On one of those rare days recently the sun actually shone and there was not a hint of rain in the air as Banchory entertained Mannofield at Burnett Park in this Grade 4 encounter.
A combination of exams and business commitments meant that only nine players were available, however Mannofield kindly arranged for one of their squad, Jamie Seedhouse, to join Banchory for the day.
Skipper Ken Campbell won the toss and invited Mannofield to bat on a soft, slow wicket.
All credit must go to groundsman Tim Wilkinson who was able to make a wicket available after all the rain of the previous week.
Opening the Banchory attack was Sam Morris and Cameron McPhail. Morris’s opening spell was tidy enough whilst unfortunately McPhail couldn’t get control and was soon replaced by Jamie Richards.
All the Banchory bowlers bowled reasonably tidily, however, especially for the younger ones, there was a tendency to bowl a little short and down the leg side for which Awan (59) and Mannofield skipper, David Grayson, (61 not out) took full advantage.
Banchory wicket takers were Justin Travis (2 for 42), on his first bowling spell for Banchory, Andy Richards (1 for 10) and Jamie Seedhouse (1 for 17). There was also a run out and a rare hit wicket.
Youngster Jamie Richards bowled tidily for 10 overs finishing, without luck, with 0 for 38.
Perhaps the highlight of the fielding display was Sam Morris’s superb catch at silly mid-on off the bowling of Justin Travis.
Special mention also to stand in wicket keeper Paul Morris who did a good job on his first attempt behind the stumps. He will be suffering for the next few days.
Mannofield’s innings finished on 189 for 6, a daunting total for 10 men Banchory.
The least said about the Banchory innings the better. Only Iain Stirling reached double figures and Andy Richards was caught on the square leg boundary when he was beginning to look well set.
Bowlers R Phimster (4 for 10) and A Grayson (3 for 7) were the pick of the Mannofield bowlers.
Banchory travel to Kemnay this Saturday were a better and more resolute performance is expected.