Losing the toss yet again meant that the 4ths, captained this week by Adam Dickinson, were asked to bowl first by RHC at the Gyle Park arti. Our side was an unequal balance age-wise: half the side aged 15 or less, the other half comprising three “mature” gents, and two quite sprightly by comparison! As usual most of the bowling was done by the younger contingent. Daniel and Patrick opened for us, and found both openers ready to put bat to ball. Not an easy task to prevent the oppo score climbing rapidly, and at mid-innings drinks the oppo were just over 100 for 1. This was thankfully less than it might have been, though we did spurn a few catching chances alas which might well have made an earlier difference. After drinks Adam continued to rotate the bowling regularly, eventually giving nine players at least a couple of overs each. The oppo finished on 205-4: a tricky score to reach given that the outfield was a bit slow, and aerial shots plus some luck would likely be required to win.
Adam found it difficult to get volunteers to open the batting, but Daniel and Patrick stepped into the breach. Both started brightly, but first Daniel then Patrick holed out, quickly followed by Adam himself. Charlie, the oldest of our junior contingent at the advanced age of 15, and Matthew steadied the ship a bit, Charlie eventually getting our second top score of 31. The other batters all chipped in, but only Craig Bryen with 40 got the better of some steady bowling, and he put any bad balls away consistently. We took the game into the final over, but well before then it was more a case of our trying to accumulate batting points than hoping to win, and we were all out for 160. Seven of us were bowled, which on an arti wicket is a bit unusual, given that we practice every week on that type of wicket.