2006 Archive


2006 Archive

Forfarshire lost to West of Scotland at Forthill on Saturday (26th August) while Forthill put in a good performance to overcome promotion challengers Rossie Priory.

Forfarshire were all out for 140, only Ryan (82 from 102 balls) making any impact on the West attack. In reply, Ryan's 2 for 12 from 10 overs made batting difficult as West took 40 overs to reach their target, opener Lockhart batting through for 72 not out.

Forfarshire  140 all out  R.Watson 82 B.Rowland 5-11
West of Scotland  145-4  D.Lockhart 72 not out, T.McKay 44

 At Rossie Priory, Ted was once again the pick of the Forthill bowlers, taking 3-13 in 9 miserly overs, as the home team were bowled out for 139 in the 42nd over. Neily led the Forthill run chase with 53, and along with 20's from Barry and Cameron, the winning runs were scored in the 37th over.

  Rossie Priory  139 all out  D.Elliot 37  G.Walker 3-13
Forthill 140-6  N.Martin 53, G.Morris 3-31

Weekend Washout
The only game to start over the weekend was the Club friendly against Meigle at Forthill on Sunday 20th August, but it too fell victim to heavy rain early in the second innings.

On Saturday, Forfarshire's game against Stirling, and Forthill's visit to the North Inch were both cancelled as a result of the previous evenings downpours.

Forthill XI travelled to Crieff on Sunday only to find rain pouring when they arrived. When the rain eased around 2pm the wet bowlers run-ups and outfield meant play was not in progress by the required 2.30pm, so the game was cancelled. Fortunately our reporter doesn't need a match to write a report.... non-match report here.

In the game that did start, Aman made a substantial claim to becoming the club's number 1 hitter, smashing 70 off just 25 Meigle deliveries. Sam took the opportunity to record his highest score for the club with a fine 66, LJ also scoring 66 at the top of the innings in Forthill's total of 275-4 in 40 overs.

The young pace attack of Fraser and Simon had Meigle at 45-2 when one shower too many halted play.

Forthill  275-4  A.Bailwal 70, S.Tilston 66, J.Brown 66
Meigle 45-2 (match abandoned)

photo gallery    scorecard

sam out caught on the boundary for 66

Mixed Weekend for Forfarshire
 Forfarshire fought back hard to secure a 20 run win over Arbroath at Lochlands on Saturday 12th August.

Forfarshire's 209-8 looked to be a few runs short of a winning total when Arbroath reached 136-3 after 35 overs, but 4-38 from Blackie, in addition to Quinno's 3-22, saw Forfarshire collect another 25 points.

A 3rd wicket partnership of 70 from Howie (59) and Drummy (51) was the highlight of Forfarshire's innings against tight Arbroath bowling. 

scorecard    photo gallery

Forfarshire  209-8  G.Garden 59, P.Drummond 51, C.Anderson 3-32
Arbroath United  189  B.McGill 55, P.Clarke 35, G.Black 4-38, G.Quinn 3-22

Forthill overcame Strathmore in a seven wicket win at Forthill.

Batting first, Strathie reached 207 for 7 in 45 overs thanks to 45 from Mark Stewart along with good support from the lower order after having scored just 8 from the first 9 overs - Sam conceding his first run in the last ball of his 4th over.

Cameron took 3-39 in a fiery spell (see picture) to lead the bowling attack.

Craig and Beast put on 152 for the second wicket in a match-winning partnership, Greg hitting 96 from 115 balls and Craig 57 from 101 balls.

Strathmore  207-7  M.Stewart 45, C.Miers 3-39
Forthill  208-3  G.Stewart 96, C.Wallace 57


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Forthill XI continue to sit top of the Strathmore & Perthshire Union division 2 after a winning draw at Forthill against Breadalbane. 

Clark made it back-to-back tons, scoring 104 out of Forthill XIs total of 258-9 having topped 3 figures in his last game, against second placed Perth. Dean (41) and Kean (31) took the score passed 200 and put the game out of Breadalbane's reach.

Breadalbane's batsmen failed to capitalise on their flying start, 55 coming from the first 10 overs, and played out for a draw, Asif and Mo bowling tight spells to dry up the runs.

scorecard and report


 Sunday saw Forfarshire travel to Penicuik for their first SNCL encouter at Kirkhill, in one of this season's Sunday league fixtures. The visit didn't prove to be a happy one, Forfarshire losing out by 14 runs.

