2nd Cricket v Cargilfield
Wednesday 3rd May 2017
Photograph by Mrs Letts
The 2nd XI again made their way to Edinburgh on Wednesday, this time to play Cargilfield. The weather was much kinder this week and we all looked forward to a good game of cricket.
Captain Muaz C lost the toss and St. Marys were invited to field. Thomas M opened the bowling and he kept a tight line, only conceding 2 singles. Muaz C followed suit, and though costing 5 runs he beat the bat on 3 occasions. Fergus H was up next and he followed with his customary good line and length. As he did last week he bowled out the opener in his first over! Matt B then bowled the 4th over and only a couple of wides spoiled a tight over.
Both sides could be reasonably pleased with their start as Cargilfield were on 17-1. St. Marys had taken a wicket and fielding started better than last week. This was epitomised with an excellent William Mac stop at point. Jamie F went from keeper to now bowl, and after a couple of extras settled to produce 4 dot balls.
Muaz C then took a great c& b to take the 2nd wicket. This sparked a great spell for St Marys as Fergus H followed up with bowling out 2 more. The run rate dried up with Matt B, Jamie F, Thomas M and Muaz C keeping up the pressure. This made Cargilfield try to force the issue and it caused a run out with a good Jamie F throw to Fergus H who took off the bails. 31-5 with the home side reeling.
The home team recovered though and started to put on runs. The 4 over bowling limit saw Hamish R and William T then turn their arms over. They tried to bowl line and length but Cargilfield were looking to hit their way out of trouble. Some good fielding by Dicken B at mid-wicket and Antony de G on the boundary helped to keep runs down.
There was still time for Jamie F to take an excellent c & b wicket before Cargilfield ended on 96- 6 after the 20 overs.
Jamie F and William Mac started the St. Marys reply. Cricket can be unforgiving as William Mac found out. He went from top scorer last week to be bowled out 2nd bowl. However this time Jamie F stayed in well and scored a fine 18 including 3 boundaries. He was admirably supported by Matt B who also remained at the crease well and played with determination to score a fine 17.
Muaz C then got himself in, only to get caught for 5 when he looked to threaten. St. Marys though were well ahead of the required run rate, but at the cost of valuable wickets. After Thomas M fell for 2, Dicken B was run out by a direct throw. Fergus H came in to partner William T who was by now in and set. William then hit another 4 to leave St. Marys requiring 6 runs in 9 balls to level it. However William T was bowled but had scored a great 20! Up next was Hamish R, but as the boys scampered for a run another direct hit ran out Fergus. The last wicket remained with Antony de G now in. Antony swung the bat and it came off the middle. But mid-off peddled backwards and took the catch to end the St. Marys innings just 6 runs short with 2 balls remaining.
Nevertheless, a better performance all round with both bat and ball. Well done.
Mr A Rutherford
Jules Birdsall, 03/05/2017