After a tasty early lunch of chicken kievs, the boys loaded the coach and departed for Fettes. After last week’s suicide running and innings collapse, the order of the day for the Ardvreck Colts A team was to last a full innings and not to lose any wickets from questionable calling. We lost the toss and Fettes opted to bat first. Their openers tested our bowlers and scored some excellent runs through disciplined calling and some good strikes. Ardvreck also dropped a few high balls, missing opportunities to claim some early wickets. Robert F did claim one wicket from his first ball and Ewan FL bowled a maiden. By the end of their 16 overs, Fettes finished on 92-1.
After a quick match tea, we took to the crease for our reply. Ellis A and Robert F were our openers and they started to build a decent partnership before the latter was run out after some confusion in the calls. Ewan FL, Kerr B and Jamie S were all bowled but the team kept chipping away at the total. Ellis A was eventually run out leaving Archie C and Freddy F a mountain to climb. We finished on 77 runs, 15 short but at least we survived to the end of the innings! Plenty of positives to draw from a very enjoyable game and well done boys. (Mr Robertson)
On Wednesday 2nd May Ardvreck Colts (B) visited Fettes. After a very damp morning it was delightful to see some sunshine and start the match. We lost the toss and they put us into bat. Sandy, our captain, and Cameron A went out to bat first. They made a respectable 23 runs before Sandy was bowled (by Fettes namesake, Sandy!). A beautiful ball neatly went between is body and his bat and found the middle stump.
After the fall of a couple of cheap wickets, Cameron A and Matteo were at the wicket. Cameron A managed a brilliant number of 4’s and was on a spectacular 34 runs when a spinning ball pushed him back onto his wicket and he just clipped it with his bat. This brought Fred to the crease who managed to score a couple of singles and a good 4 before we ran out of overs. Ardvvreck finished 81/4
Fettes pupils were very hospitable and took each Ardvreckian for an excellent match tea.
After enjoying a great mixture of delicious light bites and much needed hot drinks Fettes went into bat. William bowled our first ball of the match and with it he took a wicket. CAUGHT by a very attentive slip, Adrien! Along with the wicket the over contained just a single wide, a brilliant way to start.
Sadly the next few overs contained a number of wides and we had a couple of very expensive overs giving away 10 and 11 before Fred J bowled the batsman out with a lovely, fast ball. A couple of overs later William took his second wicket and the very next ball the fielders worked brilliantly together and William was able to run out another batsman!
Laurie took our final wicket of the innings and despite improving our wides and no-ball rate sadly we had given away too many at the beginning. Fettes also scored a large number of excellent singles pushing their total up rapidly. With a final 2 Fettes won the match 83/6 with 4 overs remaining.
The match contained a number of big positives for Ardvreck; some excellent on target bowling for William, Cameron A and Sandy. Coupled with excellent batting from Cameron A gave us a very respectable total. We will return to Ardvreck to work on our fielding, with some 25 overthrows given away we could easily reverse the result next time! (Mr Banks)
On Wednesday 2nd May the Under 9 A team travelled to Fettes to play our opposition. I should mention that, in under nine cricket, two runs are awarded for a wide and 5 runs for a catch or a wicket. Players are not put out. Instead they stay in for the over. Both teams started with a hundred runs. The weather was pleasant, and we were first to bat. We were a little too cautious and on occasions we hit the ball straight up the crease. Our batting needed to be a little stronger. We needed to hit the ball past the boundary to score a four or even a six. This will come with further practice. Fettes fielded effectively. It was then our turn to bowl. Our boys bowled well. Their technique was reasonably good considering it was, for most of our team, their first cricket match ever. We gave away a few wides. At first our fielding was a little disorganised. However, we moved further back and stopped Fettes scoring fours. Special mention must go to Jamie who made several catches. Fettes won 252 runs to our 169 runs. Despite the result we played well. In future we will bat harder and will be more willing to take risks and notch up runs. Our technique is there. We need to work in our confidence. (Mr Gibson)