Penicuik  205-9  S.Bensemann 54, I.Kirkhope 36, G.Quinn 3-38
Forfarshire  191 all out  G.Stewart 41, R.Watson 43, S.Chalmers 3-38, J.Mitchell 3-30

scorecard and report

Wins for Forfarshire and Forthill XI
Forfarshire defeated visitors Prestwick in a exciting game at Forthill on Saturday 5th August to maintain their promotion challenge.

Prestwick pro Aamir Hanif scored an unbeaten 109 to set Forfarshire 228 to win, LJ taking 2-28, Blackie 1-47 along with a tight spell from Umair that conceded just 24 runs in 10 overs. At 51-2, Howie (52) and Drummy (31) came together and put 50 for the third wicket. Further wickets saw Forfarshire 160-7 in the 38th over but Gally produced his best knock for the Forfs so far with a run-a-ball 39 as he and Tony secured 25 points without further wickets falling.

Prestwick  227-4  A.Hanif 109 not out
Forfarshire  228-7  G.Garden 52, R.Gallacher 39 not out

Forthill XI were unable to make use of the good batting conditions at Mannofield, and were bowled out for 74 by the league leaders, Gav scoring 32 not out.

Forthill  74 all out  G.Martin 32 not out,  M.Webster 4-19
Mannofield  77-2  K.Reid 43 not out

Forthill XI continued their good run of form with a 5 wicket win over Montrose at Forthill on Sunday (6th August) and stay top of the league with 3 games to play.
Finbar made excellent use of the conditions to take 5 Montrose wickets, bowling in tandem with the experienced Jinglis who foxed out 3 of the opposition. Forthill XI's run chase got off to a poor start but good parnterships from Marty and Finbar, and then Asif and Ian saw 25 points collected.
Montrose  122 all out  K.Christie 39,  J Findlay 5-34,  J. Inglis 3-37
Forthill XI  123-5  M.Rogers 31,  I.Potts 31*

Forthill Batsmen in Form

An excellent all round display by Forfarshire at Forthill on Saturday 29th July saw Aberdeenshire defeated by 84 runs while further North, Forthill lost to Huntly in a high scoring game.

Batting first, Howie and Ryan scored quickly to put on 94 in 20 overs before the Ryan was out for 44. Howie (64) and Drummy (59) then steered the total towards 200 with Robert and Greg adding quick runs later in the innings to see 249-5 scored.

Aberdeenshire lost 3 quick wickets to bring together the dangerous partnership of Stander and Van Wyk. After a short rain break, the visitors made steady progress towards their target, and it took two first class boundary catches, first by Ryan, and then by Umair, to turn the game in the Forfs favour - Aberdeenshire eventually being bowled out for 165.

photo gallery        scorecard

Forfarshire  249-5  G.Garden 64, P.Drummond 59, R.Watson 44
Aberdeenshire  165 all out  K.van Wyk 57, U.Mohammed 2-44

Huntly raced to 276-6 at Castle Park, however a partnership of over 150 between Cameron (98) and LJ (95) took Forthill to within 16 runs of Huntly's total at the end of their 45 overs.
Sam's match report

Home Wins for Forthill and Forthill XI (Saturday 22nd July)

Forfarshire slipped into 4th place of SNCL division 1 after losing to Dunfermline by 5 wickets but there was better news at home, as Forthill won against Stoneywood-Dyce by 42 runs.

Runs were hard to come by at McKane Park, the variable bounce of the wicket making batting difficult. Drummy's battling 31 came off 101 balls in Forfarshire's total of 83 from 38 overs. In reply, Dunfermline made a steady start then lost 4 quick wickets on their way to 84-5 for to win by 5 wickets. 
Quinno's match report    photos

Forthill gained a valuable 25 points by restricting Stoneywood to 222-8 while chasing their 253-6. Batting at number 3, Neil top scored with 64 while Aman (54) and Butts (47*) took the total past 200. Cameron's 4 wickets, along with 3 for Ted, tied up the Stoneywood batsmen after they had been 135-1 from 27 overs. 
Sam's match report


A outstanding century from Clark dominated Forthill XIs top-of-the-table clash with Perth XI at Forthill on Sunday.

