In what was glorious sunshine to start with, disrupted by some heavy rain and at one point hail, our first Saturday fixture of the term was successful. We batted confidently in the middle order with Edo and Ramsay making a number of boundaries after Alexander and Leo fell early on. Edo was unlucky to be dismissed on 25 but Ramsay batted assuredly to his half century before being retired.
Other notable performances with the bat came from Ollie (20 from 21 balls) and Adley (16 from 12) both of whom were retired to make sure everyone got some time at the crease. We posted a terrific total of 168 but Merchiston's bowling was good given they gave away just the 31 extras in 20 overs. The decision to have match tea in the sunshine was a poor one in hindsight as when we returned to begin fielding, the clouds gathered and just as we began to make some momentum by dismissing two of their players early on, the heavens opened and we made a dash for shelter in the trees. When we came back on, the rain had got lighter but there was a very wet ball out there and a few boys without spikes, slipping around. As the ball became difficult to control in the conditions, we took another rain delay only to find once we had all got inside, the rain had stopped and we could go back out just when we thought it would be an abandoned match.
Thank goodness we were able to finish the match as although Merchiston were not going to reach our total, they were doggedly determined to stay at the crease and played some very good blocks. In came Ramsay for his one over of the game and his devastating bowling of 3 wickets in 6 balls took the game by the scruff of the neck and when Edward took their 10th wicket by LBW, it was all over.
We won the match by 87 runs but there will be a stiffer test on Wednesday when we have the second of 3 fixtures against Merchiston and this time, they will have a stronger squad as many were off playing rugby at the weekend. Man of the match had to be Ramsay for his terrific 50* and his 3 wickets for 3 runs.