Rebels lost a tight game to the Wildcats, while the Royals eased to a 20-4 win over Blitz Havoc. The Rebels would improve on the day, winning their next two group games 12-5 against the Rattlesnakes and 27-0 against the Baffin Brewers. That was enough to see them qualify for the Cup Semi-final in the Rec section. The Royals, got imageoff to a bad start in their second game and trailed 9-0 after two innings. But a strong couple of innings helped them to an 11-9 win over Pav’s 40 Knicks. A 17-2 win in their final group game set them up for a Semi-final against RG Blue Sox. The two teams had different outcomes in the semi-finals, the Rebels played and lost to MK Diamonds, who would go on to win the competition, the Royals beat the Blue Sox to set up a rematch with Pav’s 40 Knicks. This time there was no need for a dramatic comeback and the Royals swept to a 17-5 victory and the first WMSL First Ball Cup win since 2006.

With a third competition win so far in 2018, Club has made its most successful start to a season in its history. With the 2018 League starting this week, the Royals are aiming to add that title to the growing list.

Mixed Opening Week for the Maidenhead Teams

All three Maidenhead teams began their 2018 league program with mixed outcomes. The Maidenhead Rebels hosted the Windsor Knights at North Maidenhead Cricket Club.

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The Rebels did very well to survive their first season in the top flight and played the Knights on opening night last year too. Then they lost 23-3, this time they managed to score more runs, but last seasons league runners up powered to a 31-10 victory. There were positives to take from this result and Rebels season won’t be defined on games against last season’s top 4 teams. The Royals travelled to TV Typhoons on the same night. Fresh off their impressive outing at WMSL First Ball, a lot is expected of the Royals this season. A 3rd place finish last year is the minimum requirement this term, but with the improvements in the squad there is optimism this team can go all the way. This expectation was not damped as they won 24-4. Next up for the Royals and Rebels is their first meeting in the club derby.

The Maidenhead Rascals started their season at home the BA Flyers. The teams finished 4th and 5th respectfully last season. Like the Royals, the Rascals came out on top 24-4 behind a very strong batting performance. Division 2 is sizing up to be very competitive this season and this was a very good start from a team that contains all the current group of development players. The Rascals next game is tough away trip to RGF Blue Sox 2, one of the Divisions favourites and joint runners-up from last year.

 

MSC Review of the Year Part 9. Royals Win 2015 Diamond Series

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The Maidenhead Royals capped their 2015 Tournament campaign by claiming the C-Grade Diamond Series title. The Diamond Series is played over 3 events, by 24 teams from all over the UK. Points are award for positional finishes over the three events. The Royals campaign began back in May with a very successful first day. Winning all their first round matches, put the Royals into main knock-out competition and an early win on day two over Farnham Park put them in the semi-finals. That game was the only one the Royals lost over the weekend, going out to the Oxford Oddsocks, who would go onto in the competition. A 3rd/4th Play-off win over the Vampire Batters, end the weekend for the Royals as 3rd overall and with a 7-1 record.

The second Diamond tournament didn’t start well for the Royals, losing their opening game to the Lucky Strikes, however they recovered well to win the next 3, but a late defeat on that first Saturday did look to have ended any chance of a top 8 finish. However, the Royals group was very tight and thanks to wins over the teams vying for top spot the Royals went into the Cup competition as group winners. That second Sunday saw the Royals play some of their best softball of the year, starting with an emphatic win over United Nations to semi-final against London based Death Stars. In a dominate display the Royals over powered the Death Stars to face the other unbeaten team, London Flames, in the final. A final that went right to the final inning and final two outs, at 17-17 a solo home run in the bottom of clip_image004the 7th saw the Royals over the line and take a lead in the overall series.

Holding an 11 point league in the series going into Diamond 3, the Royals made a positive start on the Saturday and with a 4-1 record achieved the first objective of the weekend and reaching the last 8. The quarter final that followed was effectively the championship game. London Flames were the only team left in the competition who could win the title over the Royals, so the quarter-final was a winner take all. In no less an epic game, the Royals came out on top to clinch a 3rd semi-final slot and guarantee the series win. A final win over London Raiders meant the weekend ended with a second consecutive final appearance. Although the tournament didn’t end with a second final win, 2nd place was more than enough to go one better than 2011 and give the Royals their first Diamond Series victory.


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What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Maidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

MSC Review of the Year Part 6. Royals Rollercoaster League Year.

2015 was certainly a rollercoaster year for the Royals in the league. A season that started with a real bang as the Royals scored 11 runs in their very first at bat against the Farnham Flames. That game ended with the Royals scoring another 11 runs to register a 34-17 win and a very positive start. The shape of the season was brought into context in the next game. A tough away trip to BA Jets is never the Royals favourite away day and this one proved to be one of the worst. A 24-1 defeat would be the worst the Royals would suffer all season and be the poorest they would play.

Next up came RG Blue Sox 1 and for 4 innings the Royals looked to have overcome the previous weeks result as they surged into a 19-8 lead. However, RG produced a thrilling come back and took the game 21-20 in the last inning. This defeat was equally as frustrating as the week before and traveling to RP for week 4 the Royals needed to bounce back quickly. The 28-7 win was to be one of the high points of the season and one of the best overall league performance. This was the perfect way to setup a visit the 2014 Champions. 12 months ago the Royals had held Farnham Phoenix to a 20-20 draw. In 2015 the Phoenix repeated the feat of scoring 20 runs, however the Royals could only manage 5 leaving the Royals on 2-3 going into a crucial game against the Wildcats. The Royals needed a win, even this early in the season, and with the Wildcats having won on their previous three visits, this was not going to be easy and so it turned out. As with the RG game, the Royals raced into a 17-3 lead only to see the Wildcats fight back in the last inning. A very nervous 7th inning saw the Wildcats just fall short and this time the Royals won 21-20.

