Under 11 Cricket Festival
Monday 27th June
The U11’s travelled to Loretto on Monday to participate at the inaugural H. G. McCreath Trophy competition.
An early start was required as the boys were first on at 9am against Ardvreck. The weather was good, sunny and warm, but the rain from the previous days meant the ball could stay low on the damp pitch.
St. Mary’s batted first with Will and Tommy opening .Each side had 10 overs at the crease. The opening pair had a great stand, and remained at the crease until the 2nd last ball of the innings when Tommy was bowled as he tried to push the score on. However a great 86 was scored between the openers with Will ending on a fantastic 49 not out. For the last ball, Otto came in and was run out as the boys attempted a single. 86-2 final total.
Ardvreck knew they had to push on in an attempt to catch the St. Mary’s total. They swung the bat and made good inroads into the St. Mary’s total. The boys weren’t quite so confident now. 2 or 3 dropped catches along with some miss-fields on the boundary didn’t help the mood. Then as Ardvreck tried to pick off a single to mid- wicket Mac picked up on the run and fired it in to direct hit the stumps to run out their opener for the first St. M wicket.
Bowling was conceding too many wides now. Also insisting on hurling the ball in at all times, even when the runners were easily in, cost overthrows. As a result Ardvreck overtook the St. Mary’s total with 2 balls to spare. Disappointment all round, but lessons learnt.
Match 2 should have been The Chorister School, Durham. But a sink hole on the A1 made them late. As a result the match was awarded to St. Mary’s. It put St. Mary’s back into contention in the group, albeit not the way you would want it to happen.
A lovely lunch for all on the grass brought in some cloud. However, nothing came of it and the sun even returned. Before the final group match, the boys took in a tour of the Golf Academy facilities at the school and even played some golf! The final group match saw the boys now playing Belhaven Eagles. St. Mary’s again batted first.
Again Will and Tommy opened. Tommy departed first, but not before he hit a great 6! Otto came in and made a few runs before he left the scene as the boys looked to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Jamie (who kept wicket well in the first match) now appeared and attempted to swing at everything, and occasionally connected! Then 2nd last ball Will was dismissed after another fine effort with the bat. Final total, 85-3.
St. Mary’s got off to a good start as Tommy took a wicket in the 1st over. Jamie then struck with 2 wickets in the 2nd which was a setback for Belhaven who had just beaten The Chorister School. Matt was next and bowled a tight line again. Mac then took a wicket before he again made a direct hit at the wicket as Belhaven went for quick single. Ollie bowled and with success as Alex took a nice catch off his bowling. To finish, the quartet of Jake, Antony, William and Alex delivered their overs cheaply so that Belhaven finished on 36. Well done boys.
Group stage was now over and all wondered with 2 wins would it be the Final or 3rd /4th place playoff. No-one had 3 wins so St. Mary’s were in contention for a possible final place. Then the news came over the tannoy system. There would be a “bowl off” between St. Mary’s and Ardvreck for a place in the final as both teams were level at the top of the group even on wickets lost! 3 players from each side would be selected from each side and bowl full length at the stumps. The team with most wickets bowled over would win.
Will and Tommy were chosen and then they selected Mac as the 3rd. All had gathered round the Pinkie main no.1 pitch Ardvreck went first and missed. Then Tommy stood forward and missed. Tension was mounting already! Ardvreck again missed. Will then came forward. There was a sharp intake of breath as Will just missed. Ardvreck’s last bowler looked nervous. Then he missed. Mac the final bowler was last up. He gathered himself, let his delivery go and hit middle stump! All the boys went ballistic and St. Mary’s were through to the final to play Belhaven Hill.
Belhaven batted first. Their openers set about the St. Mary’s bowlers as they strived to set a total that would be difficult to overcome. Ollie and Antony made some good stops to keep the runs down but Belhaven were scoring well. St. Mary’s needed a wicket to break up this partnership. Unfortunately a couple of catches went down and we lost bowling accuracy. Then a run out went begging after the throw in came in too hard and was fumbled. Jake then bowled a good over to slow the run rate down. But then Tommy took a great catch at square leg and almost held another .Belhaven ended up on 105-1. An excellent total.
St. Mary’s started their innings. The senior pair of Tommy and Will made a decent start. Both made boundaries but then on the last ball of the 2nd over Will was caught. Tommy tried to make amends and hit 2 great 6’s! Alas going for another drive he was caught and bowled. The next over proved deadly. Otto, Alex and Ollie were all bowled and it looked like it was slipping away. Jamie went bowled in the next over before we had a good 6th over and made some runs. But then William went run out, Matt was bowled and Jake run out all in the 7th from a direct hit from the boundary. Antony then got a quick 5 runs before Mac was caught and bowled as he tried to swing the bat. The 10 overs ended with St. Mary’s on 62.
It was our lowest score of the day, but Belhaven gave us a big total to chase down and take more risk but it wasn’t to be. All the same, the boys did themselves proud by the way they conducted themselves on and off the pitch. They did well to reach the final, and we all had a great day out. Many thanks to Loretto who looked after us wonderfully well throughout the day and provided us with a day to remember. Well done to Belhaven who played so well and were worthy winners.
Mr A Rutherford, 30/06/2016