Forfarshire Cricket Club - 2009 Archive

2009 Archive

Craig Wins First Division Batsman of the Year Award


Forfarshire keeper-batsman Craig Wallace has been rewarded for his outstanding season by winning the title of First Division Batsman of the year.

Craig scored 628 league runs at an average of 48, including three 50's and two 100's and featured in opening partnerships of 50 or more on five occasions including the memorable partnership of 232 against Drumpellier at Forthill in which Craig and Howie both hit centuries.

Forfarshire Promoted
Forfarshire secured a return to premier division cricket with a fighting 14 run win over Heriots FP at Lochlands on Saturday.


In glorious sunshine, a large crowd saw Howie and Craig give Forfarshire the start they needed, adding 91 for the first wicket before Craig was bowled for 39 in the 21st over. Howie had reached 71 from 103 balls when he was caught and bowled in the 36th over to end a 64 run partnership with Ryan. At 155 for 2, Forfarshire were well placed to post a score close to 300 and looked to Ryan and Doug to step up the scoring rate. Doug's hard hit 33 from 30 balls was just what was needed, as Ryan played a watchful innings at the other end. A run out ended the partnership when it had added 58 at over a run-a-ball. Ryan fell for a valuable 60 from 89 balls but just at a time when he looked well placed to set about the Heriots attacked. This left new men at the crease with five overs of the innings remaining, but Umair (22 not out from 14 balls) and Robert (12 from 11 balls) kept the scoring rate up as Forfarshire headed to a tea time score of 258-6.


Quinno opened up for the Forfs, and a sharp chance taken by Robert at backward point accounted for danger-man Knox in the 4th over to give Forfarshire an ideal start. Ashraf and Goddard maintained a good scoring rate for Heriots, and it was apparent that the game was going to be close one as neither side held much advantage after 15 overs, with the total on 64 for 1. The introduction of spin changed that, as Umair (two for 41) trapped Goddard LBW with his first ball. Forfarshire took further control when Umair beat Ashraf to see him bowled for 29 with the total on 82 for 3 in the 21st over. Heriots fought back with a 91 run partnership between skipper G.McIntyre (83) and overseas player Farrell (45) but just when the game started to drift in Heriots favour, Blackie (4 for 46) replaced Umair and quickly removed Farrell in the first of four wickets in a decisive 8 over spell. With the run rate passing 8, Forfarshire maintained the pressure in the field and going in to the last 5 overs, Heriots required 56 to win. Two wickets for Blackie in the 47th over saw Forfarshire as favourite’s and when Aman returned to bowl two good overs, Forfarshire emerged as 14 run winners and deservedly won promotion back into the premier division.

Weekend Results - 29th/30th August
Forfarshire lost to Arbroath at Lochlands on Saturday, and it was the same result at Forthill where the second teams were playing. On Sunday, a strong Forthill XI side were 151 run winners over Northern.


An opening partnership of 151 between Parker (81) and McGill (66) put Arbroath on track for a substantial total. With wickets in hand going into the later stage of their innings, the home batsmen played freely to reach 230 for 5 at the end of 50 overs, aided by a below par fielding performance.


Forfarshire never recovered from the loss of Howie and Ryan early in the run chase, and with McGill conceding only 6 runs in his 10 over spell, Forfarshire struggled to keep up with the required run rate. Aman (56 from 115 balls) and Craig (55 from 100 balls) added 87 for the third wicket but this left 130 required from the final 16 overs. This proved too many and Forfarshire were eventually all out for 179 in the 48th over.


After losing Gav and Finbar inside of 8 overs against Arbroath, Forthill recovered to 95 for 2 after 25 overs before Goose fell for 16 followed soon after by Robert for 69 on his first match back from a summer in the New York. Forthill were eventually all out for 187 in the 45th over in what appeared to be a competitive total given the long outfield. However Arbroath made light work of chasing down the total, McLean scoring 67 before being bowled by Ted for the first of his two wicket spell but by that time the game had all but gone.


Robert hit a quick 30 at the start of the Forthill XI innings against northern on Sunday, before 28 from Finbar saw Forthill XI well placed at 134 for 4 with 15 overs remaining. Umair (89) and Dean (45) then set about the visiting attack, their partnership doubling the total as Forthill XI raced along to 274 for 4. Kev and Glen opened the bowling and both bowled tidy spells that saw only 10 runs off the bat in the first 12 overs. The tight bowling continued with Andy, Samir and Adam offering very little for the visitors to hit. Umair took 4 for 20 in 9 overs to further restrict the scoring rate, and Northern ground out 123 for 8 in 45 overs.

