U13 Glenalmond Cricket Sixes Competition

Sunday 14th May
Venue: Glenalmond College

U13 cricket 6s

The squad: Harris, Lachlan, Hamish M, Will S, Tommy, Otto & Liam B
This time last year we returned triumphant from the Glenalmond 6s, certainly for the first time in my years at St. Mary’s. So this year we ventured north full of hope to try to emulate last year’s successful six. We had been drawn with Kinross CC, Craigclowan and Loretto in our Pool and quite simply, the winner of the Pool would progress through to the final. In 6s cricket, you play a 5 over innings, with five bowlers taking one over each. Our first game was against Craigclowan.
St. Mary’s v Craigclowan: St. Mary’s won by 6 wickets
Getting off to a good start in 6s is imperative and losing the toss and fielding first was perhaps not the start we’d ordered but nevertheless, the boys knew what they had to do. Tommy bowled the first over but the opening batsman cottoned on to some short deliveries and hit an impressive 12 from it. Hamish then bowled the second but struggled to find his rhythm and it was fairly expensive! (33 for 0 off 2 overs!) Harris then steadied things with a good over at the end of which Liam took a fantastic catch at deep point to dismiss their main man. He then bowled an excellent over, with only 4 being hit from it. That left Otto the responsibility of bowling the final over, which he shouldered admirably and we took 4 wickets in his over, 2 run outs and two catches from Will behind the stumps. So a shaky start but an excellent end, leaving the boys needing 40 to win.
In short, Hamish and Harris set about the Craigclowan bowling with a calm maturity and levelheadedness. They reached their target half way through the third over, with Harris scoring the majority of the runs (28 not out) but Hamish supporting him admirably and guiding us home to a comfortable win. A good start!
St. Mary’s v Kinross Cricket Club: St. Mary’s won by 14 runs
In our second game of the day, I swapped the batting order around in order to give other boys a chance at the crease, so Will and Tommy opened. The two of them got off to a great start, exactly the start we needed. Will was caught in the third over but not before scoring an impressive 27 and Tommy (12 not out) went on to retire to allow Liam and Otto to the crease. Both Liam and Otto also played some good shots and kept the score ticking along well. In the last over Otto was caught but between them, the boys had managed a respectable 58 for 2.
A short boundary on both the leg and the off side meat that 59 was quite achievable, so fielding was going to have to be tight. And it was! Although we didn’t take any wickets in the first three overs, the Kinross batsmen struggled to find the gaps, so had to start running singles when perhaps they weren’t there. Subsequently, the boys had 2 run outs in the forth over and by the final over Kinross had too much to make up. Liam took a wicket off the final ball, another catch for Will, leaving Kinross on 44 for 3 from their 5 overs.
So, having played 2 and won 2, a win against Loretto would guarantee our place in the final. A loss and Loretto would take the honours.
St. Mary’s v Loretto: St. Mary’s won by 30 runs
Harris won the toss and elected to bat first. He and Hamish opened and again batted very well indeed. Their running between the wickets was exciting and it wasn’t until the final over when they ran a bye that perhaps wasn’t there for the taking, that we lost our first and only wicket; Harris (29) run out, courtesy of a direct hit. Will can in and assisted Hamish (25 not out) in accumulating a daunting total of 65.
The boys fielded very well indeed. Tommy opened the bowling again and we took 3 wickets in his over, 2 bowled and 1 run out. We kept up the pressure and although one of the Loretto batsman got his eye in and was batting well, overs from Otto, Liam, Hamish and Harris were too good for them and they ended up 30 runs shy of their target for the loss of 4 wickets.
So, this all meant that we had indeed reached the final, where we met the winners of the other Pool, Belhaven.
Final: St. Mary’s v Belhaven: Belhaven won
This was a great game which nearly went down to the wire. Harris and his team were put into bat first, so he and Hamish went to get the innings underway. As expected the bowling was tight and scoring opportunities were sparse. That said, Harris and Hamish moved their feet brilliantly to manufacture scoring opportunities and hit some lovely shots. Ironically both boys fell to a similar shot, a ball that rose slightly and was upon them before they were really in position and subsequently top edged straight to the safe hands of the Belhaven keeper. Lachlan came on and played some glorious shots and scored a much needed 14 not out. Will was unlucky to loft a ball back to the bowler and was caught and then Tommy (6 not out) came in and hit a few more vital runs. So, after our 5 overs, we had set Belhaven a target of 46 for victory, for the loss of three wickets.
In reply, Tommy’s over started well but an expensive no ball which was hit for 4, got the Belhaven innings off to a good start. Lachlan and Harris both bowled quite tight overs, as did Hamish, but it wasn’t quite enough. Belhaven hit the winning run in the final over to secure a thoroughly deserved win.
On reflection, I could not have asked any more of the boys or have been more proud of them. They played some fantastic cricket and made Belhaven work hard in the final! Liam picked up the best catch of the day for his catch in the first match and Hamish picked up the best shot of the day, a fabulous on drive in the game against Loretto.
Thank you to Glenalmond for hosting the competition and to all the travelling St. Mary’s supporters. Well done boys, a great day’s work!
Mr P.

Jules Birdsall, 15/05/2017

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