St. Marys U13B v. Cargilfield U13 B   

  Wednesday 2nd May
   Our boys were very much looking forward to today’s full 20 overs each match though it did look in doubt with the morning rain.
However Edinburgh proved to have good weather so we enjoyed an uninterrupted afternoon’s play with Cargilfield.

          We lost the toss, and our hosts decided to bat. Our opening bowlers of Hamish R and Ollie E set the scene well as they had the Cargilfield openers pinned down. Only 4 runs were conceded in these initial 2 overs. This was repeated by our next 2 bowlers of William T and Archie M who only conceded 5 runs between them to cement our good start. This helped confidence in the field as our boys made some good stops epitomised by Ollie E who dived at cover to stop a full bloodied drive. Captain William T was also keeping everyone on their toes with his constant encouragement.

           Next up was Antony de G who initially conceded some singles but then produced a peach of a ball to bowl out their no. 1 batter! Our guest u11 player from Cargilfield was next to be given the ball. He obviously didn’t know the script as with his first ball he bowled out the incoming no.3 for a duck! After a couple of wides he settled and then took a further wicket after an excellent catch by William T. Callum A and Owen L bowled next and came under some pressure as Cargilfield looked to hit themselves out of trouble after being on 17 for 3. Our 2nd round of bowling brought back Hamish R and he also found Cargilfield trying to set about the bowling. They added 20 runs before William T ran out the remaining opener just as Cargilfield had got on top. The next 4 overs were bowled tight and brought 2 wickets. Firstly, William T struck after a great catch by Caelan B low down to his left. Archie M followed up by bowling out their no. 5 in the 12th over whilst on 44. However the home lower order now came to the fore and rescued their innings. Though we took a further 2 wickets through William T (ran out ) and Hamish R ( bowled ), we just couldn’t quite finish them off. Unfortunately, a couple of catches had also gone down during this time. But well done to Archie Mac who kept wicket well making some fine stops. Also Dicken B who, on the deep boundary, covered and threw in well. Cargilfield finished on 87-8 ( they scored fc last week ) which we felt we could overhaul with sensible batting.

        The St. Marys reply started well through our openers Archie Mac and Callum A. They were in the main untroubled and took the score onto 24 after 5 overs, well on schedule. However at this point we lost Callum A bowled out for 3. The run rate slightly slowed until we settled again, but unfortunately Archie Mac was lost when he was bowled but had made a very good 15 including 2 boundaries. Ollie E was now at the crease and he made a quick couple of runs. The partnership was 15 when Ollie then became the next to go with the total on 47 after 11 overs. Archie M now stepped in. William T was nicely settled and scoring steadily including priceless boundaries in the soft ground. Then after taking a single, Archie turned for a 2nd which was too tight and he got ran out for 1. But we still had 7 overs in which to score 31.

       A great Dicken B and William T partnership in only 3.2 overs added 24 runs to be only 6 behind with 3.4 overs and 6 wickets remaining. With care, the ask shouldn’t have been too difficult, but cricket is cricket. Firstly Dicken B was lost going for one more big hit to seal the match but was caught, but had scored a quick 9 runs off only 8 balls including 2 boundaries. Caelan B now stepped in to face. Perhaps now trying to be too careful we got a little bogged down, with dot balls starting to mount up. With 2 overs to go we were only 3 runs behind. The field had closed in and we just couldn’t get a shot through it. Then with 8 balls left, William T decided to swing. He played a good shot but had lifted it and was caught! He made 32 and gave a captain’s innings.
        Our guest player came in now and couldn’t score off the last ball of the over. Caelan B then got a single first ball of the final over to put us only 2 behind. Our guest was then bowled. Owen L came in at 9 in a difficult situation for his first match. After 3 dots came the final delivery and Owen hit a single to leave us 1 behind and falling just short! But it was a great effort by St. Marys and a good learning experience. Despite the loss the boys are already looking forward to the next match.

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