Fine win for 2nd X1

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Thistle 2nd XI met Stoneywood Dyce/Queens Cross at Duthie Park on Saturday. Expecting a tough game, the Thistle skipper won the toss and asked the league leaders to bat first.

Opening bowlers Nigel King and Ali Gardner kept it tight until in the second over Gardner bowled McPherson for nought. King removed his replacement LBW five balls later and in the next over Gardner bowled the dangerous Colin Moir for 9, Stoneywood were rocking on 12 for 3.

H. Ritchie and J. Tindell began the fight back with boundaries and some sharp singles until Ritchie, lulled into a false sense of security was run out by Captain Dave Long Snr for 13.

Bryan Snelling had replaced Gardner, beginning with 2 maiden overs, his next 5 overs claimed 5 wickets effectively mopping up the remaining batsmen: Gardner, Damian Wathern, King and Trevor Swallow all getting in on the act with fine catches. Gardner returned to claim the final wicket of Alan Barron and Stoneywood/Queens X were all out for 93. Tindell not out on 38 never looked in any trouble.

The Thistle batsmen’s reply looked more assured and runs began to come quickly for the openers Steve Crozier and King. The latter was then bowled for 12 when trying one shot too many. His replacement Steve Kerr continued the run fest until caught behind by Rayner for 10. Damien Wathern’s cameo was ended on 10 runs after a couple of boundaries when he attempted a suicidal run.

With the score on 74, Crozier was now only dealing in boundaries as the hosts brought out their spinners. Long had joined him at the other end in time to see Crozier stranded down the pitch to Moir’s bowling for 26.

With 14 runs to win Trevor Swallow joined his captain and together they saw off the bowling attack with 6 runs apiece. Thistle 2nd XI now sit in 3rd spot in the league, Stoneywood slipping to 4th. Stoney face Banchory next week at Mineralwell.

Match sponsor was the Station Hotel.