A youthful ‘Sonian team descended on Myreside this week, hoping to avenge a clear and convincing reversal against Grange in Stockbridge earlier in the season.
The side had been decimated by injuries, weddings and a Ladz holiday to Thailand. One positive however, the average age had slipped from over 30 to approximately under 17. The only problems foreseen were to be how to juggle the ECB directives on ‘fast’ bowling.
Stand-in skipper D had to contend with this early on as ‘Sonians were made to field on an actual hot day, with only a single drinks break. Sometimes you just want umpiring consistency. No-one minds about wides or LBW decisions but drinks breaks should be discussed at the AGM this year clearly.
Grange openers got off to a flyer, making the pitch look very easy to bat on with an outfield like glass. Deciding to chop and change the bowling, with good back up in the field, ‘Sonains clawed their way back in to the game as first TC (2/30) then C Martin (2/18) and F Sands (1/28) bowled miserly to restrict the scoring. Hard running in the final 10 overs got Grange up to 264. An above par score on this track but could have been a far higher chase.
A last-minute addition to the squad on Friday night, sadly FAB departed without troubling the scorers but Shaka and Carson put together a good partnership, followed by Liam after Shaka went wallies moments before his paper 30 job was completed. At 121/2 the game was shaping well. However, once Carson was out for 80, the wheels came off and ‘Sonians were ao for 178 as the Grange slow bowlers turned the screws. Paddy Brown provided some positive with a battling 19 on debut.
All in all not a bad performance but not a good one. With some players returning this week, though not as many as I thought going on Shaka’s Twitter GIFs, ‘Sonians look to change fortunes against Corstorphine to make some daylight between them and the bottom two.