With the cancellation of the Glenalmond 6-a-side tournament the previous Sunday, the trip across to the Loretto newfields was greatly anticipated. We piled into the bus with high hopes and expectations of a successful first match and season. However, as if often the case regarding cricket, things do not always go your way.
Meynell lost the toss first up and we were put into bat on what looked like quite a good fast track with a very big out-field. Watson and Stodart opened up the teams run scoring account in good style throughout the first few overs before Watson chipped a wide one to point. Captain Meynell was next to the crease only to be dismissed by a good out swinging delivery on his very first ball! Watson and Stodart tried their best to steady the ship, with Watson hitting some glorious shots down the leg-side.
The Watson-Stodart stand came to an end when Stodart tried to pull a ball on to the leg-side that pitched on off-stump! The batting went down hill from this point with only a few good stands in the middle. Donaldson, Walker munro and Barlow all had good stands with the bat but none managed to score the runs they were capable of.
A slow 20 overs of batting mixed with some good fielding meant that Belhaven ended with a poor score of 52. Although the score was not what we aimed for, we still felt that the game was there to win.
We decided that pace was the way to go, with the big boundaries and over-cast conditions the ball was swinging and hitting 4s and 6s was proving to be a difficult feat. The fielding and bowling was pretty much the opposite of the batting! The boys were throwing themselves around after the ball, and you really felt the game the match could be won.
Watson and meynell bowled well but were not able to make any in-roads to the batting line. On comes Stodart, who bowled great lines with Donaldson at the other end, the pressure resulting in a run out. A fine direct hit from Watson from point. The spirits were lifted and some top draw fielding came out from Bailey, de Klee and Harley who all made diving stops.
Stodart stayed on and took 2 more wickets, with a fine catch at short cover from Barlow and another from Watson. The game looked as if it was ours for the taking if we could just get one wicket. The chance came and was put down. (some fielding work to be done!) With some loose bowling (would have been a lot more if it had not been for the fine wicket keeping from Benson behind the stumps) and a few dropped catches game was gone.
For the first game I felt the boys showed real potential and good spirit even when things were not going their way. We now focus on our next match where we will host craigclowan and look to be back to our best!
Result: match lost by 7 wickets(Author: )
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U11XI V Ardvreck
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1st XI v Loretto (H)
A nail-biting end to a wonderful game of cricket. (Author: William Townshend)
2nd XI v Tillside CC
16 runs for Wills - in his words, “My best ever!” (Author: David Peek)
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Unstoppable U11 unleash Invitational XI on Tillside. (Author: Tom Robertson)
1st XI v The Old Boys
A stunning evening and a six needed off the final delivery... (Author: William Townshend)
1st XI v St Mary's
A good win in the Borders for the 1st XI. (Author: William Townshend)
2nd XI v Merchiston
Amazing scenes at the opening of this match (Author: David Peek)
U11A XI V Fettes
A 3rd win in a row for the U11 A team (Author: Tom Robertson)
1st XI v Craigclowan
A convincing win for the 1st XI. (Author: William Townshend)
U11A XI V Merchiston
An exciting one wicket win for the U11 boys (Author: Tom Robertson)
Belhaven-Merchiston U-11b Cricket
Belhaven win by ten wickets. (Author: Noel Curry)
1st XI v Merchiston Castle
Gloomy weather matched by gloomy spirits at the end of the day. (Author: William Townshend)
2nd XI v Riley House
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U11A XI V Craigclowan
A fantastic first win of the season for the U11A team V craigclowan (Author: Tom Robertson)
1st XI v Riley House
A fine fifty for Angus and five wickets for Ollie. (Author: William Townshend)
2nd XI v Loretto
As it was his birthday, Wills thought it prudent (Author: David Peek)
Belhaven v Merchiston U-10 Cricket
A nice day in the sun was had by all players in an entertaining cricket match at Belhaven. (Author: Noel Curry)
1st XI v Loretto
A superb performance in the field. (Author: William Townshend)
Under 11B v Loretto
Oh, the excitement was palpable amongst the chosen boys (Author: David Peek)
2nd XI v Edinburgh Academy
You would have thought he had taken the catch of the season (Author: David Peek)
2nd XI v Fettes
The BHCC boardroom was silent as Little Coach made his report (Author: David Peek)
1st XI v Edinburgh Academy
Three in a row for Ollie, Kit and the 1st XI. (Author: William Townshend)
1st XI v Fettes
Another fine performance with the bat and another fine win. (Author: William Townshend)
2nd XI v Stewart's Melville
Extras, extras - read all about it. Mr X. Tras top scorer (Author: David Peek)
1st XI v Stewart's Melville
Super start to the season for the 1st XI. (Author: William Townshend)
Cricket Match Reports 2011
Match Reports for the Cricket Season 2011 (Author: )