U13B Cricket v Belhaven

31st May 2017

Another gloriously sunny day on Wednesday meant that the cricket season would again continue uninterrupted and this week the boys found themselves on the road to Belhaven.

Captain Thomas M won the toss and elected to bat. Indeed he opened with William Mac and the pair made a solid start. They kept out the initial fast and furious overs and squeezed out some ones and twos. Then, with 11 on the board, Thomas was out LBW for 3 trapped in front from a delivery that stayed low. Unlucky after some balls had in fact risen sharply off the pitch. Matt B now entered the fray with a determination not to suffer the same fate as the week before! After surviving an early scare he hung around and was on 5 when he top edged a ball straight up into the air and into the gloves of gleeful Belhaven wicketkeeper. However he and William had taken the score onto 32.

Up stepped Wilfie B and he immediately looked to take on the home bowlers. Meanwhile William was making steady progress, and by now he had his eye in and he too was trying to push on. Then, off a no ball, William pushed it to mid- off and the boys set off. Unfortunately off a direct hit William was run out. But he had made a good 15, and was in fact to end up top scorer on the St. Marys side.

Ollie C now came to the crease, and after an unsure start he got himself settled in. He pushed and prodded the ball around well, picking up singles as he went. Wilfie B was then lost to a catch as he looked to push on but not before he made good 14 runs. A guest player from Belhaven was making us up to the full 11, and he made a rapid and welcome 12 before he also was caught. William T faced next and had made a single after a few deliveries, but he was next to experience the accurate and varied home bowling and was given a good Yorker which removed his middle stump.

With 3 overs now remaining it was Dicken B who walked in at no. 8.He made a valuable contribution of 9 not out scoring off 7 of the 11 balls he faced. Together with Ollie, who also remained not out and on 13, the boys did well to get us home to our set target of scoring 3 figures for the first time this season. Also pleasing was using our full 20 overs and not being bowled out as we scored 101 for 6 wickets. We played with a straighter bat this week, didn’t swing across the line as much and adopted a better shot selection which went some way to us achieving our best score of the season. Well done.

The hosts now had their turn to bat and from the off they looked to attack and set about our posted total. 20 runs were scored in 2 overs, and before 5 overs were up the half century for no loss was rattled up. This did put pressure on us in the field as we tried to limit the damage, and as a result we did misfire in the field at times.

The home total moved onto 65 and we then took our first wicket. A quick single was attempted but William T swooped in and made a great one-handed pick up off the floor and tossed it to Ollie at the stumps and he duly swiped off the bales. Ollie C then took the 2nd wicket when he bowled a good line and length that got through the gate and hit leg stump. 72-2. Antony de G then almost took a good catch off his own bowling doing well to get backwards to it but he just couldn’t quite hang on to it.

Though at times we got a little bit of treatment from the home batters, we as a team did bowl our straightest line so far this season ensuring wides were few and far between.  Some good fielding in the deep from Hamish R and Fergus H also aided our bowlers. Our 3rd and final wicket take was also a run out. This time William Mac made a good stop then fired it into William T who then took the bales off. The second run out was indicative of our improved throwing in today.

The home side though went on to make the remaining 20 runs required for victory by the 13th over. Today we were just beaten by a better team who had good depth in both batting and bowling. But we kept trying and indeed took steps forward again in our own performance. Next week, an u12 team will play Ardvreck at Merchiston.

Mr A Rutherford

Jules Birdsall, 06/06/2017

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