Forfarshire Cricket Club - 2010 Archive

2010 Archive
news and photographs from season 2010

2010 Junior Prizegiving

The 2010 Junior Prizegiving took place at Forthill on Sunday 24th October and the following trophies and certificates were awarded.
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Under 18 Player’s Player – Kevin S.

Under 15 Batting – Scott C. 
Under 15 Bowling – Michael McL.

Hat-Trick (against Strathmore) - Michael McL.
Under 13 Batting (Sword Trophy) – Christian R. 
Under 13 Bowling – Blair W. 
Thistle Trophy (most improved player) – Jack H. 
John Adams Award (most promising junior) – Christian R.
Round Table Trophy (for selection to Caledonia Acad.u14) – Scott C.
Dick Auchinleck Junior Shield – Adam H.

Kwik Cricket Medals:
Louie A.   
Jamie B.

James G.    Calum G.

Sarthak J.    Liam L.

Lucas McC.    Scott M.

Kailas N.    Fraser R.

Jamie S.    Michael S.

Connor T.

Under 12’s Mini-hardball Medals:

Michael C.    Blair W.

Cameron W.    Christian R.

Rory J.    Callum R.

Calum G.    Scott M.

Fraser R.    Jack H.

Connor W.

Forthill XI Win at Largo

Forthill XI travelled to Largo on Sunday for the annual end of season friendly and recorded a six wicket victory.

Largo chose to bat first but a wicket apiece for Adam and Andy quickly saw the home side 2 for 2 after two overs. Glen (2 for 8) and Priyanaz (1 for 16) both bowled tidy spells before the introduction of Sid saw the Largo middle order dismissed in rapid fashion as he took 3 for 6 from five overs while Samir's 2 for 8 went almost unnoticed at the other end. Kevin continued his fine form of late with 39 not out to guide Forthill XI to a comfortable victory in the always enjoyable fixtire.

Forthill XI Player of the Year Awards

Forthill XI marked the end of the 2010 season with a visit to the Megabowl followed by a meal and presentation of prizes at the Gulistan.

Clark was named Forthill XI Player of the Year and Kevin was awarded the Young Player of the Year award. The coveted ten-pin bowling prize was won by Simmy Snr.

Running through his highlights of the season, Simmy commented on Clark’s consistent performances with the bat and particularly his 152 not out against Breadalbane while Kevin’s season was saw him perform well with the ball throughout in addition to some valuable innings in the second half of the season.

The ten-pin bowling competition was a keenly contested event, with Simmy snr edging out Simmy jnr in the final with a total of 283 versus 280.

Weekend Results - 28th & 29th August

The 2010 league season came to an end with all three teams losing their final games.

At Forthill on Saturday, Forfarshire were bowled out for 96 by Grange, and the visitors wasted little time in knocking off the required runs to secure victory and collect a well deserved SNCL premier division title.

Forthill travelled to Dyce to take on Stoneywood-Dyce. A convincing win would have seen Forthill escape relegation but despite restricting the home side to 155, Forthill could only muster 100 in reply, so Division 1 cricket looms for next season.

Forthill XI lost a close game to Dalnacraig. Clark top-scored with 58 as Forthill XI posted an under-par 151 but the visiting batsmen were made to work hard for their runs, and it took until the last over for the winning runs to be scored, with just two wickets remaining.
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Weekend Results - 21st/22nd August

Forfarshire won against Clydesdale at Titwood on Saturday while back home, Forthill lost in the last over against Meigle. Forthill XI’s match against Cupar was conceded by Cupar as they were unable to raise a team.

Clydesdale asked Forfarshire to bat first on a wicket that favoured the bowlers. Ryan (54) and Craig (10) made a comfortable start to the innings but in the 9th over Craig skied a delivery from Sajid to mid-wicket with the total on 31. Tony, Umair and Aman all fell quickly to leave Forfarshire in trouble at 49 for 4 in 17 overs, but Richie (16) added 38 for the 5th wicket with Ryan before an over ambitious quick single saw him run having covered the length of the pitch and back again. An unbeaten last wicket partnership of 35 between Andy (19 not out) and Quinno (13 not out) gave the Forfarshire total some respectability as they closed on 170 for 9 after 50 overs.

Aman again gave Forfarshire the perfect start with the ball with a wicket in each of his first two overs. The hard hitting Williamson lofted a drive some yards wide of Tony at mid-off but he made good ground to his left to pluck the ball from the air. The pairing of Sheikh (49 from 81 balls) and Hussain (31 from 38 balls) looked to be guiding the home side to victory until the introduction of Richie into the attack saw Hussain caught behind in his first over. Richie ripped through the Clydesdale middle order to return figures of 5 for 26 from 9 overs.

Forthill batted first against Meigle, and their innings never gained much momentum as a number of players made starts but didn’t go on to make the score that was needed. Dean hit 27 not out in the latter stages of the innings to top score, with Robert making 25. Dean made an early breakthrough when he removed Christie, but Drummy (82 not out) along with 32 from Laing put Meigle well on their way towards victory. With 30 needed from the last 10 overs and 8 wickets in hand, the visitors suddenly found runs hard to come by and six runs were needed from the last over. Boundaries from the first two balls of the last over were enough to complete the win.

