1st XI v Tillside CC.

Thursday 30th April
St. Mary’s won by 21 runs

Traditionally this is always a great fixture and when we travel to Etal, we are always made most welcome and have a thoroughly enjoyable evening – today was no different.

We couldn’t have picked a better evening for the game and as we took to the field, the pigeons were flighting home to roost as the shadows grew longer. Freddie and Lucas opened the batting for the side but in the first over, Lucas was on the wrong end of an inswinging yorker which caught his off stump; a frustrating start. Freddie went onto score a well earned 23, ably supported by Callum (8) and George (25 not out). Samuel (10), Sebastian (8) and Jacob (7 not out) all kept the total ticking with some great running between the wickets and James, Harry, Adam B and Adam A all contributed vital runs in helping to set Tillside a target of 121, for the loss of 5 wickets.

The light started fading quite fast so I wasn’t sure who was the more disadvantaged, the batters or the fielders. However, we tried to get through the overs as quickly as possible before the light went altogether. The fielding and the bowling was good in places although there is evidently plenty of work still to do. That said, George, Harry, Lucas and Jacob all took good catches and Callum and George seized upon two run outs, both as a result of direct hits; a good effort. We managed to get almost everyone a bowl and in fact the team achieved a hattrick at one point. Two wickets back to back off the bowling of Freddie and the hattrick ball the boys managed a run out. Despite some encouraging batting from the Tillside boys who looked to be threatening our total at one point, we managed to take their 10th wicket in the final over with the score sitting on exactly 100.

It was a fabulous evening and one we hope to reciprocate at St. Mary’s on the evening of Wednesday 24th June. Very well done to all the boys and thank you to Tillside for another lovely evening and a delicious match tea.
Mr P

Mr P, 04/05/2015