2nds squeeze home

After the previous weekends game was voided, Thistle 2nd X1 were eager to play, even with the game location changing at the 11th hour and also being switched to the Sunday.

Thistle won the toss and fielding was the obvious choice on a glorious afternoon. Thistle’s opening bowler struggled massively and was quickly replaced by D Long Jnr and together with A. Gardiner, they managed to contain the Knightriders run-rate and found success in the 7th over, D. Long Jnr got opener Selvaraj caught out for 25.

With the breakthrough, Thistle changed the bowling and brought B. Snelling and D. Crozier into the attack with immediate effect as Snelling got the second opener, Deepu, caught out for 12 and Crozier pinned Sathya LBW for 6.

The wickets and runs continued to flow as the batsmen got off the mark but then got out cheaply as the bowlers piled on the pressure, B Snelling got Bala out for 12 and D. Crozier had Reddy caught for 4.

With the score now on 64 for 5 off 15, Thistle had managed to contain a poor start and swing the momentum back in their favour. Snelling continued to find the pad in front of the stumps and eventually got two quick wickets in a superb double-wicket maiden that had an opportunity for a hat-trick.

With the skipper D. Long Snr changing the bowling around again, the Knightriders started to struggle and the score trickled along before Snelling had Harish, bowled for a duck, the score 84 for 8 off 19.

The Knightriders tail-end then got wise to Thistle’s tactics and started to play the ball on the ground and trickled the score on to 111 for 8 off 26.

Thistle then brought back the opening bowlers and it was D. Long Jnr who got both tail enders, both caught behind by D Wathern. This wrapped up the Knightriders innings at 117 all out off 31 overs. The pick of the Thistle bowlers, B. Snelling (5 for 10 off 7), D. Long Jnr (3 for 21 off 8) and D. Crozier (2 for 26 off 4).

With the Knightriders putting on a nice spread for lunch, Thistle analysed the situation and required 118 runs from a possible 59 overs.

Thistle openers J. Gibson and D. Crozier started cautiously and soaked up the early quick and accurate bowling of the Knightriders, the score reached 27 off 12 before Gibson was trapped LBW for 8.

A new player to the game and to Thistle cricket club, S. Hull got a good taste of the pace bowling but was then unfortunately bowled which brought D. Long Jnr to the crease. Thistle then slowly and steadily increased the run-rate until D. Long Jnr was caught out for 5, the score 59 for 3 of 30.

Skipper D. Long Snr then joined Crozier at the crease and in-between the barrage of unrealistic appeals, they increased the score to 106 from 46 overs, Crozier playing a very solid innings, reaching his half century in superb style but then with Thistle within touching distance of the total Crozier miss-cued and was caught in the outfield for a well deserved 57.

Thistle’s next two batsmen were then bowled out cheaply despite a superb boundary from A. Gardiner bringing thistle to 111 for 6. This left D. Long Snr and A. Long at the crease and with the Knightriders tails up, the game was reaching a tense conclusion but it was Thistle who rode their luck and forced the Knightriders into mistakes and scrambled home to the total of 118 off 51 overs for the loss of 6 wickets which left B. Snelling, J. Gouws and O. Plummer not needing to don the pads. Pick of the batsmen were D. Crozier (57), D. Long Snr (11*). This win leaves Thistle 2nd XI joint second in the league and looking forward to a grudge match with 2nd Gordonians next weekend.