Weekend Results - 14th/15th August

Forfarshire lost on the last ball of their SNCL match against Greenock on Saturday, but fortunes were different at Doo'cot Park where Forthill overcame Strathearn. On Sunday, Forthill XI lost to a strong Kinross side.

Forfarshire chose to bat first in ideal batting conditions, and after the early loss of Craig, Ryan (129 from 127 balls) and Tony (52 from 87 balls) added 152 for the second wicket. Ryan hit powerfully throughout his innings and anything loose was dispatched to be boundary with ease as a struck eighteen 4s and three 6s, while Tony hit eight 4s in a composed innings. Umair again provided an excellent finish to the innings with 39 not out from 35 balls and was ably assisted by Finbar who hit 21 from 24 balls to see Forfarshire record 267 for 6 in 50 overs.

The Greenock openers gave the visitors an ideal start to their run chase with an opening partnership of 85 in 20 overs that was ended when Begley was caught behind for 41 while Rowan went on to hit 74 until he picked out Finbar at long-off. When Ryan trapped McLaren LBW first ball, Forfarshire looked to be taking control of the game and with boundaries drying up mid-innings, the target looked just out of reach for Greenock. However, Hislop (46 from 35 balls) and Bellwood (35) took Greenock to within sight of victory with a 75 run fifth wicket partnership, but with 26 needed from the final 12 deliveries Forfarshire looked to be in command. The penultimate over conceded eleven, and the equation came down to three needed from the last ball which new man in Kelso flicked through mid-wicket for four to secure victory.

In Perth, a tight display of bowling and fielding saw table-toppers Strathearn restricted to 170 for 7. LJ made a welcome return to the team and his opening six over spell gave Forthill a good start by conceding only 19 runs in what was his first bowl in over a year. Tight spells mid-innings from Howie (2 for 19) and Elliot (1 for 19) along with 2 for 32 from Ted towards the end of the innings saw the home team finish on an under par 170. Overseas amateur Blomfield accounted from Mike early in the run chase which brought Robert to the crease, for his first bat in three months following a summer in New York. Picking up where he left off in May, Bobby soon found his touch to dispatch the Strathearn attack to the boundary with a number of classy shots. Neil dug in at the other end once Robert departed for 63 and his gutsy 32 not out along with 24 not out from LJ saw Forthill secure victory with five overs remaining.
match report

A talented Kinross batting line-up made good use of the favourable conditions at Forthill and racked up 263 for 3 in 45 overs, J Ross batting through the innings for 141 not out and R Weir finishing on 64 not out. Adam took two wickets in as many balls to return figures of 2 for 23 while Glenn restricted the run scoring with nine economical overs that gave away just 32 runs.

Forthill’s reply never got going, with only Kevin making any impact. He was last man out for 48 but not before lofting the visiting spinner over long-on for six. match report


Weekend Results - 7th & 8th August

orfarshire visited Carlton for the first time in recent years and emerged as comfortable winners while at Forthill, the second team lost to DHSFP by 8 wickets. On Sunday, Forthill XI hosted Coupar Angus but went down by 3 wickets.

At Grangeloan, Ryan showed aggressive intent from ball one and hit consecutive boundaries to open the scoring on his way to 52 from 48 deliveries that included seven 4s and two 6s in an opening partnership of 86 with Craig (38 from 66 balls). Umair continued his fine run of form with 55 from 74 balls and batted well with the youthful tail to see Forfarshire finish on 221. Aman gave Forfarshire another good start with two wickets in his opening spell, but at 112 for 4, the experienced pairing of English (62) and Kerr (24) looked well set before Blackie turned the game with two wickets in two balls. Kerr fell first, lofting a high catch to Ryan at mid-on before English chipped a ball to Quinno at backward square to see Carlton 112 for 6 in the 28th over. Umair cleaned up the tail with no fuss to claim 3 for 24, while Blackie returned another economical spell to finish with 3 for 16 from eight overs.

Forthill posted 173 thanks to 46 from Tony and 21 from Kev but a number of dropped catches throughout the second innings gave the High batsmen several let-offs and as a result had little difficulty overcoming the home total, D Kyles finishing on 81 not out and R Rennie 48 not out.

Forthill XI chose to bat first at Forthill on Sunday, and found the accurate Coupar Angus attack difficult to score off, and after 18 overs Forthill XI had reached 48 for 3. Glenn and Kev came together and pushed the score along to 84 when Glenn was unfortunate to pick out Sutherland in the deep to fall for a well constructed 25. Scott was plucked from retirement due to an early morning call-off, and his 34 not out along with 58 not out from Kev added 77 for the fifth wicket to see Forthill finish on 169 for 5. Coupar Angus opener Sutherland batted through the second innings for 87 not out and took advantage of any short or wide deliveries offered by the home bowling attack as the visitors reached their target in the 37th over with three wickets remaining, Craig picking up two late wickets in a tidy over and Samir taking 2 for 32.


Weekend Results
31st July / 1st August

Forfarshire and Forthill both lost their league matches while Forthill XI’s meeting with St.Modans was abandoned due to rain.

Aman stunned Aberdeenshire with two wickets in the first over of the game and followed that up with two more quick wickets to see the home team reeling at 16 for 4 after seven overs. But a fifth wicket partnership of 42 between pro Parlane (84 not out from 111 balls) and Cross (12 from 34 balls) repaired some of the damage before an 8th wicket partnership did similar to see the Aberdeen tail support the not out pro as they recovered to 177 for 9.

