Forfarshire Cricket Club - 2011 Archive

2011 Archive
news and photographs from earlier in the season

2011 AGM Report

A healthy crowd gathered for this year’s Forfarshire CC AGM which was held at Forthill on Wednesday 23rd November. Club President Rae McLelland oversaw proceedings from a top table shared with Treasurer Graeme McLelland and Secretary Gordon Black.

The president kicked things off with some relaxed reflections on a successful year for the club which saw the first team finish third in the Premier League, the second team winning the S&PCU First Division, the third team finishing third in S&PCU Division 2 and potted success at junior level. The treasurer then reported an improved financial situation but once again stressed the need for continued prudence and fund raising in equal measures.

click here for the full report

Forfs Down Under - part 1

Here we follow the fortunes of the Forfs contingent who are currently on the other side of the world.

Craig Wallace carried on from his all expenses paid holidays in Namibia and Hong Kong by heading for Australia, where he is planning on playing some cricket up until Christmas and then heading on to New Zealand. Craig has managed to upset the locals in Oz by being selected for a regional 20/20 side after just getting there. The locals in question are unhappy that this young whipper snapper has landed on their shores and walked into the team ahead of guys who have been playing there for years. Even the local press has been carrying the story.

It would be like some young Aussie off spinner strolling into Forthill one day and Ted suddenly being dropped to give him a game. You could only imagine the uproar this would cause and one has to think that in the same scenario any young Aussie in Dundee would have to fear for his life - and at the very least expect to have his shoes glued to the floor and his clothes put up the flagpole. We are hoping that whoever Craig has replaced does not have Ted like tendencies or else we might have to have a whip round for new kit when he gets back.

Andy Wallace is also out in Oz, although unlike his brother he has secured some employment and is working as a super salesman for a sports marketing company. He is planning to play some cricket although no statistics are at hand yet. Andy has been to NZ to see the rugby World Cup on his way to Oz and also stopped off in Thailand on the way. It can only be assumed that he has enjoyed his trip thus far and will no doubt have some stories to tell.

Congratulations go to Craig and Andy’s parents on winning the lottery.

Graeme Black has also ventured down under for the winter. To date, reports seem to suggest that he has played some golf, done some jogging, been to multiple barbeques and little else. There seems to be little interest in cricket on his part so far. Sounds a bit like a typical Scottish summer for Blackie. Rumours abound that he is actually trying to break into the Guinness Book of Records as the man who can attend the most barbeques around the world without ever paying for anything. His Australian friends confirm he is doing well to date.

We are hoping to hear about the cricketing exploits of all of our explorers in the coming weeks and will report on any results and progress.

One ex-Forf who has been among the runs is former pro Tom Cooper. He has been in great from and scored 203 not out for South Australia against New South Wales along with other great scores. This form has been noted by the national selectors and this week he has been included in the 12 man Australia A squad for a game against New Zealand. Our best wishes go to Tom for this game and for the rest of the season.

We can inform Tom that the seagull population in Forthill Primary is returning to normal after the cull he carried out whilst here when hitting sixes on to the school roof.

Hopefully in the next episode of Forfs Down Under we will find out if Craig is still alive, if Andy has managed to sell anything, if Blackie has broken the BBQ record and if any of them manage to score a run between them.

League Reconstruction Update
 The confusion has ended - hopefully!

After all of the shenanigans, votes and meetings; the confusion has ended and the new revised league set up for 2012 has been announced. 
A new format of Eastern and Western “conferences” has been developed with Forfarshire finding themselves in the eight team Eastern Conference Premier Division alongside Arbroath, Carlton, Aberdeenshire, Grange, Watsonians, Heriots and Stoneywood Dyce. Saturday fixtures will be supplemented by a revamped Scottish Cup which will be initially played in a group format before proceeding to Sunday knock out games. Forfarshire are in a group alongside Ayr, Freuchie and Stenhousemuir who they will play home and away.

Full details of the new structure can be found on the Cricket Scotland website.

This seems like the best compromise possible for Forfarshire as it allows the first team to continue to play the highest level of club cricket in a Saturday league format. The lengthened Scottish Cup format may look a bit unwieldy and drawn out and time will tell if this will appeal to the players as much as the league fixtures on a Saturday afternoon.

