Last ball thriller

Ellon 184 for 8

Stonehaven 2nd X1 185 for 7

Stonehaven 2nds travelled to Ellon for a thrilling encounter on Saturday.

Winning the toss, Stonehaven asked Ellon to bat and on home soil B. Fuller and Craig White (27) put on 48 before White was caught by James Crozier off change bowler Bryan Snelling’s bowling. The bowling then revolved around Snelling’s 3 for 29 off 12 overs and though opener Jason Gouws got a deserved wicket on his return, it wasn’t until Steve Crozier (4 for 15 off 5 overs) was asked to bowl that wickets began to tumble near the end of Ellon’s 184 for 8 off 45 overs;.

Opening bats Steve and David Crozier calmly went about building a total. When David was caught out, brother James then took on the mantle with a well constructed 50 until bowled by Procter post celebration with the score on 102. Contributions from David Long Jnr. (10) and Richard Atkinson (12) followed but when Steve Kerr came to the crease Stonehaven still required 67 to win.

After Atkinson’s wicket Kerr was joined by out-going skipper Dave Long Snr. and though the run rate required hovered between 5 and 8 an over the pair kept their heads and played the bad balls, Kerr finding the boundary 5 times including a fine 6. With 11 required off 14 balls things looked to be going Thistle’s way but a bowling change altered the balance. Still, the scores were tied with 3 balls left. It was then that Kerr was bowled trying to finish the game off, having made an excellent 38. Pinch-hitter Bryan Snelling who had had a long wait missed the straight ball which left John Gibson to face the last ball.

After a quick chat the batsmen decided they were running no matter what. The resultant delivery landed 2 feet from Gibson’s bat and there was a mad scramble by Ellon to try to run out the non-striker, but it was too late Long (16 not out) was home and celebrating already.