After the previous weekend’s washout due to the heavy rains, Stonehaven Thistle’s 1st XI had a bye so only the 2nd XI were in action and they hosted 2nd XI Kemnay/Kintore on a blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon at Mineralwell Park.
Kemnay/Kintore won the toss and elected to bat with only 7 players showing up.
Kemnay/Kintore got off to a shaky start with A.Long and N.King picking up wickets in their third overs but Longs wayward bowling prompted a changed at the hill end, O.Plummer coming into the attack, Kemnay/Kintore 23 for 2 off 6 overs.
Thistle then struck again, N.King clean-bowling R. Soni for 4, Kemnay/Kintore 38 for 3 off 8 overs. Kemnay/Kintore middle order G.Coe and F. Fyfe then hung around and chipped away at the consistent bowling of King and Plummer, the score 60 for 3 off 20 overs.
Thistle kept switching up the bowling, D. Long Snr, G. Bonds, J. Docherty, A. Prothero and young Harris Wilson all bowling well but it was A. Das who then got two quick wickets, G.Coe caught for 32 and D. Fyfe caught for a solid 50, Kemnay/Kintore 117 for 5 off 31.
With only one wicket required, B.Campbell was brought into the attack and struck in his third over, G. Fowlie caught for 15, Kemnay/Kintore finishing on 134 all out off 41 overs. Thistle’s best bowlers, N.King picking up 2 for 6 off 9 overs and A. Das who was 2 for 23 off 5 overs.
With Thistle facing a bigger total than they had initially imagined they would and loaning a fielder to the opposition, A.Das and O.Plummer started well before Das was caught out, the score 8 for 1 off 3 overs. B.Campell then started to set about the bowling and along with Plummer, pushed the score up to 45 before he was caught out for 25 in the 12th over.
A.Long then joined Plummer and both chipped away at the bowling attack, quick running between the wickets frustrating the fielding team but then O.Plummer was caught out for a well-played 27, Thistle now 72 for 3 off 18 overs.
D.Long Snr then joined his son at the crease and continued the steady task of chasing down the total.
Thistle were going along nicely, A.Long joining B.Campbell in the sixes club but with Kenmay/Kintore changing the bowling multiple times, they found the breakthrough, A.Long bowled for 27, Thistle 92 for 4 off 26 overs.
Young J. Docherty was next in and batted really well, not intimidated by the bowling attack and together with Long. Snr, they boosted the score up to 126 off 38 overs.
In true Scottish fashion, the beautiful sunny day then turned into a downpour, Thistle desperate to get the finish before the rain got too heavy and in the building tension, D.Long Snr and J.Docherty were both out in the 39th over, The drama building as the heavy dark clouds continued to open. N.King and G. Bonds then called on their experience and took control to finished things off, Thistle reaching the total in the 40th over, 135 for 6.
Thistle’s best batsmen, O.Plummer (27), A.Long (27), B. Campbell (25), J. Docherty (22) and an important knock from skipper D.Long Snr, (12).
Thistle finally tasted victory again and celebrated back at their main sponsor’s, The Station Hotel and will look to build momentum next week away to Gordonians.