Weekend Results - 22nd/23rd August

Forfarshire lost to Stoneywood-Dyce in the last home SNCL game of the season, but the two bonus points gained are sufficient to secure second place in the league, and a place in the premier division promotion play-off. Forthill lost out at Stoneywood by 40 runs, and Sunday’s third team match against Montrose was cancelled due to rain.

Batting first, the Forfarshire total reached 21 before Howie (11) edged a rising delivery to slip. Craig then went on to record his second SNCL ton of the season with an excellent 114 from 135 balls that included six 4s and three 6s. Finbar and Aman both fell early in their innings to leave Forfarshire 81 for 3 after 26 overs. Craig and Umair (20) added 55 for the 4th wicket before Umair was bowled. Tony’s 17 took the total up towards 200 in another useful partnership before Craig and Kelby (20 not out) did well to see Forfarshire finish on 230 for 6 after 50 overs, Craig being caught at deep square leg off the last ball of the innings.

After good opening spells from Kelby and Quinno, the Forfs bowlers struggled to find a good line and length and allowed Leask (103 from 115 balls) and Tomlinson (68 from 100 balls) to add 144 for the 2nd wicket to set up a 6 wicket win for the visitors.

Weekend Results - Saturday 15th August
Forthill produced one of their best performances of the season to emerge as winners over Strathmore at Forthill on Saturday in the only club game to escape the heavy rains of Friday.


Forfarshire’s visit to Ferguslie was cancelled as Meikleriggs was flooded but despite this, results over the next two weekends will still determine who finishes where in SNCL division one. As Dunfermline’s match against Poloc was also off and as Arbroath defeated Stirling, Forfarshire require two points from the remaining two games to guarantee a play-off appearance, while two ten-point victories will see Forfarshire finish top.


Forthill’s match against Strathie was reduced to 40 overs-a-side and Neil’s early morning call-up proved a good move as he led the batting with a well constructed 81 from 97 balls. Goose with 25 from 33 balls shared a valuable 4th wicket partnership of 55 with Neil and Chic with 19 from 42 did similar for the 3rd wicket as Forthill pushed their total up towards 150. Two quick wickets in the later stages on the innings saw Dean arrive at the crease, and his 28 not out from 15 balls including a four followed by consecutive sixes, saw Forthill finish on a creditable 191.

Strathie started the run chase well, reaching 50 for 1 inside of 10 overs. Dean completed a good days work with a spell of two for 7 in eight overs to keep Forthill in the game, and after 15 overs the total had reached 70 for 3. Dennis and Andy both returned figures of three for 20 as Strathie were bowled out for 146 in 37 overs to complete a 45 run victory.

£1000 Donation to Forfarshire

Forfarshire have received a cheque for £1000 from
Broughty Ferry & District Round Table in memory of Fraser Kidd.

Fraser was an active member of Broughty Ferry & District Round Table who held a Burns supper, dedicated to his memory, to raise funds for local charities and organisations. In addition, the amount raised was matched by ‘Parcel of Rogues’ who support charities through fundraising at Burns events. Forfarshire was chosen by Fraser’s family to be the main beneficiary of the fundraising, with Dreamz 4 U and to Sense Scotland also benefiting with donations of £500 each at the request of Fraser’s family.

Weekend Results - 8th & 9th August
Forfarshire’s top-of-the-table crunch match against Dunfermline was abandoned at Forthill on Saturday after early evening rain left the square unplayable. With just 0.15% separating the two teams in SNCL division 1, it was a disappointing end to what was shaping up to be an exciting game played in front of a larger than normal crowd.


Forfarshire’s innings got off to an unsteady start, with Craig, Ryan and Aman all back in the pavilion inside of 14 overs and with just 41 on the board. Howie (49 from 64 balls) and Dougie (33 from 48 balls) steadied the innings but their vital 63 run partnership ended when Howie was bowled by Dunfermline’s pro with Dougie followed soon after out caught to leave the Forfs 108 for 5 in the 27th over. Kelby departed with the score on 134, however Tony (26 from 54 balls) shared a valuable 36 run partnership with Henry (22 from 39 balls) as Forfarshire looked to push their total up towards 200. Blackie (17 not out from 22 balls) and Sam (12 not out from 21 balls) achieved that, and Forfarshire finished on 210 for 8 in 50 overs.


