4ths just beat the rain!

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Our sixth game of the season saw us up against RHC 3rds at Craiglockhart.  We had a younger side than in other games this season,  with more school players available after their morning matches.  Winning the toss (at last !) we bowled first and picked up a wicket in the first over thanks to a good catch by Charlie Robertson.  That would be our only success till just after drinks,  taken at 59 for 1, as once again we dropped a series of mostly catchable catches.  The bowlers stuck to their task well,  despite the missed chances.  Jamie Reid bowled a good spell, conceding only 12 runs from 6 overs. Luke Scott was probably the pick of the bowlers,  with 3 for 15 off his 6 overs, 12 of those runs coming from three successive deliveries.  Kevin Weavers also picked up 3 wickets.  Wickets fell regularly after drinks but RHC battled their way to 123 for 7 at the end of the innings.  Will Bradley made the most of the dropped catches to score 52, before Craig Bryen showed the butter-fingered others how to take a catch! Mention also needs to be made of Julian Fontana’s technique of (successfully) catching skiers as keeper,  which involves tearing off his gloves to take a catch! Fielders normally leave skiers to the keeper if possible precisely because keepers have gloves……
The weather was looking increasingly dodgy during tea, so we left quite a few cream scones at tea uneaten and headed back to start our reply.  RHC unfortunately had only 9 players so there were gaps in the field.  The early loss of Calum Pretty to a good yorker brought Daniel Bryen to join captain Alan Borthwick at the crease.  Daniel took a liking to occasional  width in the bowling to compile a rapid 32. Luke Scott and then Craig Bryen kept the momentum going,  Alan chipping in runs as well.  But it soon became clear that the rain wasn’t going to hold off indefinitely.  We could see that we didn’t have time to reach the target before the rain would become too persistent but luckily (for us) it’s possible to get a result in a match if 20 overs in the second innings have been bowled.  That was the point when the rain was too much and as we had reached 106 for 3 we ended up winning comfortably enough via the League’s abandoned matches calculator.
Special thanks to RHC for sticking it out to the end, and we hope we have better weather for the return match in 9 weeks time.
Alan Borthwick