The 4ths had just enough firepower on Saturday 14th July to avenge a first half defeat by MDAFS. Once again we lost the toss, and were asked to bat first on the Roseburn arti. With various people unavailable we had a youthful look, as noted by the oppo captain: five of our side were aged 14 or less, and two, Euan Walker and Gregor Archibald, were making their debuts in senior cricket.
Alan and Daniel opened the batting, and despite an occasional alarm capitalised on sometimes wayward bowling to post a 50 partnership for the first wicket, unusual this season for the 4ths. After Alan and then Calum were out, we lost our way a little, but Adam steadied the ship with Daniel, and after the drinks break began to find the boundary regularly. Daniel was first to 50, a second in successive games for him, followed fairly quickly to the landmark by Adam, who would eventually fall for 74. Despite losing wickets steadily in the last few overs of the innings, all the batters continued to do their best to keep the score ticking over and we finished on 210 for 8, our best score of the season.
After tea, Farhan and Andrew opened the bowling, and with a little luck and some good bowling dealt the oppo some significant blows, reducing them to 18 for 4 by the time we changed the bowling. A slight batting recovery thereafter as we rotated the bowling began to peter out when Jack, who’d been bowling a good line, tempted one of the batters to sky one in a wind strong enough to make high catches tricky, but Gregor did well to clutch it. Thereafter, it seemed more a matter of when we’d take the remaining wickets than if, though some of the later bowling was a bit erratic on an admittedly hot day. Gregor took two more good catches to ensure that there’d be no chance of the oppo batters snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat, and Adam completed the job for us with a well-judged catch. MDAFs were 161 all out with two overs left. Andrew picked up 4 wickets, and Farhan and Jack had two apiece.