1st XI v Merchiston

 Wednesday 25th April 2018

Merchiston won by 5 runs

The wipers couldn’t quite clear the rain fast enough from the windscreen as we headed to Edinburgh for the first game of the new season. However, the sun did it’s best to warm our backs as we took to the field. Will S (our captain) lost the toss and Merchiston elected to bat first.
Playing a 20 over game, accurate bowling and tight fielding were essential in order to restrain the Merchiston top order. The bowling was good. Will and Mac opened the bowling for the team and bowled a good line and length. Also in the bowling attack were Jamie, Tommy, Alex, Jake and Ollie, with the pick of them being Will and Tommy. Some great fielding kept the Merchiston batsmen working hard to find gaps and had some catches stuck, their run rate would have been considerably different. As it was, they managed to get to 92 after their 20 overs.

In reply, William M and Mac opened the batting and got off to a steady start. The Merchiston bowlers were good and presented very few scoring opportunities. However, William (5) played some lovely shots and would have scored more had it not been for some excellent fielding. Mac (1) was caught behind to a superb delivery and their dismissals brought Will S and Ollie to the crease. The boys batted very sensibly and between them, got the team in contention. Will (21) hit some superb shots but was caught straying from his crease and Ollie (19) feel foul of the same infringement but not before hitting a couple of lovely boundaries. Tommy (4) was looking in good form but was bowled by a cracking delivery, as was Alex, who didn’t trouble the scorers! All that left Jake and Thomas holding the fort as the 20 overs neared their conclusion. The boys needed 14 from the last 12 balls and had it not been for a brilliant penultimate over from the Merchiston opener, they might have got even closer. As it was, Thomas needed 6 from the last ball and scored a single. Matt and Fergus were itching to get their chance at the crease; next time boys!
So, this was a fantastic game for the first of the season. An extremely close encounter which might have gone either way. Perhaps a slighter tighter performance in the field might have made a difference but there’s plenty to work on in time for our game next Wednesday against Cagilfield, at St. Mary’s at 2.15pm.
Mr P.

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