Weekend Results - 8th & 9th May
Forfarshire, Forthill and Forthill XI were all in action on Saturday, and each recorded excellent wins. Forfarshire defeated West of Scotland by 5 wickets to sit top of the Premier division through run rate, while Forthill overcame Huntly by 61 runs and Forthill XI produced a 4 wicket win over Perth Northern. On Sunday, a century from Dougie was not enough to prevent Forfarshire losing by 4 wickets to Aberdeenshire in the Scottish Cup.
West of Scotland chose to bat first and the visiting openers wasted no time in punishing any delivery that was slightly off-line, and the total raced along to 32 from the first 6 overs. The Forfs bowlers worked hard to recover the situation and Kelby (3 for 26) made the breakthrough in the 16th over when he bowled Watson for 42 with the total on 68 for 1. Tight spells from Blackie and Ryan saw the flow of runs stemmed, and just as Lockhart looked to accelerate the run rate, Aman made good ground to his left on the mid-wicket boundary to take an excellent boundary catch, and the total sat at 134-4 in 37 overs. The West middle order scored well in the later stages of the innings but three excellent final overs from Aman (3 for 12) saw them limited to 205-9.
Craig (60 from 49 balls) and Howie (30 from 47 balls) gave Forfarshire the ideal start by taking the total to 75 before Howie was bowled. Craig continued to punish anything loose - and despatched McNulty for two 6s and two 4s in consecutive deliveries before a mis-timed pull saw him out in the 19th over at 116 for 2. Three quick wickets changed the game and after a period of consolidation, Umair and Kelby steered Forfarshire to a second league win. match report
At Castle Park, Forthill scored well on a soft wicket with Dennis passing 50 as Forthill reached 80 for 1 after 20 overs. Zafar blasted a quick 66 on debut late in the innings to see Forthill post a healthy 193 for 6. In reply, Huntly were bowled out for 132, Elliot taking 4 for 23.
Forthill XI travelled to Doo’cot Park, Perth with a weakened squad, but responded well to the challenge by chasing down the home side’s 222. Pick of the bowlers was Chris with 2 for 40 from his first 9 overs in senior cricket, and Craig who also collected his first senior wicket. In reply, Clark (76) combined with Scott (68 not out) to put on a match winning second wicket partnership. match report
Forfarshire travelled to Mannofield on Sunday for their first round Scottish Cup tie against holders Aberdeenshire. Howie (47 from 107 balls) and Craig (19 from 34 balls) took the score up to 40 in the 14th over against an accurate Aberdeen attack. When Neil was caught behind a few overs later, Dougie (105 from 104 balls) and Howie batted cautiously before accelerating the scoring rate in a 78 run third wicket partnership. Dougie reached a well deserved century in the 49th over, his second 50 coming from 41 balls as Forfarshire finished on a creditable 228 for 7.
Aberdeenshire started their reply quickly, Brand pulling two short deliveries from Kelby in the first over for four and six. Sharp work from Umair resulted in a direct hit run out, followed by a good catch at mid-wicket to see Aberdeenshire 74 for 2 after 15 overs. Just as Aberdeen looked to be heading for a comfortable win, Howie bowled their pro for 61 and the Forfs were back in the game. Kelby bowled Cross for 61 with a yorker, and two more quick brought the game back towards Forfarshire, but the experienced Lamb (18 not out) and Buchan (21 not out) knocked of the required runs in a well contested match.