After a washed out friendly the previous weekend, Stonehaven Thistle 2nd XI travelled to Sheddocksley on Saturday to face the newly promoted Knightriders. Thistle fielded a mix of experience and youth and also welcomed newcomer G. Buchanan in his first appearance for the club.
Thistle won the toss and with glorious sunshine and a surprisingly good looking track, Thistle elected to bowl. N. King and A.Long opened the bowling for Thistle and had the Knightriders in trouble early on, 29 for 4 off the first 10 over’s, an LBW for both bowlers and D. Crozier taking two solid catches in the field.
Thistle then kept the pressure on and claimed two more wickets, the Knightriders 35 for 6 off 13. With an early finish looking possible, Thistle pushed hard, J. Gouws and A. Gardner coming into the attack pinning the Knightriders to 54 for 6 off 21. D. Crozier then entered the attack and was a little rusty in his first over but then showed good resolve and got the breakthrough in his second, bowling Selwa for 11 runs, Knightriders 55 for 7 off 22.
With a slight sense of composure settling in for Thistle, the Knightriders tail end dug deep and slowly started to get some runs on the board, 102 for 8 off 30. With the Knightriders gaining in confidence and scoring freely, Thistle struggled to bowl out the tail end, not helped by some dubious umpiring, the score climbing to 130 for 8 off 36, Karran reaching his half century.
Thistle swapped the bowlers around and finally got the 10 wickets, bowling the Knightriders out for 148 off 39. Bowlers: A. Long (4-35) D. Crozier (3-23) N. King (2-47) J.Gouws (0-5 off 6) and A. Gardner (0-31).
With Thistle needing 149 off 51 overs to win, level heads were needed as S. Crozier and son D. Crozier opened the batting after lunch. Thistle were settling in nicely knowing that overs were plentiful until S. Crozier was unlucky to be bowled for 3, Thistle 14 for 1 off 9.
Thistle’s all-rounder N. King then stepped up to the plate and dealt out some lusty blows, smashing the ball around until being bowled out for 19, the score 48 for 2 off 18.
With Thistle still in control, new batsmen S.Kerr was unfortunately bowled by a Jaffa in the next over which brought skipper D. Long Snr to the crease.
Long and Crozier then started to put on a solid display of controlled batting elevating Thistle to 80 for 3 off 34 but the Knightriders managed to break the partnership D. Crozier bowled out for a well played 45.
J. Gibson was the next man in and was supporting the skipper well until, suffering from a calf strain, was run out for 10 and then skipper D. Long Snr also went for a well played 10, the score 97 for 5 off 38. Thistle then seemed to implode with most of the tail end not troubling the scorers, J. Gouws showed some resolve, hooking a 6 and 4 in consecutive balls before being caught out in the deep. The Knightriders claimed the win, Thistle all out for 114 off 45. Thistles top batsmen: D. Crozier (45) N. King (19) J. Gouws (12) J. Gibson and D. Long Snr (10)
Thistle will be disappointed with the result but showed promise in many areas and will look to improve next weekend as they travel to Rubislaw to face AGSFP’s.
Knightriders 1st XI 148 all out
Stonehaven 2nd X1 114 all out