1st XI Cricket v Fettes 

Wednesday 23rd 2018
Fettes won by 23 runs 

ipcricket18Although bright, a cool breeze drifted across the field at Fettes this afternoon, making it jumper and coat weather for umpiring. Spectators wrapped themselves in blankets too to keep out the cold. With the formalities done, we found ourselves fielding first, our hosts electing to bat.

The two Fettes openers clearly knew what they were doing with a bat and it wasn’t until the 6th over that Tommy bowled their opener, with the score on 35. Mac, Tommy, Will, Jamie, Matt and Alex all tried their arm throughout the afternoon, with some good success. Fettes never really established another partnership, thanks to some accurate bowling and moments of good fielding. All bar one catch stuck, so the Fettes boys had to work hard to keep the score board ticking along. Matt was the pick of our bowlers today, with impressive figures of 3 for 11 from 4 overs. With the score on 85 for 6 with only a handful of overs remaining, we were in a favourable position, but perhaps a loss of concentration in the field allowed the Fettes boys to reach 122 after their 20 overs.

In reply, Mac and William M faced some good bowling but looked steady. In fact both boys played some lovely shots and certainly looked to have gained the upper hand. Mac (4) played around a ball and was bowled, but William M (24) stayed at the crease for the majority of the 20 overs and batted superbly. Will came in at three and supported William and he too played some great shots. He ended up top scorer for the afternoon with 33, before being superbly stumped. Jamie & Tommy both scored 5 but had a difficult task in chasing a total that we were running out of overs to achieve. Neither had time to get their eye in, so had to play shots they might not have done otherwise. Alex & Dicken too had no time to settle and were run out and stumped, William T scored a superb 10 and Ollie scored an unbeaten single, but the boys had left it too late before turning on the gas and we ended up on 99 after the 20 overs, with a few wickets in hand.

Had the extras column not been as busy and had we managed to prevent a couple of unnecessary boundaries, then we could have won today’s game. Frustrating, when it was there for the taking; here’s hoping the boys have learned from this game and come out fighting next week. Next Wednesday, we travel to Belhaven for a 2pm start.

Mr P.

Marnie Harvey, 24/05/2018

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