Perth looked on course for a large total, but Forthill XI fought back to bowl out the visitors for 230, Gavin and Finbar both bowling excellent spells to tame the hard hitting Sutherland who top scored for Perth with 70.
After the loss of an early wicket, a second wicket partnership of 197 between Clark (140*) and Gav (53) put Forthill on course for an important win, Clark's innings containing twenty 4s and three 6s.

Forfarshire's weekend in the West resulted in a 7 wicket win at Renfrew and a 6 wicket loss to league leaders Ayr. Forthill lost to DHSFP by 4 wickets at home on Saturday (15th July) while the 3rd team got back to winning ways with an 8 wicket victory over Brechin on Sunday (16th July).

At New Cambusdoon on Saturday, a run-a-ball 61 from Umair and a quick 45 from Ryan saw Forfarshire score 211 but Ayr pro Horne guided the home team to victory with 120 not out.

Forfarshire 211-9  R.Watson 45 U.Mohammed 61
Ayr 213-4  M.Horne 120* D.Johnstone 41

Meanwhile at Forthill, 56 from Craig and 49 from Neily gave Forthill a good start against High School and gave Dean license to play a few shots - which he did with much success. His entertaining 68 included nine 4s and a six and saw the total reach 249 after 45 overs.

High School got off to a good start but Forthill fought back well and a flurry of wickets saw a tense finish, with the visitors winning with 6 balls left, Trent Colley finishing on 69 not out.

Forthill 249-7  D.Fearn 68 C.Wallace 56 N.Martin 49
DSHFP 253-6  T.Colley 69 not out K.Mitchell 61

Dean reports on the game here

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 Dean hits DHSFP's pro for six

Forfarshire traveled up to Renfrew on Sunday morning and bowled the league newcomers out for 211 in the 49th over thanks to 4 wickets from Omy and 3 from Blackie. Umair completed a good weekend with 63 not out and steered Forfarshire to victory, Ryan having been out 18 short of a fourth SNCL hundred.

Renfrew 211  M.Hussain 57 U.Mohammed 4-29 G Black 3-36
Forfarshire 212-4  R.Watson 82, U.Mohammed 63 not out

At Guthrie Park, Brechin, five wickets for Elliot and three for Asif reduced Brechin to 127 all out after the home team had made a promising start. Andy finished off his season in style with 56 not out while Clark hit 53 not out to see Forthill XI win with 25 overs remaining. match report and scorecard

Brechin 127 all out
 E.McCandless 5-26 A.Nasir 3-13
Forthill XI 130-2  A.Wallace 56 not out C.McConnachie 53 not out

Runs Galore at Forthill

Forfarshire got the second half of the season off in fine style with a 115 run victory over West Lothian at Forthill on Saturday 8th July, while Forthill were 10 wicket winners at Lochlands.

A run-a-ball 90 from Ryan set the tempo, with Robert (67) and Drummy (40) adding 95 for the second wicket. Over 100 was added in the last 10 overs, Greg hitting 38 from just 14 balls to sen, d the score racing past 300.

West Lothian started quickly,, 35 coming from the first 4 overs, but Aman's two wickets in 5 overs slowed the scoring rate. West Lothian pro Makalima hit 85, and supported by Fleming (56*) put on 107 for the 4th wicket in 22 overs, but the required rate was always too much and West Lothian finished on 209-4.

scorecard and report    photo gallery 

Forfarshire  324-6  R.Watson 90,  R.Cannon 67,  P,, .Drummond 40,  G.Stewart 38 not out
West Lothian  209-4  D.Makalima 85,  D.Fleming 56 not out

10 Wicket Win at Arbroath

Forthill secured 25 valuable points with a comprehensive win at Arbroath. Three wickets each for James (3-24) and Ted (3-26) saw Arbroath bowled out for 123 in 37 overs. Forthill openers Craig and LJ then knocked off the runs in 26 overs - Craig hitting 61 off 66 balls, and LJ 53 from 62 balls.
Read Tony's match report here

Arbroath  123 all out  J.Girolami 3-24,  G.Walk, er 3-26
Forthill  125 for no wicket  C.Wallace 61 not out,  J.Brown 53 not out

Scottish Cup Washout

Torrential rain saw Sunday's Scottish Cup tie against Falkland abandoned after 13 overs of the second innings - bu, t the Cup rules dictated that enough of the game had been played, and Falkland progress to round three on a higher run rate. 

