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U11A v Belhaven Hill 

On Wednesday afternoon the Undies recorded a very satisfying victory over East Lothian outfit Belhaven Hill. The seasiders have been expertly coached for much of the last decade and this fact coupled with fixtures lost to inclement weather has meant that St. Mary's victories have been few and far between.

The weather has certainly been better this season and, on a dry but overcast day, the boys sensed an opportunity to take a prized scalp. We lined up with an experienced team of veterans captained by Mitchell. Form 6 stalwarts George, Stewart, Ted, Geordie, Oliver L and Ed supported wicky Archie J with young tyros Josh, Jimray and Henry eager to prove themselves. 

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Belhaven batted first and were soon in all sorts of bother as the pace attack of Captain Mitchell, Josh, George and Jimray tore into the opening batsmen. However, it was Geordie who recorded the first wicket with a superb direct hit run out from fine leg of the visitors' opener. Captain Mitchell took the #3's wicket as he put up a nice dolly of a catch to Josh at silly mid on. Batsmen 2 and 4 stuck in admirably and the former was really getting into the swing of things on the beautifully prepared surface. We rotated the bowlers to prevent any settling and George stepped up to take two wickets in successive deliveries with a couple of pearlers right down the middle of the track. He was just denied a hat-trick byt the stoic #6 who lasted very well.

Every boy bowled at least an over and all bowled straight and true. The bowling was so tight that most of the last 10 overs went for less than 4 runs each. This restricted Belhaven to a decent, but not excessive 76-8 after their alotted 20 overs.

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90 runs after 20 overs is around par for most pitches at U11 level and we felt confident that we could overhaul the Belhaven total if we kept our wits about us. I was therefore delighted by the way that the St. Mary's boys went about slowly and carefully picking away at the target. Stewart and Captain Mitchell looked to be building a good partnership before the former fell in the third over. Captain Mitchell really steadied the chip to reach 17 and was joined by a couple of partners before he was skittled by a slow looper as he tried to hit out in the 9th over.  George was most unlucky to be adjudged caught behind by the wicky. Ed followed soon after but we knew we had plenty of batting capability further down the order. When John I and Ted were run out and bowled in fairly short order things looked a little precarious but Archie really steadied the ship and the score crept higher.

He was joined by Josh and then by Henry and the score rose slowly. Mr Extras proved to be by far the most prolific scorer adding an unbeaten 21 runs.

The total was eventually overhauled after just 13 overs to send the enthusiastic and loyal home crowd wild. It was also a delight to see Archie punch the air in triumph as he ran his bat in for the winning run.

Result: St. Mary's U11A beat Belhaven Hill U11A by 4 wickets.


Tom Rawson, 07/06/2018

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