Quinno trapped Dunfermline’s Rakshit LBW with the first ball of his spell to bring the league’s top run scorer Gray to the crease. Kelby dismissed him LBW for 4 in the 5th over to leave Dunfermline 11 for 2. Heavy rain forced played to be halted with the total on 21 for 2, and the match was eventually abandoned as further heavy showers left the square unplayable.


On Sunday, Forthill XI hosted promotion hopeful’s Strathearn. Asked to bat first in damp and humid conditions, the visiting attack proved difficult to score against, with only stand-in skipper Neil looking comfortable at the wicket with a good 29. Jim added some valuable runs with a hard hit 23 before Forthill XI were bowled out for 106 in the 42nd over.


Forthill XI began the defence of their low total well, and reduced the visitors to 21 for 2 from 12 overs. With storm clouds building on the horizon, Forthill continued to bowl well before torrential rain hit the ground with the score on 73 for 4 forcing play to be abandoned.

Weekend Results - 1st/2nd August
Saturday's early morning rain abated just in time for Forthill's home game against Huntly to go ahead and saw Forthill win comfortably whereas both Forfarshire and Forthill XI games were cancelled.


Forthill's bowlers found the conditions to their liking and hit the stumps no less than eight times, which along with two run outs, saw Huntly all out for 86. Dean took the first wicket when Nicoll left a straight one, Andy made it 31 for three with wickets in his second and third overs, then Shaun topped that with a spell of four for 12 in five overs to end the innings in the 22nd over.


Gav fell to a sharp chance at slip in the first over of Forthill's innings, allowing Goose to join Dennis at the wicket. Their 62 run partnership took Forthill to within sight of victory before Dennis ran past a delivery from Mearns and was stumped for 29. Goose finished with 39 not out from 60 balls in a comprehensive victory. match report

Forfarshire's Scottish Cup run came to end at Forthill on Sunday when they lost to Clydesdale by 8 wickets.

The visiting bowlers kept to a tight line and length throughout out the first innings, with pro Sajid bowling 10 overs for 6 runs. Only Howie (44 from 105 balls) spent much time in the middle as the Forfs were bowled out for a disappointing 107 in 46 overs.


Dougie trapped Shahid LBW with the score on 27, but the following 40 run partnership between Singh (35) and Sajid (31) took the game away from Forfarshire. Blackie deflected a straight drive back onto the wickets at the non-strikers end to dismiss Singh with the total on 67, but that was the last wicket to fall as Clydesdale progressed to the semi-finals.




Weekend Results - 25th/26th July
Forfarshire defeated Stirling County by 8 wickets at Forthill on Saturday to hold onto second place of SNCL division 1, and now sit 11% ahead of Stirling in third place and less than 1% behind Dunfermline who top the table. At Dalnacraig, Forthill lost by 3 wickets against Dundee High School FPs. Sunday's Scottish Cup tie against Clydesdale and Forthill XI's visit to Cupar were both cancelled due to rain.


Stirling were restricted to 174 for 7 in 50 overs with a hat-trick of slip catches for Finbar accounting for three of Stirling's top four batsmen. After reaching 60 for 4 in 25 overs, Rogers (65) and Edwards (26) put on 72 for the 5th wicket but tight bowling and fielding from the Forfs prevented Stirling from accelerating the run-rate much in the remaining overs, Blackie bowling 10 tight overs that conceded only 23 runs. Henry took two for 30 and two wickets for Dougie in the last over saw him finish with 2 for 31.


Craig fell early in the run chase but a second wicket partnership of 149 from Ryan (91 from 91 balls) and Howie (55 not out from 109 balls) saw Forfarshire record a comfortable win with 14 overs remaining.


At Dalnacraig, batting conditions were at best described as tricky, on a wicket that saw much variation in bounce. From 22 for 4, Forthill did well to post 138 for 9 but it proved to be a few runs short of a winning total as DHSFP scored the winning runs in the 43rd over, Gav and Shaun both picking up 2 wickets.

Denis receives attention after being hit on the chin

Weekend Results - 18th July

Forfarshire completed a 10 wicket win over Poloc in Glasgow on Saturday to move into second place of SNCL Division One, while Forthill XI collected 25 valuable league points with a 7 wicket win over Kinloch on Sunday. Forthill’s home match against Breadalbane was cancelled due to Friday night’s rain leaving the square unplayable.