Forfarshire 343-8  G.Garden 83,  P.Drummond 53,  U.Mohammed 53,  R.Watson 51,  R.Cannon 49
Falkland 112 for no wicket  J.Jayawardena 60 not out,  I.Moran 46 not out
scorecard and report

Forthill XI Draw at Rossie

The rain clouds skirted round The Priory and allowed Forthill XI to take the majority of the points in, a draw with Rossie 2nd XI. Dean hit the ball well at the end of Forthill's innings to make 40, and ensure a decent total on a wicket of variable bounce. Rossie ran out of batsmen and, played for draw after the 7th wicket fell to finish on 129-8.

Forthill XI  179 all out  D.Fearn 40,  A.Wallace 30
Rossie Priory  129-8  B.Morey 35,  D.Fearn 2-24,  A.Naseer 2-27

Forfarshire Win at West 

Forfarshire took full points from their match at West of Scotland on Saturday 1st July, winning by 149 runs.

An opening partnership of 83 in 19 overs between Drummy (43) and Ryan (115) laid the foundation for good total despite Friday's rain leaving the Hamilton Crescent outfield slow. Ryan's century - his 3rd of the season - came off 115 balls. Robert (59 from 51 balls) and Umair (34 from 26 balls) scored quickly in the last 8 overs to push the total past 250. 
After a solid sta, rt by West, the introduction of Blackie and Ryan turned the came quickly in Forfs favour as Blackie took his SNCL wicket total to 8 from just 3 , games.
Forfarshire  267-3  R.Watson 113, R.Cannon 59*, P.Drummond 43
West of Scotland  118  G.Black 4-22, R.Watson 4-23

 scorecard and report      photo gallery

  Forfarshire's match on Sunday against Drumpellier fell victim to a thunderstorm and was abandoned with the visitors struggling at 46-5 after 29 overs.
Forthill XI v Rossie Priory 

At Forthill on Saturday, Rossie Priory pro Nathan Flint top scored with 74 as Rossie reached 235-9 in their 45 overs, Ted and Howie each picked up 3 wickets from 9 over spells.

In reply, Forthill came up 13 runs short - the highlights being a 5th wicket partnership of 80 between Butts (50) and Bryce (41) along with 21 from 8 balls from James in the last few overs.  


 Forfarshire Score Their Highest SNCL Total
Forfarshire raced to 343-5 and another 25 points in their SNCL encounter with Stirling County at Forthill on Saturday 24th June.
A century from Ryan along with 86 from Howie saw 187 on the scoreb, oard before the first wicket fell - Ryan's ton coming off 110 balls including fourteen 4s. Cameron (40 off 30 balls) and Robert (39 off 20 balls) were also in fine form as Forfarshire posted another high total.
Quinno and Aman had the Stirling openers back in the pavilion with a wicket apiece in their first overs, to bring Stirling pro Sajid Ali to the crease. His 100 off 121 balls was not enough to take Stirling near to the required target, the visitors finishing on 228-9, Robert taking 3 for 32 from 7 overs.
Fifty for Finbar at Doo'cot Park
Forthill XI travelled to Doo'cot Park, Perth on Saturday (24th June) to take on Northern but lost their unbeaten record.
Early morning rain left the wicket damp, so when the coin fell in favour of the home side, Forthill XI were asked to bat. After a steady start, Finbar led the way with a well desrved 66 while Andy contributed valuable runs at the end with a quickfire 37.
Northern's openers were back in t, he hut with the total on 17, but from then on the bowlers suffered at the hands of the Northern batsmen, the winning r, uns coming up in the 33rd over.
Danny Takes 5 at The North Inch
Forthill XI hung on for a draw at The North Inch on Sunday (25th June), in their second trip to Perth of the weekend.
Batting first, Perth looked like posting a high total before a Forthill fightback saw a flurry of wickets, Danny taking 5 for 12 in five overs in addition to Dean's 3 for 38 and Mo's 2 for 35 to see Perth all o, ut for 175. Only Robbie (26) made any impression with the bat, and Forthill XI hung on for a draw, finishing on 118-9.

