Crathie travelled to Turriff on Saturday for a league match they really had to win - and they managed to do just that comfortably.
Captain Shore, from Braemar, made a good start by winning the toss and inserting the home team.
A good bouncy wicket was a little spoilt by a long outfield that restricted boundaries to only the most savage blows. Crathie’s MacDonald was heard to say that he wouldn’t put his cows on that outfield.
Some tight bowling and careful batting by Turriff led to a very low run rate.
Bestwick’s figures of two for five from 11 overs were the most miserly, with an extraordinary nine maiden overs skilfully thrown down.
Baldry (2-18) and McCara (1-17) also bowled accurately and the home side were grateful for a few wayward deliveries from Bill Slee to increase their total to 83-5 from 46 overs.
The visitors fielded well and Baldry and Macdonald both held excellent catches.
After a good tea in the cosy clubhouse, Taylor and Cunningham strode to the wicket to start Crathie’s reply. They put on a relatively rapid 28 with Taylor hitting three boundaries in a quickfire 20 before he skied one to cover.
Shore then entered and, with good support from Cunningham (12), played a fine captain’s innings of 35 not out to see Crathie home comfortably, with 20 overs to spare and eight wickets in hand.
Crathie’s much improved performance was most welcome after two difficult weekends in Aberdeen.
The team would like to offer public thanks to their small army of loyal spectators who made the long journey to Turriff to support the team and to the MacDonalds for hosting a lovely barbeque after the match.
The team can now look forward to a run of home games at their Balmoral headquarters where they are traditionally a tougher team to play.