Stonehaven Thistle 2nd X1 beaten by Aberdeen Grammar F P 3rd X1

Thistle 2nds travelled in the fog to Rubislaw to commence the new season in Grade 4.

A surprising break in the fog enabled the match to go ahead on the artificial strip, and was frankly early season fare.

Thistles batting was fragile, Skipper Dave Long falling early on, while Steve Kerr dug in before departing LBW for 11 .

Pete Law provided the most solid display being run out for a gritty 21. Chasing wide deliveries and slack shots accounted for the middle order With the outfield needing the services of a good mower, there was little chance of anything reaching the boundary, and this proved the case as Thistle ground out something approaching a defendable score, closing on 59 all out .

Thistle attacked with the ball, but found inconsistency adjusting to the quick surface, King and Gouws passing the bat with pace, but not able to trouble the batsmen enough. Rather too many byes went through as fielders and bowlers struggled to cope with the conditions. Several bowlers were tried to make the breakthrough as the score crept up, with only Wathern having success, Gouws taking a routine catch . Harris Wilson bowled tidily at the death of the game.

19 in extras from the home side and 23 from Thistle speaks volumes about the early season feel to the game.

All in all, the new look side performed encouragingly in the field, but will need work on their batting. Hopefully a return to grass will provide a more familiar surface next week.

Stonehaven Thistle 2nd X1 59 all out Aberdeen Grammar F P 3rd X1 60 for 1