Going into the halfway point the Royals were on a rollercoaster, great moments followed by terrible ones. The Wildcat game had had all of those, but a win was a real boost. However, this wasn’t to last, the following weeks trip to the Knights was another poor away display, the 18-3 defeat started a run of poor results. The reverse fixture saw the Royals in another 1 run game, this time the Farnham Flames raced into a 9-5 lead and the Royals had fight back, but again lost out 17-16. Unable to field a team against BA, the Royals travelled to RG having lost 3 in a row. This became 4 in a row as they Royals again let another team jump out to a big lead. A 7 run 7th inning put some respectability in the 17-15 score, but little else.

The last month of the season came with the Royals needed wins to avoid a potential relegation battle. This last month proved to be the best of the year, and but for some back luck they almost won all four of the of their games. First up the Royals completed the double over RP, winning 22-7 and easing any fear of relegation. A narrow 11-8 defeat against the Farnham Phoenix was more down to an injury that caused a formation change than anything. The penultimate game of the season saw the Royals travel to their favourite away ground, local rivals the Wildcats. This was another profitable trip down to Bray and the 22-2 win guaranteed Division 1 softball for 2016. The last game saw the Royals save the best for last, the 8-4 win against the Windsor Knights was a solid overall performance and something to remember going into 2016.

IMG_2618The Royals ended 2015 in 5th place, winning 6 and losing 8 games. It could have been so much more, the Royals having had several chances to win more. Too often the Royals only played a few innings out of the 7. At times they were very good, but too often they gave teams a 4 or 5 inning start or fell away from the 5th inning. Not at all like the way the team played in the tournaments and most notably in the Diamond Series. To put in a more serious challenge in 2016, consistency will be the main area to work on

The inconsistency of the year was highlighted in the MVP voting. Whereas the Rebels and Marvlovians were unanimous in their voting the Royals had four candidates across the league and club. Kai Benaim and Dallas Huntley represented the club at the All-Star game, while Julia Barlow, for a 4th time, and Grant Bergman won the Club MVP awards.

Missed Parts 1 to 5?


What is Softball?

Co-ed slowpitch softball is a social and enjoyable game that’s easy to learn and play, even for people who are not “athletes” or don’t have much experience of team sports.

Softball is a lot like baseball in terms of the rules, but because the ball is pitched slowly to each batter (as the name implies!), it’s easy to hit the ball and succeed at the sport’s central skill. The fact that men and women play together in the same team and on an equal level gives the sport a social buzz, and most softball games are followed by sessions at the local pub!

Come and Get Involved

Poster_thumb_thumb_thumbMaidenhead Softball Club runs weekly sessions every Friday at Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead. Sessions from 6pm until 7:30pm and are open to anyone 11 and up.

All sessions are free, no experience needed and all equipment to get you going is supplied.

For all under-18’s attending, a parent must be in attendance at the beginning of the first session to sign permission paperwork.

For more information, email maidenheadsoftballclub@outlook.com or visit www.maidenheadsoftballclub.co.uk

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

League Season Review: Maidenhead Royals

The 2013 season is over and was a very successful one for the Royals. The aim at the start of the season was to retain their place in Division 1 and build on that for 2014. The Royals achieved their goal with a 5-8-1 record and a 5th place finish. While not a season winning record, this is a vast improvement on the 2010 (0-9-1) and 2011 (1-13) seasons and represents the highest league position the club has ever achieved.

The season started slowly for the Royals with only two games out of 4 being able to be played in May. The first was an opening day defeat to the then league champions, Chalfont Phoenix before then traveling to the other Chalfont team, Chalfont Flames, for the second game in week 4. This turned out to be one of the most memorable games of the season and a 19-15 win was the clubs first win in the top flight since a 14-10 win over Wildcats back in July 2011. The win was a real boost the teams confidence going into a rearrange double header with Ascot. A series split, meant the Royals had stared the season with a 2-2 record going into the hardest part of their season. The Eagles game was a narrower lost than the 24-16 score suggested, and once game proved the team could complete in Division 1.

Week seven was the highlight of the season, a thrilling 12-11 victory over the Windsor Knights. The game ebbed and flowed, before a 2-out hit to third by Julia Barlow to win the game will live long in the memory.

That win started the Royals best sequence of the season, over the next six games the Royals would go 3-2-1. The draw in that sequence was the second most memorable moment in the Royals season. The 20-20 game against Chalfont Phoenix had seem the Royals come back from 20-7 down after 3 innings. 4 shutout innings and a fantastic game ending tag play on 3rd by Dallas Huntley was right up there in magic moments.

The Royals capped a good month against Chalfont with thrilling 11-10 win over the Flames next time out, but that was really as good as it would get. Inconsistency was a trait running through the season, this was no more highlighted than the next two games. Rain and scheduling meant the Royals would play the Wildcats in back to back games. The first, at home, was a heavy 18-3 defeat, followed a week later with an equally big 22-6 victory.

This left the Royals at 5-5 for the season going into the last three games. It turned out to be the worst sequence for the season, 3 defeats, two of them heavy, put a slight dampener on the season, but can’t take away from the fact this was an extremely good first season back. The challenge now is to, not only maintain this but better it next season.

All-Star Game Representatives.  Sam Smillie and Julia Barlow

All-Star Game Captain’s choice representative. Dallas Huntley.

Top 3 Games

1. 18th June Royals 12, Windsor Knights 11

2. 2nd July Chalfont Phoenix 20, Royals 20.

3 21st May, Chalfont Flames 15, Royals 19.