Senior boys win Glenamond Cricket 6s

Sunday 15th May 2016

The squad: Freddie (captain), Lucas, Samuel, George, Harris, Lachlan & Adam L

6s Cricket Glenalmond May 16

For the past four years the weather has forced this annual cricketing extravaganza to be cancelled, so it was with huge relief when I woke this morning, that I saw the sun peeping over the horizon.
Eight teams had entered today’s competition and we had been pooled with Loretto, Ardbroath CC and Ardvreck. Matches against all three teams would decide who topped the pool, therefore, who went through to play against the winner of the other pool in the final.
The format for the 6s: each team bats and bowls for 5 overs. Each bowler bowls one over and other than that, normal cricket rules apply.
St. Mary’s v Loretto: St. Mary’s won by 51 runs
Our first game of the afternoon got us off to the best possible start. Batting first, Freddie (32 not out) and Lucas (36 not out) gave a first class batting display and after our 5 overs, had raced to 81 for 0. Fielding with only 6 players means that there are plenty of gaps in the field but the two boys found these holes and placed us in a very promising position.
In reply, we fielded and bowled well too, although one or two extras, had the game been tighter, might have proved costly. Samuel and Freddie both picked up 2 wickets in their overs, but George, Harris and Lucas all were very economical too. After their 5 overs, Loretto were 51 runs shy of their target.
St. Mary’s v Ardbroath CC: St. Mary’s won by 8 runs
This game was considerably closer and upon reflection, it proved to the boys how crucial it is to run hard between the wickets and secure as many runs as possible. Defending a relatively low total is nerve wracking!
Again, Freddie won the toss and elected to bat first. Ardbroath had already comprehensively beaten Ardvreck, so we needed to score quickly on what was a very short boundary. Lucas and Freddie opened but half way through the second over, Freddie (5) was caught behind. George came in and set about increasing our run rate but both he and Lucas struggled to really get to grips with the bowling. In the final over George (13) was bowled which allowed Lachlan to face the final bowl of the innings; he duly caressed it for 4! Lucas finished on 28 not out, setting Ardbroath a total of 54.
In the field we got off to a great start. George opened the bowling and although he went for 8 runs off his over, he picked up a wicket too. Lucas and Samuel bowled overs 2 and 3 and these ultimately won us the game. Lucas bowled a wicket maiden, a rarity in this format of cricket and Samuel only went for 5 from his over. Lachlan and Freddie bowled
the last two by which time the Ardbroath batsmen had got their eye in and were making the most of the short boundary. Going into the final over Ardbroath needed 20 runs to win but came up just 8 runs short. A very close and tense game but a good win nevertheless!
St. Mary’s v Ardvreck: St. Mary’s won by 8 runs
This too was slightly closer than I would have hoped, again, largely down to not scoring enough runs. However, we fielded and bowled well which ultimately saved the game. We batted first again and in order to give others a chance at the crease, we altered the batting order, so Lachlan and Harris opened. The first over was dominated by Harris who went on to score a valuable and unbeaten 15. Lachlan was bowled in the 2nd over without scoring, which brought Samuel to the crease. He too batted well, scoring 9. Both batsmen then retired to allow Adam and Lucas to the crease. Batting for the first time Adam scored an unbeaten 6 and Lucas contributed and unbeaten 5. Thus, following our 5 overs, Ardvreck needed 49 to win.
In reply, Lachlan was the pick of our bowlers, limiting Advreck to 6 from it. George, Lucas, Harris and Freddie were all quite expensive and had it not been for some tight fielding, we might have paid for pitching the ball too short too often. As it was however, Adrvreck had left themselves too much to do in the final over. They needed 17 to win and came up just short. This was another close game but by winning it, we had won our way to the final where we were to meet the winners of the other pool, Cargilfield.
St. Mary’s v Cargilfield: St. Mary’s won by 16 runs
The boys had no time to reflect following their narrow win over Ardvreck, before they were back on against Cargilfield. Freddie won the toss again, the fourth time today and decided to bat first. Having almost fallen foul of not scoring enough runs, twice, the boys knew a high run rate was imperative against Cargilfield.
Freddie and Lucas opened the batting and got the scoreboard ticking along nicely. 12 runs came from the 1st over and then 11 from the first 5 bowls of the second. Lucas (9) was bowled on the final bowl of that over. George then came in and maintained our momentum. Freddie (17) was bowled on the first bowl of the 4th over which brought Lachlan to the crease. Supported by George, he then dominated in the last 11 bowls, playing some lovely cricket shots and showing what a dangerous batsman he can be. George finished on 6 not out and Lachlan on 17 not out. Some sharp fielding had limited us to 52 from our 5 overs.
A quick chat before taking to the field spurred the boys on and what followed was possibly to best 5 overs I have seen from them this season. Cargilfield had a strong batting attack and had scored over 90 runs in one of their games already that day. A very tight first over from Lucas which saw only 4 runs taken from it, got us off to a dream start. The 2nd over, this time from George, was even tighter with only 2 runs coming from that. Harris then bowled their opener with his first bowl and at the end of his over, Cargilfield had only scored 14, leaving them a mammoth 39 needed from 2 overs. They had a good go at it but our fielding was brilliant and the final two overs from Samuel and Freddie were equally as good too. A clinical run out in the final over wrapped up the game, much to the delight of the boys, their coaches and travelling support!
What a fantastic conclusion to the day. This was the first time St. Mary’s has won the trophy and how thoroughly deserved it was! The boys played exceptionally well all afternoon. All seven boys contributed enormously to the day and I couldn’t have been more proud.
Thank you to Elliott for his support, to our parents for their encouragement and to Glenalmond for hosting such a marvelous afternoon’s cricket.

Mr I Purvis, 16/05/2016