Late wickets cost Banchory dearly

After a 3 week break while the “Scottish summer” tried to sort itself out, Banchory returned to league action and faced fellow strugglers Kintore at the Burnett Park.

Alex Starling won the toss and inserted the visitors, he opened with himself and Craig Mason and it became apparent early on there was very little in the pitch for the bowlers.

Satya and Kancherla opened the batting for Kintore and the score was 14 when Starling trapped Kancherla (10) LBW.

Opposition captain, Prosser came in number 3 and together with Satya batted sensibly giving only half chances to the Banchory fielders, none of which could be taken.

Johnny Millar replaced Mason and Starling bowled out his allotted 12 overs to be replaced by Guru Sharma. Sharma was to claim the wicket of Satya with his very first ball, the batsman playing a poor cross bat shot and missing the ball entirely, departing for 19. Kintore 65 for 2 after 23 overs.

Summers joined his captain and 21 runs were added before Millar bowled the former round his legs for 10.

Laird was next out for Kintore and with only a possible 15 overs left, the pair at the crease knew they had to get on with it.

Prosser fell one short of his half century, young Sam Morris forcing the batsman to edge one to Sharma at gully.

Prosser put on a 37 run partnership with Laird, his own innings consisted of eight boundaries and one six. Kintore now 123 for 4 after 37 overs.

Banchory still felt they were in control with what looked like a pretty good batting track but lost their way somewhat when Laird and Radeep went into attack mode hitting 60 runs of just 8 overs, the bowling was loose and the fielding was sloppy.

Laird (54) passed his half century with a big six, before Millar bowled him 2 balls later.

The Kintore talisman hitting 6 boundaries and 3 sixes in his typically attacking style.

Radeep fell last ball to Mason to end the Kintore innings on 189 for 6.

Banchory’s bowlers were, Mason 1 for 47, Starling 1 for 31, Millar 2 for 33, Sharma 1 for 27, Morris 1 for 22 and Nawaz 0 for 25.

Banchorys reply got off to a flying start with Carl Counsell and Dave Itter slapping the bowling to all ends of the ground and looking in no trouble whatsoever.

The 50 run partnership was brought up in the 10th over and after 19 overs the Banchory 100 was up.

Kintore resorted to spin to try to calm the Banchory charge and finally got a wicket when Itter came out of his crease to Kalyankrishnan and didn’t get back in time before the wicket keeper ran him out.

Itter carrying on his rich vein of form with the bat this season hitting 8 boundaries and a six on his way to 52. Banchory were 101 for 1, needing just 79 for victory and with 25 overs to get them.

Sunil Chikkana was next in and only managed to add 1 before playing a poor shot and getting bowled.Mason came in number 4 and fell LBW for 1. Now 125 for 3.

Starling added 7 before Laird found the only spot on the pitch which kept low to bowl the Banchory skipper.

Chris James was next in to join Counsell who had been watching his team mates drop like flies, the Banchory opener passed his half century in assured fashion, hitting 5 boundaries and 1 six but in going for a dangerous 2nd run found himself run out for 57.

Banchory were now 130 for 5 which soon became 130 for 6 as Morris tried to clip one off his legs but hit it straight to mid-wicket and was out first ball.

Millar joined James and finally for Banchory a batting partnership ensued. The pair took the score from 130 to 164 and Banchory were sensing victory, 26 runs needed from 9 overs.

James then suffered the same fate as his captain, getting bowled by a Laird trundler for a well-earned 28 and Kintore saw some hope.

Millar then top edged a Laird delivery to square leg and at this point the game was anyones.

Banchory’s last three batsmen could only score 5 runs between them though as Kancherla was brought back into the attack, bowling Sharma for 2 and then finding the edge of Nawaz’s bat to see out an improbable 11 run victory.

Banchory left to rue their sloppy end to the Kintore innings where they gave up 60 runs in just 8 overs and on the batting side only 3 batsmen gaining pass marks.

Kintore’s difference makers were Laird 4 for 40 despite bowling with an injured toe and Kancherla 2 for 7.

Banchory are now flirting with relegation and next week they travel to Ellon for what should be a tough encounter.