Forfarshire’s runs chase got off to a bad start when Craig was bowled by Cox in the fourth over and after a rain break, a revised D/L target of 140 to win from 30 overs was set. Forfarshire lost wickets regularly throughout the innings and fell behind the required rate. A late charge from Umair (45 not out from 34 balls) gave some hope of victory, but 50 required from the last five overs proved too many, and Forfarshire were all out 16 runs short of target.

Gav (36) and Elliot (30) top-scored for Forthill as they posted 156 for 9 against league leaders Mannofield. The visitors knocked off the required rums in the 40th over for the loss of five wickets.

Murgitroyd 20/20 Finals Day

Forfarshire reached the final of the Murgitroyd 20/20 Cup at Shawholm after a semi-final victory over Dumfries but had to settle for the runners-up spot against a strong Carlton line-up.

In the semi-final, Craig’s 40 from 28 balls gave Forfarshire a useful start but at 66 for 3 after 10 overs a good second half to the innings was required. Umair provided the innings that was needed and hit 63 not out from 47 balls and shared a valuable partnerships with Howie and Elliot that saw Forfs finish on a creditable 160 for 6. Dumfries started aggressively with the second delivery of their innings sailing towards mid-wicket, but Matthew soon removed dangermen Dawson and Davidson followed soon after by a wicket for Blackie who had been promoted to open the bowling. Two wickets in Ryan’s first over saw the collapse continue and it only got worse as the total sat on 19 for 6 in the 8th over. Umair claimed 3 for 16 to see Dumfries all out for 55 in the 16th over.

Forfarshire took wickets regularly throughout the Carlton innings, after they chose to bat first, with only overseas amateur Dean getting away from the Forfs bowlers with a hard hit 52 from 35 balls that includes five 4s and three 6s. Gordon Drummond chipped in with 35 not out late in the innings to see Carlton post 152 for 8 which was more than had looked likely as some stages of the innings. Forfarshire’s reply got off to a bad start when Ryan fell in the first over but Craig (35 from 36 balls) and Matthew (33 from 43 balls) put on 73 for the second wicket but with the Carlton attack offering few loose deliveries, the required rate was always increasing as boundaries were scarce. Umair continued his fine weekend with a cameo 33 not out from 25 balls including a trademark scoopshot over the Carlton keepers head for four, but it was not enough to see Forfs overhaul the Carlton total.

Highlights of the final can be found on CricketScotland TV
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Weekend Results - 24th & 25th July
Forfarshire lost to Dunfermline at Forthill on Saturday in a well-balanced game while Forthill went down to Arbroath by 32 runs. Sunday saw Forthill XI put in a fighting performance against Breadalbane only to lose out by 24 runs.

Howie got the Forfs innings off to a confident start by twice dispatching Reddy through the covers for four in the first over and Craig also cashed in on some wayward bowling before a mis-timed drive saw him out caught in the 9th over with the total on 49. Howie eventually fell for 40 from 82 balls to see Forfarshire reach 99 for 3 at the half-way stage. The introduction of Gray into the attack saw two further quick wickets go down, and at 146 for 6 in the 38th over, a competitive total looked some way off but Umair (61 not out from 66 balls) and Tony (14 from 25 balls) added a valuable 53 for the seventh wicket and propelled the total along to 220 for 9 in 50 overs, Umair hitting one 6 and six 4s in his innings.

Three wickets for Matthew (3 for 34) and two for Ryan (2 for 47) including danger man Gray saw the game evenly poised as Dunfermline were reduced to 135 for 5 in the 35th over but a solid 88 run partnership between Sharif (53 not out ) and Shahzad (43 not out) proved to be the difference between the teams as Dunfermline eased to victory with nine balls remaining.

orthill made the short trip to Lochlands and held Arbroath to 176 for 7 in
45 overs. Adees once again bowled a tidy 9 over spell and gave away only 18 runs while picking up a wicket while Mo's 9 overs gave away only 25 runs with Arbroath's R.Plomer being the mainstay of the innings with 91. Neil top-scored with 42 but lacked the support from the rest of the batting order that would have seen Forthill through to victory, and in the end Forthill were all out for 144.

Breadalbane travelled to Forthill on Sunday, and four wickets for Samir saw the visitors restricted to 210 for 8 having at one point looked like posting a more sizeable total with Lee scoring a hard hit 87 before being bowled by Samir to end a third wicket partnership with Bailey (47) that was approaching three figures. The good start to the run chase that was hoped for failed to materialise and the top order were all back in the pavilion inside of 10 overs with the scoreboard reading a disappointing 28 for 5. However Callum (43) and Kevin (54) continued their recent fine form with the bat to turn around the situation, and an 84 run 6th wicket gave hope of a home win. When four quick wickets left Kev batting with last man Jinglis, 50 was added for the last wicket but the target proved just too many, and Forthill XI fell 24 runs short of victory.

Unders 18s on Form in Knockout Cup

Forfarshire u18  156-3
Aberdeenshire u18  121-9

Kev and Andy opened the batting for the young Forfs and after a watchful four overs gradually increased the run rate to add 86 in 13 overs when Andy retired for an excellent 52 and Kev fell soon after for a valuable 31. Goose (28 not out) and Callum (24) smashed 52 from the last four overs of the innings to see Aberdeenshire u18s set a challenging 157 to win.

