It was a real pleasure to fill Mr Pike’s shoes for the afternoon and take the Under 11A Cricket team. In the glorious sunshine at Merchiston, we played an 18 over match and having lost the toss, we were put into bat. Unfortunately, we didn’t start well when Edward fell first ball but Glen came in to hit a good 18 from 12 deliveries as he and Jack got the runs flowing. Having made some fierce shots, Glen was unfortunately run out, but Rory played some patient cricket, hitting 20 from 30 balls and when Jack was caught behind, Seb V helped Rory to build a commanding partnership of 50. With 5 overs remaining both boys were retired to allow Max and Ollie B a bat and both scored some good runs including 3 boundaries between them.
In the final two overs, Ollie A and Harry arrived at the crease to give the U10 boys some experience for next year, however, they ended up facing their opening bowlers. This didn’t seem to faze the boys at all and they both did very well keeping their wickets to see out the overs. After a quick tea, Joshua and Max opened the bowling with very economical stats and Max took a terrific caught and bowled by diving forward. Seb L bowled beautifully and offered our wicket keeper, Jack a few stumping chances. Ollie A took the next wicket by hitting the leg stump as the batsman tried a pull shot. Max took another terrific catch and this time in the deep from Ollie B’s bowling and then Glen reacted very quickly to make a great slip catch when Edward got the ball to swing just outside the off stump. In the end, we couldn’t bowl Merchiston out but they came up 59 runs short of our total. A lovely day out in the sunshine and a good win. Everyone bowled really well and the fielding was excellent but especially from Max who was man of the match on this occasion. Well played, boys!