2nd XI Cricket v Merchiston

Wednesday 26th April

2nd XI Cricket 26 April

The 2nd XI team travelled to Edinburgh on Wednesday for the first cricket match of the season. The weather certainly wasn’t keen to play ball, with very cold hands remaining throughout the afternoon. However, a full game of cricket was played in April which can be looked upon as a bonus.

Captain Thomas M called the toss correct and elected to put the home team in first. All St. Marys players were going to bowl today and we made a good start as Thomas M and Liam B kept the Merchiston openers quiet by bowling straight. Then Fergus H took over and immediately struck by taking the opening batsman’s wicket! Good line and length brought its reward which Fergus maintained throughout his spell. However the wicket was to bring the solid home number 3 to the crease and he immediately set about our bowlers Hamish R and William T (he was to go on and be retired at 30 not out). But to their credit they tried not to be phased and try to remain accurate.

The next 3 overs from St. Marys were good though as Matt B, William Mac and Antony de G bowled well to reduce the run rate. The second round of bowling saw some good stroke play from Merchiston to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but equally St. Marys fielded well generally. Jamie F was very secure behind the stumps and gave very little away. Dicken B patrolled the boundary well at 3rd man, and he even had to run round covering fine leg. Liam B kept runs down with his excellent covering at deep mid-on and throwing in. He also took a wicket LBW as he trapped the number 2 in front of his stumps.

Fergus H then took his 2nd wicket as the no. 4 swung and missed to see his stumps knocked over. Then Hamish R chipped in before the end as he also bowled the stumps over. The home innings ended on 88 for 4 in the 20 overs. A good total, but also achievable by St. Marys.

In came William Mac and Jamie F to open the St. Marys innings. Home bowling was good and quick though on occasion wayward. Our openers looked confident and weren’t overly troubled, but Jamie F looked to push things on and lost his wicket. Liam B coming in tried to immediately set about the bowling.
He wasn’t in too long but made 9, 8 of which were boundaries. William Mac was going along nicely, but just at the wrong time he was put out. Not before he had made a priceless 15 though.

From then on wickets tumbled steadily as the home bowlers kept up both the pace and length of their bowls and we found it difficult to get the ball away. Matt B went for 0 as he was trapped on the back foot leg before as he played across the line. Thomas M kept in well but then went for 3. Then William T lost his wicket for 2 after hitting his wicket. Fergus H got bowled 2nd ball but had got a beauty. Dicken B tried to hit out and was on 1 when his off stump was knocked over. That brought our final pairing of Antony de G and Hamish R together and for a while they defied the Merchiston bowlers until Hamish was caught for 0 with Antony not out 1.

Final St. Marys total was 61 all out. However at the halfway point at 10 overs we were on 50 and well ahead of schedule. But the home bowling saw them through, though we didn’t help ourselves as we gave wickets away too cheaply. This week boys batting practice in the nets!

Mr A Rutherford

Jules Birdsall, 26/04/2017

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