Two wickets in two balls for Adam (3 for 13) the second from a spectacular one handed catch by Kev at square leg saw Forfarshire take the upper hand in the second innings, but F.Proud and D.Gamblin were not to be outdone and hit half centuries to take Aberdeen past 100. Three wickets in four balls completed a good evenings work for Kev (3 for 7) and saw Forfarshire through to the quarter finals and a trip to Arbroath. scorecard

Bagpack Success - £600 Raised
The bagpack organised by the junior section of the Club on 19th June turned out to be a very successful one, with £600 being raised for club funds. 
Alan reports on how the day went
Thanks to all who gave their time to make this such a successful day.

Weekend Results - 17th & 18th July

Forfarshire made up for their agonizing early season loss to Uddingston by emerging as 7 wicket winners at Forthill on Saturday. Meanwhile while at Rossie Priory, Forthill won a low scoring encounter by 13 runs and Forthill XI lost to Kinloch by 10 wickets on Sunday.

id-week rain that flooded the square put the visit of Uddingston in doubt, but conditions improved just enough to allow play to start on time. Hoffman opened his account with a six in his usual aggressive style but soon miss-timed a drive and was safely caught by Howie off Matthew in the sixth over. A wicket for Quinno and a direct-hit run out from Ryan saw the visitors 66 for 3 after 18 overs before a 73 run partnership between pro Priyadarshana (59 from 87 balls) and Gul (33 from 54 balls) took the total up to 139 for 4 in the 35th over. Another catch for Howie off Matty accounted for the pro and enabled the Forfs to restrict the Uddingston scoring rate in the final 15 overs as they finished on 204 for 9, Matthew taking 3 for 36 in 10 overs.

The loss of Howie for 25 and Ryan for 14 left Forfarshire sitting on 72 for 2 and the need for a partnership was was evident as Matthew joined Craig in the 19th over. The pair added 93 in 19 overs, with Craig passing 50 in 87 balls and Matthew hitting 37 from 61 balls before being trapped LBW to Hoffman. Aman joined Craig with 40 needed from the final 10 overs and looked as if the game would go to the final couple of overs, but Craig's excellent 87 not out from 140 balls along with 21 from 19 balls from Aman saw Forfarshire comfortably home with one ball of the 47th over remaining.

The damp conditions at Rossie Priory meant a high scoring game was unlikely, and after a promising start from Gavin (31) and Finbar (16) wickets tumbled dramatically with only the extras column reaching double figures as the Forthill batsmen toiled in unfamiliar conditions to be bowled out for 93. Rossie’s openers Stevens (14) and Lynch jnr (10) started well but once both were dismissed, the same pattern as the first innings followed as none of the home batsmen reached double figures as they struggled against the bowling of Callum whose 9 over spell saw him take 5 for 22 as Rossie were dismissed for 80.

Forthill XI had a day to forget as they were dismissed for 87 by Kinloch as the visiting bowlers made good use of the favourable bowling conditions. 25 from Clark and 16 each from Adam and Glenn were the only Forthill XI batsmen to spend much time in the middle before Kinloch made light work of passing the home total. On a lighter note, last week’s third team man of the match nomination has now been concluded, and the winner of a “voucher for two....” is revealed here. This week’s report is also online here.

Forfarshire Through to Murgitroyd 20/20 Finals Day

Forfarshire outplayed Dunfermline at McKane Park on Tuesday night to win the Caledonia section of the Murgitroyd 20/20 knockout and secure a place in the national finals day at Shawholm (Poloc) on Sunday 25th July.

An excellent display of bowling and fielding saw Dunfermline restricted to 143 for 5 in 20 overs. Aman bowled four excellent overs that conceded just 11 runs in addition to taking two high catches at long-on while a three over spell from Andy gave away just 12 runs as Dunfermline were made to fight hard for boundaries late in their innings.

Ryan (77 from 66 balls) and Tony (52 from 44 balls) looked to be guiding Forfarshire to a ten wicket win with a mix of good running and boundary hitting, but with the total on 128 in the 18th over, Tony was bowled and 10 runs later Ryan offered a well taken catch to third man. Late in the 19th over Craig hit a pressure boundary to see six needed from the final over with Aman on strike. Three runs came from the first two balls, and a further two singles saw Forfarshire level the scores with two balls remaining before a comfortable single saw Forfarshire home on the last ball of the game. 

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Dunfermline 143-5  (A Shahzad 61, S Reddy 44, G Garden 2-22)
Forfarshire 144-2  (R Watson 77, T Weed 52)

Weekend Results - 10th & 11th July

Forfarshire made a delayed journey to Hamilton Crescent after early morning rain left the match in doubt. The rain cleared sufficiently to allow a 3pm start, but after 20 overs of the Forfarshire innings, rain interrupted play, and the match was eventually abandoned with Forfarshire on 81 for 3.

Forthill's home match against Huntly was cancelled due to rain.

On Sunday, Forthill XI overcame Northern at Forthill by 100 runs to sit in third place of the S&PU first division.
Simmy jnr (48) and Scott (45) gave Forthill XI a great start with an opening stand of 88 before Clark (45) accelerated the scoring rate further. A career best 23 not out for Samir saw Forthill XI finish on 228 for 8 after 45 overs.