 Away Win Puts Forthill XI On Top
 Forthill XI travelled to Montrose on Sunday 11th June and picked up 25 points to move into top spot in the 2nd division of the Strathmore and Perthshire Union.
 Calm turned to chaos as Forthill XI slumped from 66-1 to 75-, 5 in the space of a few overs - the very slow and extremely flighted delveries from Devnani proving more tricky than they looked. A century partnership between Ian (59) and Simmy (42) saw Forthill recover to reach 214-9 at the end of 45 overs.
Mo dismissed four of the Montrose top five batsmen with an excellent spell of swing bowling to put Forthill in a good position, and when Elliot had danger-man Thorogood caught in the deep, confidence of a win rose. Later, Andy's extra pace sent the centre stump of Montrose's last man cart-wheeling to bring home 25 points.

Forfarshire Move Into 3rd Place
Saturday (17th June) saw Penicuik visit Forthill for their first SNCL encounter with Forfarshire, a 51 run home win the outcome of the game as Forfarshire moved into 3rd place in division 1 of the SNCL.

An opening partnership of 136 between Ryan (77) and Howie (49) paved the way for a substantial total, with Umair (33) and Drummy (27) contributing valuable runs later in the innings to take the total to a creditable 273 all out in the 50th over.

A direct hit sees Cameron just short of his ground 

Opening bowlers Quinno and Richie got the Forfs off to a great start, with Penicuik looking shaky at 4 for 2 after 3 overs.

The required rate proved too much against the Forfarshire attack, Blackie completing his first 10 over spell in the SNCL with well deserved figures of 3 for 35 as Penicuik finished on 222 for 9.

Forfarshire  273 all out  R.Watson 77, G.Garden 49
Penicuik  222-9  M.Fraser 44, S.Green 41, G.Black 3-35

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  Penicuik pro Bennett finds the safe hands of Rhino at slip

At Meigle, Forthill's total of 199-6 proved to be just too few as they lost by 2 wickets, with 6 balls remaining.

Bryce led the batting with a run-a-ball 40 not out after Greg (35) and Craig (32) ha, d put on 67 for the second wicket. Meigle's formidable opening parnertnership of Scott and Wolloughby put on 60 before the introduction of Ted produced the first wicket. With three overs left, Meigle needed 18 to win, but they got them in two, with the loss of a further two wickets, finishing on 200-8.

Forthill  199-6  B.Robertson 40 not out, G.Stewart 35, C.Wallace 32
Meigle  200-8  S.Willoughby 34, A.G.Walker 2-18.

Sunday (18th June) was the eagerly awaited return visit to Elie to play The Ship Inn on their home pitch of Elie Beach, Forfarshire recording a 1 wicket victory chasing The Ships total of 150.

Morning rain left the, "outfield" a bit wet, but play commenced on time in front of a large travelling support.  photo gallery


Scottish Cup round 1:  Forfarshire Defend 112 Against Poloc
Forfarshire were bowled out for 112 in 36 overs in their Scottish Cup tie with Poloc at Shawholm, but held their nerve to bowl out the home team to win by 6 runs, Richie picking up his first 5 wicket haul for The Forfs in a spell of 5-42.  scorecard and report

High Scoring Weekend at Forthill
Forthill made a great effort to chase Mannofield's 317, but fell just 20 runs short in a game that saw 614 runs scored in 90 overs at Forthill on Saturday 3rd June.
Mannofield always looked like posting a high total, their opening pair putting on 130 in 22 overs. From then on, Shy batted steadily while their new overseas player Simon McGillewie hit 90 of 40 balls, launching the ball high and long on several occasions - including one six onto the pavilion roof.
Neil and Craig gave Forthill the start that was needed, reaching 50 in quick time, but a flurry of wickets followed in an attempt to keep up with the required rate - and at 114 for 5, the game appeared to be drifting away. Spectators were wary of writing off Forthill after last week's comeback, and a 167-run 6th wicket partnership between Ranji (93 off 60 balls) and LJ (63 off 63 balls) brought Forthill back into the game. But maintaining the 10 an over rate saw late wickets fall, and Forthill ended up on 297-9.
Mannofield 317-2  Shy 100*,  C.McGillewie 90*,  G.Black 2-45
Forthill 297-9  R.Suresh 96,  J.Brown 63,  P.Maksimczyk 3-60

