Belhaven Hill School

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

Match Reports for games against St. Mary's

Match Reports for games against St. Mary's

Belhaven's Cricket and Rounders Teams in action against St. Mary's, Melrose

Boys' Cricket


Today the U11s headed south to the Scottish Borders to take on St. Mary’s in glorious, sunny conditions.

Losing the toss, we were asked to bat first on a wicket that certainly offered lots to the bowler. Nevertheless, our openers, Rollo and Charlie, got us off to a brilliant start, running aggressively between the wickets and playing their shots with confidence and scoring at about a run a ball until the fifth over when a rash run saw Rollo run-out.

That brought Wilbur to the crease and he and Charlie proceeded to construct a brilliant partnership worth 78 runs in 53 balls. Both boys played aggressively but kept out the good balls and gave away very few chances. At one stage, I thought both were on track to score half centuries but then, in the 15th over, Wilbur was bowled on 43.

Hector was next in and he scored freely after a shaky start. Charlie, meanwhile added to his tally and then, in the 19th over, smashed another ball into the off side to bring up a fine 50. At which point he was retired. An impressive knock, not only for the runs scored, but also for the concentration to stay in for 19 overs.

And so, with our 20 overs faced, our score was a good, 151 runs for 1 wicket.

And so to bowling. Wilbur opened for us along with Harry and both boys bowled well. Wilbur took a scalp in his second over. Arthur and Hamish took over from them and though Arthur bowled very accurately, it was Hamish who took a wicket. They were followed by Rollo & Hector who both bowled very well and each took a wicket.

All the while, St. Mary’s had been scoring at a good rate and for a while it looked as though they might come close to challenging our total. Really, it was the regular wickets that kept them at bay and by the time we got to the final five overs with Charlie joining the attack and Arthur having a second spell, the game had slipped away from them.

With the final ball of the match, Hamish bowled their top batsman who’d done brilliantly to score 48 and the match was ours. A special mention to Geordie who had, arguably, his best performance behind the stumps thus far – an important element to keeping their score down and very promising for the future.

Result:  Match won by 34 runs.

MOTM:  Charlie. Gotta reward a 50!



Belhaven Seconds Inched Out in Narrow Defeat

With the sun showing face on a pleasant afternoon, captain Tom won the toss and elected to bowl first. The two Harrys opened the bowling with younger of the duo taking the first over. He bowled with good pace and accuracy and put the St Mary’s opening batters immediately under pressure. Neither of them were rewarded for their efforts but came away with good figures.

The opening wicket came from an excellent piece of fielding from Tom down at fine leg with a swift pick up and direct throw at the stumps. More accurate bowling followed when left-armer Charlie J and Tom replaced the opening pair. They, too, were thwarted by the strong St Mary’s top order. The next wicket came from a lovely straight and full delivery from Laurie who cleaned up the opening batter leaving his stumps splayed on the ground. Bowling from the other end was by William, who found the edge after a lovely away-swinging delivery was gobbled up by Tommy behind the stumps.

The last St Mary’s wicket to fall was a first for Fernando, who cleaned up their impressive captain with a yorker. A combination of accurate bowling and sharp fielding kept the St Mary’s total to 117.

Batting remained difficult with a lively pitch creating uneven bounce and the opening St Mary's bowlers took full advantage of this. Both Tom and last week’s hero, Maxime, fell in the very first over. With Charles falling shortly after Belhaven found themselves in a lot of trouble with three wickets down and not many runs on the board. Harry C soon replied on the counter-attack and got the Belhaven innings off and running. Just as he was getting going he was undone by a good piece of fielding at mid-off – run out for a quick fire 16.

Harry B and Charlie J dug in and fended off the best of the St Mary’s bowling before starting to hit out and build a healthy partnership. Following a good stand of 43 runs, the two boys were retired to give others lower down the order a chance to bat. Laurie and Ivan hit impressive boundaries towards the end but unfortunately this was too little, too late. The boys fell short by just 9 runs.

A great game, played at a high standard and in exactly the right spirit. Well done.


U9 boys win scrappy match at St. Mary’s

Today saw Belhaven comfortably back to winning ways with a straightforward, if scrappy, win over St. Mary’s.  Put into bat first we started brightly with Archie and Ben putting on 10 runs for one lost wicket from their 16 balls but due to some insane running between the wickets, Alexander and Dougal managed to lower the score to 5 runs, as the pair lost four wickets in a variety of imaginative ways through non-communication and running for cheap runs that simply were not there to be taken.

Thankfully Xander and Harry steadied the ship, scoring 19 for no loss, before Robin and Leo took this further with 14 more runs to bring the score up to 38.  Xander had played some lovely cricket, timing his shots gorgeously to smack fours and singles around the paddock.

Our best two pair were yet to come, however, and from catastrophe early in the innings, after Innes and Oak had added 23 for no loss, due to some excellent decision-making, Atticus and William topped even that with 29 for one wicket to bring our total to a rather respectable 92.  William took the plaudits with a quick-fire 18 from the only four balls he could actually hit, many being bowled wide.