After a confident start, Forthill XI took control of the game when seven of the visitors wickets were taken for just 20 runs, Mo making a welcome return with 4 for 20 from 9 overs.

Weekend Results - 3rd July

Forfarshire won a thrilling encounter with Watsonians at Myreside on Saturday to take home a 5 run win, but at Forthill, Strathmore inflicted a heavy defeat on the second team. Forthill XI were in action too on Saturday, and won by 40 runs against Norwood at Dawson Park.

Howie and Craig gave Forfarshire a steady start, with 45 added before Craig was bowled for 23. Howie was caught behind ten runs later for 25, and Umair followed next ball to see the Forfs 55 for 3 after 20 overs. Wickets continued to fall and although the wicket looked to be favouring the bowlers, an under par score was looking likely. However, a 99 run 7th wicket partnership between Kelby (53 from 71 balls) and 47 not out from 60 balls by SNCL debutant Dennis saw Forfarshire cash in on some wayward bowling in the final stages of the first innings to post 203 for 8.

Watsonians started their reply with a flourish, but lost three wickets all to Kelby (3 for 24) and after 13 overs had reached 58 for 3. Home skipper Flannigan (51) and Wright (21) steadied the situation for a while, before Flannigan was called for a sharp run to Howie at short mid-wicket and a direct hit saw him short of his ground. Forfarshire continued to battle for wickets, and the Blackie's miserly 10 overs for 17 runs put pressure firmly on the Watsonians batsmen. Going in to the last ten overs, Watsonians required 41 with four wickets in hand, which became 11 runs from 12 balls with the last pair at the crease. Several scampered singles saw Watsonians edging towards victory, but a well executed run-out by Aman off his own bowling gave victory to the Forfs in the penultimate over.

Forthill XI batted first at Dawson Park and Clark's innings of 88 that included 12 fours and a six saw Forthill XI up to 149 all out at the end of 45 overs. In reply, Adam (4 for 19) gave Forthill XI the start they needed by taking three wickets in his four overs to leave Norwood 25 for 3. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Glenn taking 2 for 5 from 6 overs as Norwood were bowled out for 91 in the 30th over. report

Weekend Results 26th & 27th June
Forfarshire lost to Grange by 126 runs in Edinburgh, but both Forthill and Forthill XI recorded fine wins, defeating Stoneywood-Dyce by 87 runs and Dalnacraig by 2 wickets.

In excellent batting conditions, Forfarshire did well to restrict Grange to 267, with opening bat Hairs hitting 135 and Blackie picking up 5 for 53. Forfarshire’s reply got off to a confident start but faltered to 30 for 3 with Howie (19), Craig (13) and Ryan (4) all back in the pavilion. Forfarshire were eventually all out for 141, with Tony top-scoring with 42.

At Forthill, Mike scored his maiden century for the club (133 from 113 balls) and along with 59 (79 balls) from Finbar added an excellent 177 for the first wicket against Stoneywood-Dyce as Forthill raced along to 296 for 7 in 45 overs. Two wickets for Andy and one for Dennis saw the visitors 74 for 3 after 17 overs but a fourth wicket partnership of 102 between Murray (63) and Afridi (50) kept the game alive. When Adees dismissed Murray for the first of his 4 wickets, the visitors then failed to keep up with the required rate and were bowled out for 209, Gavin taking 3 for 25 from 7 overs.

Dalnacraig batted first and Forthill soon had openers Reid and Miller back in the pavilion to take the upper hand early in the game, but the experienced Hopkins (26) and McLaren (20) recovered the High Schools innings on a pitch that was showing signs of variable bounce. The Forthill bowlers all bowled economically and the home side finished on 145 for 8 after 45 overs. Andy C continued his fine form with the bat and hit 29 at the top of the order to give Forthill XI a great start. Clark continued the good work in tricky conditions before a sharp catch from ‘Bucket’ accounted for him. A mid-innings collapse saw the total slump to 90 for 6 before Simmy, Adam and Samir all played pressure innings to steer Forthill XI slowly to victory in the 42nd over.

Weekend Results - 19th & 20th June

Forfarshire overcame Clydesdale by four wickets at Forthill on Sunday in an exciting match that saw both sides take the upper hand at various stages of the game. At Meigle, Forthill recovered from a nightmare start to their run chase to win by 4 wickets while on Saturday, Forthill XI lost a high-scoring game to Cupar by 99 runs.
lydesdale got off to a flying start with Williamson attacking the Forfarshire bowling hard, and after 6 overs the total had raced along to 37, including 23 coming from one over. When Williamson was out for 43, the Forfs fight-back started, and the run-rate slowed through the middle part of the visitors innings, Henry conceding just 19 runs in a 7 over spell while Matthew took 2 for 28 from 10 overs. Clydesdale looked to be heading for a score of around 250, but when wickets started to fall late in the innings and with Haq being forced to retire hurt with a calf injury, the visitors were bowled out for 217, Kelby taking 3 for 50 from 10 overs.

In reply, Ryan and Matthew added 145 for the second wicket but just as Forfarshire looked to be cruising to victory, Ryan (71 from 88 balls) lofted a drive to mid-on with the score on 147 in the 31st over. Forfarshire then lost five wickets for 35 runs to set up a nervy conclusion to the game, but Matthew (91 not out from 131 balls) steered Forfarshire to a sixth league win, the winning runs coming in the 49th over.