The Strathmore and Perthshire Union set up can remain intact. This allows the second team to step back up into the Premier League in 2012 after their well earned promotion. Forthill will compete against Stoneywood Dyce, DHSFP, Mannofield, Huntly, Gordonians, Arbroath United, Meigle, Strathmore and Perth Do’cot (the newly formed club following the merger of Strathearn, Mayfield, Northern and Almond Valley). The third team has also been promoted after Arbroath XI decided to decline promotion. This will Forthill XI back in the First Division along with Kinross, Kinloch, Rossie Priory, St Modans, Norwood, Breadalbane, Coupar Angus, Dalnacraig and Perth Doo’cot XI.

This means that all three teams will be playing at the highest possible standard that can be attained under league rules. In addition and for the first time, the club has entered a Forthill Colts team into the SPCU Third Division with the aim of giving some of our up and coming youngsters competitive senior cricket on a regular basis.

It is certainly pleasing that the confusion has drawn to a close and we can now look forward to the 2012 season and hopefully some good weather and some great cricket. 

Scotland Honours for Craig
Recent years have seen Ryan, Umair and Priyanaz all represent Scotland at national level - and now Craig has made the step up gaining his first honours when the Saltires played Hampshire at the Rosebowl on 29th August.

To some of us, it doesn’t seem that long ago that “young” Craig was donning the gloves for the third team and facing Strathmore Union legends such as Dougie Gourlay at Doo’cot Park. Often in these games he would play in the same team as his Dad – and sometimes even his Mum. 
In these matches the batting and keeping talent was evident, but when behind the stumps he always got tired in the long 45 over games; and whilst his batting always looked nice he couldn’t usually get it off the square. His winters were spent eating chocolate and hoping for better things down Anfield way.

A few years later, a few gym sessions later and a few million throw downs later and things have changed just a touch…

After a life changing trip to Australia which saw the boy come back a man; and also saw him suddenly hitting it out of the park never mind off the square, he started to put in the graft that led to the national selectors sitting up and taking notice. This effort was rewarded at the tail end of this summer when Craig was deservedly selected for the national team and made his Saltires debut at the Rose Bowl against Hampshire, where he batted well before being run out and performed admirably behind the stumps.

This is indeed a long way from facing Dougie Gourlay and co, but I am sure Craig will acquit himself well and he has certainly earned his shot at the big time after all of the effort he has put into his game. It would certainly seem that the one constant in Craig’s life in recent years has been the eternal struggle to bring better days to the green fields of Anfield…..!!!!

And for the record he was always a better batter than his Mum.

Real Ale Festival Report

The inaugural Forfarshire Real Ale Festival was held at The Milton Inn, Monifieth over the weekend (9th-11th September) and with a great time had by all who attended, calls for the festival to become an annual event were numerous.

- The Festival as it Happened -
 Gleadhraich launched the Real Ale Festival at The Milton Inn with an entertaining ninety minutes of Celtic rock. If you weren't there, then video highlights are available here.

Saturday: The afternoon brought sunshine, a bouncy castle and kids faces painted in all manners as the Real Ale Festival entered it's second day. An hour long performance from Pressure gave way to Saturday's 'headline' act – Miss Nic Nevet who performed to the largest audience of the weekend on a pleasant Saturday evening to spend in the garden of the Milton Inn.

Sunday: Shipping Line opened the final day of the Real Ale Festival with a mellow lunchtime set that gave the perfect musical start to the day.
Havana Swing jazzed up the atmosphere later in the day for the assembled audience who all made the most of the final part of the Forfarshire Real Ale experience.

For those who attended and asked to take away the list of ales, a copy can be downloaded here.

Junior Prizegiving

Forfarshire’s Junior Section held their annual prizegiving at Forthill on Friday 2nd September to bring an end to a season that showed high levels of enthusiasm across all age-groups along with notable improvements in performances. Over 125 junior members participated in games or coaching throughout the season and for the first time an all girls game had taken place at Forthill. Another first was a cricket-themed birthday party held on the ground – and hopefully it won’t be the last.

