ESCA Division 3 2018

Murrayfield DAFS 2
47/1 - 46/10
Selkirk won by 9 wickets

The 2s endured a difficult day as their winning start to the season stalled in the face of a well-oiled Selkirk machine. The home side won the toss and elected to field and we never managed to get a foothold in the game.

Tom and Russell opened up, and after a confident start, the home side set the tone for the day with a brilliant one-handed catch at full stretch to dismiss Tom, who had attempted to go over the infield. Dush rode his luck to reach double figures and Mike and Phil briefly hinted at a counterattack before they were both out caught. We failed to gain any momentum in the innings, eventually conking out for 46.

The pitch was typically tricky, despite the recent dry weather, with the ball generally sluggish coming onto the bat and occasional tennis ball bounce off a length. However, to Selkirk’s credit, they bowled with the discipline of a table-topping side, rarely offering width or straying from a good length and conceding just 2 wides in a torturously protracted innings.

Kiwi duo Will and Phil opened up but there was little to cheer from a bowling perspective as the home side raced towards the target. Will was unfortunate not to pickup his first 2s wicket: a very convincing LBW appeal may have suffered from the confusion of a simultaneous appeal for caught behind with the umpire refusing to yield. Then, off the last ball of his spell, a steepler was put down at extra cover.

After watching a catch go down at square leg in his first over, Tom managed to trap one of the openers in front of the stumps, perilously playing back, to give us our first and only wicket of the day. With so few runs to play with, Selkirk eased towards the target without fuss to send us home early.

We simply didn’t turn up against a confident, well-drilled side who will be difficult to beat at home all season. No damage done that can’t be put right next week as we welcome Penicuik to Fortress Roseburn.



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