Banchory U15s travelled to Mannofield to play Aberdeenshire on another unseasonably cold and grey June evening.
Aberdeenshire won the toss and put Banchory in to bat. This was the best pitch that any of the youngsters had seen this year (and probably in their short careers), with a large but fast outfield.
The Banchory opening batsmen made good use of it and put on 29 for the first wicket before Will Redpath was bowled by N Innes.
The other opener, S Richards, batted strongly to finish at 39 (retired) including a straight six that hit the top half of the sightscreen – a big hit for an adult let alone a junior.
The fall of Redpath brought J Richards to the wicket who played another cavalier innings to score 13 from 10 balls.
The Banchory middle order all scored well including 11 for each of the MacPhail brothers and 13 for Seoras Lyall, which included a sweetly struck 6 over square leg.
Banchory finished at 117 all out off the final ball as last man Ram Ravishankar defended stoically.
N Innes was the pick of the Aberdeenshire bowlers with 4 wickets for 17 runs. T Diamond (2-16) and A Grayson (1–13) also bowled well.
Banchory’s 117 was a very competitive score and Aberdeenshire were quickly in trouble as opening bowler S Richards removed both opening batsman, finishing with 2 for 8.
Aberdeenshire struggled against the Banchory attack which was supported by good fielding.
A Grayson was just getting going and looked dangerous when he was bowled by an off-cutter by J Richards for 15. Jamie bowled very well and finished with 3 wickets for 2 runs.
The rest of the Banchory bowlers did well with C MacPhail 1- 14, S MacPhail 0-9, Rohan Sandani 2-18.
Cameron Wilson got two wickets in the 16th over to finish the Aberdeenshire innings at 64 all out.
The Banchory team spirit was exceptional as was the quality of play.
Thanks are due to the Mannofield staff for allowing the boys to play on a beautifully prepared pitch and grounds.