What a glorious sunny Sunday to make our first appearance on the main square at Myreside against Broomhall. Memories of the thrashing suffered at their hands in the first game of the season were surprisingly fresh.
Broomhall unfortunately only had 9 players – 1 of them had made the trip down from Anstruther on Saturday – ouch.
We finally won the toss and decided to have a bat. In true WCC fashion we offered the opposition a couple of fielders.
David, back from his daughters wedding, was in champagne form and while Counsell scratched around at the other end we were quickly on 60 for nowt after ten overs.
It started to go pear shaped from the point as Counsell Snr, Glover, Counsell Jnr and Baby Cousan all departed in pretty quick fashion. To their credit, Broomhall’s spinner and first change seamer bowled very well.
David found a partner in young Mr Brown, who decided to use a proper bat rather than the £10 Harrow he accidentally bought on eBay. Will the Brown’s ever learn their eBay lesson?!
After their departures for 70 and 21 respectively, it was left to fresh faced Zach to hit some aerial to get us to 179 at the end of our 40 overs. It felt 40 runs light but for the first time this year we had plenty of bowling options.
Paddy and Couzan opened up and were unlucky not to make early inroads as one Paddy thunderbolt bowled the opener before the dreaded no ball call was acknowledged. Zach did a stirling job behind the stumps to surely the quickest bowler he has kept for in his early career. So with no wickets and Broomhall now 79 for nowt we turned to Gregour. His third over brought the first, chipped to the skipper, and then the two key wickets of the opener and the dangerous number 4 in his fourth and six. Broomhall were 116-3 and with only 9 batsmen we were back in the hunt.
Mullin and Reido from the Colinton Road end with Jamie snaring the No 5 to the safest hands of Paddy, 131-4. Tension was building with Broomhill No 3 scoring freely. After Carr’s spell finished with 3-31, the skipper risked Counsell jnr’s leggies which had not been aired since July 2017! It could have been messy but to his credit a couple of goodies (and a few baddies), saw him trap the No 3 in front with the alleged quicker one. 148-5 with only 32 required.
At this point the skippers decision became blessed and in front of our biggest home crowd of the season, (three thanks to John Reid, Ewan Robertson and Michael Brown) Oli Robertson took a wicket with the first delivery of his spell, 149-6 and the Couzan took one with the first ball of his 170-7.
Ten runs needed and one wicket remaining, the crowd were on the edge of their seats. Well I say that, John had actually already headed off home!
Five of Couzan’s next over saw the nerves shredding, however there was no need to worry as Oli with another belter bowled their No 9 leaving Broomhall all out for 176.
So with our home record intact and our promotion dreams (nightmare) still on its off to Peffermill next week.
Man of the match deservedly won by Gregour after his fine spell and 3 wickets. That will be him in the 2s next week then….