After weekly indoor net sessions since the start of September, where a lot of hard work was put in by the boys, the 1stXI were keen to get outside and play some cricket. After just two days back at school, we welcomed Craigclowan to our new setting due to the forthcoming AstroTurf development; despite the very wet and harsh winter, the wicket played very well and having won the toss we chose to bat.
Barring on slow, low wickets is a mile away from the hard fast indoor surface the boys have played on all winter, but I was delighted by the application and shot selection on show by all those who batted. We had four scores over 20 and it was super to see contributions from so many of the team; that is the key to winning matches, with everyone playing their part and not reliant on any one individual. It was promising, with Todd and Rory playing really well at the end of the innings after Marcus and Harry batted patiently earlier on. We also ran well between the wickets picking up lots of cheeky singles and this bodes well for the challenges to come. 176 to 6 after our 25 overs was a fine effort this early in the season and hopefully we will convert some of these 20s in to more next time.
In reply, Craigclowan found life tough against excellent accurate bowling from all ten bowlers. We only have away ten extras which was outstanding in the first game of the season and Todd was excellent behind the stumps, encouraging the bowlers and giving away very few byes. Rory took 4 wickets, we had a Superman catch taken by Marcus at full stretch horizontally and everyone contributed which is important at this early stage. Most teams struggle for their fourth or fifth bowler but we have ten who can all bowl straight and with nine of the opposition batsmen out bowled, the old adage of aiming for the top of off stump rang true.
So a win by 91 runs and the season is up and running. We have a very busy weekend coming up with Merchiston on Saturday and then we are hosting the annual 15/15 festival on Sunday with Sedbergh joining ourselves and Merchiston for what should be a terrific day of cricket.
A word for the spectators who braved the arctic conditions today and we are all hoping for warmer weather to come. We hope! A super start and well played, boys!