Stonehaven victory with 3 overs to spare

On Saturday, Stonehaven 1sts travelled to Rubislaw to face Aberdeen Grammar FSPs 2nds on what was a cold and blustery day.

The Grammar captain won the toss and elected to bat first. In the 2nd over C. Hinchcliffe removed opening batsmen Barker for nothing after facing 3 deliveries, snicking one behind to the wicketkeeper and he would go on to take wickets in successive overs clean bowling Hegde for 4. C.

Findlay kept the bowling tight at the other end and by the first change of bowler in the 13th over AGFSPs were 29-2. J. Gouws and A. Gale were brought in to freshen the attack and it worked immediately as Gale managed to force Karthik into a mistake and bowled him on 17. Gouws would be next to strike removing the other opener Clelland for 15 as the ball trickled back onto the stumps. N. King was brought on to replace Gale and the change had the required effect.

The batsmen Guru spooned one up in the air and A. Prothero took a spectacular catch clinging on with one hand. The pairing of Eagles and Knudson would go on to frustrate Thislte, with the captain changing the bowlers to bring a wicket but nothing would change until J. Crozier was taken on for his solitary over.

He forced Knudson to edge one and J. Gouws took a sharp catch, removing him on 16. Findlay would then see some reward for his early tight bowling by knocking over Eagles’ stumps, after he had top scored for 23. Hinchcliffe was brought back on and he cleaned the tail up removing the last 3 in 6 overs, finishing with 5-31 leaving AGFSPs 153 all out.

Captain R. Devlin opened alongside D. Long and these two put together a good partnership moving steadily along. Devlin was doing his best feline impression, using up 5 or 6 of his 9 lives with the opposition not being able to hold a catch all day. The first breakthrough came in the 25th over when there was a mix up between the batsmen and Long was run out on 18 with the score on 67-1.

On a recurring theme for the innings the captain was then run out after top scoring on 42. N King then came to the crease and quickly departed after being bowled on 1 by Bharath(3-36). Crozier and Bonds now were at the crease and were going well until Bonds tried to be a bit greedy pushing for 2 and was run out after getting a quick 12. Bharath was bowling well and soon removed Crozier, clean bowling him on 15. This left the score on 109 for 5 off 35 overs, the tension bulding ever more. Gouws and Gale then looked to steady the ship, with each playing some lovely shots until Bharath had his 3rd wicket bowling Gouws on 11. Prothero came in to partner Gale and they brought the score to 140 when Gale was bowled by Knudson for 16. Donnelley was in and out again not troubling the scores, again bowled by Knudson. This brought Hinchcliffe to the crease and along with Prothero as they guided Stonehaven to victory with 3 overs to spare.

The captains man of the match award was given to Clive hinchcliffe for his tremendous bowling figures of 5-31.

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