Banchory 1st XI face battle

Banchory 1st XI dropped into a relegation spot this week following a closely fought tie against Aberdeen Grammar School FPs.

Banchory 1st XI lost the toss and were asked to bat first on what was fortunately an artificial pitch following an overnight monsoon. However, the heavy rain left the outfield a bit marshy in places and very slow. The only feasible way of reaching the boundary appeared to be via an aerial route.

Itter and Perry opened the batting and found it slow going. Perry perished after 14 overs for 6 to a loose shot and was bowled by a straight one. Itter was next out LBW for 25, hit on the foot by a swinging straight one.

Wickets then fell in quick succession with Chicana, James, Virk and Sharma all falling to some wiley bowling by Eagles. Unfathomably, James demolished his own stumps as he attempted to dispatch the ball into the covers and was out ‘hit wicket’ for a duck.

At 49 for 6 Banchory looked in a spot of bother until skipper Starling steadied the ship with a quick fire 35 by taking an aerial route. Starling was well supported by A.Khan, who shared a great stand of 51, and Zach Crawley who played sensibly to add 11 crucial runs at the end of the innings. Banchory ended their innings in the 46th over for 123 all out. A low score, but one that looked competitive on a slow outfield.

Eagles was the pick of the AGSFP bowlers with 4-13 off 12 overs with Z.Khan taking 3-46 from 11.3 overs.

Millar and Starling opened the bowling and with AGSFPs needing just over 3 an over tight bowling was required. Both the opening bowlers proved effective in restricting Grammar and at 16-1 off 10 overs Banchory were feeling hopeful.

AGSFPs began to put partnerships together as McDonald (27) and Davey (36) moved the innings along. Virk bowled Davey 21 runs from the target with 7 overs remaining and 4 wickets in hand. Morrison and Bakhshi added 11 off the next five overs before Millar bowled him during a very accurate spell.

Banchory then missed two golden opportunities to put the home side under pressure as they dropped a straight forward caught and bowled chance and fluffed a simple runout. AGSFPs ended their innings 8 down with 3 balls to spare.

Banchory face Mannofield at Burnett park this Saturday 20-Aug in what has become a must win fixture. Banchory CC are kindly supported by the Douglas Arms Hotel and the Derbar Restaurant.