1stXI beat St Mary’s, Melrose by 110 runs
St Mary’s 48 all out
This was another excellent team performance this afternoon and shows what a tight knit group of boys this team has become. Saturday’s one sided win over Merchiston was valuable in many respects in that the whole team got to bat, we did not rely on any stars to score all the runs and the importance of everyone contributing was there for all to see. Putting those foundations in to the team so early on in the season was important and the confidence of the players is beginning to flow which allows them to express themselves and believe in their abilities and to know their role within the team.
We batted first today and after losing Max early on, Harry and Todd put on over 50 runs batting very sensibly indeed; they ran really well between the wickets and were quick to latch on anything short or wide. It was an excellent partnership as the bowling was pretty accurate and the slow pitch made forcing shots in front of the wicket difficult, and this is what proved their undoing when one shot low and bowled Harry and another popped and Todd was caught tamely at cover.
It is hard work building an innings, playing each ball on its merit and these two showed what batting is all about, showing patience, skill and great maturity – well done, boys. We continued scoring at a healthy rate, with Jack S, Freddie and Seb (on debut) scoring useful middle order runs, and it was left to Will to get us over 150 by the end of our 25 overs with some terrific blows at the end. A very encouraging display overall, playing on a difficult wicket but everyone looked to dig in and play properly which was pleasing to see. As the wickets get drier and faster later in the season, batting will get easier, but we performed impressively as a unit today especially as St Mary’s bowled pretty tidily overall.
Our opening bowlers of Vinjero and Harry ripped the Merchiston batting order apart on Saturday, but the beauty of team sport is that others stand up to be counted and although VJ took the first wicket after an outstanding one handed catch by Harry D in the covers, the rest of the wickets were taken by the change bowlers – another sign of the strength in depth of the team which is so important as we look to develop players’ skills and get them performing out in the middle which is so very different to bowling in the nets!
Max took a fantastic hatrick which capped an excellent spell of 3 overs, and Will also took three wickets including an outstanding caught and bowled; add in a couple of excellent run outs and some really tight fielding which made run scoring almost impossible for our visitors, then it really was a very impressive display all round in the field. We bowled them out in the 19th over for 48 which meant a convincing and well deserved win.
A top performance this afternoon and I sense a real momentum building within the group. We have Loretto at home next Wednesday, but before that there is the 15/15 festival down at Sedbergh on Sunday which will allow us to get everyone involved and get lots of cricket in so early on in the term which will be great. I enjoyed this afternoon though – some very good cricket played indeed.