Leavers' Beach Cricket in Elie

Leavers' Beach Cricket in Elie

Great fun at The Ship Inn!

We were invited to play at the St Leonard’s Beach Cricket Tournament hosted by The Ship Inn in Elie. Famously, The Ship Inn cricket team play a number of matches on the beach in front of the pub over the summer and the boys were very excited about playing a different format of the game. We had 13 leavers who all got some game time in each of the two matches. In the first match, Findlay performed well with the bat, hitting 28 not out before being retired. Freddie A also stuck around to help the score reach 82/3. We managed to restrict Craigclowan to just 44 runs after some superb bowling from Marcus and Leo in particular but it was great to have 10 different bowlers having a go.

In the second match, we posted a total of 72 with Findlay again being the top scorer but partnered well by Marcus. Had they both not been retired, it might have been a different story in terms of result but we were comfortable for a while as Loretto tried to chase down the total.

We had a few moments of careless fielding with some over-throws. Leo took 3 wickets in 5 balls to make it really tough for Loretto but a terrific effort from one of their batsman who made 33 in total meant the scores were tied with 2 balls to go and the next one went for 4 to give Loretto their second win of the tournament and become the overall winners. Well done to Findlay for getting player of the tournament for his batting and great work behind the stumps. The main idea of the day was for the children to have a lot of fun and experience something new. A lovely way to spend one of the last days as a Prep school pupil and I am sure they won’t forget today in a hurry. Thank you to The Ship Inn owners, Rachel and Graham Bucknall and to two of their Cargundian children, Tiffany and Lachie for hosting us so well and preparing the cricket wickets.

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