Old batting failings cost Banchory dear

Banchory sent their best side of the season to Dunecht last weekend.
Banchory sent their best side of the season to Dunecht last weekend.

2nd BANCHORY 105

DUNECHT 107 for 6

Banchory’s second string travelled to Dunecht last Saturday - and with probably their best side of the season so far.

However, their old failings with the bat scuppered any chance of victory.

The springy Dunecht wicket seemed to have a bit of life to it and when the visitors batted first Banchory opener Matthew McPherson (1) fell victim to this bounce when he skewed a hook to short fine leg.

Hopes were immediately revived, though, with a sparkling 58-run partnership in only 11 overs between Steve and Will Redpath. Will’s elegant clips to leg and his cover drives were matched by his father’s powerful dispatches of any loose balls.

This revival in Banchory’s hopes built the platform for a potentially large score, but then fortunes changed within the blink of an eye. Steve (31) was first to go, caught behind reaching for a wider Derrett delivery, then Will (33) disappointingly ran himself out attempting a second run.

At 67 for three, the Redpaths had done their work, but the remainder of the batting line-up signally failed to carry on their good work with too many players succumbing to injudicious shot selection. Only the obdurate Dave Thornton (8) seemed to have the right approach, carefully making sure Banchory reached three figures.

Dunecht bowled steadily without causing many concerns but, with the batsmen throwing their wickets away, they didn’t have to do much else.

Alan Burnett finished with two for 18, Kevin Milne two for 24, Steve Derrett two for 31 and Simon Roberts two for 32.

After the teabreak the home side got off to an equally poor start when J.Donald (2) was neatly caught by Will Redpath off his father’s second over.

Banchory’s hopes of victory were then boosted when two wickets fell in the twenties: Davis Varghese’s pace was causing some discomfort to the home batsmen and his extra bounce caused the downfall of Merryweather (17) and Witz (6), both falling to fine catches by keeper
Will Rowett. Dunecht now had to dig deep and Steve Scott (27 not out) played a blinder of an innings, sensibly cautious and supporting his partners.

With the score on 57, another wicket fell when Tim Wilkinson took an athletic caught and bowled to dismiss the unorthodox L.Campbell (21) but all the time Dunecht were inexorably moving towards victory and skipper Arjun Ramesh had to experiment. This worked with Rahul Maheshwari’s lobbed spin trapping Degabriele (15) lbw, and at the very end Will Redpath took a second catch, this time off Ramesh’s spin.

For the visitors,Davis Varghese took two for 26, Tim Wilkinson one for 19, Steve Redpath one for 22, Arjun Ramesh one for 22 and Rahul Maheshwari one for six. Banchory lost simply because they didn’t score enough runs - another might have made all the difference.

This was a friendly match played in great spirit with much humour and banter throughout, mostly provided by Dunecht’s resident jokester, Steve Scott.