1stXI lost to Ardvreck
What a damp squib to end what has been a marvellous summer of cricket for this group of boys, a team made up of no individual stars, but a team in the real sense of the word with everyone working hard, looking to contribute and always looking to stand up and be counted. Apart from today, that is!
Rain was in the air and the Cargilfield innings took place under constant drizzle before it relented when we bowled. Our batting today, for the first time in a long, long time, was poor. Really poor. Shot selection left something to be desired, we did not look to penetrate the gaps in the field, and apart from the Charlie, the skipper, who was needlessly run out when going very well with 35 to his name, no one showed the graft needed to take advantage of what was some mediocre bowling. There was nothing to worry our batsmen, but today, on the final game of the season, too many of us batted like cavaliers and were not prepared to be patient and cash in on the loose bowling. We gave our wickets away and limped to 99 all out in the 21st over (of 25) which meant we committed the heinous crime of not batting out our overs.
Very disappointing indeed.
In reply, we bowled very tightly and right up until the 21st over, we were in the game as they needed over 5 an over. However, they had wickets in hand, and so were able to take risks and with a few lusty blows the game finished.
A real damp squib and not the ending that this group of boys deserved. Hard to fathom really as Ardvreck had won very few games this season but fully deserved to beat us, however, so well played to them.
If you take this performance away (and it is hard to do so in the immediate aftermath!) it has been a splendid season with no games lost to the weather which is quite remarkable I must say; but what has impressed me most of all has been the commitment to improve, the character of the side to battle back from tough situations, and the ability to work as a team. Performance is what matters, not the result: I always say this and today it rings equally true. The fact we lost is irrelevant; the key thing is that we did not perform. End of term blues, perhaps, but I shall take many memories from this season and look back with great pride at all we have achieved.
To those leaving, I look forward to seeing how your cricket progresses, but you have very solid foundations technically to take your games forward; many thanks for all that you have contributed to the 1stXI’s terrific success over the past two years. To those returning, which is half the side, next year looks to be equally as promising.
Winter nets start again on Thursday 3rd September, which is in just 10 weeks’ time. See you then! I can’t wait as 2016 looks like it will, once again, be a terrific season of cricket.