On a scorching hot Tuesday 13th June 2017 the Raynes Park Cluster Y5/6 Rounders Competition took place at Raynes Park Secondary Sports Fields. All 11 of the Raynes Park cluster schools were represented, making this an extremely competitive event.

Schools were split into two groups of six, with Poplar bringing both an A and a B team to the competition. Due to the almost perfect conditions, this made for some fantastic rounders with all schools performing superbly with the bat, and showing some accurate bowling and strong organisation in the field.

Group 1 contained some extremely competitive and well drilled teams and this was characterised in the large number of rounders being scored across the pitches. The standout performance for Hillcross came in their hard fought 2 ½ -2 victory against an equally committed Poplar B side. Poplar B recovered well however and recorded their best result in the group stages by beating Joseph Hood 5 ½ - 2 ½ rounders. Joseph Hood did not let this defeat get them down, and after some pin point accurate bowling and superb back up play in the field against Hillcross, registered a well-deserved 3-1 ½ victory. St Matthew’s were another of the teams who impressed in the group stages by winning three of their five matches. Their best performance came against Joseph Hood where they scored an impressive 7 ½ rounders to win the match. Hollymount were hot on their heels and recorded a decisive victory against St Matthew’s by winning this match 7 ½ - 5. Poplar A were arguably the most consistent team of the group and went on to win all of their group matches in impressive fashion. Their standout match came against second placed Hollymount, where some sublime batting and tactical running enabled them to win this match 6- 3 ½.

Group 1.

  1. Poplar A
  2. Hollymount
  3. St Matthew’s
  4. Poplar B
  5. Joseph Hood
  6. Hillcross

Group 2 was an extremely tense affair, with four out of six teams finishing on equal points at the end of the group stages. This then required competition organisers to calculate the total number of rounders scored for each team to determine the final finishing positions. Merton Park, although unable to record a win in the group stages, did demonstrate some superb batting and accurate bowling. Hatfeild’s standout performance came in their strong 6 ½ - 3 win against Merton Park. Aragon and West Wimbledon were two of the teams who finished on equal points with three wins a piece. Aragon’s best result came in their pulsating match with West Wimbledon who they beat 7-4 1/2. However due to West Wimbledon scoring a total of 3.5 rounders more than Aragon across the rest of their fixtures they secured third place. The top two positions in the group were contested between Sacred Heart and St John Fisher. Both teams were equally impressive through the group stages and again finished on equal points. St John Fisher managed to take top spot by the skin of their teeth with having half a rounder more than Sacred Heart when all scores were calculated.

Group 2.

  1. St John Fisher
  2. Sacred Heart
  3. West Wimbledon
  4. Aragon
  5. Hatfeild
  6. Merton Park

With a limited time frame available and the energy sapping conditions, it was only possible for the top four finishing teams to play a final match. The battle for seventh place was fought out between Poplar B and Aragon. This was an extremely close match with Poplar B running out narrow 5-4 winners. St Matthew’s and West Wimbledon contested for fifth place and again this was a nail biter. Both teams were exceptional in the field with some sublime bowling, but St Matthew’s just edged it with the bat, winning the match 4-3.

Third place was contested between Sacred Heart and Hollymount. Both teams played some great rounders and at the end of both innings both teams were tied on 4 ½ rounders each. The number of batters out rule then came into play. Sacred Heart had less batters out than Hollymount so seized third place. Massive credit must go to Hollymount who took the difficult result with such maturity and professionalism and instantly shook hands and congratulated their opposition.

The two most consistent teams of the competition, Poplar A and St John Fisher contested the final. This proved to be a pulsating match with both teams scoring some huge hits to gain rounders. Just like in the second place playoff match, at the end of the innings, both teams finished the match on 6 ½ rounders each. Again the number of batters out was calculated for both teams with St John Fisher calculated as having one less batter out than Poplar A. This therefore secured them the victory and the title of Raynes Park Cluster Champions for 2017. Commiserations to Poplar A who like Hollymount were extremely unlucky not to win their matches in their own right, handled the defeat with such professionalism and a positive attitude.      

A huge thankyou to all teams who competed and made the event extremely enjoyable. A huge thankyou to Raynes Park for the use of their facilities as well as for the efforts of the Sports Leadership girls who did a marvellous job in helping to officiate the matches – Great effort!

A mention must also go to our Refspect winners – Hollymount for their positive attitude towards Sacred Heart at the end of their match as well as showing some exemplary sportsmanship throughout the tournament. 

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