Two wickets apiece for Quinno (two for 12) and Kelby (two for 16) saw Forfarshire take the upper hand early in their encounter with Poloc at Shawholm as the home side were reduced to 17 for 4, with pro von Rauenstein third man out. Only Poloc overseas amateur Dombroski offered much resistanceto the Forfs bowlers and his 47 not out guided Poloc to 96 for 8 in 38 overs, 12 overs having been lost to rain.

Forfarshire were set a revised Duckworth Lewis target of 95 to win, and Howie (43 not out) and Finbar (28 not out) combined to knock off the required runs without loss in 25 overs. The only other match completed in SNCL division one saw Dunfermline defeat Stoneywood/Dyce meaning Dunfermline now sit top of the table on 77%, with Forfarshire one percent behind, and two percent ahead of Stirling. 

Forthill XI visited St.Andrews on Sunday to take on Kinloch at the University Grounds. Batting first on a slow wicket, Kinloch found run scoring tricky as the Forthill opening attack of Elliot and Andy C conceded just 30 off the bat in the first 12 overs. The late introduction of Glenn (for for 18) and Jim (three for 21) along with two run outs and a wicket for Samir, saw Kinloch bowled out for 105 in the 40th over. Goose and Amit gave Forthill XI a steady start to their run chase before 30 not out from Andy saw a valuable 25 points secured.

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.

Forthill Reach Three Counties Cup Final

Forthill have won through to the final of the mPower Three Counties Cup after securing victory over Arbroath at Lochside Park on Thursday night.
match report

Forthill recovered from 42 for 5 after 10 overs to post 107-9. Three for 16 from Dean along with two for 25 from LJ reduced Arbroath to 36 for 5 and gave Forthill the upper hand early in the run chase. A run-a-ball 25 from Rosie gave Arbroath a chance going into the last 5 overs, but a wicket for Andy along with two tight overs from Kelby handed Forthill a place in the final. Forthill will play Aberdeen Grades Select, in a repeat of last years final, date and venue tbc.

Weekend Results - 4th & 5th July

Forfarshire won a tense game at Penicuik on Saturday, while Forthill completed wins over Meigle at Forthill on Saturday and at Aberfeldy against Breadalbane on Sunday. Forthill XI lost to Coupar Angus at Forthill on Sunday in a game reduced to 30 overs a side.


Penicuik started well, reaching 138 for 1 in the 32nd over but after Howie dismissed Ramzan for 44 to break a 97 run partnership with Coleman, who went on the score 106, wickets fell regularly to see Penicuik restricted to 211 for 8 which was less than had looked likely mid-way through the innings. Kelby finished with three for 36 and Sam two for 26. Forfarshire made an excellent start with Howie (46 from 81 balls) and Craig (46 from 74 balls) taking the score to 114 in the 26th over before both fell just one ball apart to the experienced Morton. A third wicket fell in the same over when Aman was caught and bowled first ball. Dougie saw off the hat-trick ball and went on to hit 39 from 53 balls and shared a crucial partnership of 72 with Finbar (29 from 50 balls). After another three quick wickets, Henry fell first ball to Ramzan, to leave Forfarshire 198 for 7 after 45 overs. Blackie (12 not out) and Kelby (2 not out) saw the Forfs home with 2 overs to spare for a well-deserved win.


At Forthill, Meigle were bowled out for 176 having been 71 for 1 at one stage, Drummy top-scoring with 39 and Elliot taking four for 23. Forthill looked on course for a win but collapsed to 80 for 5 before Elliot completed a good days work with 65 not out and along with Shaun (49) produced a match-winning partnership.


On Sunday, Forthill travelled to Breadalbane and took full points after bowling out the home team for 89. Dean led from the front with three for 15 in 7 overs with Shaun, Andy and Elliot all taking two. The Aberfeldy wicket proved tricky to bat on as Forthill lost 5 wickets before reaching their target, Blackie top-scoring with 17.


Heavy rain at 1pm saw Forthill XI's match with Coupar Angus reduced to 30 overs a side but this did not prevent the visitors from posting a sizeable total after a poor last 15 overs from the home bowlers. In reply, last-minute call-up Buts hit 45 not out despite having to retire hurt early in his innings after being hit on the head from a top-edged full toss. Forthill reached 146-6 in their 30 overs against the visitors 227. 

Weekend Results - Saturday 27th June

Forfarshire and Forthill both came out on top in Saturday's Angus derby's.


