Glenalmond Cricket 6s

The Glenalmond Cricket Sixes was once again a brilliant festival of cricket and despite a couple of heavy showers we were very lucky with the weather:

1st XI –  Up first was Arbroath and they scored 59 in their 5 overs, a daunting prospect for the chase. However Cosmo GC and Finn S knocked the runs off within three overs with the former scoring 4 sixes in one over! Secondly we played Cargilfield and they managed 58 in the 5 overs, a target we now knew we could chase down. Our openers set about their business well but fell short scoring 43 thanks to some very tight bowling and fielding. Finally in our pool we had Belhaven in a must win game. We bowled consistently too short and they had scored 76 in 4 overs. Thankfully a brilliant final over from Will F, in which he took the wicket of their danger man and restricted them to only four runs, kept the score to 80. Once again our opening batsmen batted brilliantly and coaches, parents and staff from various spectating schools commented on how they thought we would successfully chase down this huge target which would have meant a huge scalp for the Ardvreck boys. We did lose though and so did not manage to go further in the tournament. All the boys performed exceptionally well and we should be proud of our commitment. Our opening pair should receive special plaudits for scoring 152 runs for the loss of one wicket, in the final ball of our second match, throughout the whole afternoon. A very special day and a good springboard as we look ahead to the rest of the season, starting with Gordonstoun Junior School on Wednesday. (Mr David Knock)

Colts: It was a lovely day at Glenalmond and we had three pool games to secure a spot in a play-off final. Jack H and Jamie LM batted out the 5 overs against Belhaven B but we did not score enough boundaries against some inexperienced bowlers. Defending 42 proved too difficult and their openers passed the total in the 4th over. We batted first against Kinross. Curtis M was caught behind so it was back to Jack and Jamie, who pushed the score on to a respectable 50. We did not take any Kinross wickets but tidy bowling from Jamie and Gabin L and some good fielding during the last two overs helped prevent them from reaching our total. Against Loretto we were unlucky to lose Curtis to an excellent run out but we also gave catches and recorded too many dot balls. It was a shame as we made it hard for Loretto to reach out meagre target of 25, so it could easily have been a win. In the end we were tied for 2nd place in the pool. After some calculations, Kinross went through to the 3/4th play-off. Thank you to the staff at Glenalmond for organising a super day. (Mr John Gore)

There are photographs of both teams: