1st XI v Longridge

Wednesday 13th May
St. Mary’s won by 8 wickets
What a relief to wake up on a Wednesday to a bright and sunny morning. Although the sun was still shining upon arrival at Longridge, the cold sea wind made conditions bracing as we took to the field.

George & Freddie(captain) opened the bowling today and both bowled well. The Longridge openers struggled to cope with their line and length and although neither took a wicket in their opening spell, runs were kept to an absolute minimum. The first bowling change saw Jacob take the first wicket. Again, consistent line and length eventually taking its toll and Lonridge were reduced to 9 for 1 from 5 overs. Their run rate did pick up, courtesy of some good batting and one or two extras. Samuel, Sebastian, Harry & James also bowled and did well to limit the run rate but couldn’t find a way through. Towards the end of their 20 overs, Christopher was brought onto the attack and was rewarded with his first wicket. Freddie also came back on and took a couple of wickets himself, narrowly missing out on a hattrick. Both he, Harry and Cameron were also on target in the field with two opportunist run outs. All this combined to keep our hosts down to 75 from their 20 overs, for the loss of 6 wickets.

In reply, Freddie and Callum opened the batting and despite a nervy start, settled into the game and got the score board ticking along. Freddie’s wicket was the first to fall, bowled to ball that seemed to turn right angles on the bounce. Callum (20) hung around defiantly and kept things moving until he got a top edge and was caught. With the score on 40 in the 9th over, George (15 not out) and Samuel (7 not out) then took charge of proceedings. Both ran between the wickets very well and batted well too, hitting some lovely shots that on other grounds may well have been boundaries. At the end of the 15th over, George hit the winning runs, which saw us through to an 8 wicket victory.

Well done today boys, this was a good performance and one you can be proud of. Well done also to Freddie for captaining the side for the first time. Next week we are away to Ardvreck.

Mr P, 14/05/2015