Kelso v Murrayfield DAFS
Saturday 28th April 2018
Kelso (20) : 233 for 9 in 50 overs.
T Grindell 90, T Van Ingen-kal 65, H Aman 3 for 54, G Poole 2 for 31
Murrayfield DAFS (7) : 140 all out in 37.5 overs.
S Fergusson 38, M Akerkar 36, C Adams 3 for 22, B Grindell 3 for 30
Kelso beat Murrayfield DAFS by 93 runs
So after Luke had successfully guided the 1s to the Division One title last season we found ourselves back in the Championship after a 3 year break. Departing a very wet Edinburgh and making our way down to the borders to play a Kelso team fresh from finishing 4th in the Championship last season we knew we were going to be in for a tough match but were buoyed by the news that 2017 Championship top run scorer Eckhard was not due to arrive until late afternoon so wouldn’t be playing.
On arrival it looked like there hadn’t been much rain and the match was definitely going ahead. I didn’t spend much time looking at a very green pitch to make up my mind what I was going to do at the toss. That was taken out of my hands when in true Hayze style I lost my first toss of the season and to my surprise we were asked to bowl first. A strange decision I thought but batting was the Kelso strength last season so I guess not a complete shock.
Heading out 5 minutes early I gave a short speech about Ian and said that the Championship was the league he always wanted us to be in so we would be trying our hardest to stay in the league. This was followed by a 1 minute silence well observed by all 22 players and the 2 umpires. As captain I really wanted to deliver a performance for Ian that would do the club proud with him looking down.
Gavin fresh from being our leading wicket taker last season picked up 2 wickets early door accounting for Adams and Leslie with some lovely seam bowling, destroying their stumps in the process. This brought Kelso’s other overseas Amateur Van Ingen-Kal to the crease and he along with their skipper were looking to be very positive and go on the attack. A couple of tough chances were put down and the skipper road his luck on numerous occasions with one ball from Yelly bouncing over the top of the stumps after he chopped on.
After a 67 run partnership the introduction of Debutant Hassan brought about the wicket of the skipper with a routine catch for Sam at Mid Off. Grindell came to the crease and we were keen to snap up another wicket but both batsman played well and in all honesty didn’t look like they were going to give their wicket away until Hassan produced his magic ball which turned the opposite way and bowled Ingen-Kal through the gate.
We sniffed an opportunity and with the number 6 and 7 falling cheaply to the ‘The Has’ and Batman leaving them 126-6. We really thought we had an opportunity but with the number 8 looking pretty solid and looking to anchor down his end Grindall went on the attack and with some clean hitting punished all of our bowlers. Gavin was brought back into the attack to try and get that breakthrough but the plan didn’t work and the score had shot up to 214 when the number 8 Davidson was finally caught and bowled with 4 overs remaining by Nadeem. Grindall departed near the end for an excellent 90 and Kelso ended on 233. This was probably about 70 runs more than we would have liked but highlighted the task we faced this season in the ruthless division that is the Championship. In general it was a decent fielding display but still plenty to work on in training.
After a decent tea Maggy and Fin walked out to the middle to open the batting. Maggy quickly got into his stride with a boundary off the first ball and by the 2nd over the score had raced onto 20. The 3rd over saw the Kelso opener Farr banned from the bowling attack after bowling only 1.1 overs falling foul of the new 2 waist high full tosses and you are off for the innings. This forced the skipper Henderson to bring himself on and after 5 overs the score had quickly moved on to 38.
Fin was looking comfortable playing anchor to Maggy so it was surprise when Fin gave a simple catch off Henderson to leave us 38-1. Alex was next in and was looking in good touch playing himself in gradually. Meanwhile Maggy had continued his great form until Opener Grindell rattled him on the pads. Maggy has always been an LBW candidate but from the sidelines all of us watching thought this hit him up very high but the umpire disagreed and quickly put his finger up. A rough decision for Maggy leaving us 48-2. In came Anand “Chunky” Batman promoted to 4 after his good season last year and he played himself in like Alex. Unfortunately before long Grindell had snaffled both of them in the gully and we were in a bit of trouble at 78-4. Ash our overseas player this season came and went after a short stay at the crease and we were in further trouble at 87-5.
I was next in and was happy to drop anchor and try and steady the innings whilst Sam went on the offensive. The next four or five overs saw Sam dispatch the ball to all parts showing little respect for the Kelso attack and the score quickly raced to 115 keeping us well up with the rate. Unfortunately one ball before drinks Sam went for a similar shot to a ball he had dispatched for 4 in the previous over but missed and was bowled leaving us 115-6 after 25 at drinks.
We still had plenty of overs left and were up with the run rate but we were fast running out of wickets. Gavin joined me at the crease and we tried to keep the score ticking it over but myself in particular really struggled against their off spinner who was bowling a decent line and length and the runs started to dry up. Gavin then got himself in all sorts of trouble against a sharply turning ball but still managed to get bat on ball after being squared up. Surprisingly all the Kelso players went up for LBW thinking it had hit his pad and the umpire to our amazement agreed. Gavin had clearly hit this. It was a shocking decision but he had to go. The umpire later admitted after speaking to square leg and myself at the non strikers end it was mistake and apologised to Gavin at the end of the game.
Reeling at 123-7 but still with plenty of overs left myself and the Incoming Hassan tried to use up some overs and keep the scoreboard ticking but it was slow progress with neither of us timing the ball well. After a poor innings, frustration got the better of me and I was bowled advancing down the track to the spinner to leave us 140-8 and unfortunately within the next few overs we were all out with the score remaining at 140.
Ultimately the steady flow of wickets throughout our innings had cost us in chasing a total which was very gettable on a decent Kelso track. In contrast to the Kelso innings we didn’t have anyone go on and make the bigger score that two of their batsman did. So in summary a decent start to the season against what was a very good Kelso outfit. It was a learning curve for the whole team including myself and to pick up 7 losing bonus points at Kelso may not be a bad return come the end of the season. The team spirit remained good throughout the match and I believe if we are to be successful in the Championship we need to keep this going as it was such a key component of our success under Luke last year.
There is a link below to some photos from the day from Kelso. A few good ones of Gavin and Maggy 🙂