The sun broke through just in time for the start of the fifth match of our season against unbeaten Holy Cross 2nds. We were asked to bat after losing the toss (once again!), and were quickly in trouble, two wickets down after the first over. Worse was to follow as we fell to 11 for 4 wickets, and then 22 for 5, against the best opening bowling attack we’ve faced this year. A slight recovery before the drinks break improved a little thereafter, mostly thanks to Colin Pretty’s stalwart defence. As the bowlers tired a little Colin was able to lead us into the unexpected luxury of a three-figure total, but the innings drew to a rapid conclusion with three wickets in successive balls, the last a run-out, in the final over. We ended on 111 – “Nelson” triumphant again! Colin finished on 39no; five ducks tells its own story, alas.
Fortified by tea, and the chance to see the 1sts begin their ultimately successful chase of Glenrothes 1sts score of 230, we thought that at least we had a total to defend, but we needed a quick breakthrough. Ross Martin and Daniel Bryen both bowled well, neither quite forcing a mistake from the solid opening batters. Craig Bryen replaced his son and took our only wicket; but the second-wicket pair comfortably scored the runs needed, and we lost by 9 wickets.