After the previous weekend’s defeat and with the second team scratching due to the holiday period and lack of available players, Stonehaven Thistle’s 1st XI faced St Ronalds 1st XI at home.
After an initial rain delay, Thistle won the toss and elected to field, Captain A. Milroy opened the bowling with C. Hinchcliffe and B. Snelling. Chances immediately came as the St Ronalds opening batsmen started swinging early and Hinchcliffe struck first, Haider caught for 35 in the 9th over.
New bat Praveen didn’t trouble the scorers as first-change bowler A. Long rattled the stumps. St Ronalds then found some consistency and pushed the ball around, finding the gaps and boundaries. Next into the attack was A. Wilson who found some turn off the pitch and was rewarded in his third over, the score now 92 for 3 off 19. St Ronalds pushed on before O. Plummer got his first Grade 1 wicket, Amman caught for 28 with the score 158 for 5 off 35. With the top order batsmen gone, Thistle bowlers Wilson and Hinchcliffe then proceeded to take regular wickets until St Ronalds finished on 188 all out off 41 overs. Top bowlers for Thistle were A. Wilson 5-38 and C. Hinchliffe 2-54.
After the Lunch break, Thistle openers T. Donald and M. Lambson started slowly until Lambson was unluckly caught and bowled in the second over. This Brought A. Milroy to the crease and together they started to punish the bouncy but loose bowling of the ever-changing St Ronalds bowling attack.
Thistle were going along nicely, the score 65 off 20 overs until Milroy was bowled by Shiraz for a well earned 38. A. Wilson was next in but was trapped in front and was closely followed by the next two batsmen, all out LBW. Opener Donald was then caught for 22 and this brought A Gardiner and B. Campbell to the crease, Thistle 85 for 5 off 33. With 49 overs available and half the batsmen gone, Thistle realised the win was out of reach and went for the draw but a few quick wickets left them 98 for 8 off 40 overs. Gardiner was joined by A. Long and together they soaked up a few overs until Long was bowled for 10 bringing B. Snelling to the crease. With the barrage of constant appeals for anything close to the pads and the tight field, the game was drawing to a tense conclusion but unfortunatley with just 8 balls remaining, the final Thistle batsmen was caught giving the St Ronald team victory.
Thistle finished on 123 all out off 48 overs. The top batsmen were A. Milroy 38 and T. Donald 22.
Stonehaven 1sts will be looking to bounce back with a win against top team Bon Accord whilst the 2nd XI will look to play against The Nightriders.
Match Sponsor was the station hotel.