In their final cricket match of the season, the Under 10 boys travelled to Musselburgh for their second paired match of the term against Loretto. Not only was it the last match but it turned out to be the most exciting finish of all the matches this season.
Having won the toss, Captain Alexander opted to bowl first and put Loretto in to bat. The boundaries were short so the boys had to be alert in the field. After a couple of missed catching opportunities in the first couple of overs, the boys kept the pressure on the batsman and soon effected a runout through a marvellous direct hit of the stumps by Oliver. A few overs later he repeated the feat from the opposite side of the wicket. Cameron also produced a great shy at the stumps to run out another batsman in the next pair. Attentive work on the boundary restricted the opposition to 67 runs by the end of their 15-over innings.
After the tea break Cameron and William opened the batting and scored a strong 25 runs in their quota of overs - a combination of good running and a couple of boundaries. Will and Harry came in next and after losing a couple of wickets through running mix-ups managed to stay out of the red in the score book.* The next two pairs, comprised of Alexander and Charlie, and Oliver and Maximillan gave steady performances, losing just the one wicket between them through a fantastic diving catch in the infield.
This left the final pairing of Thomas and Hayden needing to score 15 runs off three overs. A couple of boundaries and some frenzied running got them six ahead of the score with two balls remaining but a runout on the penultimate ball saw the score pegged back by 5 runs meaning the match came down to the last ball: if Loretto took a wicket they would win! The game was now in Cargilfield’s hands...
Thomas faced the final delivery and coolly blocked the ball into a gap and the boys ran another run, albeit unnecessary, to win the match.
Well done to all the boys for a marvellous effort in the field but a particular mention for Thomas and Hayden, who, although in their very first cricket season, produced the well-judged finish that was required to seal the victory.
*NB. In pairs cricket 5 runs are taken off for each wicket conceded but the batsman stays at the crease until his allotted overs are completed.