Depleted Banchory withstand the heat to beat Stonehaven



BANCHORY played hosts tp Stonehaven in the Reid Cup on an extremely hot day last Saturday with both sides struggling to get a side together.

The match was played on a soft wicket so it was a good toss for the Banchory skipper Ian Pennington to win. He elected to bowl.

Pennington opened the bowling with himself and Jamie Richards. Both bowlers were extremely accurate, Stonehaven being on only 11 runs after the first 11 overs.

A tiring Richards was replaced by James Douglas. Unfortunately, luck was not on James’s side as at least four catches were dropped off his first spell. Meanwhile, it was Ian Pennington bowling at the other end who made the breakthrough, having D Long Snr edging behind to the greatful gloves of wicketkeeper Paul Morris for 15.

Douglas was struggling to get his line and length up the hill, as was his replacement Sam Morris, and it was Sam who was replaced with the spin of Will Redpath. Redpath also struggled but bowled a “peach” to dismiss opener D Long Jnr, clean bowled for an excellent innings of 73.

James Douglas on at the top end and Sam Morris replacing Redpath were beginning to bowl very well, each taking a wicket in their second spell. Vice-captain Dave Thornton, taking a fantastic one-handed catch in the slips, gave Douglas his deserved wicket, that of the dangerous A Long for 34. Sam took the wicket of J Gouws for 33, caught by Will Redpath. Will then ran out D Morgan for one run.

Stonehaven finished their 40 overs on 183. Bowling for Banchory was Ian Pennington, one for 20 off 10 overs, unluckily not taking any more wickets as he beat the bat on several occasions. Jamie Richards, 0 for 35 off 10 overs, James Douglas one for 40 off seven, Sam Morris one for 41 off eight and Will Redpath one for 48 off four.

Banchory’s innings was opened by young Sam Morris and the experienced vice-captain Dave Thornton, who raced to 35 in only eight overs.

Morris’s excellent innings came to an end, being LBW for 28 off the bowling of J Gouws. Skipper Pennington then joined his vice-captain at the crease and both batted superbly in a 61-run partnership, Pennington hitting two massive sixes and two fours before he was yorked by A Long for 28.

Thornton was next man out LBW for 27.

James Douglas hit two bounderies before trying to sweep Prothero and was bowled for 10. Unfortunately, both Jamie Richards and Josh Williams didn’t trouble the scorers, leaving Paul Morris to join Will Redpath in the middle. With Banchory only having 10 men, they had just two batsmen left.They needn’t have worried, though, as Russell Petty and Will Redpath saw Banchory home with eight overs to spare. The matchball was sponsored by Ledge 203 Ltd.