U11A Cricket v Belhaven Hill School 

The St. Mary's Undies enjoyed a thriller of a game up in dreich East Lothian as the home side crawled across the finishing line on the final bowl of a 4o over humdinger.

Belhaven won the toss and opted to give the Undies a chance to bat. After a very shaky start where we were clinging on at 10-3, we managed to start to build an innings with Henry and John swatting the ball around with no little skill. The former was caught and bowled having posted 20 runs and the latter was very unlucky to edge the ball onto his stumps but some of the middle order batsmen added to a decent score of exactly 100 runs at tea.

Match tea was, as ever, excellent and we returned to the field confident that we could defend a relatively low total. Ewan was the first to strike with an excellent pearler skittling one of the openers before Josh put up a catch that was ably snaffled by Lochie at silly mid-off. Isaac B put up a second carbon-copy catch for Lochie and things were looking rosy. However, the home side ran very well for singles and, despite our best efforts, the score kept creeping up. After 10 overs, Belhaven were already on 60 runs and the Undies were staring down the barrel.

An excellent catch by Isaac off John followed by a great delivery from Ollie galvanised the visitors and they settled down to really turn the screw in the last few overs. Smart stops by Nick, Fergus and Blair really kept them in this thrilling contest.

It was left to Captain John to bowl the last over with Belhaven needing 5 to win. They then needed 1 to win off the last ball. The delivery was good but the ball just trickled away from the fielder. However, the batsmen collided mid-wicket and while one crawled over at the strike end, the second was left floundering. Somehow, and to his immense credit, he gathered himself and scrambled, sobbing, to safety.

What an amazing game!

It is the nature of sport that you do not get to choose the outcome when you take the field. This group of boys have seen plenty of good fortune over the years. They will learn a huge amount more about themselves from a narrow defeat than from a narrow win.

I am immensely proud of the way that they conducted themselves during and after this superb contest. They were exemplary.

St. Mary's School U11A 100 - 101 Belhaven Hill School  

Tom Rawson, 02/06/2019

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