Boys' Cricket: U11B Season's Report 2021
Belhaven Under 11B Cricket Report Summer 2021
Played 4 Won 3 Lost 1
Team from: H. Barlow, A. Andrews, T. Hiram, B. Ainslie, H. Crombie, R. Curry, I. Eardley, A. Robson, A. Smyly, W. Struthers, O. Tobin, A. Gray-Cheape, C. Jameson, W. Janson, A. Trotter
With our first fixture of the year being rained off against Merchiston, our first match was away at Ardvreck. We took on their under 13C side, a tough match against some older opposition. With this being the boys' first match since last summer, and for a few of the boys their first ever cricket match, this was a very exciting fixture. Ardvreck won the toss and elected to bat first, they got off to a flyer with many boundaries being hit in their innings. The Belhaven team worked hard in the field with the pick of the bowlers being Eck Trotter with some very tight bowling. Ardvreck made a total of 91 runs in their innings. Belhaven knew it was a big total and they needed to score quickly. Some good batting all round and some particularly good shots from Wilfred and Tommy. Belhaven unfortunately only made a total of 66 runs in their 10 overs. The key to this loss was losing 5 wickets, which ultimately meant losing a total of 25 runs off our total!
After the teams had shaken hands, there was still some time for some more cricket and the two teams played a 4 over friendly 'smash', a fun and great way to end the day. The boys were really impressive and were not fazed by the much older opposition.
Our next match was against Strathallan U11B. We drove to the match in pouring rain but we arrived to sunshine; the rain had passed and we were ready for some cricket!
Strathallan won the toss and decided to field first. Strathallan bowled very tightly and in the early stage of our innings Belhaven struggled with keeping the run rate up, but at the half way stage we were batting steadily and the total was 50. Some really good sensible batting all round from the likes of Tommy, Rafe, Harry C and Archie. Enter Sam Jack in the 15th over, who took it upon himself to up the run rate and smashed two 6s and four 4s. Belhaven set a total of 120. Strathallan struggled to get going and found it difficult to chase our total. Everyone bowled brilliantly with very few wides being bowled. The highlight of the bowling was William Struthers in the last over of the day bowling a double wicket maiden! A great win for Belhaven in their second game of the season.
Our first home match was against Merchiston and many thanks to Mr. Curry for stepping in to umpire, as Angus was away with the 1st XI. Merchiston won the toss and elected to bat first. Again Belhaven bowled tightly and Merchiston struggled with the run rate again, Belhaven also managed to create two run outs in the innings one coming from Tom Watson and the other from Eck. The best ball of the day by Ivan Eardley cleaning up a top order Merchiston batsmen. Merchiston ended up on 67 at the end of their innings. In response Belhaven in the early stages struggled with defending their wickets, but as the game went on our batters grew more and more confident, with the pick of the pairs being Tom and Rafe scoring 43 runs off their 4 overs. Belhaven ending their innings on 114-4. A fabulous performance from the boys in a match that was played in really good spirit.
Our final match of the season was against St Mary’s U11B. St Mary’s won the toss and chose to bat first. They batted well scoring at a good rate with some good bowling Tom Watson taking 2 wickets in his first 2 balls of his spell. Belhaven fielded well and bowled very tightly and cut the run rate right down. St Mary’s made a total of 90 runs after their innings. Belhaven started off the innings slowly, but the runs picked up in the middle, courtesy of Wilfred and William. So we get to the last over with a tense finish: we are 3 runs ahead with 3 balls remaining, Charlie Jameson stood strong and defended the first 2 balls and very calmly let the last ball of the match go over his leg stump missing the wickets by a matter of millimetres.
A really fun season which had everything in it. I would just like to say a massive well done to all the boys for putting in all the effort they have done this term. I have never met a group of boys as enthusiastic to play cricket all the time; any free time they have they are playing cricket. A massive thank you to Alex Wilson, our groundsman, for preparing the pitches every week, thank you to the matrons and the laundry ladies for preparing all the match kit and washing it in time for every fixture. From Angus, it has been a pleasure taking my first team for a full season and seeing the progression in the boy’s cricket, I am thoroughly looking forward to next year and I hope the boys are too! Hopefully next year we can have spectators to show off how good the boys are, have a great summer and I hope that they can carry on playing and watching cricket throughout the holidays!