There was a right royal celebration taking place in the sunshine down in Windsor, but the weather in Dunbar was also perfect for cricket and it was a pleasure to arrive at Belhaven who had the bunting out and were celebrating Harry and Megan’s nuptials with a Great British picnic lunch. But enough of all that…..!
Unfortunately, the skipper had been selected to play for the East U14 hockey side in the inter districts championships over at Glasgow Green, so someone else was going to have to score his runs……it was slightly surprising then that it was Charlie, earning promotion for the 2nds, who top scored with 32no, coming in at number 7 and batting very sensibly indeed showing great patience and application, playing each ball on its merit. Thanks to his efforts, we got up to 97, being bowled out in the 25 over, which was never going to be enough runs. The innings started badly when Freddie was run out not running his bat in, Marcus joined the Primary Club edging his first ball behind which he did not need to play and one or two others did not have their minds properly focused on toughing it out which was disappointing.
It was the first time this season that our batting has not fired, and this can happen at prep school level; however, the bowling, although reasonably sharp, was by no means unplayable, and we should have scored more.
With the ball, we bowled reasonably well, but a couple of chances went down, a couple of very tight run out decisions did not go our way, and one or two boys bowled far too short, allowing the Belhaven openers to swat the ball to the leg side boundary. Bowling on or around off stop and full is critical to taking wickets and slowing down the scoring rate and everyone allowed the batsmen easy scoring opportunities which was disappointing. Disciplined bowling is so important and I felt we did not show the necessary concentration to put six balls on the spot; we are capable of much better. They chased the runs down in the 19th over, giving them a comfortable and well deserved win.
So lots to celebrate down in Windsor, but less so up here in Dunbar. At least the wedding was good!