Forfarshire tied with Prestwick at the Henry Thow Oval, both sides being bowled out for 188.
Prestwick reached 188 despite having been 21-4 at one point, Ryan taking 3 for 18. In reply, Chic and Drummy steered Forfarshire towards a win, but the last wicket fell with the scores level.
Prestwick 188 all out  A.Hanif 83, D Carlyle 43, R Watson 3-18
Forfarshire 188 all out  P Drummond 38, G Docherty 4-29
scorecard and match report

175 Run First Wicket Partnership from Craig and Gav
Sunday (4th June) saw another run-fest at Forthill with 543 runs being scored in the third teams draw with Crieff.
Craig (90) and Gav (72) put on 175 for the first wicket from 28 overs in an excellent batting display, setting Forthill XI up for their highest total in many years, and a declaration after 40 overs. This partnership paved the way for Clark (72 not o, ut) and Andy (38 n, ot out) to set about the Crieff attack, Clark's 72 containing seven 4s and four 6s.
Crieff started well before being tied down by Ted mid-innings, but at 100-1 it looked like the game was heading for a tame draw. Clark and Ted then both picked up wickets to add some life to the game. A hard-hit 59 from Crieff's M.Anjum gave Crieff a chance of victory, but some fine bowling from Andy and Kean turned the game in Forthill XI's favour - with just one Crieff wicket remaining at the end of the match.
Forthill XI 295-2  C.Wallace 90,  C.McConnachie 72 not out,  G.Martin 72
Crieff 248-8  M.Anjum 59,  K.Keldie 58,  K.Martin 3-56

After the tension of the previous day, Forfarshire travelled to Rossie Priory for a friendly. Finbar topped the batting with 50 in a total of 215 all out. In reply, Rossie were all out for 185.


Forthill's Dramatic Win:   A View From The Bar


The cancellation of Forfarshire’s match on Saturday gave the first team players the opportunity to  see the 2s in action. Quinno reports on what they saw in his “View from The Bar” while Blackie gives a players view in his match report.


MAGIC MARTIN: hat-trick for Kean!

 Kean stunned players and spectators alike by taking a hat-trick to turn Forthill’s clash with Huntly on it’s head and secure a dramatic home win at Forthill on Saturday 27th May.

 A Huntly victory seemed a formality with skipper Massie at the wicket on 100 not out, and the target just 11 runs away with plenty overs and 5 wickets in hand, but with the score on 197-5, two wickets in consecutive balls from Blackie lifted the home team’s spirits before Kean started his match-winning 9th over.


Three balls later it was game over, triggering unprecedented on-field celebrations.


A catch at mid-on by Robbie, a high covers catch from Bryce followed by a centre stump strike saw Forthill collect 25 points, and Kean record the second hat-trick of his bowling career.


Forthill 208-4  B.Stewart 60,  R.Watson 38, C.Wallace 37
Huntly 198 all out  K.Martin 4-29 incl a hat-trick, G.Black 3-38

scorecard and Blackie's match report



Forfarshire travelled to Mannofield, but torrential rain early on Saturday morning left the outfield unplayable, the game being called off at 3pm.

 Forthill XI travelled to Aberfeldy's picturesque Victoria Park to take on Breadalbane on Sunday (28th May), a good all-round performace securing a win.
Batting first on a very soft wicket, Forthill XI reached 162-9 in 45 overs, Gav was fine form, scoring 41 and shared a half-century partnership with Ian (38). Three wickets for opening bowler Andy, including one with his second ball, gave Forthill XI the upper hand, and wickets continued to fall regularly, Simmy and Ted taking 2 each, with 1 each for both Mo and Stu.
Forthill XI  162-9  G.Martin 41,  I.Potts 38
Breadalbane  97 all out  A.Wallace 3-23

First Century of the Season
At Forthill, on Sunday 28th May, Howie hit the first club century of the season, reaching three figures in Forfarshire's Cockspur Cup tie against Grange.
Forfarshire reached 243 in 45 overs, thanks to Howie's ton and 41 from both Umair and Drummy. The total proved to be jus, t s, hort of what was required, and Grange progressed to the next round with 9 balls to spare.
Forfarshire  243-9  G.Garden 100,  U.Mohammed 41,  P.Drummond 41
Grange  245-3

Wins for Forthill and Forthill XI

Forthill and Forthill XI both recorded solid victories at the weekend,
while Forfarshire’s match fell fowl of the weather.