Forfarshire chose to bat first at Forthill, and Craig (29) and Howie (21) continued their run of half century opening partnerships by putting 60 on the board against an Arbroath attack bowling a good line and length early on. After 30 overs, Forfarshire had reached 109 for 2 and with wickets in hand, there was confidence round the ground of a posting a high score. Ryan took full took full advantage of the good position and hit a spectacular 140 not out from just 103 balls. His century came from 93 balls, before he dispatched the next 11 balls faced for another 40 runs including a reverse sweep for six. Kelby provided excellent support at the other end with 27 not out in a century 5th wicket partnership from just 60 balls. Ryan’s ton takes him to the top of the SNCL list of century makers, with 17 to his name, overtaking Sajid Ali.


The Forfs opening attack of Kelby (two for 7) and Dougie (two for 39) conceded only 8 runs off the bat in the first 12 overs and set the tone for the innings as Arbroath never looked like chasing down the target. Victory was completed in 35.4 overs, Blackie taking three for 22 and Henry three for 25.  video  pics


At Lochlands, Forthill battled hard to come away with 25 points having been reduced to 88 for 7 after 25 overs of the first innings. Finbar’s 27, followed by a useful partnership between Billy (38 not out) and Andy helped Forthill put 150 on the board before being bowled out for what looked like an under par total. Arbroath looked to be easing towards a win but but were reduced to 36 for 3 before recovering to 65 for 4. Three run outs along with a three for 19 from Ted turned the game Forthill’s way and on to a 28 run victory.

Forthill Through to Three Counties Cup Semi-Final

Forthill will play Arbroath United in the semi-final of the mPower Three Counties Cup after a 46 run win over DHSFP at Dalnacraig last night.


Batting first, Forthill were reduced to 20 for 4 as High's Parsons found good movement in the air and off the wicket. Neil (27) and Chic (24) steadied the innings before Goose hit a quick 16 in the last few overs to see Forthill finish on 101 for 7. DHSFP started comfortably, but from 37 for 2, a direct hit run-out from Goose in the field followed immediately by two wickets in two balls from Dean changed the game dramatically in Forthill's direction. A further two wickets from Dean saw him finish with four for 9 and Shaun two for 25 as DHS crashed to 55 all out.


Weekend Results – 20th / 21st June

In a good weekend for the club, wins were recorded in all four matches played.

Forfarshire travelled to Dyce on Saturday and won an exciting game by 1 wicket. Batting first, Stoneywood were reduced to 25 for three inside of 10 overs with Kelby (3 for 21) removing both openers then Quinno bowling dangerman Stander. A century partnership between Leask (76) and Willemse (40) took the score to 139 for 4 when Leask played across a delivery from Ryan (3 for 27) and a simple caught and bowled was taken. Later Henry took a good catch at fine leg to remove Willemse after he top-edged a short ball from Kelby to make it 155 for 5. A wicket apiece for Sam and Henry removed the tail, to see Stoneywood all out for 178.

Howie (41 from 85 balls) and Craig (31 from 51 balls) gave the Forfs a good platform to start the run chase with a first wicket partnership of 50 before Craig was caught behind in the first of Stander’s three wickets. From there on wickets fell at regular intervals until with 5 overs remaining, Forfarshire required 23 to win with two wickets in hand. A yorker from Stander accounted for Sam, leaving Dougie and Quinno at the wicket. Seventeen came from the 47th over, Dougie hitting a four, a two, a six then a single before Quinno’s well placed nick found the third man boundary. Three singles were scrambled in the 48th over to see Forfs home with two overs to spare.

At Forthill, the second team also came out on top against Stoneywood/Dyce XI, Andy and Jalees finding form with both bat and ball. Forthill reached 203 at tea, Andy hitting a valuable 31 not out batting at 10 along with 28 from Jalees and 25 from Sean. In reply, Stoneywood were bowled out for 161, Andy taking 3 for 19 and two each for Jalees and LJ. More in Gav's match report

The first round of the Scottish Cup took Forfarshire to Penicuik on Sunday and saw Forfarshire win by 62 runs. Craig (39 from 67 balls) and Howie (19 from 36 balls) again produced a half century opening partnership but the good start was undone when a further three wickets fell before the total had reached 100. A patient 48 from 69 balls by Ryan along with valuable 27 (28 balls) from Kelby took the total up to 131 for 5 in the 32nd over. Henry (27 from 35 balls) and Blackie (18 not out from 16 balls) added much needed runs late in the innings to see Forfarshire eventually bowled out for 218. In reply, Penicuik were bowled out for 156, Blackie completing a good days work with 3 for 28 and Sam and Henry each taking two.

