Thistle 2nds slump to another defeat

Stonehaven Thistle 2nd XI 69

Ellon 2nd XI 71 for 2

Thistle 2nd X1 were put in to bat by visitors Ellon on a very wet and sticky strip. (The covers having been rendered useless by vandalism, and being away for repair).

Opener King was dismissed in the first over, finding the unpredictable bounce on the soggy surface difficult to adjust to. Gibson and S Crozier kept their heads down and kept out the opening Ellon bowlers.

It was clear that with a slow outfield, scoring was going to be difficult. The pair chipped away in singles and twos until Steve Crozier was caught with the score on 24. Gibson followed after being hit twice on the body for a dogged 8, and was followed by Kerr, who defended well but couldn’t get the ball off the square.

James Crozier picked up the gauntlet and started to hit out, the first boundary coming in the 14th over.

Batting with a runner, James plundered 19 runs while wickets fell at the other end. Skipper Dave Long Snr dug in but when Crozier departed, the tail fell away leaving Thistle with just 69 runs on the board.

The wicket was drying rapidly in the sun and breeze, but the conditions were not going to favour Thistle’s attack.

David Long Jnr opened with Nigel King, but lacked enough pace off the deck to make the batsmen struggle. King struck in the 5th over goading Fuller into a frustrated drive straight into Andrew Long’s hands. Three balls later King rearanged Duncan’s stumps with an inswinging yorker without troubling the scorers.

From this point, Ellon pair Montgomery and Hutcheson scratched and edged the bowlers away until victory was in sight.

Gouws was unlucky, beating the batsmen several times. Andrew Long’s radar was not locked in to give the batsmen anything to be concerned about, while King held the batsmen at bay but could not find a way through.

Pick of the Thistle attack was King with 2 for 6 from 9 overs. Hutcheson the best Ellon bat with 30 not out.

A toss to win, but Thistle’s batting needs to improve rapidly with the league leaders visiting next week. Thistle sit mid table, oddly having beaten teams above them but lost to teams below.