After victory in the previous weekend’s game, Thistle’s 1st XI were eager to play, away to 2nd XI Knightriders on a warm but cloudy Saturday.
With the Knightriders winning the toss, Thistle were put in to bat and openers J.Crozier and C.Hinchcliffe started steadily, checking how the game played on the artificial strip but the Knightriders struck early,
Hinchcliffe were bowled by Malleshappa in the fourth over, Thistle with 11 on the board. Next in was Vice Captain C.Mason to join Crozier at the crease but before any momentum could be build, Crozier was bowled by Kokawr for a steady 13, Thistle now 22 for 2 off 7 overs.
Next in was captain R.Devlin who helped Mason see off the opening bowlers but was then pinned LBW by Malleshappa in the 12th over and shortly followed by O.Plummer who was caught behind off a beauty by Malleshappa, Thistle now 33 for 4 off 12.
B.Campbell stuck around with Mason and together they got Thistle up to 44 before Mason was bowled for 12 by Sekar.
Another new player for Thistle, G. Bonds stuck in with Campbell and the pair hung around till the 25th over before Bonds was run out and then Campbell was caught going for another big hit, Thistle now on 64 for seven.
1st XI new-comer A.Gale was in next and joined by A.Long and together they slowly chipped away at the clever bowling of the Knightriders until the 38th over where Gale was unfortunately run out for eight by some great fielding and a direct hit, the score 94 for eight.
With Thistle now desperate to get as many runs on the board, G Buchanan was bowled by Malleshappa going for the big shot and with last-batsman S. Lyall at the crease, Long tried to get the score up but holed out to mid-off which ended Thistle’s innings, the final score 106 all out off 41 overs.
Thistle’s top scorers A.Long (26), B.Campbell (18), J.Crozier (13) and C.Mason (12).
After tea, Thistle set out to get off to a good start in the field and opener C.Hinchcliffe got a great start with his first ball, O.Plummer catching the opening batsman Amirtharaj for one but in the next over, B.Campbell was injured and wouldn’t bowl again, G.Bonds finishing his over.
Thankfully, Hinchcliffe struck again in his next over, O.Plummer taking a truly special and spectacular catch in the cover, the ball smashed to his right as he dived and took it one-handed.
With the opposition 9 for 2 off four overs, Thistle were looking good but then Asok and Sekar started to work the gaps and frustrated Thistle’s bowlers A.Long and Hinchcliffe, boosting their score to 43 off 13 overs.
C. Mason was on next and got two wickets in three overs and C.Hinchcliffe also bagged another two wickets, working over Malleshappa and Ramdos but Thistle were left frustrated at the casual and inconsistent umpiring, Mason “advising” the correct standing position behind the stumps, the score 74 for 6 off 25 overs.
With Mason having to leave early and a couple of walking-wounded, Thistle fought hard as the Knightriders tail-end also began to feel the pressure, A.Long denied a stone-wall LBW, bowling much better in his second spell along with A.Gale, O.Plummer and J.Crozier chipping in from the other end.
Things got even tenser as Hinchliffe struck again, bowling Balaji and Crozier dismissing Veera for seven, the score 93 for 8 off 31.
Unfortunately it was not to be for Thistle who gave it their best, the Knightriders reaching the total in the 34th over, 108 for eight.
Top bowler and man-of-the-match (who received a very nice little trophy) C.Hinchcliffe (5-24 off 12) and notable contributions from C.Mason (2-15 off 6) and J.Crozier (1 for 5 off 1).
Thistle’s 1st XI will look to bounce back next week as they host Crescent at home.