Stonehaven 103 all out,
Knightriders 104 for 1
Stonehaven 1st XI took a break from league action and made the trip to Hazelhead to face Knightriders 2nd XI in the Bon Accord Cup semi-final.
Stoney were defeated in the league by the same side last week and were out for revenge.
C. Mason took over captaincy duties in the absence of R. Devlin and upon winning the toss elected to bat.
Mason opened with himself and J. Crozier, an agreement at the start of play saw any leg side ball being called wide, this made for a lot of extras in the day’s play.
Kokalur and Amirtharaj were the opening bowlers for Knightriders, the latter struggling to control his inswing bowling, conceding six wides in his first over.
Mason and Crozier were going along well, pressuring the field, and took the score to 45 before Crozier (7) fell LBW to the first full over of Balaji who had replaced the injured Amirtharaj.
S. Crozier was next in and put on 18 more runs with Mason before falling to another Balaji LBW. Mason (35) was starting to get his eye in and continued to attack the bowling but a short ball from second change bowler Kumar saw Mason’s eyes light up. The timing wasnt there and the ball was nicked to the Wicket Keeper.
Stonehaven had to start again at 73 for three. Drinks were taken after 20 overs which led to an almighty but not uncommon batting collapse. A. Das went for seven, A. Gale run out for one followed by A. Milroy for 11.
The final five batsmen could only manage eight runs between them and Stonehaven’s innings ended after 34 overs for a below par 103 of which 34 were extras. Best bowling for Knightriders was Balaji, three for 27, and Kumar four for 33.
Tight bowling was needed if Stonehaven were going to have any chance of getting a result.
C. Hinchcliffe opened the bowling with Graham Bonds and Stoney got off to a dream start when Amirtharaj was caught behind off the fifth ball of Hinchcliffe’s first over. This brought Sony to join Asok at the crease.
The pair started to build an innings and dealt with most that the Stoney bowlers could throw at them. Bonds bowled well in his four overs for no reward before Mason felt a change was required.
J. Gouws came on to provide some pace, bowled well but succumbed to a knee injury suffered the week before. J. Crozier replaced Gouws in the 15th over but he struggled to find any consistency, A. Long replaced the evergreen Hinchcliffe at the other end and, with figures of one for 12 off seven overs, was by far Stonehaven’s best bowler.
Long struggled with his line and, by this time, the game had got away from Stonehaven. Seven bowlers were used in the hope of breaking up the partnership but nothing worked and in the 19th over Knightriders passed the 103 runs required for victory, Sony and Asok finishing on 34 runs apiece, the biggest disappointment was the 36 extras conceded by Stonehaven.
A promising start to the match but in the end 103 was never going to be enough and, with key players missing, Stonehaven’s quest for silverware will have to wait for next season.
This week the 1st XI travel to Allan Park in Cults to play St. Ronald