Bad day at the office for Banchory

BANCHORY 2ND X1 - 161 ALL OUT

ACADEMY - 163 FOR 3

Banchory travelled to Duthie Park last saturday to face undefeated Academy in this Grade 3 fixture. Captain Ian Pennington lost the toss and was asked to bat on a wicket that was hard but uneven.

Opening batsmen Will Redpath and vice-captain Dave Thornton started confidently on a wicket of variable bounce, putting on 28 in 11 overs before Redpath was bowled off his pads for 13. Guru Sharma joined Thornton at the crease and also looked confident before holing out long off for 12.

Skipper Ian Pennington was next in and he, along with his vice-captain, started building a partnership. Unfortunately, the Academy bowlers were bowling extremely accurately, not giving the Banchory batsmen anything loose to pounce on. Therefore, after 36 overs, Banchory only mustered 136 runs and needed to up the runrate if they were to post a defendable score. Trying to do just that, Pennington was ran out for 36, ending an 81-run partnership with Thornton.

Dave Thornton’s excellent innings ended soon afterwards when he was caught just one short of his half century.

Owing to the slow run rate, the rest of the Banchory batsmen were asked to have a “slog” by their captain. Unfortunately, nobody managed to reach double figures. Apart from Pennington, Jamie Richards was the only batsman to hit a six. Banchory had 161 to defend.

Banchory got off to the best possible start, when Abhi edged Jamie Richards’ very first delivery to first slip, James Douglas taking a superb catch. Unfortunately, that proved a “false dawn” with the Academy batsmen playing like it was a 20-20 match, frequently despatching the Banchory bowlers to the boundary.

Guru Sharma bowled well and deserved at least two wickets, as did Will Redpath who deserved more than his solitary wicket, a brilliant caught and bowled. James Douglas took the other wicket, bowling opener Adnan for 53.

Academy passed the Banchory total in only 25 overs.

This was a “bad day at the office” for Banchory but it was still played with a wonderful spirit, with the home players thoroughly enjoying themselves despite the result.

The matchball was sponsored by Ledge 203 Ltd.