At last, a cricket match. Over 700 days since the 1stXI last played back in June 2019, and we welcomed Merchiston who came over for a Form 7 pairs cricket match. The weather played ball and the sun shone and it was lovely to hear the sound of leather against will at long last!
We batted first, and everyone bowled two overs and everyone bowled really well showing how hard they had worked in the nets. Charlie, James, Xander and Alexander were probably the pick of the bowlers, but they were backed up with some pretty good fielding although we dropped a few catches and missed one or two runs outs. That said, we took ten wickets which meant they lost 50 runs. Valuing your wicket is so important and Merchiston would come to rue some injudicious shots and running between wickets at the end of the game. They scored 133 runs in their 24 overs, which set us a target of 83 runs to win the game.
Cody and Thomas got us off to a good start with 21 runs in their 4 overs without losing a wicket; Milo and Ewan scored 25 getting out just once; Charlie and Oliver scored 23 getting out once and then Xander and James and James and Charlie batted really well for the final 8 overs. They were up against some accurate and fast Merchiston bowling, and without any fuss or drama, picked off the singles, punished the bad balls and we ended up winning by a comfortable 9 runs.
All in all, a very promising performance and after such a long time without playing a cricket match, I was pleased how we slowly adapted to how to play the game, how to concentrate for long periods in the field and how sensibly we batted, valuing our wicket and being patient. Cricket is a game that tests you mentally, that battle of bat against ball, a determination to occupy the crease and play each ball on its merit….it takes time to get back in to this way of thinking but some important first steps were made today.
Well played, boys. A very encouraging performance.
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