Tuesday 4 July 2017 saw the final Wimbledon Cluster event of the year take place: Year 3/4 Rounders, held at Merton Cricket Club. Eight Wimbledon schools brought down a squad of enthusiastic athletes ready to battle their opponents on the rounders field.
All eight teams played a round robin format in one group, with teams playing a minimum of four games each.
Bishop Gilpin got off to a fantastic start with their batters displaying excellent hand-eye co-ordination in scoring 9 rounders against The Priory. St Mary’s and All Saints opened their competitions with an enthralling game, both batting and fielding exceptionally well to mean the result could have went either way until the very last ball. In the end, both teams scored 7 ½ rounders to finish the game as a well-deserved draw. Meanwhile, Dundonald and Wimbledon Chase played out a tense contest with both teams showing a good understanding of the tactics employed in rounders. Dundonald eventually ran out winners by 6 rounders to 5.
The Priory were improving their tactical understanding with every game and created a good triangle of fielders, including the bowler, back-stop and first base. It meant a close match against Pelham, although ultimately the batting strength of Pelham secured the victory. St Marys and Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ played out a high scoring fixture with batters on top. St Mary’s opened with an impressive 7 ½ rounders but Bishop Gilpin responded in kind with some huge hits to win the game with a score of 9 rounders.
The next round of fixtures involved Pelham v All Saints and Bishop Gilpin v Wimbledon Chase. Despite scoring 6 ½ rounders, Wimbledon Chase’s total never appeared to be quite enough as Bishop Gilpin responded with 9 rounders of their own. One of the most dramatic games then occurred between All Saints and Pelham. Both teams were locked on 5 ½ rounders each with only one good ball remaining for Pelham, who smashed it out the park to earn victory by the smallest of margins.
The final round of fixtures saw Bishop Gilpin complete a full house of wins against All Saints while Bishop Gilpin ‘B’ and Pelham finished their competition with an outstanding display of batting. With Bishop Gilpin chasing an impressive inning from Pelham, scoring 8 ½ rounders, they somehow managed to return a score of 9 rounders to snatch victory.
It was great to see schools attend the event despite it being so close to the end of term. Thanks must go to all of the staff at the schools who organise, train and bring the children down to the competitions – thank you!