Stonehaven 1st X1 cruise to cup victory

Stonehaven 1st X1 196 for 9, St Ronald 89 all out.

Thistle travelled to Aberdeen for a repeat of last week’s fixture against St. Ronald, this time in the Bon Accord Cup, 40 over competition.

Thistle skipper, Devlin, chose to bat on a green wicket at Allan Park, and with David Crozier and team captain Ross Devlin opening, the anticipation was that last week’s match winning opening stand could be repeated.#

Such is the way of these things that Thistle found themselves with both Crozier brothers back in the pavilion with seven runs on the board after just four overs, both victims of former Thistle player, Doug Anderson.

Captain Devlin and vice- captain Craig Mason steadied the ship, Devlin playing a long succession of singles, and Mason flexing his arms with a massive six, and some great running between the wickets to punish some mediocre bowling.

Mason was trapped in front with the score on 65,with 16 overs gone for a valuable 27.

Devlin and Gale chipped away at the attack with some brisk running, Devlin eventually was caught for a solid 39 runs. With 27 overs used, and Thistle on 128, Thistle could look forward to a healthy score, and proceeded to take the attack to the young and inexperienced bowling attack. Gale and King pushed on with a flurry of boundaries, Gale departing bowled for 24. Bonds failed to trouble the scorers and King was bowled off his legs for 16.

Owen Plummer and Andrew long kept up the momentum with some tidy running between the sticks, Plummer playing some sweet boundary shots on the off side, before playing across one from F. Anderson.

Long and Hinchcliffe toyed with the attack, Clive Hinchcliffe reverse sweeping twice, before Long was bowled in the 34th over Hinchcliffe and Findlay saw the overs out, finishing on 22 and 4 not out respectively.Thistle looking stong after 40 overs on 196 for 9

Calum Findlay and Clive Hinchcliffe started well, openers Goulding and Kingston prodding the odd cautious single. In the third over, the wheels stated to fall off the St Ronald bandwagon. Findlay picked up the wicket of Goulding for three, and in the next over Hinchcliffe bowled Kingston,( who had been a thorn in the side the previous week) and dispatched new batsman S Anderson to a stunning reaction catch by Craig Mason.

R. Munro and D. Anderson played a few strokes, Munro fell to Graham Bonds’ spin for 23, caught by King at point, but it was only a matter of time before the rather inexperienced tailend batsmen were subjected to an onslaught of mainly accurate bowling by Andrew Long.

Bonds was in on the act again, taking a smart catch off Long to remove M Munro for 16. Long cleaned up the resistance with a return of five for eight in seven overs, bowling three more victims, and one a gentle lobbed catch to Owen Plummer.

Bonds extracted last man F Anderson, caught by David Crozier. Home side 89 all out. Man of the match - Andrew Long.