Match Report
Dollar Academy Boys-U15A vs  National S1-S3 Cup
On: Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019
Venue: Away

The sun did not shine on the Colts' return to Doo-coot in Perth for the U15 T20 cup semi-final. Arriving 20 minutes after the new start time - the new earlier start time was 10 o'clock (this must have got lost in translation), and the overs were reduced to just 15, any reasonable warm-up was cancelled and the boys were straight on to field against the strongest side by far left in the tournament. The Colts looked like they had just got off a mini-bus and from the first over boundaries flowed on the sodden pitch (the covers were out of bounds during the biblical downpour) to all parts of the ground - this was not the teams' greatest day. Merchi raced to 99 off just 9 overs.

When patience was required with the bowling, extras flowed as did mis-fields near the boundary rope, missed run-outs and dropped catches. Good batsmen do not require a second chance and the Merchiston Castle opener raced onto his fifty in super quick time, ably supported by his team mates. This was followed by a brutal display of big hitting by their big number 5 - who fields and bowls as well. The opposition literally blew Dollar away and ended with an unbeatable 157 - 2 - with some tremendous shots. Lets pray that the 'spirit of cricket' has not been forgotten with some great cricket.

In reply the colts didn't start well with wickets falling regularly to fast accurate bowling and excellent catching and it only took a minute (or two) for the innings to peter out before reaching 50. It was a struggle on a stop start strip and it looked at times as a respectable score would be hard to achieve.

In the third / fourth place play-off against Hutchesons Grammar School (who lost a close game against Robert Gordons College in the other semi-final) Dollar again lost the toss and bowled against a strong looking batting line-up. However everything changes and wickets fell - a silly run-out, catches started to stick and Hutchi were all out for 59. The pick of the bowlers was Fraser Gallagher with 3 overs , 2 for 9; Henry Daniel, 2 overs 1 for 6, and Tom Milling-Smith, 2 overs 2 for 2. Zac Jones took one wicket with his only ball. Only one batter got into double figures. There were only 6 extras in 13 overs bowled.

Dollar tweeked their batting line-up, promoting those who had hit a few in the first innings up the order. However, some excellent leg spin removed the top two. Wilfie Timney, who kept wicket throughout splendidly, got started then got out, Oscar Gagahan was caught hitting over the top and then Daniel Pearson strode in. He proceeded to hit 40 runs (30 off boundaries to all parts of the ground) off only 17 balls (4 dots), supported by Will Silcock who made it look easy with 14 not out off 6 balls (a strike rate of 233) and it was game over - a strike rate of 235.

The boys showed how they could play in the second game of the day - and the tournament was a question of what if's. Everybody got to bat, and seven bowled. Pearson exhibited his laconic captaincy skills by example. The Form II boys more than performed at this level and di not look out of place - so next season things look bright and lets hope they will be back for good in the next final.