The under 13 season was particularly encouraging, with six different batsmen contributing 30 or more on sixteen occasions and some of the under 13 squad have already played senior cricket for the club. The under 15s won three matches throughout the year, two of these in the last month of matches, so improvement over the season was evident. The under 18s won six out of nine games played and many of the side are regulars in the second or third team.

Certificates were presented to all kwik-cricket participants before individual awards were made.

2011 Prizewinners:
Most Improved Junior (Thistle Trophy) – Andrew Cameron
Most Promising Junior (John Adams Trophy) – Jack Hogarth
Broughty Ferry Round Table Trophy – Craig Wallace, Aman Bailwal & Priyanaz Chatterji
Dick Auchinleck Trophy – Samir Hill
Under 15 Batting Trophy – Scott Cameron
Under 15 Bowling Trophy – Jack Chinery
Under 13 Batting Trophy – Christian Robertson
Under 13 Bowling Trophy – Jack Hogarth

The John Adams award for the most promising junior has seen no less than eight of the previous recipients go on to represent Scotland at youth or senior level and the Thistle Trophy for the most improved junior carries many familiar names since it was first awarded over thirty years ago – with the current u13 coach (Ted) collecting the award in 1977.

Forthill XI Player of the Year – Adam Hill

Forthill XI marked the end of the season with a games and curry night at Forthill on Friday 2nd September. The Captain v Vice-Captain team games were curiously won jointly by Simmy snr and Chris, who holds neither position.

Simmy spoke of an encouraging season that had seen many excellent individual performances that have combined to see the team challenging for first place in recent weeks and still being in the hunt for promotion.

This season’s Forthill XI Player of the Year trophy was awarded to Adam Hill who has contributed just short of 500 runs along with 12 wickets in the season so far – and deservedly reached 100 for the first time just last weekend.

Ryan to Retire From Cricket

It has been announced today that Ryan Watson is to retire from all forms of cricket. Ryan has been a great servant to our club as a professional, amateur and coach; and has also given many hours supporting the club’s activities off the field.

He has been instrumental in our rise to prominence as a leading club in Scottish cricket and our thanks are due to him in many ways.

Only this week on the occasion of his Scotland debut, Craig Wallace paid tribute to the help that Ryan had given him in reaching that milestone. He has also helped with the development of many more of our promising youngsters. 

Ryan will certainly be missed on the pitch. How could any team not miss the services of a cricketer who holds the record as Scotland’s most capped cricketer, holds the record as the highest ever run scorer in the SNCL and is in the top dozen all time wicket takers in the SNCL?

Ryan also had a glittering Scotland career which also brought huge honour and increased profile to Forfarshire Cricket Club.

Some will no doubt argue that with his fitness not in question and aged just 35 this is perhaps a premature retirement; however, with a young family and a new business venture it is perfectly understandable why Ryan has decided to call time on his playing career.

Hopefully he will still be able to spend some time at Forthill to support the juniors in particular. It would be a pity if his vast experience and outstanding coaching abilities were lost to the club – and more importantly to the game of cricket.

 From a playing perspective; Ryan’s retiral gives the opportunity for someone else to come forward and captain the club and also to the emerging talents within the ranks to take on more responsibility on the field. We are sure they will relish this opportunity. However, there is no doubt that the void left by his retiral will be a very difficult one to fill.

Our huge thanks go to Ryan for the fantastic service he has given to Forfarshire Cricket Club over the years and we hope he will remain a part of our club for many years to come. 

Forthill - 2011 Champions of S&PU Division One

Forthill were crowned champions of the Strathmore & Perthshire Union Division One on Saturday 27th August when their away trip to St.Modans was cancelled due to overnight rain. Unbeaten in eleven starts, Forthill will make a return to the Premier division in 2012 through a well deserved promotion.

S&PU League Tables

Golf Outing Report
The Forfarshire golf outing, once an annual event, made a welcome return on
Friday 12th August
 when twenty Forfs golfers spent a day at Glen Isla.
find out who caught the attention of our golf correspondent here    photos    video

National League Update - Confused……… will be!

