It is no coincidence that the 3rds first victory coincided with the return of 3s stalwarts Bunker, Davies and Sinclair. We were also delighted to welcome ‘Reido’ back and give Mike Glover his first WCC game after impressing being at nets. Only 6 kept their places after we were swept away by Broom hall the previous week.
Counsell lost the toss and Uni Staff decided to have a bat at a roasting Myreside. We entered the field a little nervous after we conceded 135 at 9 runs an over to Broomhall. Surely, as D Ream sang, things could only get better.
Uni Staff started well and saw off Bunker and Reido’s opening spells only to lose their first wicket in Glover’s first (?last) over for the threes including wides to leg / off and sky side but one pitched and Bunker leapt to his right salmon like to take the catch Already a contender for catch of the season
Tom Mullin discovered his rhythm and clean bowled the dangerous looking no 3 and Sinclair, fresh from night shift, used his police skills to collar the opener and later the number 6. Enter Zander Abbey, grandson of WCC legend Stewart Oliver and again Zander impressed for a 14 year old, bowling with pace and passion. His final figures of 8 overs 1 for 30 were a little unjust and he wasn’t helped by a couple of poor drops – sorry says skip.
Wickets fell steadily while the Uni no 4 enjoyed a wee bit of luck he did hit the ball very powerfully through and over the lightning fast outfield
Reido returned and under his dad, the President’s, watchful eye found himself on a hat trick only to be denied by a lick of paint as he beat the outside edge. Tom bowled well and had figures of 6 overs for 29 before he got a bit of stick in his last couple of overs. All in all a pretty good effort to restrict the Uni to 202 from their 40. Must mention Zach Talbot, in his first match keeping for the 3s, who kept very well and most importantly allowed the release of Davies and his incessant chatter to the field
So off for our first Tynecastle catering tea – and what a tea it was. How such a shambles of a football club have created such a fine catering establishment is beyond me. It’s only a shame we had to go out and bat and leave so much of it. Well actually student David Mawdsley looked like he had not only consumed most of it, but stored a fair chunk of it in his hamster cheeks and his cricket bag was suspiciously full as he left. Students these days…..
And now time to bat and as you will have guessed from the headlines Geoff’s (I am sure you guessed it wasn’t David – LOL) supreme early season form continued. Counsell failed miserably with the bat again leaving Davies and G Mawdsley to build a masterful partnership of c 100 to put us well in contention. Davies fell to a contentious LBW given by Counsell allowing Mike G who, to be fair, had informed us over tea that he wasn’t really a bowler to join Geoff in another top notch partnership. The Uni struggled to deal with our rugby outfield and wilted a little in the heat. No such wilting from Snr Mawdsley who batted on and on to finish 75 not out. While Glover perished just before the end it allowed young Talbot to come in and ease his first two balls for consecutive fours.
So, in the end, a comfortable first win of the season played in good spirit. There will be some red faces tomorrow but the big question on Scottish cricket followers lips is will Geoff Mawdsley win every player of the match award until the end of the season ? Amazingly a feat only achieved once before in ESCA history by a certain Mr Tim Bunker back in 1935.
As an aside the interest in the 3s is encouraging as the skipper received lots of texts requesting score updates – bad news is they were from his son who has his Uni exams next week – do some studying Tom! The power of the Sonian fire burns deep.
Thank you to the Mullins Abbeys and Talbots for coming along at various points to watch.
With next week off because of the demise of Glenrothes 2s the 3s travel to La Manga for some warm weather training – photos and updates to come. And then on to the 19th for Dunfermline and Carnegie away.