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Cricket Report

Junior pupils in their cricket whites playing tennis on cricket field

The U15As and U15Bs enjoyed two fixtures against Strathallan, winning both matches. There were some excellent individual performances, namely Todd B and Lewis K with the bat and Isaac and Alec M with the ball. The U14As and U14Bs had a tougher day with some lessons to be learnt from a disappointing batting display. They can look forward to many more opportunities after the half term break. The Pringle 1XI and U11As continued their unbeaten streak with two more excellent performances against Belhaven Hill and Cargilfield. The 2XI, U11Bs and U9s showed real improvement in their softball matches against Cargilfield and Belhaven too. Although we have been met with some unpredictable weather, we have been really pleased with how much we have been able to get into this first half of term. In 6 weeks over 170 boys have represented the school across 15 teams in 45 fixtures. This opportunity is hopefully instilling more and more confidence in the boys who have had less opportunity to play the game in the past. We are hopeful that some of these boys will be able to transition to hardball cricket with confidence over the winter. The Ground Staff must also take a huge amount of satisfaction for the work they have put into preparing amazing facilities for the boys to flourish. Mr Yan Hip and his team have and continue to do a fantastic job.

There is a very busy four weeks of training and fixtures ahead after the half term break and we look forward to some warmer weather too!!

Team of the Week

  1. Lewis K (U15B)
  2. Alec M (U15B)
  3. Fergus F (Pringle 1XI)
  4. Henry A (Pringle 2XI)
  5. Freddie C (Pringle 1XI)
  6. Todd B (U15A)
  7. Angus j (U13B) WK
  8. Callum R (U11A)
  9. Lewis K (U11B)
  10. Abdul (U11B)
  11. Sebastian (U10s)
Cameron on the golf course for the ISGA Virtual Northern Open

Golf Academy
Good luck to Cam A who is competing in this week's Scottish Men’s Open Championship at Southerness Golf Club. The competition begins on Friday 28 May with 144 of the UK’s best amateurs playing. All competitors will play 36 holes then after the cut is made the top 40 players will compete further on the last day of play over a further 36 holes. We wish Cam the very best of luck. 

Tennis Academy

Merchiston Tennis Development Squad stand with Fettes Tennis Team

The past seven weeks have seen much activity across the tennis programme and the team of Nathan Lundy and Michael Millar have been working hard to ensure our players have been exposed to the very best offering available. Our coaches have performed 187 individuals lessons, 224 squad hours, and have been always putting the needs of the players first. 

Regular competitive matches have been an area we have focussed on, and it has been pleasing to see this culture start to embed. We have run weekly grade 7 matches that are processed through the governing body (LTA) that offer purpose and points! Every match counts towards a players' rating and universal tennis rating (UTR); this is especially effective for players who may not be familiar with the British tennis circuit. So far, we have processed 65 results for the governing body - including both singles and doubles - which is excellent. 

Road 2 Wimbledon 
This was the first time we had held if for a few years and it was great to have the event back at Merchiston. The event was won by David D and we wish him well in the county finals in June. 

Year 7/8/9/10 LTA Schools Competition 
The LTA competitions have been great to have back on, however some schools have been struggling to field teams for the event. Our Year 7/8 team have been flying with good wins against Heriots and we have the final fixtures against Strathallan and Clifton Hall upcoming. Our year 9/10 matches have been met with cancellations, but we do have a match secured against Strathallan on Tuesday 8 June that we are looking forward to. 

Fixtures
One highlight of the past few weeks was a terrific fixture against Fettes where our Development Squad players took part in a great match. Fettes' ended up as winners but there was some impressive tennis from everyone involved. Great team experience. 

Rory McCann, Director of Sport