It may have been noticed by some keen winter observers that there have been various goings on regarding the National League set up in Scotland. At an end of season meeting of all of the SNCL clubs, a vote was taken and it was agreed that rather than carrying on with the three league set up of 2011, the National Leagues would revert to a two league set up in 2012 with ten teams in each league. This set up would have seen Forfarshire playing in the Premier Division once again next year.

All pretty straight forward you would think – especially with a democratic vote having taken place? Not in the confused world of Scottish cricket I am afraid…….

The teams based in the West of Scotland were unhappy about the outcome of the vote - and so the West based teams decided to have their own meeting; at which they voted overwhelmingly to go against the National League decision and are now going to set up their own West coast based league for 2012 instead. As a result the 2012 National League set up which was voted for and agreed upon is now effectively dead in the water.

This leaves two options for the teams outwith the West of Scotland.

Option 1 – Form a new “national league” which would involve all remaining teams not affiliated to the West Coast organisation. This would still see Forfarshire playing in the top division against the likes of Grange, Carlton, Arbroath and Aberdeenshire and still see competitive top flight cricket of a high standard.

Option 2 – The teams in the East (Edinburgh area) decide to go it alone like their counterparts in the West and set up a more local based league set up – which they had pre National Leagues in the form of the East League – and is a set up which still exists. If they did this – then this would then leave the teams outside of the West and East organisations to find a way of playing competitive cricket. This would include Forfarshire…..

In the case of scenario 1 then things remain fairly straightforward. However if scenario 2 kicks in, then Forfarshire would find themselves then joining a “Caledonia” based league set up which to all intents would be a wider reaching Strathmore Union – indeed it may well be the Strathmore Union. Assuming this happened the top league that Forfarshire competed in could include Arbroath United, Aberdeenshire, Stoneywood Dyce and the top 6 Strathmore Union teams.

There are also clubs such as Stirling, West Lothian and Dunfermline who sit somewhere in the middle as well and who were part of the old Counties set up pre National Leagues. Where would they end up playing? Who knows….. I did say it was confusing…..

From a Forfarshire point of view, if the Strathmore Union is the vehicle used to provide league cricket for the former National League sides based in this area - then the second team would slip into the second tier of teams once again (having just been promoted)- and the third team would slip into the third tier and you have an unwelcome scenario for our club of two teams being relegated due to league reconstruction. (For those not aware the third team will now be promoted after Arbroath XI’s decision to decline promotion)

It is clear that there is much talking to do among the corridors of power in Cricket Scotland and in the regional hubs before a set up can be agreed.

From Forfarshire’s standpoint, hopefully the powers that be will be able to convince the Edinburgh teams that a reduced National League is the way to go - and the level that out first team has worked so hard to compete in can continue to be enjoyed in the coming years. A step back into regional cricket would clearly be a step backwards in terms of playing standard and playing facilities.

The continuation of the national leagues will also give an ongoing platform for all of the emerging players at the club to compete at the best level possible in all of our teams and hone their skills and improve their game. Overall of course – it will help to enhance the standard of young cricketer at all clubs and hopefully assist in the development of international players of the future.

At this stage anything is still possible, but hopefully a speedy conclusion will be reached and preparations can begin for the 2012 season… Who said the winter was dull?

Weekend Results - 3rd & 4th September

Forthill XI brought the curtain down on the season with two games at the weekend - a friendly at Largo on Saturday that saw them outplayed by their hosts, and a league match at Lochlands on Sunday that saw Arbroath victors by two runs in a great game of cricket.

Largo  188 for 7
(D Galloway 49, R Brown 35, AG Walker 2 for 28, S Hill 2 for 30)
Forthill XI  92 all out
(AG Walker 34, S Hill 26, I Brown 3 for 5)
match report

Arbroath United 2nd XI  199 for 7
(B Carnegie 47, R Plomer 39, A Cameron 3 for 22)
Forthill XI  197 for 9
(S Cameron 44, G Carnegie 33, M Fleming 3 for 19, B Carnegie 3 for 42)
match report and reflections on the season

Weekend Results - 27th & 28th August
Forfarshire finished the season with a home defeat to Arbroath that put an end to the slim chance of finishing top of the SNCL Premiership and heavy rain and high winds on Sunday saw the final SNCL fixture of the season cancelled against Aberdeenshire. East League side Broomhall brought their Sunday XI to Forthill for a friendly which saw Adam hit a well deserved century.

