Stonehaven Cricket Club’s 2nd XI travelled to Portcullis for their league encounter with only nine players.
Losing the toss Thistle were put into bat and soon found themselves 12 for 2 in the 8th over due to the pace and accuracy of Portcullis Captain D. Mitchell. Dave Long Snr. joined Damian Wathern who had yet to get off the mark. Together they weathered the storm, Damian putting on 19 including a huge 6 until he ran himself out.
The experienced Andy Wilson arrived at the crease and batted through most of the innings with Long in a partnership of 106; taking the score to 142 for 4 when Long holed out on 49 and Wilson was run out for 38 as they tried to push the total on. A quickfire 16 from Bob Donnelly saw Thistle reach 158 for 7 at close with Donnelly and Finn Marsden, not out 1, at the crease.
Portcullis’s reply got off to a shaky start with opener Ronnie Falconer falling for no score to the inswinging fourth ball from D. Wathern. Thereafter Thistle struggled with the wind and the fact that the team were only fielding 9 players; when Donnelly had to leave early for childminding duties, that left 8 in the field. The gaps told the story as J. Walmsley hit 76 not out and D. Mitchell 38 in their 159 for 3 in 27 overs. Match ball is sponsored by The Station Hotel.
The future of the 2nd XI now looks very bleak as they approach holiday season. Anyone wanting a game is urged to contact the Club: www.stonehavencricketclub.co.uk.