At Montrose, Forthill XI completed a comfortable 121 run victory. A second wicket partnership of 135 between Goose (77) and Clark (70) saw Forthill race along to 256 for 5 in 45 overs before bowling out the home side for 135. Read more in this weeks report, “A Sunny Day East Angus Way!

Weekend Results - 13th & 14th June

Forfarshire defeated Ferguslie by 31 runs at Forthill on Saturday while at Lochside Park, Forthill lost to Strathmore by 5 wickets.

A second wicket partnership of 112  between Ryan (72 from 85 balls) and Howie (56 from 67 balls) set Forfarshire up for a high total against Ferguslie, and when Howie was out in the 23rd over Aman kept the run rate going with a fluent 56 from 58 balls. Kelby pushed the total passed 250 with a run-a-ball 50 not out, while Umair marked his last game of the season with an entertaining 15 including a “Dilshan” scoop shot over the wicketkeeper’s head. Two wickets in three balls from Kelby followed quickly by a wicket for Quinno saw Ferguslie 24 for 3 after eight overs but the experience of Kennedy (64) along with 116 from visiting pro Mullick saw 125 added for the fourth wicket. A number of drops in the field took Ferguslie closer to the D/L target of 287 than was expected earlier in their innings, Kelby finishing with 3 for 21.  photo gallery

On Sunday, Forfarshire made their annual visit to Elie Beach to play the Ship Inn. The large travelling support saw the home team choose to take first use of the sand and set a challenging total of 152.

Forfarshire's reply saw wickets fall regularly in the unfamiliar conditions, the last wicket falling with the total on 82. Read more in "a view from the boundary"






Weekend Results - 30th & 31st May

All three senior teams won their league matches at the weekend, with Craig and Howie both hitting centuries as Forfarshire defeated Drumpellier by 203 runs. Up in Huntly, a good team performance from Forthill resulted in an 11 runs victory and on Sunday, Forthill XI passed Dalnacraig's 135-8 with ease to complete a winning weekend.


Asked to bat first, Craig (136) and Howie (135) made light work of the visitors bowling and with the score at 58 after just 8 overs, a big total always looked a possibility. They went on to share an opening partnership worth 232 in 37 overs before Craig was out, his 136 containing seventeen 4s and five 6s. Howie was then joined by Dougie who after a few balls to get his eye in, hit a quickfire 50 from just 30 balls to propel Forfarshire's total past 300. Howie's 135 included eighteen 4s and a six as Forfarshire finished on 364 for 5 in 50 overs, the third highest team total in SNCL history. Robert hung on to a sharp chance at slip from the first ball of Drumpellier's innings and from then on, only the visitors captain McLaren offered much resistance to the Forfs attack, Henry again bowling a fine spell, taking 4 for 46 in 10 overs and Kelby finishing with 3 for 34.  match report  photo gallery  video


Forthill batted first at Huntly and posted a respectable 187 for 7, Dennis hitting 44 and Shaun falling just short of a half century on debut before some useful hitting from Dean (26 not out) added good runs late in the innings. In reply, Huntly were restricted to 186 for 8, Ted taking 4 for 31 after tight spells from Sam, Shaun, Dean and Gautham kept Huntly's run rate in check.  match report


At Forthill on Sunday, Dalnacraig reached 135 for 8 in 45 overs thanks to a patient 55 not out from Hopkins, the wickets being shared around with two apiece for Andy and Jalees. A partnership of 92 between Goose (53 not out) and Neil (47) saw Forthill XI well on their way to victory before Clark finished off the job with a quick 31 not out, all to the delight of the larger than usual crowd.  match report

Under 15s Win Last Ball Thriller

Forfarshire’s under 15 team have reached the third round of the Scottish Cup after defeating Rossie Priory u15’s at Forthill on Friday night. Set a challenging 98 to win, a scrambled single off the last ball of the game saw 97 apiece scored, with Forfarshire declared the winners by losing fewer wickets.  match report

mPower 3 Counties Cup Round 1 Win
Forthill are won through to round 2 of the mPower 3 Counties Cup after a convincing win over Strathmore at Lochside Park on Thursday night, and will play DHSFP or Rossie Priory in the next round.


Forthill 137 for 6 (U Mohammed 36, D Petrie 34, E McCandless 29)

Strathmore 48 all out (U Mohammed 5 for 8)

Kwik Cricketers Start With a Win
Forfarshire's kwik cricketers (under 12 age group) started their season at Forfar on Friday night, 22nd May. After scoring 277, an excellent display of bowling and fielding saw the team start with a win. All junior results can be found in the Fixtures section of the website.

