U13’s Runners up at the Glenalmond 6s
On what was a glorious summer’s day up in Perthshire, the U13s managed to reach the Final of the annual 6-a-side tournament and although ultimately there was disappointment as we lost to Belhaven on the very last ball of the match, it was a very positive day and I was delighted with the way in which every member of the side stood up to be counted and showed a great deal of cricketing nous both with the bat and the ball.
We comfortably beat Kinross CC and St Mary’s Melrose, scoring over 65 in both matches in just 5 overs, but we knew the real test would come in the Final against our old friends and rivals, Belhaven. The 1stXV, perhaps surprisingly, beat them at rugby by 50 points back in October, which showed the quality and potential of that side, but then narrowly lost out in the final of the Strathallan Hockey 6s and also in a play off game down at the IAPS Hockey Finals at Millfield…..a fierce rivalry against two good teams had another chapter to be written today!
Batting first, we scored 51-0 in our 5 overs, with Harry A and Harry D batting superbly against a fine bowling attack; they punished anything just off line and ran well between the wickets too. A very confident display indeed, and we just batted sensibly, taking no risks. With so many wickets in hand, could we have gone a bit harder at the bowling and taken a few more risks? A little churlish perhaps, as scoring over 10 an over, despite the small boundaries, was certainly a stiff target given the strength of our bowling.
Unfortunately, their go to player took Harry’s leg spin on in the opening over and after conceding 17 runs off the first 6 balls, we were now up against it; however, we bowled well and after an excellent penultimate over from Edward, it left Belhaven needing to score 7 runs off the final over bowled by VJ. Dot, Dot, Dot…now 7 off 3…..then a single, so 6 off 2, definitely in with a chance. Then the ball sailed over the boundary for a 6 and the game was lost. Well played to the Belhaven boys on a excellent run chase, under pressure, and they were deserved winners.
Understandably, the boys were disappointed to ultimately come up short, but I was delighted with the resilience and positive cricket we displayed; we never gave up, we kept fighting and put ourselves back in the game when we could have crumbled and heads could have gone down. It says a lot about this group of cricketers, and we have a chance to bounce back immediately with a game against Fettes on Wednesday, before we welcome Belhaven on Saturday afternoon for what is sure to be a rather tasty encounter!
A terrific day of cricket once again.