Another week…maybe fewer rain interruptions but certainly a good week for the crazy monsters which are the Livi juniors.
On Monday the 23rd, under 14s travelled to the Inch in town to play against a spirited but badly injured (toes nails missing, bad backs etc) Carlton team. Livi stuck on a pretty decent total of 150 runs on a decent artificial track but Carlton were unable to surpass the total despite some big hitting from their bigger lads and talented stroke makers. Big thanks to new pal Rahul for looking after their team. Top scores for Srikar and Adit and great fielding all round from the team.
With Livi unable to play the Tuesday under 18s and Carlton unable to play the Wednesday under 16s due to the exams, Livi juniors took on the best of their 2nd and 3rd XI compatriots at Dresselrigg instead. Jared made the most of it with a 50 and Matthew and Arsh weighed in with 19 and 25 respectively with Matthew hitting a his first adult length 6 off SMA’s bowling. A total above 130 runs was always out of reach for the adults with Livi juniors taking every catch that came their way and the uber team spirit ensured a victory. The seniors demand a rematch.
Juniors came back down to a bump on the Friday though. A young and inexperienced Livi took on a super Carlton team who once again inflicted a sore defeat on the wee uns’. But no one seemed unhappy about it and all smiles and additional experience will go a long way.
The highlight of the week though was a trip to our friends at Falkland in the ECB under 13s. Livi were inserted on a seaming green track which still had a little morning dew. A good decision in track reading, but Livi went about it well with Srikar, Alex and Archie reaching the max 30 runs each…but uber moan Matthew getting run out on 14 made for a non-fun car journey home. Livi reached 160 off 20 overs. In response, Falkland battled hard and never flinched. Wickets for Srikar, Matthew, Vivaan, Asher, Naman and the last one for Zain ensured it was Livi’s day. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Falkland who put on a sumptuous tea which featured possibly Scotland’s best home made tablet.
Onto the next week which features a local derby, a Cup match and visits from near (Stockbridge) and far (Kelso)