1st XI Cricket v Fettes
Wednesday 24th May
Fettes won by 7 runs
Today’s game at Fettes was a cracker! The boys were fortunate enough to play on the Fettes 1st XI square, which was immaculate, the sun shone and the standard of cricket from both teams, was impressive.
Fettes won the toss and elected to bat first. Lachlan and Tommy opened the bowling and the first four overs, although we didn’t claim and wicket, were fairly economical, conceding roughly 5 an over. In Lachlan’s third over, Will took a fantastic diving catch behind the stumps down to his right to dismiss the Fettes number 2 and from that moment on, the Fettes wickets fell on a fairly regular basis. Bowling was tight, as was the fielding, so Fettes struggled to from any partnerships. I was pleased to see that all five of our bowlers were rewarded with good figures. Lachlan, Tommy, Harris, Otto and Hamish all took wickets with Lachlan being the most economical. After 18 overs, we had managed to restrict Fettes to just 80 for 8, so a tight final two overs would hopefully set a very achievable target. Realising their strong position, the boys did their best to keep the runs down, but Fettes managed to score 21 from the final two overs, setting us a target of 102.
Given their relatively low target, Hamish and Will, our openers, set about their job very sensibly. The bowling, as expected, was accurate and scoring opportunities were few and far between. However, Hamish latched onto a rare loose ball and played a lovely cut shot, which was somehow caught, one handed at point. Harris came in at three and he and Will continued to build the innings. Both boys batted very well, finding gaps and running between the wickets superbly. The huge boundary meant 4s were sparse, so the boys had to work hard, running 3s on many occasions. Wickets fell at fairly regular intervals. Tommy and Lachlan also did their best to support Harris but any mistake was ceased upon. Otto, Liam, Ollie, Muaz, Wilfie and Alex also worked hard at the crease and as the overs ticked by, our target gradually came into sight but we were beginning to run out of wickets! After 17 overs we needed 25 to win with one wicket in hand. Harris seemed in charge, knew exactly was he needed to do and Alex was running superbly to keep the innings alive. Two overs to go, we needed 18 to win, then just 9 from the final 6 balls. The boys ran a single, so 8 from 5. Unfortunately off the next delivery, Alex quite rightly looked for a single, quickly reailsed it wasn’t on, so headed back to his crease but didn’t quite make it in time and was run out. So we landed just 7 runs shy.
Other than being a fantastic game, with it being so close, the boys, I hope, learned how important every run can be. Whether through tight fielding and bowling, or running between the wickets. Had our final two overs in the field been a little tighter and had we kept Fettes below 90, then the result would have been entirely different.
The final word however must go to Harris. His unbeaten 66 was impressive but it isn’t his score I’m referring to. His command of the innings, his ability to retain the strike and protect his batting partner and the fact that he carried his entire team, made his efforts worthy of a victory and he came ever so close to achieving one!
Next week we welcome Belhaven to St. Mary’s for a 2pm start.
photograph by Mrs Letts