U9 A & B Cricket v Loretto
Wednesday 27th April 2016
photographs by Mrs Letts
On a gloriously sunny though chilly spring afternoon the U9’s travelled to Loretto for their Kwik- Cricket match.
Winning the toss, Capt. Ed elected to field first. Alex and Ed opened the bowling against an attacking and big hitting pair. They bowled straight and only gave up one wide. Although conceding some boundaries they also had their fair share of dot balls.36-0.
Next up Geordie, Mac and Josh. The Loretto pair scored steadily including 2 or 3 boundaries, but at last St. Mary’s struck with Josh C taking 3 wickets in his last over to cut back the home side score.
Archie and Stewart then came into bowl. They kept a tight line keeping the next home pairing to singles and dot balls. In their 12th and last over Stewart, though conceding 2 boundaries, took 2 timely wickets. 62-5.
Last pairs of the innings and it was now Henry and John for St Mary’s. The home pair tried to accelerate the score and did make 3 or 4 boundaries. However both St. Mary’s bowlers kept a tight line to make it difficult for the batting pair. John also chipped in with 2 good wickets to peg back the home score. The innings ended with Loretto on 271-7. A good score, but attainable if St. Mary’s bat well and don’t lose too many wickets .St. Mary’s did well to take 7 wickets, but unfortunately all catches were dropped this week which may prove costly.
The St. Mary’s innings started with Geordie Mac and Ed. They were up against 2 fast and accurate home bowlers who initially kept them pinned down. In trying to push the score along they lost some wickets but did make some boundaries. They did well to end up plus 7 against 2 good home bowlers.
Henry and Alex came in next. Again it was hard going as Loretto bowled well. They made decent runs though including a great 6! But the loss of 4 wickets knocked them back. St. Mary’s were now 5 for 8.
Archie and Josh then had their 4 overs. Bowling was erratic (8 wides were bowled), so both batters found it difficult to settle. The loss of 3 wickets, all to catches, didn’t help momentum but both St. Mary’s boys tried hard to get the ball away and add to the score.
Stewart and John were the final pair in. Stewart made a great start with a 6! However, the home bowlers then kept them at bay for the first 2 overs as there were only 2 further scoring shots. The next and final 2 overs were better for St. Mary’s as the bowling became a little wayward and wides were conceded. Added to this were 3 boundaries by St. M so that the final 2 overs were fruitful. The final score for St. M was 225.
All the boys worked hard and tried their best. However, unlike the previous week when every catch attempt stuck, this week every attempt was dropped despite some valiant efforts. Worse still, when it was set aside the fact Loretto held onto every chance that came their way (some superb catches), you didn’t have to look very far to determine what was the difference between the sides. Catches win matches! Catching practice next games session boys!
Finally, thank you to Loretto for their excellent hospitality and good spirit the match was played in.
Mr A Rutherford, 28/04/2016