The weather greeted the start of the cricket season beautifully and the start of the season certainly did not disappoint. It was a first timed game between Ardvreck and Belhaven for a number of years and although the children did not completely understand to begin with, they bought into the idea and thoroughly enjoyed the contest.
Belhaven batted first and the Ardvreck 1st XI chose to be very generous with the number of wides they bowled and catches they dropped (some were very difficult chances though). It being the first game of the season and, after only a couple of training sessions, the all round play was bound to be a little rusty but despite the wides and dropped catches the fielding and bowling was in fact very promising as we move forward. Belhaven batted very well and with one boy nearing a century, he took a single off the second to last ball before tea and was stranded on 97 not out as Finn S demolished the stumps of the fellow batsman the next ball. Declaring on 181-4 Belhaven had a commanding lead and the Ardvreck boys knew they had to work hard to save the game.
At 5 o’clock twenty overs remained and it was clear that the Ardvreck 1st XI would not be able to overhaul the enormous target they had been set but as this was a timed game, rather than a limited overs match, the boys knew that unless they were bowled out they would save the match. Cosmo GC batted beautifully and held the innings together and as each over went by Ardvreck continued to lose the odd wicket but the end was looming. The match became very exciting as the battle between Cosmo with the tailenders and the Belhaven bowlers intensified. The crowd was hushed in anticipation as the bowlers steamed in, every defensive stroke, dot ball and rejected run was cheered and each near miss, edge or dropped catch was met with oohs and ahs. Two wickets fell in the penultimate over and the excitement grew amongst the Belhaven boys. Harris P arrived at the crease surrounded by fielders, his first ball came and went. His second ball was sent down the wicket, blocked! One over to go… Cosmo on strike, could he carry his bat? Indeed Cosmo nonchalantly blocked, eased and teased the ball and the fielders, comfortably surviving the final over to secure a dramatic draw. A great game! (Mr Knock)
For the first match of the season the Ardvreck Second’s faced the Belhaven Second’s last Saturday. You couldn’t have asked for a better day, it was a cool 18 degrees the sun was shining and all was looking well, we were all enjoying the Scottish sun which is as rare as chicken teeth. We all knew that it was going to be a tough match but that didn’t darken the mood for Ardvreck. Belhaven came with a strong team and putting their strongest batsmen first each scoring respectable half centuries in their innings. It wasn’t until Raphe Player came in to take the only wicket in the final over to give some confidence into Ardvreck heading into bat. After an enjoyable match tea in-between innings it was Ardvreck’s turn to bat. In true Ardvreck style the challenge of the run chase didn’t daunt the players. It was the daunting height of some of the Belhaven players that was frightening. Unfortunately the Belhaven bowling attack proved too much for us, bowling us all out for 21 after 12.3 overs. Thomas pounder top-scored with 3 runs. It was a tough loss but we can only get better from here! (Mr Hanna)