At Stoneywood on Saturday 20th May the home team were restricted to 182-6 in 50 overs, Blackie and Ranji both taking 2 wickets in their 9 over spells. In reply, at 64 for 4 a partnership was needed – Barry and Aman coming together to put on 117 for the 5th wicket and secure a Forthill away win.

Stoneywood-Dyce  182-6  S.Fabe 51*,  G.Black 2-33,  R.Suresh 2-40
Forthill 184-4  A.Bailwal 62*,  B.Stewart 56*
scorecard and report from Blackie

At Forthill, Dunfermline batted first and were bowled out for 102, Richie taking 2 wickets his first spell before Ryan cleaned up with 6 for 13 in 10 overs. The rain was never far away and an early tea was taken when conditions got too wet. Play started again just after 6pm, and Forfarshire continued to make steady progress towards the target before rain once again, brought the match to a halt. Despite losing 3 wickets, Forfarshire were ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis score, but the continuing rain prevented any more overs being bowled, and the match was abandoned as a no result.

 Dunfermline  102 all out  R.Watson 6-13
Forfarshire  58-3  P.Drummond 21,  G.Garden 20
scorecard and report from Quinno        photo gallery

The final Dunfermline wickets falls, Umair taking a catch at silly mid-on

Early morning rain on Sunday 21st April cleared up just in time for the 3rd teams game against Perth Northern to take place. Clark and Simmy put on 90 for the 4th wicket, followed by an unbeaten partnership of 121 between Simmy and Asif, to rescue Forthill XI from 6 for 3 in the 6th over, to score a creditable 217-4.  Kean and Dean shared 4 wickets in a 4 over spell to put Forthill in command, Northern eventually being bowled out for 70 in the 37th over.

Forthill XI  217-4 , D.Sim 76*,  A.Naseer 56*,  C.McConnachie 55
Perth Northern 70 all out  K.Martin 3-13   

Kean: Headline Act at Forthill

Brechin were rocked by a devastating 5 wicket spell from Kean and a 3 wicket spell from Andy to set Forthill up for a 9 wicket victory on Sunday 14th May.

There was no way back for the visitors after being reduced to 25 for 5 inside 10 overs. Clark and Robbie then secured the home win with a 70 run partnership.

Brechin  69 all out  K.Martin 5-20, A.Wallace 3-20
Forthill XI  70-1  C.McConnachie 32*, R.Watson 24*
On Saturday 13th May, Forfarshire once again scored over 200 only to finish as the losing team when Renfrew made their first visit to Forthill. 

Batting first, Drummy (61) and Umair (81) put together a partnership of 146 after the first 4 wickets fell for less than 50. In reply, Renfrew’s pro Hussain controlled their innings with 106 not out, the winning runs coming in the 48th over – Howie picking up 2 wickets, along with 1 each for Quinno and Richard.

Forfarshire  240–7  U.Mohammed 81,  P, .Drummond 61
Renfrew  244–5  M.Hussain 106*, A.Shuja 40*,  G.Garden 2 - 53

 Scorecard and Quinno's match report     Photo gallery

With no league match scheduled, Forthill travelled to Meigle for a friendly on Saturday  - Forthill’s 13 main squad bolstering Meigle’s 7 man team.

Greg and LJ took the opportunity for batting practice, scoring 64 and 43 in a 117 run partnership, Forthill reaching 194-7 in 40 overs. Meigle looked as if they might just sneak a win, but with only R.Laing and Blackie making scores, the last wicket fell with home team still needing 22.

