1st XI v Longridge

Wednesday 18th May


The squad: Hamish M, James Ca, Lucas, Samuel, George, Wilfie, Lachlan, Freddie, Harris, Adam L, Liam & Harry
St. Mary’s won by 95 runs
Another, warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon; what is going on?! Conditions were once again near perfect for cricket for this afternoon’s annual game with Longridge. Longridge were an unknown quantity this year although we knew they had a couple of handy players, but more than that, we weren’t sure.
Winning the toss Freddie elected to bat first and in order to get some other boys a chance at the crease, boys who perhaps haven’t spent as much time batting, we juggled the batting order somewhat; Harris and Adam L opened. With instructions to run hard, both boys took that very literally and had the Longridge fielding been slightly crisper, both openers may have found themselves back in the pavilion within the first two overs! Adam (3) was eventually run out but Harris went on to score an impressive unbeaten 31. Lucas and Harry spent some time at the crease and continued the run rate. Harry (6) was caught on the boundary and Lucas went on to score 32 before retiring. Samuel and Freddie both enjoyed their time at the crease and both batted very sensibly. Freddie retired on 15 and Samuel, on 25. Wilfie (1) insisted on playing across the line of the ball but hit some nice shots. He eventually fell to a straight ball and his dismissal left George and Lachlan at the crease. Both these boys wasted no time, Lachlan in particular, who played half a dozen outstanding shots to race to an unbeaten 19 from 6 balls. George retired on 13 and Hamish (2) and Liam (1 not out) then had the last two of the 20 overs and pushed the total to 182.
In reply, all our boys were given a chance to bowl and did so very well. That said, the Longridge openers batted very sensibly and it wasn’t until the 12th over, with the score on 54, that their first wicket fell. Three more wickets fell in quick succession which left the visitors on 60 for 4. Harry picked up 2 of them, one, the key wicket, well caught by Adam behind the stumps and the other an excellent caught and bowled. James also picked up a wicket, this time caught by Hamish at wid-wicket. After their 20 overs, Longridge were well short of their target, although all boys had enjoyed a competitive afternoon’s sport. Well done, boys.
Next week we’re at Belhaven for a 2.30pm start.








Photographs by Marnie Harvey

Mr I Purvis, 19/05/2016