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Match Reports: Wednesday 15th June against Cargilfield

Match Reports: Wednesday 15th June against Cargilfield

Boys' Cricket: U11A

It was the last game of the season and so far the Under 11a boys were unbeaten. Away to Cargilfield was going to be the toughest match yet. It was perfect cricketing weather, as the boys got straight into a warm-up after arrival.

Cargilfield won the toss and chose to bat. Our opening bowlers, Wilbur and Alfie, started strongly; Alfie taking the first wicket with a smart caught and bowled. The two boys were bowling with some serious pace and Sam, behind the stumps, was dealing with it very well with some fab leg-side takes.

Tommy then bowled two very impressive overs, taking 2 wickets; another good catch for Alfie. Unfortunately, Cargilfield were still pushing the run rate which stood at 6 runs an over. Monty bowled tightly, taking 1 wicket; Rollo came on and got straight into it bowling full and straight to take 2 wickets, both clean bowled. Cargilfield finished on 113-9. A good bowling and fielding effort.

We needed to bat very positively to be able to chase this total. Our opening batsmen Wilbur and Eck went out to bat and face the Cargilfield opening bowlers, who bowled with some serious pace. Sadly Eck was removed early doors by an almost unplayable delivery! Wilbur kept strong, though.

Rollo came out to bat and started slowly. He faced a lot of good balls but unfortunately was removed by yet another good ball. With wickets tumbling around him Wilbur dug in and we found ourselves with 30 after 8 overs. Not the best start when chasing a big total.

However, we kept determined but Wilbur was eventually removed for a well-made 14.

Sam came to the crease and struck two strong boundaries through mid-wicket. Harry arrived and out of nowhere struck his first ball for 6 over long on! Things began looking a bit brighter. Unfortunately for us Cargilfield kept taking wickets and with the run rate rising to 15 for the last 4 overs the task proved too much for us. We eventually lost by 20 runs.

A brilliant game, the best performance by far this season and a match played in really good, competitive spirit. Well done boys, it’s been a pleasure to coach you this season and you should all be very proud of yourselves.

Mr Brown

Girls' Rounders: 1st Team

What a glorious afternoon for our final match of the season, and the last Belhaven match for some of the girls.  Davina led the team today and winning the toss, opted to field first.  Cargilfield, from the first ball, proved to be a strong team.  Hitting the ball straight towards Izzy, it was fielded back quickly towards the pitch.  Fielding remained steady and Victoire made the first catch of the game.  Ottie then followed with some quick reactions at 4th post.  As Cargilfield began to settle into the game, their batting improved.  Eliza made some good decisions at 2nd post and saw two more players out.  By the end of the innings, Cargilfield had scored an impressive 9½ rounders. 
 
As we went in to bat, Victoire led the way with an incredible hit and some very risky running to score the first rounder. Sophie’s sneaky back hand hit didn’t work as she wanted today and went straight towards 1st post. Likewise Ottie’s hit towards 3rd deep was also caught.  Alice scored the next rounder and the team played safe and struggled to score. By the end of the innings Belhaven had a total 3½ rounders. 
 
A change of positions in the field allowed Eliza to support Izzy and Davina in deep field, whilst Alice moved to second post. We managed to limit some scores with quick reactions from Alice at 2nd and a great catch from Victoire. A few panicky moments allowed some further half rounders, and Emilia made some good decisions at backstop, passing the ball to Ottie who was now covering 3rd post.  A further 8½ rounders took Cargilfield to a total of 18. 
 
This was a really tough act to follow but the Belhaven team responded well. Relaxing into their batting action and following through with their hit, they struck every ball they were bowled. Rounders straight away from Eliza, Sophie and Louisa along with halves from Willow and Victoria had already doubled our score in the first 10 ball.   Izzy scored an extremely risky rounder towards the end of the game whilst Emilia, putting pressure on the fielders also scored.  The team had made a great comeback but their 8½ rounders weren’t quite enough. 

Well done girls – a great display of teamwork here, supporting each other throughout the game and making some good decisions. 

Player of the match – Victoire 

Boys' Cricket: U9

Belhaven U9 – 252; Cargilfield U9 – 330 
Cargilfield won by 78 runs

The hottest day of the summer so far saw Belhaven’s Under 9s welcome Cargilfield to the sun-kissed coast. The heavy roller was not needed on such a scorching afternoon, with a rock-hard wicket inviting adventurous stroke-play and lightning-fast bowling. We saw lots of both – frenetic running, inspired fielding and some lusty hitting meant that umpires and spectators were kept entertained (and occasionally threatened) on a high-scoring afternoon.

The progress since the game at Ardvreck was noticeable, with the bowlers all looking to add pace to their delivery stride and the batsmen trying hard to put bat to ball. Cargilfield’s better game awareness told for a considerable amount, and Byes contributed as a significantly higher scorer for them than for us – testament to the slightly erratic Belhaven wicket-keeping and some unbelievably risky Cargilfield single-stealing – and this more aggressive approach to the game made a considerable difference.  We lost a lot of wickets but were rescued at the end by a very promising innings from Geordie.

In the field, Fergus and Tristan gave us hope of an upset with a fantastic opening spell, but Cargilfield’s middle order power hitters took the game away from us as the bowlers continued to bowl well but without that urgency in the field that turns good bowling into a great team performance.

Cargilfield were deservedly victorious, but the main thing is that both sides have some very talented cricketers who will have many wonderful fixtures over the next five years: make sure that you come and watch the game in 2027 – it will be a cracker.

Man of the Match – Geordie Gladstone