On a day that promised rain and thunderstorms, Kenny Rae’s troops arrived at Goldenacre to blue sky’s and a flat wicket that appeared to have something in it for both the batsmen and the bowlers. Watsonians won the toss and elected to bat first with conditions in our favour and the knowledge that rain was likely to play a role in this game of cricket.
Heriot’s struck early with the dismissal of left handed batsman Learmonth, which was shortly followed by Bryce being bowled. Ramani added an element of stability to the innings, pulling the ball well before being caught behind to Farooq for 27.
Brien and Osborne were both dismissed without troubling the scorer before an aggressive and positive batting partnership by Goodill and Mullins who scored 27 and 19 respectfully.
The experienced lower order continued the positive tone set by their predecessors with Thomson scoring an athletic 12 and the captain, Rae scoring a quick fire 21. High supported Rae well, scoring 14 not out before Willsdon was bowled on the last ball of the innings for 8 runs taking the Watsonian’s final score to 160.
With slightly more overcast conditions, the Heriot’s batsman took to the crease with a clear plan in mind. Batsmen Thomson and Long played aggressively from the start of their innings, putting opening bowlers Willsdon and Rae on the back foot. In his 4th over, Rae dismissed the left handed batsman Long for 19 runs.
With Heriot’s 71-1 in the tenth over, Rae elected to make a bowling change by bringing all rounder Ramani to the attack, who struck with his second ball, dismissing Thomson who got their innings off to a quick start with 28 runs – taking the score to 73-2.
After the swift dismissal of the two opening batsman, leg spinner High came to the attack, striking in his third over sending Mackellar back to the pavilion for a well fought 32.
With the score at 107-3, this was sadly to be the last wicket of the game for Watsonians, with batsman Ross (62*) and Ali (7*) batting well and leading Heriots 2s to a convincing home victory.