Forthill  194–7  G.Stewart 64,  J.Brown 43,  I.Pattulo 5 - 36

Meigle  173 all out  R.Laing 78*,  G.Black 31 

Dean reports on the game in words and pictures

 Forfarshire Just Miss Home Win
Forfarshire just missed out on 25 points in the first home SNCL match of the season, losing to Ayr by just 2 runs at Forthill on Saturday 6th May.
Batting first, Ayr recovered from 32-3 to reach 2, 29-7 thanks to a century from Bruce Patterson, Quinno taking 3-24 from his 10 overs. In reply, Forfarshire started slowly and with the required run rate increasing, the game looked to be drifting away - but Chic took up the challenge to set up a tense final few overs.
Needing 14 to win, a big six in the final over brought a home win ever closer, but the target proved just out of reach, Chic finishing with an excellent 84 not out.
At Dalnacraig, Forthill were all out for 147, which DHSFP reached after just 30 overs - with the loss of 3 wickets. Only Craig showing any form with the bat, scoring a well deserved 71 not out.  scorecard
Sunday’s 3rd team friendly against Kinross was cancelled due to the overnight rain flooding the wicket.

Winning Start for Forfarshire

Forfarshire got their National League campaign of to a winning start with a 104 run victory over West Lothian at Boghall on Saturday 29th April.

45 from Howie along with 38 from Neil, and 35 from Cameron saw 242-8 scored.

Three wickets apiece for Quinno, Cameron and Umair reduced West Lothian to 138 all out in 39 overs.

Quinno's match report

Neils photo gallery

Forthill Lose to Arbroath

Forthill's 155 proved to be short of a winning total, losing out to Arbroath by 4 wickets at Forthill on Saturday.

Forthill  155 all out
B.Robertson 32,  G.Martin 28
Arbroath 156-4
M.Parker 35,  G.Black 4-23

Match report

Photo gallery


Forfarshire v Arbroath

Sunday's (30th April) friendly gave Arbroath their second win of the weekend at Forthill.

Andy opened the batting and scored 28 in his first knock of the season while Howie and Quinno added some valuable runs after Kean had provided some entertainment with a big six off the bowling of Arbroath's 2nd team pro.

Forfarshire 127 all out
A.Wallace 28
Arbroath 128-5
G.Peel 38,  G.Quinn 2-20


 Tony completed the Lochaber marathon in 3h 26mins, finishing in 115th place from a field of 500.  photo

Early Season Trophy for Forfarshire
Forfarshire and Dundee High School FPs contested the annual Centary Cup match at Forthill on Sunday 23rd April, with Forfarshire securing victory with 8 balls to spare in a high scoring game.

Batting first, DHSFP made good use of the excellent conditions with opener Kenny Kyles hitting 70 before High's new pro Trent Colley smashed the ball to all parts with a quick 92 not out to set Forfarshire a challenging 264.

After a steady start from Drummy and Howie, Robert upped the tempo with shots all round the wicket before a mix-up saw Robert run out for a fine 74, leaving Chic to see the Forfs home.

Dundee HSFP  263-6    T.Colley 92 not out, K.Kyles 72
Forfarshire  266- 4    G.Garden 77, R.Cannon 74, P.Drummond 55

Winning Start for Forthill

Forthill collected full points in their opening league match with a 74 run victory over Perth while Forfarshire lost to Freuchie by 3 wickets in a pre-season friendly at Muir Road on Saturday 22nd April.

Neil (62) and Cameron (39) set the foundation for a large Forthill total with an opening partnership of 84 in just 13 overs. Chic (78) and Howie (54) then put together a partnership of 123 as the total passed 200. Several well struck boundaries from Bryce (43*) late in the innings pushed the total to 308-3 in 45 overs.

Perth found the required rate too high, and despite scoring 234 for 6, never looked like reaching their target. Pick of the bowlers was James in his come-back game, taking 1 for 25 in 6 overs.

 At Freuchie, 49 from Tony and 51 from Umair steered Forfarshire to 163 all out. With the ball, 2 wickets apiece for Richard, Aman and Omy was not enough to stop the home team win with 3 overs and 3 wickets to spare. 

Forthill  308-4    G.McLelland 78, N.Martin 62, G.Garden 54, B.Robertson 43*, C.Miers 39
Perth  234-6   
G.Haddow 68, M.Foulds 48