Saturday saw the visit of 2nd Methlick to Mineralwell to face up against a strong looking Stonehaven 2nd’s.
Captain Newell lost the toss and Stonehaven were put into bat on a decent wicket considering the near monsoon conditions of the past week.
Things did not get off to a good start for Stonehaven when opener A. Gardner holed out to cover off the second ball of the match off the bowling of Duffy. This brought D. Crozier to the crease to create the first father-son partnership of the day alongside S. Crozier.
The bowling was kept tight by openers Duffy and Williams with only 12 scored off the first 9 overs. Next over was Williams’ turn to take his first, the victim being D. Crozier for 8 with a thin tickle behind.
This brought the second father-son partnership together with J. Crozier now at the crease with his father. This proved to be the decisive pairing this day. James made the shots whilst dad, Steve, took plenty of singles.
New bowler Carr came on and J. Crozier took the attack to him. However in the 25th over J. Crozier was bowled by Young for an impressive 39.
This brought a mini collapse in the middle order with Lambson, Newell and D. Long all being bowled within 4 balls by Williams, who ended with figures of 4 for 26 from 12 overs.
A. Long came to the crease with some runs needing scored; so he obliged. He formed a good partnership with S. Crozier until the latter was bowled by the returning opener Duffy for a solid 32.
By this time A. Long had smashed his way to 34 until he was caught behind off the bowling of Young. Both Snelling and Gouws made some good runs in the final 4 overs ending up with 8 and 16 respectively. This left Stonehaven 163 for 8 off 45 overs.
Captain Newell opened with C. Findlay and A. Long to get the wickets for him. A. Long got the first breakthrough when he bowled Duffy on 0.
Both openers kept the run rate low and in the 11th Carr pulled a ball in the direction of Gardner who made a fantastic diving catch to remove him on 4.
Soon after Snelling and Gouws had replaced the openers, they themselves started taking wickets. Gouws took a great caught and bowled to send Gerrie back for 2. Then 2 overs later Gouws had another when Presley got a nick which Newell gladly hung on to.
Next over Snelling got in on the act bowling George for 7. Methlick stood at this point on 36 for 5 off 20 overs and were looking at a heavy beating. But good resistance was shown by the opener Fryer and Williams, making a partnership of 50. This was broken by another excellent piece of fielding by Gardner, running out opener Fryer on 30.
Cue the tail-end collapse. The next 4 wickets fell for 9 runs. D. Crozier got Williams for 28 with a simple catch from A. Long. D. Long had been brought on for some accuracy and penetration and that is what they got. He had the simplest of caught and bowled chances off Campbell for 0 then he sent back Young for 2 after a sharp catch by Snelling in slip. He finished with figures of 2 for 12 off 7 overs. Snelling then came back on to finish the job bowling Vaitkus for 0, himself finishing with 2 for 10 off 6.1 overs.
A good overall, team performance means Stonehaven leapfrog Methlick in the table and they hope to do the same next weekend against Stoneywood Dyce/Queens Cross. The match ball was sponsored by the Station Hotel.