The 1st XI played against King's HS at Corstorphine last Saturday.
Batting first, our woes with the willow continued, as a lack of patience and technique let us down. Thanks largely to extras, we made it to 96 with none of our batsmen reaching double figures. To the boys' credit, we had worked hard in training on being more efficient with our running between the wickets and it was nice to see more quick singles being run (Goal #2). The story in the field was far different and we were still in the game right until the end. Some miserly spells of bowling by Will Clark, Archie Smith, Jethro Melville and Kane Benington, coupled with a more tidy and alert effort in the field (Goal #3) made King's work very hard for their runs. Wickets fell at regular intervals, but King's were able to hold firm after the loss of their seventh wicket to reel in our total with nine balls to spare. Overall, a much stronger effort than the previous week's outing.
While two of our team goals were achieved, we are still vulnerable to straight, full-pitched bowling, as evidenced by the fact that eight out of our ten wickets were bowled. At the cost of some feeling in my right arm, as I write this on Friday morning, I peppered the boys with throwdowns at training on Thursday to try to get them watching the ball closely, moving their feet and stopping the ball from hitting the jolly stumps! I am ever hopeful that we will see an improvement in this area...
Tomorrow, we have a home game against an Otago Boys' HS XI. The boys need to be ready to go BY 12:30, with the match starting at 1:00. Any support will be greatly appreciated.
TIC Boys' Cricket