Stonehaven 2nd X1 travelled to Methlick with a full side looking for an improvement in performance knowing that they have a very good record at Methlick.
Despite deputy captain D Long losing the toss and being asked to bat, Stonehaven made a slow but steady start knowing the importance of not losing early wickets. S Crozier (12 runs) and J Gibson (18 runs) held out until the eleventh over before crozier was adjudged LBW by Duffy (1 for 20). D Crozier (19 runs) brought some fresh impetus into the side with two 6’s and five bonus runs caused by the ball hitting a fielders helmet. Some slow accurate bowling left Stonehaven 55 for 3 from 21 overs when S Kerr and D Long Snr were brought to the crease and had an excellent partnership of 44 runs before S Kerr was adjudged LBW by Breminison 4 for 36 from 12 overs.
At 96 for 5 from 36 overs Stonehaven had 9 overs left to post a respectable score when A Gardner came to the crease. D Long and A Gardner found gaps in the field and despite riding their luck with two dropped catches made is to 126 before D Long was caught and A Gardner was bowled. An unfortunate slip on the artificial wicket led to the run out of S Hull on the final ball as Stonehaven were all out for 131 after 45 overs. Stonehaven made the breakthrough in the fourth over as R Atkinson held an athletic catch off the bowling of Gardner (2 for 13 from 8 overs). A Long was bowling fast and accurate which helped keep the scoring low and clean bowled D George and Methlick were left 5 for 2. R Atkinson (2 for 14) made the breakthrough on his third ball. Stonehaven kept up the pressure as the captain changed the bowling J Gibson (2 for 11) removed Fryer LBW. T Duffy was superbly run out by D Crozier as he was going for a quick single. S Kerr deserves a special mention for his great effort behind the stumps without whom the score would have been a lot higher. J Gibson held a fine catch at first slip of A Long’s bowling and that left Methlick 61 for 5. The wickets kept on tumbling and in the next 6 overs the final five wickets fell for just 8 runs. The win leaves Stonehaven 4th and looking forward to their next game.