Match Reports for Wednesday, 11th May
Reports for matches against Fettes
Girls' 1st Team
Belhaven 233-4 : Fettes 268-4.
Fettes won by 35 runs.
On a beautiful but windy afternoon, we headed out to Winterfield to play Fettes for our final official cricket fixture in this inaugural season of girls’ cricket at Belhaven. We had had a very positive training session on Tuesday evening focusing on increasing momentum through the delivery stride when bowling and confidence was high despite the knowledge that Fettes have now switched to cricket for the whole season. Belhaven lost the toss and were put into bat on the artificial wicket at Winterfield.
The Fettes fielding unit was very well-drilled and their bowlers coped well with a challenging cross-wind. It proved difficult to get the ball away for boundaries due to a slightly optimistic laying out of cones from yours truly, so good decision-making and positive calling were essential if we were to build a good score. As in any form of the game, the loss of wickets is the greatest threat to building a competitive total and so after a difficult start, it was good to see Eliza and Grace adjusting to the situation and running well between the wickets. Victoire and Hester put on our best partnership, adding 14 to the score, and Victoire provided the highlight of the innings with a back foot cover drive for two. Alma and Ishbel got into their groove in the second half of their stay as they confronted some really excellent Fettes bowling in the middle of the innings, and then Olivia and Alice promised much as the final pairing. Alice rotated the strike particularly effectively and played some excellent shots into the off side. An unfortunate mix-up on the last ball of our innings saw a fourth wicket fall, so we ended up 20 runs short of where we could have finished with a modest 233-4.
The first pair from Fettes batted with great intent from the first ball but two early wickets showed that we were definitely still in the game. The bowling was much improved from the first match, but the Fettes batters did a better job than we had done of placing the ball into the gaps in the field and scoring off more deliveries than we had done. Alma (on debut), Grace, Eliza and Victoire bowled particularly well, with Victoire also taking two excellent catches, but in the end we could not take enough wickets to slow their momentum and Fettes finished their innings on 268-4, 35 runs ahead.
One victory and one defeat and a huge amount learnt in these first few weeks of term. We will continue to look for more fixtures and plan to play the boys at the end of term – there is a lot of cricketing talent in this group and, I hope, a growing interest in playing beyond Belhaven.
Player of the Match – Victoire Kerjean
Boys' 2nd Team
The boys’ second game of the season was going to be a tough one with our opponents being Fettes, historically a strong side.
It was a sunny but windy day and we got straight into it. Fettes won the toss and chose to bat first, our first bowler was Henry who with the first ball of the match took a wicket, the batsmen edged the ball into the air straight to Fin who was wicket keeper for the day. Our other opening bowler Campbell also started in his first over too. Henry kept the pressure up taking a wicket in his second over as well. Then a brilliant bit of fielding from Tom with a run out from deep mid-wicket took the wicket tally to 3.
Fettes regathered their innings, building a strong partnership with some brutal batting; plenty of big sixes being hit. Our bowlers struggled in the middle overs to contain the batsmen pushing the score on. One batsmen retired on 70* and another retired on 42*. They had scored quickly and allowed the Fettes' lower order to keep pushing on. Cosmo and Tom both bowling nicely. Fettes finished their innings on 172.
Alex and Fin came out to open the batting for Belhaven; we needed to score quickly if we wanted to have any chance of getting the total. Alex and Fin were facing some good bowlers but kept strong for the first 2 overs with Fin striking a nice 4 through deep backward square. Eventually their bowlers broke through, removing both Alex and Fin. Zac came out to bat in his first ever cricket game. Fettes kept bowling well, removing our middle order in quick succession by taking 4 more wickets. We were falling behind the rate massively. Charlie came in to bat and played really nicely, hitting some powerful boundaries through the leg side. However, Fettes kept taking wickets and eventually bowled us out for 86.
A tough match with lots of positives from our bowling and fielding, though a few things to work on with our batting. Well done boys a good effort!
Boys' 1st Team
It was another sunny day for the 1st XI’s second match of the season, again at home but this time against Fettes, a team we knew would be altogether more of a challenge than last week’s match.
Hugo won the toss again but chose to bowl first on this occasion. We opened with James and Walter and it was soon apparent that we were up against some proper batsmen who were going to play some positive shots. Though James bowled at good pace and pitched the ball up, the batsmen coped well with what he had to offer. Walter bowled some good balls but when he dropped any short, he was punished. And that was pretty much how it continued for 12 overs.
