Cargilfield 128-2 (20 overs)
H Armstrong 50no
Craigclowan 37 all out
After such a warm Easter weekend, typically the weather turned as soon as term started and our first game of the season saw temperatures plunge and we had to cope with numb fingers, cold feet and an icy cold wind coming in from the shores of Loch Leven as we played Craigclowan at Kinross CC just one day in to term. With 22 indoor sessions behind us since the start of the year, we were full of confidence however, and competition for places is strong, which should push everyone to perform at their best with a number of the boys desperate to force their way in to the side over the next week or two.
Now that I have started to defrost, I have reflected on a very positive first outing and we can take a lot from the game despite the comprehensive and rather one sided result. In a twenty over game, we batted first and Harry and Edward opened the innings and batted very well, with Edward growing in confidence and Harry pushing the ball in to the gaps and punishing anything short and wide. He reached 50 in ten overs and then retired but it was a fine early season knock which bodes well. Harry Dodds timed the ball well before smashing it in the air to backward point where he was well caught but Freddie and Todd showed great maturity in the final 8 overs, running hard and pushing us up to an excellent score for the loss of just two wickets. The game was already won with an imposing 128 for 2.
In reply, VJ and William bowled superbly in their three over spells; they hit very good areas, were very hard to score off and would have troubled the very best batsmen on the circuit. It showed just how hard they have worked over the winter months, but they are going to be a very potent duo as the season progresses. Max and Jack got rid of some nerves and showed great potential stepping up from the under 11s, as did Edward and also Freddie bowling at the death; few extras were conceded and the fielding was pretty good considering the horribly cold conditions. Nearly everyone got involved though and there will be opportunities for those who didn’t on Saturday when we face Merchiston at home. They were 37 all out in the final over.
One final mention: Todd was superb behind the stumps; he took three catches and was vocal in his encouragement of the fielders. A terrific performance to keep everyone on their toes.
So a convincing and one sided win to get us up and running. Sterner challenges lie ahead but we have the potential to be a very useful side indeed and I am looking forward to the next few matches as well as hoping for some warmer weather! Well played, boys. Lots to be pleased with.
Right, I think my fingers have defrosted, at last!