A diving catch from Jalees off Quinno saw Forfs take a wicket in the second over of the Arbroath innings, but F.Burnett (72) and Vithana (43) added another 108 runs before the second wicket fell, Vithana well caught by Scott on the boundary. A late charge by McGill (21 from 21 balls) saw Arbroath finish on 205 for 7 at the end of 40 overs, the match having started late due to earlier rain.

Ryan and Craig fell within the space of three balls to leave Forfs 16 for 2 after three overs and from there struggled to 73 for 5 when Aman was joined by Umair with Arbroath well in control of the game. An 88-run partnership for the 6th wicket saw Forfarshire recover and a tight finish looked likely until Aman (47 from 56 balls) picked out C.Burnett at long-off to trigger a collapse that saw the final five wickets fall for 24 runs – Umair being last man out for a valiant 53 from 65 balls.

Forthill XI batted first against the visiting Broomhall and an unbeaten century from Adam along with 39 from Ross rescued Forthill XI from the perilous position of 57 for 4 to post a healthy 214 for 8 after 40 overs. 47 from Broomhall opener Miller set up a competitive finish but the introduction of Hogi turned the game in Forthill XIs favour, his tidy spell of 4 for 14 from five overs cleaned up visiting middle order.
scorecard and match report

Weekend Results - 20th & 21st August

Forfarshire suffered a home defeat to Carlton on Sunday in the first of three SNCL Premiership play-off matches, but there was better news for Forthill as they extended their unbeaten league run to eleven games with a 130-run victory over Mayfield to remain top of division one of the S&PU. Forthill XI recorded an equally convincing win over Strathearn XI on Sunday to remain in contention for a top two finish in S&PU division two.

Forfarshire opted to bat first against Carlton and found the going tough in the early overs against theopening attack of Drummond and Mommsen. Howie fell early after chipping a delivery from Mommsen to mid-on, and after a brief recovery, the introduction of Ahmad saw Ryan loft a drive to mid-off and four balls later Brendan was caught and bowled with the total on 41. Craig, Scott and Umair also fell cheaply to Ahmad to complete his five wicket haul while conceding only 20 runs in ten overs. At 72 for 6, Tim joined Tony and an 83-run partnership developed as Tony set about the Carlton bowling with Tim giving good support. Tony's 74 not out from 68 balls included six 4s and a six over mid-wicket and re-stored some respectability to the scoreboard, but just as the pairing were set to loft the scoring rate in the final eight overs, Tim top edged a sweep to fine leg and Jalees was run out, and the chances of a post-200 all but disappeared and Forfarshire were bowled out for 178 in the 46th over.

Quinno struck an early blow for the Forfs when 
Srinivasan was caught behind and just as the game was drifting in Carlton's direction a dramatic first over from Andy saw Mommsen leave a good length ball that nipped back to hit the top of off-stump and lift Forfarshire's spirits with it. The bails went flying again in Andy's second over as Gilmour played round a straight one and Forfs were in the game at 44 for 3. Drummond launched his second ball over mid-wicket for six and joined English in adding 37 for the fifth wicket before Ryan had Drummond safely caught by Scott at mid-on. English benefited from some luck as Carlton reached 100, some streaky shots flying into gaps but his innings of 72 not out guided Carlton to victory in the 39th over.
photo gallery

Forthill returned from Doo'cot Park on Saturday knowing a top-two finish had been secured after sweeping aside Mayfield by 130 runs. Dean returned from a three-week break to open the batting, and his 39 took advantage of some poor Mayfield catching. At the other end, Stephen reached 35 before playing across a straight delivery and was bowled with the total on 98 for 2 after 28 overs. Gav continued his fine run of form at number three and his well constructed 55 along with a quick 54 from Elliot gave the innings the momentum it needed heading into the final overs. Mayfield fought back with four quick wickets to limit the run rate in the last five overs - but still it finished in style with Blackie lifting the last delivery over long-on to see 213 for 6 scored. The Mayfield run-chase started well with the free-scoring Ferguson punishing any loose delivery, however a feint nick onto his pads was collected by Elliot at short leg, and sportingly no decision from the umpire was needed. 15 from Barnsley and a dogged 13 from Riley held up Forthill's efforts for a while, but once both were dismissed by Ted, a steady procession of batsmen came and went - and along with a dead-eye direct hit run-out from Dean - the Mayfield innings concluded on 83 all out in the 39th over.  scorecard  photo gallery

