1st XI v Mowden Hall

Wednesday 10th May
St. Mary’s won by 16 runs

1st XI cricket 10 May
What a fabulous afternoon of sport played in the glorious borders sunshine. An archetypal game of Prep School cricket, played in superb spirit with some very able young cricketers and it almost went down to the wire. As it was, we managed to clinch a narrow victory, our second win of the season.
Harris lost the toss but was put into bat first. Hamish (43) and Will (26) opened the batting and got off to an excellent start against some tight and pacey bowling. Both boys batted very sensibly, rode their luck at times but put on an opening partnership of 77. Will’s dismissal brought Harris to the crease whereby he and Hamish continued to keep the scoreboard moving. Hamish lost his wicket in the 19th over with the score on 106 and Harris (21) followed soon after. That triggered something of a collapse. Lachlan hung about long enough to score 9 and played some lovely shots to get there but playing across the line of the ball was his and many of his teammate’s demise. By the time Otto, Liam, Ollie, Wilfie, Joseph and Alex were called to the crease, the Mowden openers were back on and bowled very well indeed. Scoring opportunities were few and far between, in fact Arthur S. from Mowden, bowling the final over, took 4 wickets with the final 4 bowls! (A couple were runouts so didn’t count towards his impressive figures). So, following our allotted 25 overs we set our visitors a target of 127 for victory, perhaps 30 or 40 less than we might have scored!
Mowden would have been confident going into bat that they could score 5 an over, so our bowling and fielding was going to have to be really tight. Whilst out bowling wasn’t as tight as it might have been, our fielding was and that restricted the Mowden openers. Hamish bowled their number 2 batsman in the 3rd over, rendering them 14 for 1. Two overs later he claimed his second wicket with the score on 30. The Mowden boys then steadied their ship and started to build a good 3rd wicket partnership. It took a brilliant over from Harris to dismiss their strike batsman and with his dismissal and the score on 41 for 3, the game started to swing in our favour. The boys kept alert in the field and although the Mowden middle order kept the run rate ticking along, wickets kept coming, Harris, Lachlan and Hamish claiming them. Their number 5 was proving tricky a tricky customer and was making short work of some of our bowling but he played one loose shot and was superbly caught by Tommy at mid-off, perhaps one of the best catches I have seen at this level? So, after 22 overs Mowden needed 19 to win from 18 balls with 4 wickets in hand. They scored 3 runs off the next over but lost 2 wickets, so required 16 from 12 with 2 wickets in hand. Lachlan bowled the penultimate over; dot, dot, wicket (stumped by Will), wicket (caught by Otto at deep square leg), to round off a 16 run victory.
Throughout the afternoon the game ebbed and flowed and could have gone either way at any point. The boy’s energy in the field, supported by some great catches (Lachlan, Tommy, Otto), an excellent run out (Liam) and superb wicket keeping from Will, helped to guide us home today.
Very well done to all the boys. It was good to see so many of them making such valuable contributions.
Next week the game with Longridge has been cancelled. I am currently trying to organize an alternative.
Mr P.

Jules Birdsall, 11/05/2017

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