1stXI beat Fettes
The first real day of summer, and what a glorious afternoon we spent playing on the Fettes 1st team square, the best surface we will play on all season. It looked an absolute belter of a track and with a lightening fast outfield, we should have ‘filled our boots’ when we chose to bat first against a pretty average Fettes side if truth be told. We scored 101, all out in the 21st over with over 24 balls left which is unforgivable really. We started off too slowly, not taking the quick singles to get the scoreboard moving, playing too cautiously against very unthreatening bowling; add in a couple of rash shots, and it was left to Harry D and William to play properly and show how easy run scoring was. A pretty disappointing effort if truth be told, and we need to focus a lot more when the bowling is not as strong rather than mentally relaxing which is what I felt we did today.
However, our bowling attack, backed up with some excellent catching and ground fielding, strangled the Fettes batsmen who found it almost impossible to score any runs. Vinjero bowled a very hostile opening spell of 5 overs, taking three wickets including an excellent catch from Todd behind the stumps, and that was that really. Harry D took 4 wickets in a terrific spell by bowling very straight, as he always does, and after an outstanding piece of fielding from Edward with a direct hit to the strikers end from mid off, it was left to the skipper bowling leg spin who took the final wicket with another fine catch by Todd standing up, off a thin edge. All out for 50.
So not the complete performance by an means, but all the hard work in the winter and this term by the bowlers is paying dividends; opposition batsmen find it difficult to score runs, and when this happens, they begin to play rash shots and wickets tumble. Now we just need the batters to knuckle down a bit more, and they have the ideal opportunity on Saturday when we welcome Belhaven for what is sure to be a very good contest!
Well played, in parts!