Forthill XI should have had two games over the weekend, but Glendelvine ruled their pitch unplayable early on Saturday morning despite fine drying conditions, so they had to make do with a trip to Doo'cot Park on Sunday to take on Strathearn XI. Andy and Samir (2 for 8) removed the home openers before double figures were recorded, and the innings continued in the same fashion as Glenn (5 for 22) ran through the Strathearn middle order in an excellent nine over spell. Christian's 31 not out and 18 from Andy saw Forthill XI through to an eight wicket victory with nearly twenty overs to spare.
scorecard and match report

Weekend Results - 13th & 14th August
Three Games - Three wins

Forfarshire leapfrogged Arbroath into second place of the SNCL Premiership after a resou
nding 60 run victory at Lochlands on Saturday while back at Forthill, a maiden century for Elliot helped over-power Perth Northern. Forthill XI's local derby was cancelled when Dalnacraig was declared unplayable, but Sundays fixture against Strathmore went ahead as planned and saw a third win of the weekend.

Forfarshire were asked to bat first on a bowler friendly pitch given recent rain but after the early loss of Brendan, Ryan (48 from 96 balls) and Howie (29 from 56 balls) made good use of some wayward bowling to reach 75 for 1 after 18 overs. The introduction of Peal (3 for 30) accounted for the Forfs middle order and just as Ryan looked to up the pace in the final 10 overs, he picked out Vithana on the mid-wicket boundary and the situation game was evenly balanced at 147 for 5. A valuable 19 from 21 balls from Jalees saw Forfarshire up to 184 for 9 at the end of 40 overs, which was some way short of the 200+ total that had looked achievable early in the Forfs innings.
Brendan gave Forfs a boost when F.Burnett was trapped in front in the first over, and two overs later Vithana was caught behind with the total on 16. Craig was in the action again soon after when McLean nicked a delivery from Quinno and he held a sharp chance while standing up to the stumps to reduce Arbroath to 16 for 3. Jalees held a good catch at mid-off to bring together C.Burnett and Byres Howe and their gritty style had the makings of a match-winning partnership but a false shot from Burnett picked out the safe hands of Aman as the pressure built then Byres Howe found Umair on the mid-wicket boundary to see Forfs take control at 76 for 6. The dangerous McGill faced only one ball in his 200th SNCL appearance to effectively seal the game as Arbroath limped to 124 all out on the 38th over. Following the match, the Arbroath president gave a sporting acknowledgment of the Forfs efforts and presented Ben McGill with a memento of his milestone 200th SNCL appearance and his decision to retire from first team cricket.
photo gallery  scorecard

At Forthill, Elliot reached three figures for the first time in his career and his 113 set Forthill up for a mammoth 293 for 5 at the end of 45 overs. Stephen's half century along with 35 from Tim made light work of the visiting attack and were it not for the soft outfield then well over 300 would have been scored. The innings was finished off in fine style by Christian (23 not out) who combined well with the youthful experience of Andy (27 not out) in Christian's second team debut. The visiting batsmen showed little intention making any impact on the Forthill total and a delighted Steely made an early impression behind the stumps with a catch off Andy to remove Northern skipper Gourlay. From there on, the total crept along and Northern finished on 115 for 8 at the end of 45 overs.

