4s Just the right side of another close match

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Smarting from our last ball defeat a fortnight ago it looked at times as if this week it wasn’t going to go the 4s way!

Losing the toss we were put into bat on the up and down Meadows 2 wicket. We got off to a disastrous start with Julian out the first ball of our innings 0 for 1! Daniel (one of our juniors) in at number 3. The 2nd over things didn’t improve, 4 for 2 as our other opener was also dismissed. It was starting to look quite bleak when in 7th over when we lost another wicket; 3 for 10. In our defence the Morton opening bowlers were very tight, swinging the ball and moving it off the pitch (maybe some of that movement was courtesy of the Meadows). Colin Pretty at number 5 got a start but unfortunately sent one straight to point and was caught; 42 for 4. Daniel was still around gradually plugging away. It wasn’t until Craig Bryen came in at 8 that we scored a boundary! Craig wasn’t up for running though, with 5 boundaries contributing to a score of 22 when one slightly mishit shot lead to him being caught in the deep; 7 for 113. With the last ball of the innings Daniel got a shot away to score 2 and bring up his first 50 for Watsonians off 39.5 overs.

We had 122 to defend. Colin took the mantle of captain with Alan not available. Their openers got stuck in and it wasn’t until the 9th over that Daniel bowled one of their openers; 35 for 1. Colin was moving the field around to keep up the pressure and contain their scoring opportunities. Two more wickets in the 12 and 13th overs helped to put some pressure on Morton – one for George and one for Hamish. It’s worth noting that this was Hamish’s first senior wicket, in his first senior match and he finished with 1 for 8. Morton 47 for 3. A good partnership then formed which lasted and took us to drinks; 70 for 3 looked like Morton were going to cruise home. Callum came on and dismissed their other opener, who was now looking set in, caught behind. Callum keep on taking wickets; 97 for 6 we were in with a shout. Callum’s 4th came from bowling Morton’s top scorer who looked like he was going to finish the game; 108 for 7. Colin continued to move the field about frustrating Morton and we kept building the pressure. This told with a sharp run-out at the bowler’s end with their last real batsman going for 2 to keep the strike. Daniel got his second bowling their number 10. 117 for 9. Again as a result of the pressure another run out finished the game leaving Morton on 118. Everyone contributed in the field and continued to work till the end and produced probably the best fielding performance this year.

All four of our juniors bowled brilliantly keeping the ball up making scoring difficult. Kevin and Mat supported them containing the scoring but without any reward. Callum had the best figures with 4 for 18 off 7.3 overs which would normally be good enough for man of the match. This week however that award needs to go to Daniel for his heroic 50, basically batting the whole 40 overs, and his 2 for 27 off 7 overs.