Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Match Reports for Wednesday, 4th May

Match Reports for Wednesday, 4th May

Match Reports for Cricket and KwikCricket with Strathallan:

Boys' 1st XI

The force was strong with the 1st XI (May the 4th – Star Wars day?) today as they got their 2022 season off to a good start with a match played in glorious weather here at Belhaven.

Our skipper for the season, Hugo, put us in to bat first and he shouldered the responsibility of facing the first ball with one of seven new caps in this team  – Beetle.

Facing the first few balls of a new season is nervous work and I told the boys that I was just looking for them to take their time, give us a chance to see what Strath. had to offer and try to create a platform on which they and the other boys could build. And they did just that. Hugo played couple of nervy shots to begin with but very quickly found his rhythm and from then on until his dismissal 50 balls and 34 runs later, looked calm and in control. Beetle also did a good job, lasting until the 4th over which was long enough for everyone to settle down a bit.

Walter was next in and he got off the mark quickly and then he and Hugo dovetailed nicely, keeping the score ticking over and building an impressive 87 run partnership. Walter played some lovely straight drives, trying to match Hugo’s imperious drives into and through the covers. He eventually fell on 34 as he tried to pick up the run-rate and this brought James to the crease to join Hugo for an over before Hugo was also out caught behind while trying to push on the scoring. James opened his account with a mighty six over the mid-wicket boundary and when George joined him, they ran brilliantly between the wickets and hammered anything short to put on 36 runs in 26 balls and take our total to an impressive 137 for 2 after 20 overs.


A good total allowed the luxury of giving lots of boys the opportunity to bowl. We opened with Duncan and his very first ball (a bit of a loosener, if we are honest) was parried straight to James at silli-mid-off who took the catch. Not a bad start! His opening partner was Ted who bowled a steady line and length, getting the ball to swing away nicely into the wind. He was rewarded with three wickets in his three overs, all of them caught by close fielders. Campbell replaced Duncan but struggled a bit to find his rhythm and Hugo took over bowling with decent pace but not quite managing to pitch it in the danger zones. Walter bowled a good line and length, taking one wicket for no runs in two overs and George bowled some lovely off-spin balls and was rewarded with one wicket of his own. James came on to bowl the thirteenth over and got straight into his rhythm, bowling with some pace and pitching it up. His first over was a double wicket maiden and then, after two dot balls in his next over, he collected another two wickets in the next two balls to bring a close to the Strathallan innings. (James will be on a hat-trick ball next match.)

So, a gentle route into the 2022 season for the 1sts. The bowling the boys faced was not very threatening but, never-the-less, I was very pleased with how the boys batted, maintaining their concentration and playing very few false shots. There are a few things to work on for some bowlers and more powerful teams will punish the bad balls more but, for the most part, the bowlers did a good job with some outstanding balls and overs. The field was awake and energetic with few errors. All in all, a very encouraging start to the season. Well done.

Result: Match won by 89 runs.

MOTM: James – a good knock with the bat (including the 6) four wickets in two overs and three catches.

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Batting Bowling O
M
R
W
Hugo: 34 off 50 balls (5x4) James: 1.4 2 0 4
Walter: 34 off 27 balls (5x4) Ted: 3 1 12 2
James: 23 off 15 balls (3x4, 1x6) Walter: 2 2 0 1

 

Girls' KwikCricket 1st Team

Strathallan –270 for 5; Belhaven 283-3

Player of the Match – Olivia H

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports for girls currently and brings with it great potential for progress and excitement. At Belhaven, we now have a Girls’ cricket activity every Tuesday and several games sessions a term will be dedicated to the sport as we try to create a new avenue of opportunity at the school. We have two official fixtures, the first of which came against Strathallan and the second of which will be against Fettes next week. The challenge for the girls is to improve to the extent of being able to take on the boys by the end of this term – an achievable target with such a talented and focused group!

With this being the first all-girls cricket fixture for both sides, we decided to use it as a coaching opportunity as well and played a 10 over a side pairs match, with each of the five pairs batting for two overs. Starting with a score of 200 and being penalised 5 runs for every wicket lost, Kwik cricket rules give all participants several opportunities and it is a brilliant way to learn about the most important elements of the game. Strathallan batted first, and each of the Belhaven girls bowled one over and fielded in a different position. The bowling was generally accurate, with Captain Eliza and Davina the most accurate but Olivia, in her first ever game, taking the plaudits for the best over. The fielding was good, with Ishbel, Eliza and Victoire taking excellent catches and Eliza learning that vital lesson that if you step over the boundary whilst in the act of catching the ball, it is 6 runs rather than a wicket…! The Strathallan girls finished on a total of 270, with Belhaven having taken 5 wickets – one each for Olivia, Grace, Flora, Victoire and Hester.

 

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Eliza and Grace opened the batting in reply and immediately showed great intent having listened to the advice at the mid innings break. Making swift decisions and sticking to them is the key to success in cricket and running between the wickets probably the hardest skill to master, so it was great to see both girls setting the example with a great first pair partnership that others were able to follow. Ishbel hit a cover drive, the shot of the day for me, and Olivia showed what a great eye she has for a ball by hitting two fours and a six in her innings. However, regular wickets were keeping the Belhaven score in check. Izzi and Alice R then had an excellent partnership, with both scoring well through the leg side – with 6 overs complete and just 4 to go, Belhaven needed 20. Victoire and Hester then produced the partnership of the match to swing the game decisively, Victoire timing the ball superbly in scoring two 6s and a four in her brief innings. Flora and Davina had the unenviable task of not losing the game from a winning position, and did so in some style, scoring 11 from their 12 balls and ensuring that Belhaven finished victorious on 283 for 3.

Each of the girls batted and bowled and enjoyed their first taste of competitive cricket in the sunshine at Belhaven. The best way to learn is to play, and hopefully all of them will be looking forward to the next match against Fettes next week. Well done to them all!


Girls' KwikCricket 2nd Team

It was a beautiful, warm, day but the wind makes pairs cricket tricky for the batters, with unintended swing bowling to contend with, but the girls performed very well. It is always encouraging to see lots of single runs to keep the scoreboard ticking along and there was some good, decisive, calling.

4s were hit by Alma, Poppy, Mary, Amelia and 3 boundaries from Sophie.  It was great to see our Spanish duo of Alma and Carmen opening the batting for us and playing well in both innings.  Some girls backed away from the ball down the leg side to try and hit it forward of the wicket.  Once they realise they can hit the ball in any direction we should score more runs.

Our fielding was pretty tight, making good use of their rounders skills.  Bowling is always tricky when learning but our better accuracy saved us many valuable runs.

Wickets from Carmen, Poppy, Mary and Willow also helped to keep Strathallan's score down.

In the end we scored 70 in our first innings and 83 in the second, winning by 33 runs.