So 92 we ended on, though it is notable that St. Mary’s gifted us more than 60 in wides and no-balls.

First Innings: Belhaven Hill 92 for 7 from 21.2 overs.

St. Mary’s started their own innings strongly and I feared initially that reaching 92 would not prove much of a problem as they hit 19 in just two overs through some strong batting and extremely keen running for everything between the wickets.  Oak turned the tide, however, with a super run-out and shortly afterwards Alexander forced a hit wicket and we were eating our way through the overs.  Xander caused two good run-outs before Ben took the first stumping of this season off Oak’s bowling and Harry took his first wicket of the season, caught by Xander.

We had begun to work out that steady hands at wicket-keeper and quick, accurate throws to the bowler’s end would catch out the overly keen St. Mary’s batsmen and so the wickets were coming thick and fast now.  William, Xander and Archie all got cheap run-outs in this way before Leo took a catch off Xander’s bowling and then forced a run-out in consecutive bowls in a remarkable last over.


Second Innings:  St. Mary’s 48 for 11 from 21.3 overs.


Wickets:   Alexander, Oak, Harry, Xander (1).
Catches:   Xander, Leo (1).
Run-outs: Xander (3), Oak, Archie, Leo, William (1).
Stumpings:  Ben (1).
Runs:  William 18 (no loss of wicket), Xander 11 (0), Innes 6, Oak and Ben 3, Robin and Harry 2, Archie 6 (1 wicket lost), Leo 0 (1), Dougal -4 (1), Atticus -5 (1), Alexander -9 (3).

So despite a fairly sketchy batting performance we were saved by St. Mary’s madness between the wickets and their bowling a phenomenal number of wides.  Perhaps it’s normal that the boys will start to run more dangerously as they get more confident – we just have to learn when to use it.  We’ll have learned a lot from today and luckily managed to get away with the win.

Man of the Match: William ran him close with a wicket and 18 runs but this week it’s Xander for 11 runs, a catch, a wicket and three run-outs.  A note to Oak too who produced his best performance of the season today.

Final Result: Belhaven U9 boys win by 44 runs.


Girls' Rounders


Belhaven 9 – St Mary’s 13

The sun shone for the first home rounders match of the term. Warming up beforehand, we went through some of the finer rules and worked hard at fielding tactics.  We went into bat first and a risky early run for Victoire saw her out at 2nd post, whilst Sophie’s first hit was caught. Bea and Louisa managed to score some important half rounders and Willow and Alice had their hits caught. Izzi scored the first full rounder of the game on her last ball.

As we went into field, we gave a few early half rounders away with some fielding errors.  Willow was on a roll at 2nd post stumping out players and a quick move between Ottie at backstop and Alice at 1st saw one of their good hitters out. After the first innings it was still everything to play for with St Mary’s just 1 rounder ahead.

Willow started off the second innings with a risky half rounder and Bea decided to take a risk too, only to be stumped out.  Quick fielding with the St Mary’s team also saw Lily out at 2nd post.  Despite some good hits, Louisa, Alice and Willow were caught out and this innings, Sophie led the way with the scores. A further 4 rounders meant St Mary’s only needed 4 to win.

Our second fielding innings started well and St Mary’s struggled to score. Lottie made the first catch of the innings and things were looking good. A great one handed catch from Lily took out one of their strongest batters too.  Unfortunately, their left handed batter made contact each time and scored easily from her hit and some misfielded balls and forgetting to ‘stump the box’ gave away those all important half rounders.

Another close match girls but we need to remember these little fielding rules and tactics when playing to ensure we don’t give away easy points.  Great fielding today from everyone.



U9 Stars

Today the U9s headed off to the sunny Borders for a rounders match against St. Mary’s. Chloe was our captain today and chose for us to bat first.

Isabella was our bowler due to her very good and consistent bowling in our previous match against Cargilfield. St. Mary’s had a strong first innings with some great batting, including a brilliant hit into the nettles. Both Clara and Isobel stumped a girl out at 3rd post and Anastasia stumped out two. St. Mary’s finished with 9 rounders.

We went into bat and took a bit of time to warm up. However, the rounders soon started coming in with Holly and Chloe scoring 5 rounders between them. Clara did a huge hit behind her, but unfortunately in rounders you can’t actually run until it crosses back over the line. Belhaven finished with 10 rounders, which meant it was very close going into the second innings.

St. Mary’s came back even stronger with bigger and better hits. We were also slightly sloppy with our throwing and catching which meant the half rounders started mounting up. Isobel made a very good catch from the first ball and Anastasia stumped out two more. St. Mary’s finished with 10 ½ rounders and a total of 19 ½. We therefore knew we need 10 rounders to win.

The girls had a brilliant final batting innings. Holly was superb with her running and really went for the win with every go, managing to score a further 2 ½. Chloe had her best innings scoring 3 full rounders. Every girl helped contribute to the score through their encouragement and support throughout the match.

Belhaven scored a total of 11½ bringing the final score to:
Belhaven 21½ and St. Mary’s 19½

Well done, girls!