Six hitting fails to carry ‘Sonian 4ths home

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The 4ths fourth game of the season saw us on the astro at Gilvenbank Park, Glenrothes – both sides having a won 1, lost 2 record so far. We lost the toss, and Glens chose to bat. We welcomed for his club debut Jack Porter, fresh from his morning school game. Jack featured in our first wicket, with a well-taken catch at point. Oli Robertson’s intro to the attack saw him quickly take two wickets in successive balls – less said about the hat-trick ball the better, perhaps, but there have been a lot worse! Unfortunately we only took one more wicket before drinks, with the Glens opener well-set, past his 50 already. A couple of early wickets thereafter gave us some hope, but from 126-5 after 27 overs Glens pulled away, and finished on 214-7. Rather too many catches were put down – none easy, but if we’d held a couple of them we’d not have been required to chase over 200. Oli Robertson was easily the best of the bowlers, 2-14 in 6 overs.

Oli Robertson and skipper Alan Borthwick opened for us, Oli quickly getting into his stride with two straight sixes, and a third was to follow. Three wickets fell before drinks at 92-3, but we were doing quite well till Oli was out for a fine 62 with the score on 111: Nelson strikes again! Ewan Robertson took up the cudgels, using the same bat as Oli did, and took advantage of some loose bowling to launch two sixes of his own. One disappeared so far into the adjacent forest that it will probably only be found in a few hundred years’ time! Unfortunately Ewan’s run-out meant our run-chase rather fizzled out, and we ended up approx. 30 runs short of the Glens total. We gathered quite a few points however, and currently we’re in 7th place in the table. From now on, fortunately for us, all our games are at one ground or another in Edinburgh, but it means we can’t claim travel sickness as an excuse!

Alan Borthwick