Blue skies greeted Strathmore for their visit to Forthill on Sunday, and Scott C found the conditions to his liking as he batted throughout the Forthill XI innings for 99 not out - just failing to get the extra run needed to bring up three figures on the final ball of the innings. 21 not out from Scott along with 20 from Clark and 19 from Glenn saw Forthill XI post 199 for 4 at tea. Strathmore's reply faltered early, with Samir (2 for 17) sending Blackie and Couston back to the pavilion inside of seven overs. A sixth wicket partnership of 45 between Hewitson (38) and Wilkie (22) repaired some of the early damage but that was ended when Glenn bowled Wilkie and Mo had Hewitson caught by Simmy to all but end Strathie's hopes of a win.  match report

Weekend Results - 6th & 7th August

Forthill's visit to Aberfeldy was the only one of three weekend games to escape the weather and saw another comprehensive win keep Forthill at the top of the S&PU division 1 table. Forfarshire's home tie against Greenock was abandoned early in the second innings and Rossie Priory XI's visit to Forthill on Sunday was postponed.

At Forthill on Saturday, Forfarshire asked Greenock to bat first and both visiting openers were back in the pavilion inside of ten overs, but pro Butterworth (109) and Scotland cap Berrington (37) built a fifty-one run third wicket partnership to take Greenock to 75 for 2 after twenty overs. Two quick wickets for Andy changed that to 88 for 4 but with Butterworth well set, and making the most of a chance missed, he went on to reach three figures in 120 balls. A solid partnership with Baum (32) saw Greenock post a healthy 240 for 8 after fifty overs. Forfarshire's reply saw both Howie (20) and Brendan (4) dismissed in consecutive deliveries before rain halted play for the day with Ryan and Craig at the crease.  scorecard

Forthill dominated their match with Breadalbane, with Callum and Lindsay both hitting half centuries. A useful 36 from Dennis and a fine 28 from Cameron W saw Forthill up to a challenging 223 for 7 in forty five overs. Only one Breadalbane batsman made double figures in their total of 106 as the Forthill attack worked through their hosts, Adees finished with a tidy 4 for 4 from five overs and Ted took 2 for 16 from seven overs.  scorecard

Weekend Results - 30th & 31st July

Centuries for Ryan and Gavin dominated Saturday's league matches as Forfarshire and Forthill overcame West of Scotland at Hamilton Crescent and Coupar Angus at Forthill. On Sunday, a third team friendly saw Forthill XI and Coupar Angus play youthful sides in the second annual friendly.

West of Scotland reached 140 for 4 going into the last 20 overs of their innings, and rallied to post a tricky 232 for 9 in 50 overs. The Forfs made good progress until two quick wickets left them 158 for 6 in the 35th over but Ryan stepped up and hit a magnificent 101 to take Forfarshire within site of the winning line, before a last ball boundary from Jalees secured victory in a tense match, 34 being scored in the last five overs.

At Forthill, Gav hit his second ton of the season to propel Forthill to an impressive 250 for 4 against Coupar Angus, aided by 43 from Scott and 31 from Stephen. In reply, M.Nelson was the only visiting batsmen to make any impact in the run chase before he was caught behind for 80, and the innings dwindled to 159 all out, Callum finishing with 3 for 25.

On Sunday, Glenn led the Forthill XI batting with 42 before being bowled by his cousin, and along with 38 from Christian, 28 not out from Chris and 27 from Craig saw 175 for 5 scored at tea. For the second day running, M.Nelson passed 50 but it was not enough to see Coupar Angus overcome the Forthill XI total.

Weekend Results 23rd & 24th July

Forfarshire kept their SNCL Premiership title hopes alive with a four wicket win over Aberdeenshire at Forthill on Saturday and collected the RG Tait memorial trophy in the process, while Forthill overcame Rossie Priory at Inchture in a crucial one wicket win. Forthill XI were in action twice over the weekend, losing by two wickets to Arbroath United XI in a friendly on Saturday but emerging as comprehensive winners over Almond Valley at Doo'cot Park on Sunday.

Aberdeenshire were invited to take first use of the Forthill pitch and made steady progress until Brendan bowled Nanthakumaran in the twelfth over with the total on 38. Seven balls later, Quinno induced a false shot from Cross and Howie took a simple catch at mid-off to give Forfs the upper hand at 38 for 2. A fourth wicket partnership of 39 between Tomlison (36) and Reid (40) saw Aberdeen recover slightly but when both fell in the space of an over, Forfs again looked to have the match under control at 128 for 5. The visitors overseas amateur Damle hit 44 not out from 40 balls in the closing stages of the innings to see Aberdeenshire record 207 for 7 at tea.

