Banchory 2nds well beaten in cup

It was a gorgeous day for a game of cricket as Banchory travelled to Kintore for the quarter final of the Johnston Rose Bowl.

Having lost the toss Banchory were put in to field. It was an excellent batting track and openers Prosser and Cowie settled in nicely.

The two openers were rarely troubled and reached the fifty partnership after 12 overs.

Two dropped catches in quick succession set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Prosser batted beautifully and reached his well-deserved century. All of the Banchory bowlers put in a good shift but the luck seemed to be with the batsmen.

With Banchory heads dropping Prosser (134 not out) and Cowie (73) hit out scoring 90 off the last 10 overs. Cowie was then bowled on the final ball by Andy Richards.

Banchory’s bowling figures were; S Redpath 0 for 52, S Richards 0 for 31, J Richards 0 for 21, W Redpath 0 for 43, MacPhail 0 for 23 and A Richards 1 for 47.

After the break Banchory set about chasing an imposing but not impossible total of 228.

Banchory didn’t get off to the best start as A Richards (0) was caught of the bowling of MacIntyre.

Ken Campbell (14) and debutant Chris Arkless put on a fifty partnership before the former was stumped.

Sandy Richards (0) came and went as S Redpath joined Arkless at the crease.

The pair took Banchory to 89 before S Redpath (13) was caught on the boundary.

Arkless (55) soon followed after hitting a fine half century.

Victory was now beyond Banchory but youngsters W Redpath (18) and K Sharma (4) combined nicely as Banchory finished on 137.

A few more fifty partnerships were needed to chase down the large total set by the opposition.

For Kintore, Prosser fininshed with 5 for 6 and MacIntyre took 3 for 15.

It was a good lesson for this youthful Banchory side who struggled to keep their heads up in the field. Next week the team are at home to Gordonains 3rd XI.