In the south Edinburgh sunshine we were put into bat with skipper Jack S and the young Harry St C opening. The run rate was slow as both batsmen struggled to deal with the outstanding bowling attack from the home team. The boys defended the straight ones well, managing a few singles but the pace outside off stump was too quick in the early stages. Jack played a few well-timed shots but was then out LBW and Harry was retired after batting for 9 overs. This allowed others to come in and have a go. Ned and Ollie scored a few but there were a couple of silly run-outs and two more LBWs as we desperately tried to increase our total. Ollie nicked one to the keeper and it was down to Quin to help get a few with Adley. We set a target of 83 to win and perhaps had to rely on a few extras from Watson’s bowling. The boundary was big so we knew it was defendable but would take some top fielding. We were a bit slack unlike our opponents who fielded phenomenally well throughout our innings. An overthrow from the first run set the tone in the field but Fergus bowled incredibly tight in the first few overs and made it difficult for them to get momentum.
Their number 3 batsmen came in and played some terrific shots and looked like he would race to the target. We brought Fergus back in to try to dismiss him and he didn’t disappoint. When the batsman cut one of Fergus’ deliveries to point, Ollie was there to make a fantastic catch. That really swung the momentum our way and more wickets fell thanks to Mungo, Alexander, Harry and Ned, and another terrific catch from Ollie. They needed 11 off the last over and Ollie bowled nicely to only allow them 2 runs giving us a 9 run win. Both teams played some super cricket today and Watson’s were unlucky but should be incredibly proud of the high standards they set in the field. They have not had many matches due to poor weekend weather and having probably played more cricket matches this term, it possibly gave us the edge. Well done to the boys but especially Fergus who took 4 wickets for 19 runs in just 4 overs.