At Victory Park, Drummy continued his fine run of form with 107 not out as Meigle posted 194 for 7 in 45 overs, with Dean and Ted picking up two wickets apiece. Forthill were two wickets down after three balls, but Elliot (53) and Neil (50) rescued the situation before Goose hit a quick 40 to set Forthill up for a fine victory.

Cupar recorded the highest score of the summer at Forthill on Saturday when they set Forthill XI 309 to win, but the highlight of the first innings was Chris taking 5 for 46 that saw Cupar bowled out after 44 overs. Forthill XI made a creditable 209 in reply, with Glenn making his top score of 59 not out.

Weekend Results - 12th & 13th June

Forfarshire made the long trip to Greenock on Saturday and recorded one of the SNCL's most comprehensive victories, winning by 201 runs. At Forthill, Strathearn maintained their 100% record this season, Forthill going down by 7 wickets.

Glenpark, Greenock

At Greenock, Forfarshire were asked to take first use of the Glenpark wicket and with Howie, Craig and Umair back in the pavilion earlier than expected, Forfarshire reached 58 for 3 from 11 overs. Ryan (84 from 102 balls) and Aman (26 from 46 balls) then restored order to the Forfs innings with an 84 run partnership. Kelby (33 from 35 balls) and Tony (27 from 48 balls) added 50 for the 6th wicket to see Forfarshire post a healthy 248 for 8.
In reply, Greenock slumped to 11 for 4 after 6 overs as Kelby (6 for 22) and Quinno (4 for 24) ripped through the home batting line-up. With the last 4 wickets falling for just 5 runs, Greenock were all out for 47.

Forthill recovered from 52 for 4 after 17 overs against Strathearn to reach 186 for 9 at the end of 45 overs thanks to a well constructed 48 from Elliot and a 5th wicket partnership of 63 with Andy (33). When Elliot fell to a good catch in the deep by visiting overseas amateur Blomfield, Andy C and Callum kept the run rate up in the final overs with some sharp singles making the most of some wayward fielding.

With Denis unavailable and Dean a late call-up to the first team, Andy and Elliot opened the bowling and the total had reached 57 after 13 overs when Mearns (24) gave a return catch to Andy. Ted slowed the run-rate with 2 for 33 from 9 overs but with the Strathearn batsmen cashing in on any loose deliveries they had little difficulty chasing down the target, the winnings runs coming in the 37th over.

Sunday's Forfarshire friendly was cancelled due to Dollar playing a Small Club's Cup tie, and Forthill XI missed out on their first trip to Kinross due to heavy overnight rain. 

Weekend Results - 5th & 6th June

Forfarshire welcomed Carlton to Forthill on Saturday for their first visit in several years, and the visitors went on to win by 7 wickets, while at Dalnacraig, Forthill lost the Dundee derby 55 runs. Sunday saw Forthill XI travel to Coupar Angus but play was abandoned early in the first innings due to rain. Forfarshire made the annual visit to Elie Beach and registered the only victory of the weekend.

Forfarshire chose to bat first at Forthill, and had reached 69 for 1 in 17 overs, but when Ryan hit a loose delivery into the hands of point for 23 to end a partnership of 44 with Craig (46) wickets began to fall regularly and Forfarshire were all out for 183 in the 48th over.

In reply, Carlton got off to a good start with Mommsen (81 not out) and Watts (22) adding 69 for the first wicket before 40 from English took them to within sight of victory. The winning runs were brought up in the 41st over with 7 wickets in hand.

At Dalnacraig, DHSFP were bowled out for 188, Ted taking 4 for 36 from 9 overs and Dennis 3 for 19. In reply, a number of Forthill batsmen got starts but failed to go on and make a score that would have challenged the home total. Top scorer was Gav with 30, followed by Neil with 21.

Weekend Results 29th / 30th May

Forfarshire recorded an emphatic 9 wicket win over last season’s SNCL champions Aberdeenshire at Forthill on Saturday, while at Mannofield, Forthill lost by 3 wickets. Sunday’s third team game against St.Modans was cancelled due to early morning rain.

Kelby gave Forfarshire a dream start when he found the edge of visiting Pro Parlane's bat with the first ball of the game, and then in the 9th over hit the stumps to dismiss MacRae. A sharp catch at slip by Ryan off Henry (3 for 34) saw Aberdeen 36 for 3 after 10 overs. The Forfs maintained the tight line and length and with Aman taking 3 for 11 in the later stages of the innings, the visitors were bowled out for an under par 137.

In reply, Craig and Howie gave Forfarshire the steady start required, and when Craig fell for 20, Ryan (74 not out) and Howie (41 not out) set about the bowling and brought up the winning runs in the 25th over.

At Mannofield, Forthill collapsed to 132 all out with only Gav (28) and Dennis (26) making scores, but an excellent day in the field saw Mannofield made to work hard for their 3 wicket victory, Dennis taking 3 for 15 in a fine 9 over spell.

Weekend Results 22nd & 23rd May

Forfarshire travelled to Dunfermline on Saturday and lost by 7 wickets while Forthill and Forthill XI's batsmen were both in fine form as they recorded victories in high scoring games.


