Our U10B team playing their first competitive cricket fixture for the school headed across town to play Merchiston on a glorious early summer day. Captain for the day, Mack lost the toss and Cargilfield were put into bat on a green wicket.
Mack and Isla opened the batting, but after some positive stroke play were undone by a lack of communication that resulted in a couple of run outs. Nancy and Alexander came out and proved to be a calming influence with Alex the aggressor taking the initiative with some positive stroke play. Nancy was watchful, but accelerated towards the end of the innings pushing the Cargilfield score in the right direction. More good batting followed from George, Valentina, Alexander, Charles, Rafa and Senuka, all of whom played some terrific shots, but the constant stream of wickets was beginning to dent Cargilfield’s progress. A flurry of late order runs got the team up to a respectable 164.
Nancy opened the bowling and in tandem with Charles, kept the opening Merchiston openers scoring under control. After they had seen off the new ball, the Merchiston middle order began to dominate and started to build a partnership that would see it very difficult for Cargilfield to recover. Credit must be given to the bowlers for continuing to apply pressure, Rafa the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-4 from his spell. This was the difference between the teams, Cargilfield lost 45 runs through wickets and this is an area we will continue to work on as a group moving forward. A brilliant day out and the Cargilfield unit will be back and looking to improve on our next outing. Well done!