George bowled four good overs for no reward and Hugo bowled a couple of decent ones but it was Duncan who eventually broke an impressive opening partnership when he bowled his boy as he tried a rather audacious dilshan shot. Duncan then picked up two more wickets in his next over (one a good catch by Beetle) and another in his next - an absolute screamer of a catch at silly-mid-off by James. Ted had a go and also took a wicket despite struggling to find his rhythm.
So, wickets did begin to fall fairly regularly but the damage had been done and Fettes were already in a dominant position; they finished their 20 overs with a fairly daunting 171 for 5.
Overall, it was a fair performance in the field. Our bowling was mostly sound, with some very good elements or spells but the batsmen were just too good. As for our fielding, I felt the boys were a bit slow to react to how the batsman were playing - I would like them to be a bit more engaged and proactive. On the positive side, they got better as the innings wore on and that suggests that they are learning.
And so to batting. Hugo and Beetle opened again and once more did a really good job. They saw off the first couple of overs and then began to play a few more shots, scoring 15 off the 5th over. Before Beetle fell in the 9th over, they had constructed a partnership of 49 in 50 balls. Beetle's dismissal brought James to the crease. He faced 3 balls, scoring a few runs before, inexplicably leaving one that hit his leg stump.
That brought Walter to the crease and with the required run-rate heading up beyond 11 an over, there was little opportunity for him to get his eye in. Walter and Hugo dovetailed well and began smashing the ball around a bit, scoring 57 runs off 41 balls but even that wasn’t enough and the run-rate crept inexorably upwards. With the score on the dreaded Nelson -111, Walter and Hugo fell in consecutive balls, both run-out as they tried desperately to get the required 14 an over.
Duncan and George were next in to the cauldron and they too gave it a jolly good go, scoring 20 in a couple of overs. They too eventually fell and that gave Gouthier and Johnny a chance to give it a go. They both did well, running positively and swinging freely but in the end, it was not to be and we finished our 20 overs 29 runs short, on 142 for 6.
For us to have had any chance of winning this game, we needed everyone to play at their absolute best and even then, we probably needed a little bit of luck to go our way. As it was, I felt we were at about 70% in the field. Our batting, however was impressive and I could barely have asked for any more: the boys stepped up to the challenge and batted positively, keeping themselves in the game until the final couple of overs. It was a good, fun game of cricket on a fairly sunny afternoon - what more could we ask for?
Result: Match lost by 29 runs.
MOTM: Hugo - another fine performance with the bat - he’s beginning to show his class.
|Hugo||41r 45b 8f 06||Duncan||4o 0m 20r 4w|
|Walter||32r 24b 6f 0s||Ted||2o 0m 21r 1w|
|George||23r 12b 3f 1s||James||4o 0m 21r 0w|
Boys' U11B Team
U-11b boys close, but implode at the last against Fettes.
Today, Belhaven’s U11b boys came up close but ultimately failed in our attempt to claim a win away at Fettes. Having won the toss, we put the home side in to bat and bowled, on the whole, well. Basil took a nice catch off Will in the second over and in the sixth Ivan got a beautiful caught-and-bowled. In his second over Archie S. celebrated wildly, hilariously over the top so some might say, before calming down almost instantly upon realising where he was, as he clean bowled a poor Fettes batsman. Ivan made a good catch to gift Rafe a well-deserved wicket and in the penultimate over Basil took a nice wicket to reward the best bowling he has shown this season.
Rafe and Monty were the pick of our bowlers but what really cost us was our fielding; two easy missed catches and several fielding errors cost us an estimated 20 runs, which would eventually make the difference. So, Fettes ended on 91 runs – a wholly approachable target as long as we bat positively, yet sensibly, with regard to keeping our wickets.
Fettes b 91 for 4.
The two Archies opened our batting innings very well indeed, providing a knock of 27 for just the loss of Archie S. being caught. The communication and decision-making between the two were excellent. Will and Blake were not far behind, only Will caught once and the pair putting on 20 well thought-out runs. Rafe and Ivan made 16 safe runs from their four overs but needed to be more adventurous in getting their bat on ball to keep the run-rate up. Then the fun started; needing 28 to reach Fettes’ target, Monty and Basil started well but in the last three overs completely lost the plot! Sixes, fours, two run-outs, a hit wicket, a catch, a clean wicket and quick, brave, crazy and finally reckless running between the wickets meant that despite scoring 35, comfortably reaching the required target to win, they actually scored only 10 once mad and hilarious lost wickets were taken into account.
