1st XI Cricket v Cargifield

Wednesday 4th May
Cargilfield won by 1 run
The decision was made to go ahead with today’s game underneath a darkening sky and with a wicket that was already damp, any more rain could have made things tricky. However, the skies gradually cleared throughout the afternoon and we enjoyed an extremely tense game of cricket.
Cargilfield won the toss and elected to bat first and within the first 5 overs we looked on top, with the score 18 for 3; Lucas and Freddie claiming the wickets thanks to catches from James Co, Lucas and Adam. Cargilfield then mounted something of a comeback and their batsmen 4, 5 & 7 batted very well. Our fielding and bowling could have been tighter. A couple of missed runouts and dropped catches ultimately proved costly and our visitors finished on 123 for 5 after their 25 overs. The pick of our bowlers was Freddie with figures of 2 for 19 off 5. George, Harris, Lucas and Samuel all had good spells but too many short balls gifted the batsmen runs.
Our run chase didn’t get off to the best of starts. Harris played a lovely cover drive which almost found the gap but didn’t and he was run out in the first over. Lucas and Freddie then batted well together until Freddie (5) top edged an easy catch to mid-wicket. His dismissal brought George to the crease and between them, Lucas and George batted very sensibly; our target of 124 started edging closer. George (11) then played across the line of a short ball and was bowled with the score on 72 for 3. Samuel (4) fell to an identical shot an over later but even at 74 for 4 we were still within reach of the target. Hamish and Lucas then partnered each other extremely well. Lucas tried to retain the lion’s share of the strike and protected Hamish’s wicket very well, as did Hamish. This allowed the score to race to 111 for 4 with 2 overs remaining, so they needed 13 from 12. The boys continued to look in control and after the penultimate over, needed 6 from 6 to win. In an attempt to allow Lucas the strike, Hamish (2) sacrificed his wicket, whereupon Lucas faced the final ball of the game and required 3 to win, 2 to draw. Sadly he didn’t quite middle his strike and only managed 1, leaving us 1 run shy of their total.
Despite this narrowest of loses, this was an excellent and thoroughly entertaining game of cricket. Lucas batted brilliantly, ending up with an unbeaten 83 but was well supported by his teammates, George in particular. The boys gained valuable experience from this game. Every run, whether you’re saving them in the field, or scoring them at the crease, is vital and never has that hit home more than it did today. Well done boys. A good game of cricket with many positives.
Next week we are heading to Mowden Hall for a 2pm start.
Mr P.


Mr I Purvis, 05/05/2016