U11A v Mowden Hall 

On Wednesday afternoon the Undies welcomed Mowden Hall to St. Mary’s. Mr Bell had prepared an immaculate wicket and the ground was a lot firmer than our opening game against Merchiston. It was not raining!
Mowden won the toss and elected to bat. Opening bowlers Mitchell and Josh soon had them in all sorts of bother. However, it was Ted who recorded the first run-out with a superb field and throw into wicky Archie J. Two balls later, Mitchell skittled the other opener. Josh bowled a third batsman with his first legal delivery before Mitchell put up two catches in his second over. Both were expertly snaffled with one taken high over George’s shoulder at silly mid on.
With Mowden on 11-5 the coach decided to shuffle the bowlers to let the visitors back in to the game. It proved to be a near-disastrous decision as the Mowden #5 started the spray the loose balls around the ground. When a batsman has his eye in there is very little that one can do rather than field the ball efficiently when it comes your way. We failed to do so and a number of boundaries passed under or through the hands of some lax fielders.
Our poor fielding should not detract from a super batting effort from the Mowden #5 who went on to score 55 runs as he was joined by a succession of batsmen before being bowled by John Im. George, Stewart, Henry, Ed and Ted all had a whirl and John T and Oliver made some exactly stops in the field.
However, Mowden still crept to 108 all out.
This sort of target is seldom chased down in 20 overs and it would need some stoic resolve from the home side to do so. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times in 10 seasons of U11A cricket that I have seen a target over the ton successfully bettered. However, nobody had told the Undies this stat and they set about racking up a score.
Stewart scored quickly but Mitchell was unlucky to be skittled just as he was settling down. George proved to be a doughty batsman at #3 and looked comfortable reaching 21 before he chopped a ball down onto his stumps.
There was no middle order collapse, however, and the score steadily crept to 89 – 4 as Ed and then John Im went just as they looked settled to dominate the visiting bowlers.
Archie J really dug in. He got his feet under the table and held up his end to steer the ship home with a succession of batsmen including Ted, Josh and Henry. The latter scored a cracking top edge 4 as he slashed at a rising ball in the second last over. With three balls to play he was castled leaving the match tied with two remaining.
John T entered the fray and, with the indomitable Archie backing up as far as he could, he was instructed to swing and run regardless of whether he made contact. The ball missed off stump by a whisker and sailed on to the keeper with Archie steaming down the wicket after it. Archie dived to slide his bat over just as the Mowden keeper’s throw connected with the stumps. It looked close but, such was the extent of Archie’s backing up, he was home and hosed by a good three feet. John T scampered home at the far end and the match was won.
What a game!
Final score St. Mary’s U11A beat Mowden Hall (108 all out) by one wicket


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