Won by 127 runs.
Following what was a very warm Easter weekend, it was back to the usual chilly spring cricket season in Perth this afternoon. Our 2nd XI captain for this season, William, lost the toss but we were put in to bat which was what he would have chosen if he won! William alongside his vice-captain, Edward opened the batting and began by defending some good deliveries. Unfortunately, Edward fell early to a straight ball before managing to get off the mark but William carried on scoring 7 from 33 before he was retired to allow another batsman in. Fergus had also gone cheaply, trying to pull a shot that went on to clip the off-stump but Edo added a bit of dynamism to the crease with some well-placed shots as well as getting a few extra bye runs from their wide deliveries.
When William was retired, Ned came in and quickly asserted himself. His strength proved useful as he began smacking the ball around and reached 43 from 33 balls. Unfortunately, I told him he required 7 more runs to get his half-century and sure enough the next ball was straight and Ned missed it when he attempted to whack it and that was him out. A terrific innings nonetheless. Lachie batted very well and was retired on 16 as we looked to make sure everyone got a bat. Ramsay also batted sensibly till the end, making 11. Our final total was 161 which is the highest I can remember a Cargilfield 2nd XI making but we were assisted by the 64 extras although we ran quite a few wides which made this seem worse than it was.
After a delicious tea from our hosts, we were back out in the cold to field. Following a slow start, we made the breakthrough thanks to William’s two wickets in succession; he was unable to get his hat trick though but he started the ball rolling. We rotated the bowling around to ensure everyone got at least one over and that kept everyone involved in the nippy weather. Tom and Joshua were our most economical bowlers with Josh taking 2 wickets. Fergus also took a couple, including the final wicket required to bowl them out for 38, and Edward, Edo and Maclean got one each. Lachie kept behind the stumps incredibly well, taking a catch from William’s first wicket but the moment of the day was Maclean’s superb catch at close range for William’s third – his reaction to the ball passing his left shoulder was outstanding!
Overall it was a terrific start to the season. Well done to all but especially Ned for his knock and William who led the team well and was our highest wicket taker. Maclean gets special mention for his bravery in the field.
There are many boys desperate to play cricket and there will be lots of squad rotation in the 2nd XI this season. Our next game on Saturday against Merchiston has a different line-up and will see those Form 7s who have been working hard in the nets over the winter and spring come in. Competition for places is definitely there and will keep everyone on their toes - so everyone needs to keep working hard at training!