Tuesday, 2 July 2019

The first monsoon rains of the season came too late for either side - 29/06/19 report

Euan reports -

Asked to field, the 1s made a decent start against Edinburgh Accies 2s, Pradeep and Robin reducing them to 43 - 3 before their number four freed his arms. A couple of held catches might have made for a different story, but we rallied well with Sai Dasari and Sada Gopan both taking wickets on debut, ably supported in the field by Abdul Shah's two run outs. Calum Lothian, Andy Graham and Ross Parker brought hockey-like energy to the field, and Simon Boendermaker chased tirelessly around the leg-side boundary to keep them to 230 all out.

The chase started well enough, Nipun striking a fine fifty in an opening stand of 82. Unfortunately, one wicket brought a few and we collapsed to 111 - 8, before the weather cruelly denied the tail a shot at glory.

Batting first, the 2s heard the thunder and decided to get the game moving on, finishing up their innings after 27 overs, 76 all out . A couple of early wickets raised hopes, and Matt Tantum claimed a further couple on his return to action, but the damage had largely been done and MDAFS 3s got home with 6 wkts in hand.

Monday, 24 June 2019

Mixed day for the Cross, 22/06/19

Euan reports -

The 2s had a welcome win yesterday, bowling out Livingston 2s for 137 in the first innings. JB picked up 4 wickets, Nipun 3, with Kieth Geddes, Vik and Robin sharing the other three between them. Runs were likewise shared around in the chase, Robin top scoring with 43, as Cross chased down the target 4 wickets down with 2 overs to spare.

The 1s were not so fortunate at Peffermill. Asked to field by Carlton 3s, they racked up 317 - 3 in their 40 overs. Credit to everyone for carrying on in good humour and spirit, and a special mention to Calum Lothian on debut, who bowled some crafty leg breaks and might have had a few wickets on another day, in between running himself ragged in the field. In reply, wickets fell in fits and starts and we never seriously challenged the target, Calum top scoring with 37* in a total of 97 all out.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Parks Progress

Ben reports -

HX travelled to the picturesque setting of Newfield for our second game in this year's Parks Trophy, against Inchcolm. Asked to bowl on the sort of road that our non-Scottish contingent thought never occurred north of the border, Pradeep and Jarrad opened strongly, Pradeep in particular getting good swing and picking up a couple of wickets. The pressure didn't relent with Sandeep and Olly coming on, Olly bowling an excellent spell of 3 for 12 off his 4 overs. Ben's attempt to boost ["reduce"? - Ed] his average by cleaning up the tail did snare him two wickets, although it got off to a rocky start as he was heaved clean into the neighbouring gardens first ball.

In reply to Inchcolm's 76 all out, Tom took one look at the perfect batting surface, decided he didn't like the look of it and was bowled for a duck. Shifty Junior (as he is insisting on being called) hit a sparky 13 before Jarrad and Quinny took us home with a couple of calm twenties, ably assisted by an equal number of extras. All in all a very comfortable victory by 8 wickets in 12.2 overs, with a strong fielding effort from everyone backing up some solid bowling and batting.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

1s and 2s lose, 15/06/19

So, the positive is that we actually got two games in for the first time in over a month.  Unfortunately, neither team was able to turn that opportunity into a win.  Boroughmuir batted first against the 1s, and scored 182-7.  Wickets were shared around, and special mention must go to Pradeep Chinta for a sterling bowling and fielding effort on his HX debut.  In reply, the HX chase never really got off the ground with the tail doing most of the wagging - a good partnership between Shannon and Jarrad and handy contribution from BAF - finishing on 116 all out.  The 2s were shot out for 21 against Musselburgh, although still managed to snare 3 wickets during the 'chase'.  A match aggregate of 43-13 suggests the pitch may have been a touch difficult to bat on...

Monday, 27 May 2019

1s lose, 2s rained off 25/05/19

A bit of a damp squib all round yesterday, with the 2s being rained off and the 1s falling to defeat against Drummond Trinity.  Batting first in a match reduced to 30 overs, the 1s slipped to 25ish for 4.  Shannon and debutant Ross (70ish) settled things down before Ross - in partnership with Euan and then Jarrad - accelerated, getting us up to what looked like a competitive 147.  Unfortunately, Drummond Trinity made short work of the chase, polishing off the runs for only 3 down in 20 overs.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Parks Trophy v Musselburgh 22/05/19 - Win for the Cross

HX put together a really strong performance in tonight's Parks Trophy game against Musselburgh, winning by 47 runs.  Batting first, a solid start allowed us to accelerate rapidly in the second half of the innings, with 76 runs coming off the final 48 balls.  Tom's 62 anchored the innings, with Ben R hitting a quick 55*, both for their maiden 50s for the Cross.  The Musselburgh innings started quickly, but Ben (3-25) and Robin (1-18) made early breakthroughs, and once Jarred (2-15) cleaned up their number 2, they never looked like making the runs.  Sandeep also picked up 2 wickets, and JB strangled the tail with a tight spell of 0-15.

1s & 2s rained off 18/05/19