Forfarshire got off to a good start, with Howie (23) and Craig (19) scoring well in the early overs before a collapse saw Forfarshire 57 for 4 in the 16th over. Kelby (40 not out from 59 balls) joined Dougie (39 from 71 balls) and added 47 for the sixth wicket to before Kelby and Henry (25 from 39 balls) put on 42 for the 7th wicket to restore some respectability to the total, but then the last 4 wickets fell for just 14 runs and Forfarshire fell short of a par score with 192.


Dunfermline got off to a quick start, passing 50 in the 9th over without loss and never looked troubled during their run chase. Rai (58) and Gray (53) both hit half centuries as Dunfermline passed the Forfs total in the 37th over with 7 wickets in hand.


Mike opened the batting on his debut for the club at Forthill and scored a fluent 83 in a fine opening partnership with Finbar (38). Neil added 71 not out later in the innings and along with a quickfire 54 not out from Dennis, the total raced along to 283 for 3. In reply, Sam quickly removed both Arbroath openers in a spell of 3 for 22 from 9 overs as Forthill headed for a comfortable win. Adees secured the 25 points with a fine spell of 3 for 15 as the visitors were bowled out for 102.


Result of the day took place at Aberfeldy, where after seeing the home side hit 279 for 6, Forthill XI chased down the total with 7 wickets and several overs remaining. Clark (152 not out) masterminded the victory with great support from Andy (49) and Glenn (27 not out).
To find out how Simmy's army marched to victory, click here for the match report. 


Forthill XI were in action at Forthill on Sunday in a friendly against Largo. Largo blasted 246 for 4 from 40 overs having brought a more experienced team than the youthful Forthill XI line up - but the young Forthill side responded well, reaching 211 in reply, with Callum top-scoring with 42, and valuable contributions from Andy (37), Bilial (33) and Adam (30).

Weekend Results - 15th & 16th May

Forfarshire were in league action twice over the weekend, losing a close game at Uddingston on Saturday and winning on Sunday against the National Academy. Forthill lost to Rossie Priory on Saturday and Forthill XI lost against Kinloch on Sunday.


At Uddingston, Kelby (56 from 112 balls) was promoted to bat at three and joined Craig (45 from 73 balls) in adding 74 for the second wicket as the Forfarshire took first use on a hard Bothwell Castle wicket. Umair once again provided a vital boost to the later stages of the innings with 32 from 42 balls before a collapse saw the final four wickets fall for just four runs.


In reply, the hard hitting Hoffman (76) set about the bowling and along with Clarke (25) took the Uddingston total to 106 without loss before the Forfs fought back with four quick wickets. A direct hit run out from Kelby accounted for Hoffman soon after he had trapped the home pro LBW first ball. Wickets fell regularly throughout the remaining overs, and with the last pair at the wicket, 15 were needed from 6 overs. Zia played some big shots to hit Uddingston out of trouble and won the game with a six over cover.


Back at Forthill, Elliot led the batting with 68 against Rossie Priory, but the home total of 177 did not cause Rossie much trouble, and they reached the winning mark with 7 wickets and 14 overs remaining.


Craig (72) and Aman (67) responded well to the challenge of playing against their National Academy team-mates at Forthill on Sunday and set them 236 to win. Two early wickets for Dougie (2 for 33) saw Forfarshire take the upper hand early, before Burnett (37) and Cross (32) added 53 for the 3rd wicket. Three wickets for Blackie (3 for 41) in the middle of the innings gave Forfarshire control, and the Academy were eventually all out for 193 in the 43rd over.


At St.Andrews on Sunday, Samir and Callum bowled well at the start of the Kinloch innings but 64 from Dyer saw Kinloch go on to post a competitive 180, despite Adees bowling a tight 9 over spell that conceded only 24 runs. Glenn collected 3 for 40 in the later stages to give Forthill XI some well deserved bowling points. In reply, Forthill XI struggled to build the partnerships needed to chase down the target, and only Ian (27) and John (15) spent much time in the middle as Forthill were all out for 120.

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.

Murgitroyd First Round Win

Forfarshire progressed to the second round of the Murgitroyd National Twenty/20 knockout and a home tie against Strathmore after a 9 wicket win over Arbroath at Forthill on Thursday night.


Arbroath batted first and made a comfortable start, with openers Peal (19) and Petrie (17) adding 40 in 8 overs before the first wicket fell. The Forfs bowlers kept the run rate under control until C.Burnett (45 from 31 balls) and C.Burnett (35 from 27 balls) combined to add 61 inside 6 overs as Arbroath reached 142 for 3 in 20 overs.


Craig (58 from 49 balls) started aggressively, hitting two boundaries over mid-on in the first over, and along with Ryan (74 not out from 60 balls) took Forfarshire within site of a comfortable victory before a few tight overs saw the required rate sit at 18 off 3 overs, with 10 wickets in hand. When Craig fell in the 17th over, Robert’s 10 from 6 balls saw Forfarshire to victory with 5 balls remaining. 

Weekend Results - 1st & 2nd May

Forfarshire marked their return to Premier division cricket with a solid 56 run win over Watsonians at Forthill on Saturday, however Forthill’s first league outing of the season resulted in an 8 wicket defeat to Strathmore. On Sunday, Forthill XI overcame Norwood at Forthill to record a 27 run win.


