Mary Erskine School was the location for the 1st round of the Accies participation in the Indoor Cricket Media Super Sixes. The Accies were dawn in a group of three along with the Scotland Wildcats and the Eastern Regional Academy. The Accies took a strong side consisting of Geraint Jones (c), Angus Rive, Andy Moffat, Tom Tredinnick and Ryan Williams. The sixth member of the team was Graeme Ormiston, who made his debut for the club.
The first game of the evening saw the Accies take on the Eastern Regional Academy. Having won the toss captain Geraint chose to bowl first. This proved to be a good decision as some tight bowling and some sharp fielding led to the Accies bowling out the Academy for 98 with a couple of overs to spare. The opening batting partnership of Andy and Tom got of to a steady start, but Tom fell to a good catch at mid-off and shortly after Andy nicked one through to the keeper to bring Angus and Graeme to the crease. The two were able to steady the ship and keep the Accies within touch of the required run rate. With 30 runs required for the win Angus went to a good bit of bowling bringing Ryan to the crease and with 4 overs left the game could have gone either way. But a strong batting performance from Graeme and some wayward bowling meant Accies got the required total with an over and a half remaining.
With the Eastern Academy beating the Wildcats in the second game both teams had a point to prove going into the final game of the evening. Geraint unfortunately lost the toss and we were put into bat. With some good bowling and tight fielding the Accies were restricted to 10 runs an over for the first few overs. Things took a turn for the worse when Tom hit a shot in the air towards the long-on fielder who dropped the catch but managed to run out Andy with the follow up piece of fielding. With some gutsy batting and a few 6’s late on Accies managed to post a total of 108 to make for a competitive chase. The Wildcats came out guns blazing and saw one of there batsmen retire within the 3rd over. But a tight bit of bowling from spinners Andy and Graeme along with a couple of quick wickets in the middle overs brought momentum back to the Accies. Although the following bowlers gave it their all it was not enough to prevent the Wildcats batsmen from reaching their target with an over to spare.
So with all three teams winning one game each, the group is wide open. With only one spot available to make the semi-finals its all to play for on the 24th of February when the sides meet up for the return matches.
The Cricket Scotland report on the group matches can be found here: