Stonehaven Thistle 2nd XI 114 for 5
Last Saturday the second eleven played hosts to Aberdeen team Crescent, hoping to reverse the loss against them earlier in the season. Skipper Dave Long Sr. won the toss and asked the visitors to bat, with plenty of cloud to help the bowlers.
The opening batsmen started carefully as King and Long Jr. both found excellent rhythm and took advantage of good bowling conditions. In the 6th over Pewekar tried to hit out against Long and was caught off the edge by Buchanan.
Brich then joined Skedge and these two defended well until setting off for a very risky single to D. Crozier. An excellent piece of fielding left Skedge several yards short of his ground. Brich followed soon after, as wicketkeeper Kerr took an excellent catch off King. When King had the next batsman trapped lbw the score was 25 for 4 as Stonehaven’s opening bowlers again dominated the opposition, backed up by excellent pressure from the fielders.
Snelling and Gouws came on to bowl and showed how the seconds now have good depth in their attack. Both bowlers applied pressure and made run scoring very difficult. Findlay was run out by another excellent piece of fielding by Long Jr. then Snelling took the prize wicket of all-rounder Thangaraj, lbw for 24.
D. Crozier came on to bowl spin and created several chances, then Snelling had a second lbw, finishing with 2 for 14 off 9 overs. King and Long Jr. returned to the attack and after some stubborn resistance by the tailenders each took a wicket to close the innings.
Crescent were all out for 111 after a fine team effort by all of Stonehaven’s bowlers and fielders. King finished with 3 for 24 off 12 overs and D. Long Jr. finished with 2 for 31 off 12 overs.
The opening partnership between S. Crozier and D. Crozier was short-lived as S. Crozier was surprised by a quick in-swinging first ball from Bhandari which clipped his pad and was deflected onto the stumps. J. Crozier joined his brother and these two set about building a score in the difficult batting conditions.
After carefully playing themselves in the two batsmen gradually built up the scoring rate, picking off any loose deliveries and giving an excellent demonstration of running and calling. D. Crozier in particular was timing the ball well and regularly reached the boundary.
After 16 overs the partnership of 49 was taking the game away from Crescent as their bowlers struggled to apply any pressure. However a loose pull shot from J. Crozier was caught at square leg for 10 and Crescent sensed an opportunity. However, Gibson joined D. Crozier and continued the good work, accumulating runs without giving any chances.
D. Crozier was eventually out for 36 with the score on 73, Kerr joined Gibson and took the score up to 90 before being trapped lbw. D. Long Sr. joined Gibson and these two took the score to 110 with ease. Gibson was caught for 18 going for the big finish, but the skipper reached the finishing total with 10 not out. The final score of 114 was achieved with a comfortable 5 wickets and 6 overs to spare showing a great all-round effort by the team.
This second victory in two weeks lifted Stonehaven into fifth position in Grade 3. For his 36 runs and some excellent fielding and bowling David Crozier was named Man of the Match. The match ball was sponsored by the Charles McHardy, Butchers.