Murgitroyd 20/20 Loss

Forfarshire lost their first round match in the Murgitroyd National 20/20 Knockout to DHSFP at Forthill on Thursday evening.

DHSFP chose to bat first and start slowly and after 10 overs had reached 54 for 1.  K.Kyles then picked up the scoring rate and survived a couple of chances before being bowled by Henry for 72 from 56 balls as DHSFP reached 151 for 2 in 20 overs. Forfarshire lost wickets early in their response, and after 5 overs were reduced to 33 for 3. Despite a mid-innings recovery, the required run rate crept past 10 an over and proved too many. Forfarshire finished on 146 for 8.
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Weekend Results - 23rd / 24th May
Forfarshire travelled to New Williamfield, Stirling, on Saturday and lost by 5 wickets in a match cut to 44 overs a side by rain. Batting first, Forfarshire were reduced to 36 for 4 before Umair (22) and Aman (19) took the score up to 69 before the next wicket fell. Forfarshire were eventually all out for 103 in the 40th over. Kelby and Quinno bowled tight opening spells as Stirling made slow progress towards their target which they reached in the 38th over for the loss of 5 wickets.  photo gallery


At Forthill, a century from D.Kyles saw DHSFP post a creditable 240 for 4. In Forthill’s reply, Gav top scored with 50 and despite 30 from Neil, Forthill were unable to challenge the visitors total, and finished on 178 for 9.


Forthill XI travelled into Fife on Sunday to take on Cupar at Duffus Park. Two early wickets for Dean saw Cupar 3 for 2 after 6 overs but they recovered thanks to a 67 run partnership between Stonebridge (48) and Wilkinson (37). Adees and Elliot both took two good catches late into the visitors innings to see Cupar all out for 175. Forthill XI lost their top order early but some attacking middle order batting from Dean (25) along with Jim took the score up to 55 for 4 but a further flurry of wickets saw Forthill XI all out for 89.

Weekend Results - 16th/17th May
Forfarshire's match against Poloc on Saturday was abandoned early in the second innings, with Forfarshire 19 for no wicket chasing Poloc's 281 for 2 in an innings reduced to 48 overs by rain. On Sunday, Forthill lost by 12 runs chasing Kinloch's 151 for 7.


Poloc chose to bat first in damp conditions, and reached 58 in the 13th over before the first wicket fell. A second wicket for Henry saw Poloc 75 for 2 but from then on the pro and amateur combination of von Rauenstein (102 not out from 122 balls) and Dombroski (111 not out from 112 balls) saw a further 206 added without further wickets falling. Forfarshire were set 289 to win in 48 overs under the D/L system and had reached 19 for no wicket when heavy rain forced the match to be abandoned with no league points awarded as 20 overs had not been bowled in the second innings.  photo gallery


Dean quickly removed both Kinloch openers at Forthill on Sunday, to see them 17 for 2, but 36 from Bruno and 34 from Dyer saw the visitors recover to post 151 for 7 after 45 overs. Adees produced his best figures for the third team, taking 3 for 27 in a 9 over spell while Dean finished with 3 for 22. Forthill XI's run chase started comfortably, Kevin leading the way with 30, but the loss of Elliot followed soon after by Clark, put pressure on the middle order. As wickets continued to fall, Forthill XI failed to keep up with the required rate and finished 13 runs short of victory. photo gallery

Weekend Results - 9th/10th May

Forthill XI were the only team to take to the field over the weekend, but play was abandoned after 17 overs due to heavy rain with St.Modans on 78 for 1.

Under 13s Off to a Winning Start


Forfarshire’s under 13 team won their first match of the season to progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup. 

Strathmore 41 for 8
Forfarshire 42 for 1

Weekend Results - 2nd/3rd May

All three senior teams got their league seasons off to winning starts at the weekend.
At Forthill on Saturday, Penicuik were bowled out for 64. Quinno (2 for 13 and Kelby (1 for 18) combining to quickly reduce the visitors to 16 for followed quickly by visiting pro Ramzan, run out thanks to a powerful throw from Robert on the mid-wicket boundary. Henry (2 for 11) and Dougie (2 for 20) accounted for the middle order before Blackie (2 for 2) removed the tail. Forfarshire passed their target for the loss of three wickets with Craig (27 from 29 balls) seeing Forfarshire home. photo gallery

Forthill travelled to Victory Park and restricted Meigle to 155-8 in 45 overs. Drummy carried his bat for 89 not out as he fell back into the role of opening the Meigle batting after his 7 year spell on loan to Forfarshire. Ted (3 for 32) and Dean (2 for 20) were the main Forthill wicket takers. Chic (37) and Finbar (34) saw Forthill on their way to a win, aided by useful contributions from Elliot (25) and Goose (16).

