Stonehaven Thistle 2nd XI recorded the Club’s first win of the season at the weekend when they defeated Turriff at Mineralwell at the weekend.
Thankfully most of the morning rain had dried off when Turriff won the toss and chose to bat. On the hard wicket, covered overnight, Jason Gouws tore into the top order, bowling David Laing with the ninth ball of the innings and dealing with his replacement Blair Balmunt in his next over while his bowling partner, Vice Captain Arran Prothero was still finding his feet as top order strike bowler.
At 19 for 2, a bowling change brought on young Harris Wilson who bowled D. Duncan with his second ball. His next over was even better hitting the stumps twice in two balls. Turriff were in a mess at 20 for 5 yet rallied for the next 11 overs as opening bat Steve Ling found form as Josh Law and Finn Marsden tried their luck with the ball. His partner N. Balment then holed out to the Skipper Long Snr’s third flighted delivery. Pete Law bowled P. Wrigglesworth and Turriff were 77 for 7. Soon after Ross Devlin came in and cleaned up the innings with 2 wickets in 4 balls.
S. Ling was the only Turriff batsman to reach double figures in their total of 90, carrying his bat with 58 not out. Of the bowlers J. Gouws was excellent with figures of 8 overs, 3 maidens, 2 for 7. H. Wilson 3 for 5 off 4 overs and R. Devlin 2 for 1.
Thistle’s reply started boldly with Graham Bonds, opening the batting for the first time since his school days, hit two boundaries in the first over and following up with another and two sixes shortly after before the fun was ended when judged LBW for 25. His partner P. Law had fallen LBW, also to S. Ling, without scoring but his replacement A. Prothero hung on rotating the strike as J. Gouws came in and with some lusty blows took the score to 59 before holing out on 18. At Prothero’s departure, bowled for 5 by B. Balmunt, Gouws had been joined at the crease by Dave Long. Snr (25 not out), who together with R. Devlin (15 not out), marshalled the innings to 93 for 5 in the 30th over. The win now lifts Stonehaven off the foot of the league table, above Kemnay-Kintore who have lost all 3 of their matches.
This Saturday the 2nd XI host Grampian CC while the 1st XI travel to Rubislaw and AGSFP’s. The Club is desperate for any potential players, seniors or juniors, parents, friends (male or female) to play in our 2nd XI. Cricket skills are not required but are a bonus. To survive teams have to complete two thirds of their fixtures. Having already scratched the first 2 matches of the season due to lack of players, time is running out.
Go to the Club website for more information: www.stonehavencricketclub.co.uk
Match ball was sponsored by The Station Hotel.
Turriff, 90 all out
Stonehaven Thistle 2nd XI, 93 for 5.