The 2s faced a tough challenge against Division 1 leaders Marchmont, yet to be defeated this season. Thanks to the school giving Glasgow High a royal spanking, the match got a last-minute upgrade from Craiglockhart to Myreside. Sonians were missing the batting engine room of Fab, Sri and Robbo as well as pacemen Willsdon and Cal Martin so there was a chance for some of the less experienced boys to step up to the plate.
Marchmont won the toss and put us in. The pair of Jacks – Osborne and Mullins – opened up for Watsonians. Only 2 balls into the innings, Osborne misread the length and saw his middle stump removed. Marchmont’s opening bowlers, particularly Whitefoord, gave nothing away and it took 4 overs for Watsonians to open their account. Mullins and Tom Counsell dug in hard but unfortunately TC received a jaffa from Whitefoord, clipping the outside of his off-stump. Alec Sim joined Mullins at the crease and the two started to tick the score over. Both were starting to look comfortable until Whitefoord again got one to hold its line and take Jack’s outside edge.
Fraser Sands wasn’t in long before he slapped an innocuous ball to mid-off. Kenny made a positive start as him and Simmo started to rebuild. Unfortunately, Macksimczyk found Kenny’s outside edge and the skipper politely walked. This triggered a dramatic collapse as Rory High, Calum Macdonald and Fraser Cousin all came and went. Simmo, who had watched from the other end, was eventually prised out with the score still below 60.
Marchmont sensed they could polish the innings off quickly but Magic Mike Maclean and Ronak Joshi had other plans. Neither showed fear against the pace of Whitefoord – Ronak backed away and swung a series of hefty shots through the V while Magic showed the top order how to play a textbook forward defence. Eventually Ronak picked out mid-off and the innings closed on 82 – a disappointing effort on a decent Myreside pitch. Ronak and Simmo both top-scored with 22 each.
In order to stand a chance, Watsonians needed early wickets and Sandsy delivered, trapping the batsman plum as plum can be. Simmo opened from the other end with some tidy off-spin and he too got his reward, hitting the other opener right in front of middle. At 10-2, Watsonians had a sniff. However, the next partnership negotiated their way sensibly through the long new ball spells and halfway to the target.
Rory came on first change and with his second ball broke the partnership with a thin edge into Jack Osborne’s gloves. The first ball to the new batsman took the outside edge again but was shelled at first slip. The new batsman was looking to finish the game in a hurry but after dispatching a couple of square fours of Ronak, clothed Rory to mid-on.
The Marchmont number 3 had played watchfully but within touching distance of the target, he started to ride his luck. Surviving a very tight LBW shout from Ronak, he was then dropped behind off Rory and edged the next ball just short of slip. With virtually no runs left to play with, Magic Mike came on and immediately picked up an LBW with a well flighted delivery. The new man quickly finished the match with two cut fours and Marchmont made it home with 5 wickets to spare.