Banchory continued their relegation battle with a hard fought draw against Mannofield on Saturday 20th August.
On what has proved to be a rare sunny afternoon, Banchory lost the toss and were invited to bat. The wicket was green and soft after a wet week and promised tricky batting conditions.
Itter and Counsell opening up found the going tricky with some accurate bowling from B.Souvra and N.Mouton and soon fell for single figures.
W. Ali made a welcome return to the team and set about stabilising the innings ably supported by A. Khan. This partnership progressed the innings to 52 for 2 off 20 overs with W. Ali eventually falling for 37.
A quick flurry of wickets brought S. Chikkana and T. Wilkinson to the crease and they pushed the innings along with a series of great shots and some quick running between the wickets.
S. Chikkana fell for 23 and Wilkinson was run out for 29. The innings came to a close on 152 all out in the 46th over; a good total on a tricky pitch.
Pick of the bowlers for Mannofield was B.Souvra with 10-1-31-3 and R.Chandu with 8-2-20-2.
Banchory started with some excellent tight bowling with Z. Crawley skittling A .Russell and W. Ali dismissing B. Souvra cheaply. Mannofield were 8 for 2 after 2 overs.
Burnett and Mitchell stabilised the Mannofield innings but with the opening bowlers maintaining a stranglehold, runs were tricky to come by.
The tight bowling continued with T. Wilkinson and G. Sharma replacing the openers.
At 99 for 3 off 32 overs, with the run rate was only 3 an over, the game could have gone either way.
C. Burnett fell for 56 and then Mannofield wickets began to fall at regular intervals.
Mannofield required 9 to win off the last over and with Banchory forcing a run out, they required 4 four to win from the last ball.
G.Sharma bowled the number 10 batsman to leave Mannofield on 149-9.
Pick of the bowlers were T. Wilkinson with 3 for 36 off 12 overs, G. Sharma with 2 for 38 off 7. Early pressure was applied by W.Ali with 1 for 24 off 12 overs and Z.Crawley with 1 for 36 from 12.
Overall a strong bowling performance supported with some tight fielding did a great job of causing Mannofield to come up short in another nail biter.
The next game against St Ronald is another must win fixture and with the relegation door still not closed, Banchory will need to apply themselves to get out of jail.
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