Three wickets for Sam in the first seven overs of the Coupar Angus innings put Forthill quickly on top at Larghan Park on Sunday, helped by a stunning one handed gulley catch from Adees. Sid later took 3 for 33 and Glenn 2 for 23 as Coupar Angus were bowled out for 94. Forthill XI found the wicket difficult to score on, and it took until the 42nd over before a classical cover drive from a jubilant Steely brought up the winning runs. photo gallery

Weekend Results - 25th & 26th April

Forfarshire visited Falkland on Saturday but lost in the last over of a well contested friendly.


Tony found the conditions at his old club to his liking and reached 50 from 68 balls in a 3rd wicket partnership of 93 with Umar (34) to see Forfs 134 for 3 after 28 overs. 50 from Kelby took the score past 200 as wickets fell regularly at the other end, and Forfarshire were all out for 215 in the 45th over.


Falkland openers Trewartha (63) and Ferguson (47) put on 93 for the first wicket before good catching and fielding accounted for five quick wickets to leave Falkland needing 75 to win from 9 overs. Singh (39 from 31 balls) took the game to the last ball with some well struck boundaries and then comfortably secured the single needed for a home win. photo gallery


On Sunday, Forfarshire defeated DHSFP in the final pre-season friendly.

Batting first, Howie recorded the second century of the new season with 136 from 115 balls and Kelby continued his good form with 67 in a first wicket partnership of 160 as Forfarshire posted 237 for 7 in 40 overs. Dean and Kelby opened the bowling and it took until the 7th over before the first run was conceded. 63 from High Schools Bailwal and a quick 29 from Hunter took the total up to 163 for 8 at the end of play. photo gallery

First Results - 18th & 19th April


The first match of the 2009 season saw Forthill take on Kinloch in a friendly at Forthill on Saturday 18th April.


Forthill chose to bat first, and Craig adapted quickly to the early season conditions after wintering in Australia. His 80-ball 136 along with 54 from Finbar saw 203 on the board in the first 25 overs. Aman propelled the total past 250 with 50 not out, ably supported by Amit (17 not out) to see a final score of 293 for 4 in 40 overs.


Kelby and Dean opened the bowling for Forthill and quickly reduced Kinloch to 30 for 3. A wicket apiece for Ted and Blackie followed by two each for Sid and Kevin saw Kinloch all out for 102 in the 33rd over.

Forfarshire took to the field for the first time this season on Sunday in a friendly at Arbroath.


Two wickets in two balls from Kelby (2 for 7 from 9 overs) saw Arbroath 25 for 2 in the 9th over before F.Burnett led a recovery with 91 not out. A tight mid-innings spell from Blackie (2 for 14 from 7 overs) kept the run rate in check to see Arbroath finish on 199 for 5 in 45 overs.


In reply, Forfarshire lost three wickets with the score in the 40’s but solid partnerships between Kelby (47) and Henry (24) and then between Kelby and Douglas (51 not out) kept Forfarshire in the game before the winning runs were scored in the 44th over.


Forfarshire Training Kit - Season 2009


A small range of Forfarshire kit is again available to order.
As with previous years, all items will be navy/white in colour and have the Forfarshire crest embroidered on them. New to list this year are a tracksuit top, polo shirt and cap, and the new design Forfarshire tie can also be ordered.


Catalogue and Order Form
To view the available items, click here to download the catalogue

To place an order, click here to download the order form

All order forms and full payment should be returned to Graeme Black before Tuesday 21st April.
For more information, use the Contact page to email Graeme.

20/20 Cup Draws


Forfarshire have been drawn at home to DHSFP in the first round of the Murgitroyd National 20/20 Competition. The competition will use the same format as last year with the winner from each of four regional competitions going forward to a national finals day on 16th August.


In the Three Counties Cup, Forthill begin their defence of the trophy with an away trip to Strathmore, while Forthill XI do likewise with an away trip to Montrose.


Download the draws here:

Murgitroyd Caledonia  3 Counties Cup  2 Counties Cup

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