On Wednesday, we travelled to Loretto for a cricket match. The weather didn’t want to play ball and we had to take cover from the rain after a few overs but the sun soon burst through the clouds and helped dry our whites. The home side batted first and set a healthy total of 164-2, Ellis A taking a wicket with a great ball to the Loretto stumps and Kerr B forcing an LBW. Some quick thinking and much-improved fielding helped to keep the total down but Loretto still made several boundaries and even a couple of 6’s. Ardvreck were then in to bat, knowing they had a big total to chase in the allowed 20 overs. There were certainly some questionable calls that led to a few stranded batsmen – definitely something to work on in training this week! Ellis scored a creditable 26 before eventually being caught LBW. As the innings progressed, the wickets started to fall with alarming regularity until Ardvreck finished on 61 all out. Well done to Loretto for hosting us, proving to be great sports and giving us an enjoyable game of cricket. Back to the training pitch for Ardvreck A’s! (Mr Robertson)
On Wednesday 25th April, Ardvreck Colts B’s travelled to Musselborough to enjoy a game of cricket against Loretto. We arrived dressed in our finest cricket whites looking the part and prepared to show exemplary etiquette on the pitch and at the wicket.
Loretto won the toss and chose to field first. This suited us very well and we went in to set a hard to beat total. Quick cricket has a few differences to the standard rules, teams start with 100 runs, wickets result in a loss of 5 runs, each pair of batsmen are given 2 overs to score as many runs as possible whilst losing the smallest number of wickets in the process.
Our first pair batted admirably, losing just one wicket in the process and a beautiful 4 from Fred, the partnership gave us a total of 10 to start us off. Our remaining players defended fantastically but struggled to score many runs from a tightly held field. That was until Harrison took to the crease scoring five 4’s and a spectacular 6 that went straight forwards to the long boundary. All together we made a respectable 147 and a sensible target for Loretto to chase.
After a brief rain shower and a very pleasant match tea, Loretto went in to bat and we bowled well. Dante managed to put down a fantastic maiden over and took another wicket! Captain, William, managed to take a further 2 wickets helping to hold Loretto back. With some beautifully bowled balls that were accurate, but perhaps a little too easy to hit, two Loretto Batsmen put down a spectacular innings including four huge 6’s. Loretto scored a total of 208.
Both teams performed well. But, with a total of 34 extras and a very young team we will head to the nets over the next week to try and improve our bowling to close the gap to our competitors. We spent this week working on our etiquette, at the end of the match the Loretto coach spoke to both teams and specifically pointed out the way that Ardvreck passed the ball around the wicket to the bowler and our sportsmanship applauding every batsman on and off the pitch. All the Ardvreckians should be proud of the way they carried themselves and displayed their kind sporting behaviour throughout the match. (Mr Banks)