Banchory 2nd XI 169 all out
Gordonians 2nd XI 170 for 7
An undefeated Banchory side headed to Counteswells to face Gordonains 2nds in a league game on Saturday. Stand in skipper Steve Redpath lost the toss and Banchory were put in to bat on the artificial wicket.
Openers Dave Thornton and Will Redpath did a good job of seeing off the opening bowlers reaching 22 off seven overs. However, Thornton (7) couldn’t quite kick on after a solid start and edged to first slip. Steve Redpath and Will Redpath continued smoothly before the accurate Mohan had S Redpath (11) caught behind spectacularly by the Gordonains wicket keeper who made a brilliant diving one handed grab. This left Banchory on 45 for two as Guru Sharma came to the crease. He and W Redpath kept the scoreboard ticking over until Redpath (35) was well caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Sheperd.
James Douglas and Sharma then had Banchory’s best partnership of the game, taking the score from 68 to 138 in 14 overs. Douglas (28) then had a collision with the Gordonians’ wicket keeper which led to a loss in concentration as the accurate spin of Jones trapped him LBW.
Sharma (39) followed soon after as he got underneath a fuller delivery from Jones.
Only Sam Morris (23) could add more to the scoreboard for the visitors as Jones (6-16) wrapped up the Banchory tail. It was a decent score but Banchory will have felt that they could have added a few more if it wasn’t for some great catches from the Gordonains fielders and Banchory batsmen not moving on to bigger scores after playing themselves in nicely.
After the break, Banchory set about defending their total of 169 and opened with Vaas and Jamie Richards.
Vaas struggled a little with the slippiness of the artificial wicket after a shower that had passed during the lunch break. Richards bowled extremely well and took the wickets of both openers, Potton (12) and Fraser (7).
It then took Banchory a while to break through the defence of Ali and the attacking Mohan, who was dropped a few times.
S Redpath, like Vaas, also struggled with the slippy conditions and couldn’t find the right length.
S Morris bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket after a few dropped catches.
Cameron McPhail eventually took the wicket of Mohan (39) caught well by James Douglas. Seymour, the new batsmen, continued Mohan’s attacking intent.
Richards was then brought back into the attack and took the wicket of Ali (16). Banchory couldn’t find a way to get Seymour out, although he was dropped halfway through his innings of 60. It was his batting that gave Gordonians the edge and he took them to within five runs of victory in the heavy rain that had begun to fall towards the end of the game.
Despite three late wickets from W Redpath and G Sharma, it was a little too late for Banchory who suffered their first defeat of the season.
Bowling for Banchory was; Vaas 0-23 off 5, J Richards 3-29 off 10, S Redpath 0-27 off 4, S Morris 0-24 off 7, C McPhail 1-24 off 3, G Sharma 1-25 off 6 and W Redpath 2-11 off 2.2.
A few more runs were required from Banchory, as 169 was slightly too little to defend on an artificial wicket with a fairly short boundary, and a little more accurate bowling, although this was difficult considering the slippy nature of the wicket.