Maidenhead Softball Club
Bristol Bam were crowned winners of the 7th running of the Maidenhead Softball Club tournament. This annual tournament is the climax of the clubs playing season and is put on in September every year to allow new players the opportunity to come and put into practice the skills they have learnt over the summer. 8 teams participate, playing a round-robin format. 4 teams are from the local Softball League and 4 from surrounding leagues. In exceptional heat, the 8 teams palyed some very good softball in the early stages. A number of very close games being settled by less than 4 runs. After a morning and early afternoon series of games, Maidenhead own team, the Rascals, were the only local team that made it out of the group stages into the Cup competition. Surprisingly, last years Cup Winners, the PSL All-Stars, missed out on the chance to defend their title and had to settle for the Shield Competition. The Cup semi-finals pitted the team from Milton Keynes, MK Diamonds against High Voltage from London. The Rascals drew the very good Bristol Bam team. In rather one-sided games, the MK Diamonds and Bristol Bam came through their games to meet in a repeat of the first game of the day. The Shield semi-finals were much closer affairs. Bracknell Scorchers beat local rivals RG Blue Jays 10-8 to set up a meeting with the PSL All-Stars who beat the other local team TV Hurricanes 11-7.
The two finals were complete opposites of their respective Semi-finals. The PSL All-Stars finally found the form that took them to the title 12 months prior and defeated the Scorchers 27-5. The Cup final was a rematch of an earlier game. MK Diamonds had won the group game, and Bristol Bam set about the final intent of gaining revenge. For the majority of the game they were certainly in control, but the Diamonds fought valiantly but in the end it was the Bristol team who hung on to win 15-13. It was a final worthy of ending to a very successful 2019 outdoor season for the Maidenhead Club and we now look forward to the 2020 season.