Thistle win against St Ronalds side

Stonehaven Thistle 1st XI travelled to Kings College on a cloudy day where hosts St. Ronalds were inserted by Vice Captain Russ Balsille.

A steady but solid start by the opening batsmen Bode and Modie saw Milroy replace both his opening bowlers Clive Hinchcliffe and Findlay in search of a breakthrough.

This paid dividend as Andy Long, promoted from the 2nd team, bowled Bode for a tidy 30 runs with the St. Ronalds score on 53. Modie fell caught behind to Milroy for 15, who made up for an early missed stumping involving the same trio. Batsmen 3 and 4, Rehan and Theron both looked dangerous but were extracted in their teens with good catches from Milroy and A Hinchcliffe, induced through the bowling guile of Balsille.

Joshi was then cleaned bowled by Balsille who would finish the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 24 from 7 overs.

The St. Ronalds tail tried to wag but Stonehaven’s fielding was showing signs of improvement, with the pick of the afternoon’s catches going to an airborne Brian Campbell to dismiss Miller for 0 and give Findlay a solitary wicket for his efforts. Wathern took his first 2 wickets for the club, again both catches before a run out saw the innings conclude at 156 from 44 overs.

After an al fresco tea of sandwiches and cakes the regular Thistle batsmen Milroy and Tim Donald started in positive fashion, with Milroy’s intentions clear as Miller’s second ball of the day was pulled for 4.

Donald also was finding the boundary and the score reached 72 from 15 overs when Milroy was bowled by Tiwari for a solid 41.

Andy Hinchcliffe picked his bat up for the first time this year and slowly played himself into the game, concluding with a lovely straight 6 before being caught out on 27. However Donald remained calm and was partnered by Campbell whose innings looked more assured than the mere 10 runs it yielded.

Sadly Watherns innings was not so pure and he walked for 3 and was finally joined by Donald, dismissed for a very healthy 55 runs.

However only 10 runs were now required to win at this point and together Balsille and Ali Gardiner saw Thistle home with 5 wickets to spare.

A good travelling victory for STCC. The team will be subject to a sterner test at Cults next week.

Match Sponsor was The Station Hotel.