Belhaven b 73 for 6.
So to look for next week: fielding, both to be more stable around the field throughout the opposition innings and to avoid us putting ourselves in a position where we have to push the last few overs to gain runs, inevitably making poor decisions.
Next up: Ardvreck (a.), 18th May.
Man of the Match: All pretty even today.
Result: Fettes U11b win by 18 runs.
Girls' 2nd Team
With Fettes now concentrating more on girls’ cricket we were expecting some good bowling from them and their better accuracy certainly prevented us from getting as many runs as last week. But we managed some good singles from Bee, Louisa, Sophie and Emilia, 4s from Poppy, Carmen, Ottie and Izzy. Flora and Mary were top scorers both with 13 runs which included a lovely hit 6 from Mary.
Our bowling and fielding led to 5 wickets so we did well to keep their runs down. We led by 9 runs after the first innings. We batted well in our second innings to score 44 runs leaving them needing 54 to win. We fielded well but only got 3 wickets and our bowling was too loose, giving them plenty of runs from wides and no-balls, allowing them to win by 2 runs.
It was a very exciting match, played in good spirits by both teams. Having taught at Fettes, though, I must admit to having wanted that win!
Boys' U11A Team
The Under 11 first team travelled to Fettes in good spirits encouraged by the fact they were being led by a cricket specialist coach with Mr Brown staying at Belhaven to take the second team. The Fettes skipper won the toss and elected to bowl first in what were favourable conditions with heavy cloud cover and a hint of breeze to assist the bowlers.
The first pair in Alfie and Harry started solidly getting in behind the ball and choosing the bad ball to hit for some valuable opening runs. Without the loss of any wickets a good platform was laid for later batters to express themselves.
Eck and Tommy came in next and struggled in the face of some accurate bowling. Tommy unfortunately lost his wicket when he played across the line and was bowled but he recovered his composure later in the overs to make up for lost runs. Eck played cautiously and without risk.
Charlie J and Wilfred continued in a similar cautious, yet considered, fashion to ensure the score ticked along nicely without the loss of any more wickets.
Hector and Sam followed and hit the ball powerfully into spaces and on occasion to the long boundary. This was impressive, considering this was a first team pitch with longer boundaries than the boys have been used to in the past.
Rollo immediately got behind the ball and with correct technique. He remained largely untroubled as did Charlie T who played well for his four overs.
Wilbur and Ollie ensured the innings ended with a flourish as the former timed a beautiful glance off his legs for four to the long mid wicket boundary. He was well supported by Ollie who ensured the total finished at a very respectable 105 runs for the loss of one wicket leaving the score at 100.
The second innings was particularly impressive as all bowlers had their moments of bowling with great skill and precision. Wilbur and Hector stood out in particular with a wicket apiece and Sam kept wicket really impressively in difficult conditions. The fielding was sharp throughout as the energy remained high. This was perfectly encapsulated by a one handed dive at mid wicket from Wilbur, who threw himself across the immaculate Fettes’ square in an attempt to stop runs being conceded. If only the cameras had been there to capture this valiant moment that, on closer inspection, actually saw the ball run a good 5 metres from his ‘dive’. A combination of good bowling and impressive fielding kept the Fettes score down to just 65. A convincing victory.
It was a pleasure to coach the boys to their first victory of the season with bits to work on in training, particularly batting and making sure fielding settings are communicated clearly with greater thought.
Well done, Mr Purkiss.
Mixed U9A Team
In the first match of the season, this year’s crop of boys & girls played away to Fettes on a day where every different form of weather made an appearance over the match. Having lost the toss Belhaven went in to field first. Xander and Fergus bowled well over the first few overs keeping Fettes score down but without any wickets. Iris would have taken the season’s first wicket if it weren’t for a tough catch that was unfortunately dropped. Like London Buses, no wickets came for the majority of the innings 'till two arrived in quick succession, with Tristan clean bowling the Fettes batsmen followed in the next ball by a great run out after a mix-up between the opposition players. Geordie took the final wicket two balls before the end of the innings, which he richly deserved for his accurate on-stump bowling across his two overs. This left Belhaven with 85 runs to win for their innings.
Fettes scored 84 runs
Having had a brief pause in play while waiting for a rain shower to pass, Anastasia and Iris opened the batting steadily, making 14 runs between them without loss. The runs started flowing when Fergus and Geordie walked to the crease, with Fergus smashing a colossal 5 fours across his innings. This left Belhaven on 42 runs with 8 overs played. The boundaries continued with Tristan and Xander who’s score was hampered by a couple of silly wickets. This left a tough job for the final pairing of Chloe and Innes who needed to score 20 runs across the final 24 balls. This they would have achieved had it not been for an avoidable stumping with two balls to go. Belhaven ended agonisingly close to the required total, scoring 80 runs across the innings.
