stonehaven 1st XI 164 for 8
Kintore 1st X1 105 for 5
On a wet day with the wicket like a rice pudding and the outfield in need of silaging, the toss was always going to be important and the call fell to KTC, who naturally inserted Thistle.
Skipper Milroy was soon out trying to hook a slider and stand in No3 Clive Hinchcliffe quickly followed despite some early luck. However the sun came out, jumpers were abandoned and opener Donald together with home debutant Lambson lifted the Thistle spirits with a fine partnership of 71. Lambson played an excellent and controlled innings before finally being bowled on 36.
Jacobsen’s innings was brief but Wathern supported Donald well. Donald provided the highest score of the day of with 70, including three 6’s before departing in the 40th over, a mammoth innings in such unsuitable batting conditions.
Gardiner and Findlay both went cheaply; Andrew Long played a fine cameo, with a sweet 6 before the 45 overs saw the innings close on 164 for 8, with Wathern unbeaten on 11. Laird and Prosser were the pick of the KTC bowlers, taking 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
After a fine tea and with the sun drying the ground nicely KTC made their reply. Progress was slow but steady and Thistle took the first 5 wickets at an acceptable rate, with an exceptional catch by C Hinchcliffe being the notable fielding piece.
However with Captain Prosser at the crease both sides still had a fair chance of victory when the heavens opened. With the KTC score at 105 for 5 after 35 overs the skippers shook hands and decided that retreat to the hospitality of The Station Hotel was a wiser course of action.
This void game sees Thistle slip to joint 3rd place, with three games remaining in Grade 1.