Thistle blown away

Thistle 1st X1 skipper Milroy won the toss and elected to bowl on a decent track with a tinge of green on top. Opening bowler C. Hinchcliff started well bowling with the gale force 9 from the mound end and conceded only 10 runs off his first 5 overs.

At the other end it was a different case as C. Findlay, S. Balsillie and A. Wilson struggled bowling uphill into a gusty wind. The Stoney boys were up for the task with some great fielding in the first 10 overs but once opening batsman Mudie was brilliantly run out with a D. Hinchcliff/A.Milroy combo things got somewhat tougher when the hard hitting and talented R. Haider strode to the wicket in menacing fashion.

A 154 run partnership took away any chance of a victory from Stonehaven with some fantastic shots all round the field by the left hander Haider (126) punishing anything loose as he smashed 12 fours and 6 sixes while V. Bodie scored a solid 44.

With 130 for 1 off 20 overs skipper Milroy turned to his senior bowler R. Balsillie hoping he could stem the tide and pick up some wickets and the stalwart did not let him down by removing both Haider and Bodie in his first 5 overs.

The St Ronald middle order continued playing their shots and N. Bhavsar (26 not out) Aamid (14) and P. Gundra (11) all chipped in to reach a total of 238 for 8 off 42 overs leaving the Thistle batsmen 48 overs to reach the 239 mark.

Home debutant S. Balsillie picked up 2 wickets in his final over clean bowling Aamid and Ajay.

Tea was taken at 4.05pm and 20 minutes later openers Milroy and R. Balsillie marched to the crease to start the run chase. With only 25 runs coming off the first 10 overs a mad run out took place with Balsillie almost getting halfway down the track before a direct hit sent him packing. Milroy was in superb form but kept losing partners at the other end. In at number 5 entered the big hitting S. Jacobson who started quietly then got into his stride and smashed a quick 25 before having his castle knocked over.

B. Milne, B.Campbell and D. Wathern all reached the teens but failed to go on and amass a score to worry the St Ronald team. Only skipper Ally Milroy (80) looked comfortable against a decent bowling attack. B. Campbell was last out with only 2 balls to go but it would have been an empty draw as St Ronald deserved the win. Aaman was St Ronald’s best bowler taking four for 57 in 11 overs.

The league championship is a distant memory but the Thistle boys can still become runners up for the first time in their history and with bottom of the table Gordonians next up Stonehaven can get back on track with a victory.

Man of the match for St Ronald was R. Haider and for Stoneheven A. Milroy.