Charlie won the toss and elected to bat. It was a bit of a slow start but we managed to get 87 and considering we only scored 2 boundaries, there were some good, quick singles scored by Freddie and Joshua who were the only two players to score over 10 runs but Steven did get 9 from 15 deliveries. St Mary’s fielding was superb and included an excellent diving catch at mid-off to dismiss William C. Otherwise I was a bit disappointed with the total as we lost a couple of cheap wickets to some straight deliveries.
After tea, St Mary’s quickly got into their stride by making over 4 runs per over in the opening 7 overs. However, their progress tailed off a bit and allowed us a little lift when Joshua took the first wicket with his opening delivery. He then got a second as he bowled a wicket maiden but St Mary’s always had the edge as their run rate required stayed below 5 an over.
However, the Cargilfield boys kept believing there was a chance even though the visitors needed 7 runs from the last 4 overs. William H came back in for his second spell and bowled unbeliveably well with a wicket maiden in over 17 thanks to a great high catch by Freddie. Freddie then bowled over 18 and they scored just 3 from it. In over 19, William took another wicket maiden with this time Maclean taking the catch which meant that St Mary’s required just 4 runs to win in the final over They got 1 with the first ball, piling the pressure on Freddie. He didn’t let his team down though and took a wicket with his second ball and just let one run go with the final ball of the game.
From what looked like an unlikely victory early on in the St Mary’s innings, we managed to keep the game on a knife-edge in the final over and win. It was very exciting indeed. Well played, boys; you showed the importance of focus during every ball and never to give up. Otis kept very well behind the stumps and Will H’s bowling was terrific; however, Man of the match was Freddie for his sensible batting but also his work in the field and keeping calm with the ball at the death.