1st XI Cricket v Ardvreck

Wednesday 20th May
 St. Mary’s won by 25 runs

Today’s match against Ardvreck was played at Glenalmond on their 1st XI pitch in the bright sunshine; an idyllic setting. Lucas won the toss and decided to bat first.
Callum and Freddie opened the batting and endured some pacey and accurate bowling. They weathered the storm and both batted sensibly and confidently. Callum’s was the first wicket to fall, and although he didn’t trouble the scorers, he partnered Freddie well and got the team off to a good start. The fall of his wicket brought Lucas to the crease who wasted no time in keeping the score moving. Freddie played some fantastic shots, and was unlucky to get a leading edge to a good ball and was caught on 17. With the score on 32 for 2, Lucas and George needed to steady the ship and they did just that. They put on a partnership of 55 for the 3rd wicket, whereupon George was bowled on 21. Meanwhile, Lucas was playing a captain’s innings at the other end.
The next wickets of Samuel (4), Sebastian (4), Christopher (0) and Jacob (o) fell quite quickly until Adam (1 not out) came and joined Lucas at the crease. These two saw off the remaining overs and saw the team through to a very respectable 130 for 7, Lucas scoring a magnificent 72 not out.
With this impressive score under their belts, the boys took to the field with a real spring in their step. George and Freddie opened the bowling but, despite bowling well, didn’t get the breakthrough we needed. Lucas and Samuel then came into the attack, which gave the Ardvreck openers something else to think about. With the score approaching 50, Samuel made the first breakthrough and bowled their opening batsman. Their number 2 had been scoring at will and it took a moment of brilliance in the field from Harry to send him back to the pavilion – a fantastic pick-up-and-throw to the stumps. With their two openers out, the tide turned back in our favour. These two wickets spurred on a fantastic spell in the field and with the ball in hand. Further wickets fell to bowling of Samuel, who ended up with  4 wickets in his 5 overs. Harry and George both took good catches, another run-out, this time by Adam, and wickets to the bowling of Christopher and Lucas helped to keep the pressure on the Ardvreck batting order.
As their wickets fell, we applied more and more pressure and were able to give most boys a bowl. Their final wicket fell in the 22nd over with the score on 105.
I was delighted with the boys’ performance today. Their effort and perseverance on the training field is paying dividends, and it was great today to see all 11 players make such valuable contributions to the team effort.
Very well done. Next week we are hosting Belhaven.

Mr P, 21/05/2015