Patched-up 2nds comfortably beaten by Knightriders

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Banchory mustered up eight players to travel to a windswept Sheddocksley to face league leading Knightriders.

Having scratched last week’s game, Banchory dropped to second bottom, leaving them in serious trouble.

This week it was all about getting as many points as possible.

Having won the toss Banchory elected to bowl first, Knightriders kindly donated some fielders to make up the numbers.

The home side were aggressive from the off and scored rapidly during the opening overs.

It was Hicks who made the breakthrough having Sewanaj (12) caught at mid-off. The bowlers consolidated and the run rate fell.

It was the second bowling change that took the next wicket as young S Richards had Balaji (25) trapped LBW.

This bought about a mini collapse as S Redpath took three wickets in quick succession.

Meanwhile it was Kannan (86) who kept the scoreboard ticking for Knightriders including thirty off one over before he was caught off the bowling of S Redpath.

W Redpath took two wickets towards the end as S Redpath got the fifth that he deserved. A declaration soon followed after full batting points had been attained.

Banchory’s bowling figures were: S Hicks 1-25, D Redpath 0-49, S Redpath 5-34, S Richards 1-45 and W Redpath 2-22.

After some very tasty Chicken Tikka sandwiches Banchory’s very thin batting line up set to work.

The pitch was in a bad condition following the previous innings and an incredibly varied bounce did not help to make life easy.

Knightriders rattled through Banchory’s batting line up in 22 overs. Openers S Repdath (9) and Hicks (3) didn’t last long before P Morris (0) went for a golden quacker and M Critchley was bowled by a horrendous grubber.

W Redpath (4), S Richards (3 not out) A Donelly (1) and D Redpath (6) all tried their best but to no avail.

With just eight batsmen and lack of experience the game was wrapped up rather quickly. Selladusai finished with amazing figures of 7-8.

With just two more games remaining it is going to be a very tense finish to see who can stave off relegation.

The Match ball was sponsored by the Derbar Restaurant.