Batting first on a slow wicket, Craig (16) and Howie (11) gave Forfarshire a good start adding 31 in 7 overs before both fell in the space of an over. Debutant Matty (36 from 88 balls) and Ryan (33 from 59 balls) consolidated the position with a 53 run third wicket partnership as Forfarshire aimed for a 200 plus score. With 7 overs remaining, the total sat at 148 for 7 and the target looked to be slipping out of sight, but Umair (40 not out from 36 balls) and Kelby (19 not out from 20 balls) finished the innings off well, with a vital 57 run partnership to see Forfarshire set Watsonians 204 to win.

Kelby removed opener Flannigan with the 5th ball of the second innings, then 5 overs later Quinno produced an unbeatable delivery to bowl pro Weston to hand the advantage to the Forfs with the total on 13 for 2 after 6 overs. Watsonians recovered to 117 for 4 after 34 overs but four quick wickets gave Forfarshire the upper hand, Umair taking 3 for 13 including opener Weston for 59 as the visitors were bowled out for 147 in the 46th over.


Forthill batted first at Lochside Park but a series of single figure scores from the top-order saw Strathmore take control early in the game. Dennis (36) and Dean (18) top-scored as Forthill were bowled out for 118. Dean picked up the early wicket of Simpson but Strathie’s batsmen had little difficulty is reaching their target with 22 overs remaining, Ted taking the only other wicket to fall.


Forthill XI batted first against Norwood and soon found themselves in trouble at 63 for 5 after 20 overs. Dean and Simmy both recorded scores of 24 to push the total up towards 100. A couple of welcome boundaries from Samir in the final stages of the innings saw the home total reach 112 when the last wicket fell, some way short of what it should have been. Norwood lost two early wickets but recovered to 48 for 2 and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory when Samir turned the game on its head with a five wicket haul that accounted for the visitors middle order in quick time and saw him finish with 5 for 18 from 7 overs. Norwood were eventually all out for 85 in the 36th over.


Marathon Result

Ryan and Graeme completed the Lochaber Marathon on Sunday 25th April and crossed the finish line together after 4 hours 8 minutes.

Forfarshire v Falkland - Saturday 24th April

Forfarshire welcomed Falkland to Forthill on Saturday for a pre-season friendly and won by 196 runs after posting 338 for 5 in 45 overs during which Robert completed back-to-back centuries with an explosive 109 from just 64 balls.


Batting first, Dougie (49 from 58 balls) looked in fine touch with a series of boundaries and had taken the score to 37 when Howie departed for 13. This brought Ryan to the middle and after a slow start he set about the opposition attack and had reached 98 from 77 balls when a top edge ending his innings having hit 81 from the last 37 balls received. Meanwhile at the other end, Robert carried on where he left off last weekend, and after passing 50 in 42 balls, he surpassed Ryan’s hitting by racing from 50 to 100 in just 18 balls before being caught on the boundary for 109 from 64 balls. Umair hit a quick 46 not out at the end of the innings to see Forfarshire pass 300 and set the visitors 339 to win.


Two wickets for Quinno (2 for 16) and one each for Kelby and Dougie saw Falkland reduced to 16 for 4 in 9 overs before a mid-innings revival from Watson (47) and Lindsay (25) saw Falkland recover slightly. The visiting tail enders hung around before the final wickets fell as Falkland were all out for 146 in the 35th over.


West End Garage Sponsor Kelby

Kelby has received a car for use throughout the season from James Ewart of West End Garage


Weekend Results - 18th / 19th April

Forthill and Forfarshire took to the field this weekend in the first fixtures of the 2010 season. A young Forthill team completed a 56 run win over Kinloch, while Forfarshire defeated DHSFP by 134 runs.

Forthill posted a healthy 231 for 8 in 40 overs. Goose top-scored with 69 from 66 balls and Kevin, 43 from 54 balls, added valuable runs late in the innings which saw a good team effort with the bat. A tidy opening spell of 3 for 29 from Samir accounted for Kinloch’s top order, but hard hitting newcomer Mayank kept the game alive with 71 from 66 balls before a batting mix-up saw him run out and effectively end Kinloch’s chance of victory. Mo removed Vishwa and Dyer cheaply to leave Kinloch 126 for 6 after 26 overs as they headed towards 175 all out in a well contested early season fixture.

Against DHSFP, Forfarshire batted first and reached 73 for 2 in 10 overs before a quickfire 100 from Robert and 75 from Aman propelled the score past 200. A quick 30 not out from Umair saw Forfarshire finish on 276 for 5 in 40 overs - but sadly saw the return of 'Beast' cut short through a serious achilles injury. Three wickets for Kelby in consecutive overs reduced High School to 19 for 4 but a determined 75 from Dinesh saw DHSFP recover slightly but with little support, DHSFP were eventually bowled out for 142.

Junior Fun Run

wenty five of the club’s Junior Members took part in the sponsored fun run at Forthill on Sunday in aid of the New Net Fund. Sponsorship money is still being collected but a fantastic £517 has been received so far. The Club Committee thank everyone who took part or sponsored the runners.




All at Forfarshire are saddened by the passing of Mev Smith.
Mev was a player and lifelong supporter of Forfarshire CC and will be missed by all.

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.