Weekend Results - 11th & 12th July
Forfarshire recorded comfortable victories over Stenhousemuir on Saturday and SMRH on Sunday while Forthill put in a sterling effort at Mannofield on Saturday but lost by two wickets.
Forfarshire chose to bat first against Stenhousemuir and the score raced along to 100 for 1 in 14 overs with Craig (77 from 93 balls) and Ryan taking full advantage of the wayward bowling on offer. When Ryan was out bowled for 22, Aman faced just two balls before being run out to leave Forfs on 106 for 3. Craig and Dougie rebuilt the innings with a fine 99 run fourth wicket partnership which saw Dougie complete his first SNCL half century before another run-out saw him dismissed for 57 from 54 balls.
Kelby (38 not out from 43 balls ) and Henry (25 not out from 24 balls) took the score up past 300 in one of the highest ninth wicket partnerships in recent years, 65 being added in the last eight overs to see Forfarshire finish on 328 for 8.
After being reduced to 11 for 3, Stenhousemuir looked to the combination of pro Thyssen and amateur Maharaj to rebuild their innings, but when Kelby bowled Thyssen, the game was all but over. Dougie's spell of 4 for 17 finished off the game in quick time as Stenny were bowled out for 98.
Forthill travelled to Mannofield with a much changed team from previous weeks due to numerous unavailabilities. Gav took full advantage of an opportunity to open the batting and his solid 44 along with 38 from Billy saw Forthill recover from the loss of 3 early wickets. Andy hit 27 while Simmy snr's rare appearance in the second team saw him finish unbeaten on 22 not out in a final total of 158. An early wicket each for Andy and Shaun dented the home side's confidence before the experienced Innes and pro Fraunstein consolidated their innings. After Adees had Innes caught by Shaun, Forthill out-performed Mannofield for a spell and wickets fell regularly but in the end Mannofield reached their target with two wickets remaining - Andy, Elliot and Adees all taking two wickets in a very creditable team performance.
Heavy rain left Forthill flooded on Sunday morning however a 33 over Scottish Cup game commenced at 3.15pm after a lengthy mopping up operation. Kelby hit the wickets twice in his opening over to leave the visitors 2 for 2 after 1 over. Dougie was not be be out-done and twice found the outside edge in his first over, with stand-in keeper Tony taking two catches to see SMRH 2 for 4 after 2 overs. The visitors middle-order tried to hit their way out of trouble before they were all out for 76, Kelby taking five for 25. Shaun (30 from 49 balls) and Howie (24 from 38 balls) saw Forfarshire well on their way to the quarter finals with a first wicket stand of 53 before a comfortable 7 wicket win was completed.
Forfarshire will now play Clydesdale at Forthill on Sunday 26th July in the quarter-finals.