Belhaven scored 80 runs
Overall, a very encouraging start for the U9 As despite the narrow loss. I was very impressed by the quality of the fielding and batting. If I were to be picky on where to improve it would to be to try and focus less on bowling fast and instead focus on getting the ball on stump to get rid of a couple of those pesky wide balls. I’m sure a promising season to come for the U9s if this match is anything to go by, well done to all involved!
Player of the Match: I could not decide between Fergus and Tristan as they both played brilliantly with bat and ball.
Girls' U11 Team
The Under 11 girls' cricket team had a very positive start to the season with a match against Fettes this afternoon. The girls approached the game with commitment and enthusiasm and came away with a very strong win.
Having only had two cricket practice sessions prior to the match, it was fantastic to see such skill with passing and catching, bowling and batting and the girls worked really well as a team.
Early on in the game Wendy had a brilliant catch, which boosted the team's confidence. Liv’s batting was the star of the show as she managed to hit the ball beyond the boundary four times in two innings! Amelia also got a shout out from the Fettes coach for her strong all-round performance in the match and our two new French students, Jeanne and Ambre, managed to excel in what was a brand new game for them and in their second language!
All eight girls put into practice the bowling advice given by Mr Brown and managed to bowl out the batsmen a number of times. It was also lovely to see the girls spending a bit of time with their peers at Fettes and socialising. They represented Belhaven very well.
All in all, a very successful day for the Belhaven Hill U11 Girls' cricket team.
Girls' 3rd Team
Belhaven 227 – Fettes 315
The girls were excited for their first cricket match at Belhaven as they warmed up on the front lawn. We have been working hard of bowling in the few cricket sessions we have had so far this term and we’re able to use our rounders skills for fielding.
Fettes fielded first and our first batting pair were Lottie and Louise. They performed well and with a starting score of 200, added five runs from their two overs. Unfortunately for them, despite some good hits they were caught out 4 times and so lost 20 runs. The next batting pair were Lily and Willow. A good start to the over saw Lily hit a ‘4’ and this was followed by some single runs before being caught. Willow performed well batting and scored a ‘4’ and a ‘6’ before being stumped out on a run. The pair scored a total of 18 runs but lost 10 due to being out. Alice and Paloma were next to bat. The pair were very steady scoring single runs and Paloma hitting two ‘4s’. The pair end their two overs scoring 13 runs and not out. Amy and Elita were next to face the ball. They were bowled some wide balls which benefited them and were only caught out once, having scored 8 runs. Last batting pair were Charlotte and Victoria. Victoria hit a great ball for ‘4’ and Charlotte too but were unfortunately stumped out trying to get an extra run. So with a starting total of 200, after 12 overs and 8 wickets we were on 215.
Fettes went into bat and Lily opened the first over with some great bowling. By the fourth ball Fettes had their eye in and scored two ‘4’s’ before being stumped out. Willow followed with the second over and again bowled steadily only giving away 6 runs. Two great overs followed from Alice and Paloma only giving away a handful of runs between them. Louise and Lottie then took over and despite a few wide balls, again only gave away a few runs. The next over, for me, was probably the most pleasing based in determination and progress with bowling. Elita bowled steadily took a wicket and gave away a single run. Well done! The final three overs from Charlotte, Amy and Victoria were bowled steadily and accurately. By now, Fettes had spotted our weak areas in the field and were able to place the ball well. A final 21 runs saw Fettes take the lead with a score of 243 and just 3 wickets.
As we had plenty of time, we then played a second innings. This allowed the girls to improve upon both their bowling and batting. The Belhaven girls found it hard to hit the ball in this innings and some of their super hits were caught. We managed a few more ‘4s’ in this innings and lots of single runs but ended the second innings with 6 wickets and a final total of 227 runs.
Fettes certainly had their eye for batting this innings and although we bowled brilliantly, didn’t give away too many wides our focus in the field started to dwindle, allowing Fettes some big scores to finish off with 315 runs.
This was a great first match for the girls and gave them a good experience of the game. Our bowling is super but we now need to work on batting technique and ensuring our fielding is more accurate.
Well done girls – I really enjoyed watching and umpiring this match.