Falcons head for the city to swoop into finals day

Falkland Cricket Club's Under 13 team (Falkland Falcons) played in the ECB Cup Finals Day at Goldenacre,
Falkland Cricket Club's Under 13 team (Falkland Falcons) played in the ECB Cup Finals Day at Goldenacre,

Falkland Cricket Club’s Under 13 team, the Falkland Falcons, were part of the ECB Cup Finals Day at Goldenacre, Edinburgh home of Heriots CC.

The Falcons had qualified for finals day following a tense quarter final victory over local rivals Largo the previous week and had not reached this stage of the competition for several years.

On a glorious day and in front of a large travelling support, the boys’ first match was against Carlton in the semi final.

Batting first against a very accurate bowling attack, which was well supported by excellent fielding, Falkland made a very creditable 62 for 9 after 20 overs.

In reply Carlton’s opening batsmen showed their experience and knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets.

In the afternoon the Falcons played Clydesdale in the third/fourth play off match.

Captain Grant won the toss and asked Clydesdale to bat and they were soon scoring at over seven an over, severely punishing any loose deliveries.

Two Clydesdale batsmen retired on 30 runs with one of those hitting his 30 off only 11 balls.

However, again the Falcons never gave up and took six Clydesdale wickets including a couple of excellent run outs.

It was always going to be a tall order to get 152 runs to win the match but the boys batted well finishing on 78 for 7 wickets.

David Potter who scored both matches said of the local side: “They have every reason to be proud of their achievements with some very good individual performances and a standard of behaviour and deportment which did the image of the club a great deal of good considering they were a village club up against three city clubs in Grange, Carlton and Clydesdale.”

The club, which has several players who are still new to the sport, would like to thank David for scoring, to the large number of parents who were there providing support and encouragement and to coaches Mel and Ben.