Rain fails to dampen drama as Banchory take on Ellon

Ellon 2nd XI 215 for 6

Banchory 2nd XI 219 for 7

Banchory faced Ellon 2nd in a league game last Saturday.

The match went from almost being called off owing to heavy rain to one of the most exciting matches of the season so far.

Skipper Guru Sharma, who was standing in for the injured Ian Pennington, won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Ellon got off to a rapid start, in the light drizzle, with opener Galt smashing multiple balls to the boundary.

Ashish Thakur got an 
early wicket, removing the other opener Montgomery (5) with a brilliant yorker. Galt kept up the big hitting but none of his partners could get going.

Foller (2) was well caught and bowled by Sharma and Virk took the wicket of Watson, brilliantly caught by Thakur at mid-off. Ellon were now 88 for three off just 13 overs.

After a half hour break owingto some heavy rain, veteran Duncan and Galt took the score past 100. Arjun Ramesh did a good job to slow the flow of runs and it was his clever off spin that accounted for the big wicket of Galt (83).

A smartly bowled yorker saw the danger man back in the pavilion. Ramesh then deservedly took another wicket, Duncan (18) caught well by MacPhail at fine leg.

A few dropped catches by Banchory allowed Ewen 29 not out, Hutcheson 28 and Middleton 14 not out, to give Ellon a good score of 215. Jamie Richards came back for a second spell and got the wicket he deserved as Will Redpath took a good diving catch at square leg.

Ellon decided to declare after 42 overs. This meant that Banchory would have 48 overs to chase down the runs and would have to score 75% of Ellon’s runs to claim a draw.

For Banchory, Ramesh took 2-24, Thakur 1-22, Virk 1-50, Sharma 1-47 Richards 1-24, Redpath 0-22 and MacPhail 0-10.

With the weather improving, openers Itaz Virk and Dave Thornton set about the run chase. The home side got off to a great start. Virk, in particular, was hitting the ball very sweetly. After being dropped on seven he began to score extremely quickly. Thornton accompanied him well, as Virk (57) scored an 11 over half century. He was eventually caught at slip off the loopy spin of Watson.

Redpath and Thornton kept the scoreboard ticking over and enjoyed a 46 run partnership before Redpath (28) played across the line and was bowled by Waqar.

With the score on 112, Sam Morris came to the crease and he successfully upped the run rate again. Thornton (25) and Thakur (10) both did a good job of playingesecond fiddle to Morris but fell to Galt and Montgomery respectively.

Morris was scoring freely and, although Sharma (6), James Douglas (6) and Ramesh (3) didn’t score many runs, they did well to support the on-form Morris.

With Paul Morris (two not out) and S Morris (68 not out) at the crease Banchory needed five off the last over. It was a fitting end to a great game as Sam hit two boundaries to win the match.

Next week Banchory play Stonehaven 2nd away from home.