The early loss of Brendan brought Howie (36 from 66 balls) and Scott (25 from 48 balls) together and their 68 run partnership made early inroads into the run chase but with the visiting bowlers keeping to a tight line and length it took three boundaries from Craig in a quick 18 to give the Forfarshire innings some momentum. When Ryan and Craig fell within the space of five overs, Forfs were struggling at 117 for 5 in the thirty-first over. Aman hit 21 from 35 balls before being bowled by visiting Pro Strydom which saw Tony join Umair with the total on 135. A gutsy partnership of 73 saw Forfarshire home to a closely contested victory, Umair finishing on a run-a-ball 44 and Tony 24 from 45 balls.  scorecard  photo gallery

Runs were hard to come by at Rossie Priory, as the home batsmen struggled along to 43 for 2 after twenty five overs. Dale and Andy bowled economical opening spells but it took the introduction of Callum (2 for 10) to see the first wicket fall. Ted sparked a collapse and a 7 over spell saw five wickets fall with just 16 runs conceded as Rossie headed for 85 all out, Jalees also taking 2 wickets in an eight over spell. Forthill's opening pairing of Dean and Steven fell early but Gav (42 not out) and Scott (20) offered the resistance that was necessary on the slow wicket. With wickets tumbling at the other end, Gav looked to be running out of partners, but Ted hung around long enough to let Forthill scrape home with one wicket and nine overs remaining.  scorecard

Forthill XI's hastily arranged friendly against Arbroath saw Bryce hit 60 out of a total of 142, with Callum G giving good support with 21. Arbroath passed the winning mark in the 35th over with two wickets in hand, Adees taking 3 for 21.  scorecard

Forthill XI travelled to Doo'cot Park on Sunday and the home batsmen were no match for the Forthill bowlers as the total slumped to 40 for 8 after 20 overs. A late rally from Rodgers (25) saw the scoreline creep up to 78 before the last wicket fell, Craig and Glenn each being rewarded with three wickets, and Samir and Jinglis taking two apiece. 

The youthful pairing of Scott (48 not out) and Christian (20 not out) combined well against a varied bowling attack and saw Forthill collect twenty-five points with little difficulty.
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Weekend Results - 16th & 17th July

Another Wet Weekend
All matches fell victim to heavy rain over the weekend, so Clydesdale v Forfarshire and Forthill v Gordonians were cancelled on Saturday and Forthill XI v Clackmannan XI on Sunday.

Weekend Results - 9th & 10th July

Saturday Washout
Forfarshire v Uddingston and Norwood v Forthill were both cancelled
on Saturday due to heavy rain.

Coupar Angus v Forthill XI
Forthill XI's annual friendly at Coupar Angus was reduced to a twenty over match to avoid the approaching rain, but with four overs of the match remaining heavy rain forced play to end early. Craig made full use of a chance to open the batting and hit his highest score of 44 not out including five boundaries on a very slow outfield. 21 from Glenn and a composed 15 from Cameron saw Forthill XI post 122 for 5 from their twenty overs.

In reply, Coupar Angus were 43 for 4 in the sixteenth over when rain halted play for the day, Priyanaz claiming 2 for 9 from three overs.

Weekend Results - 2nd & 3rd July

Forfarshire started the second half of the SNCL Premiership season with a disappointing loss against Stirling, but there was better news for Forthill and Forthill XI as they both recorded convincing wins.
At New Williamfield, Forfarshire chose to bat first and openers Brendan (25) and Matty (18) took the total to 34 before an eight over spell of batting madness saw the Forfs lose five wickets for 30 runs. The collapse saw Ryan (59 from 78 balls) take on the unfamiliar role of anchor-man, and along with Umair (67 from 93 balls) set about re-building the innings. The partnership added 119 in 26 overs and both were unfortunate to fall to good outfield catches just as the run rate was increasing towards the final overs of the innings. With few wickets remaining, Forfarshire limped to 227 all out in the 49th over. 

Stirling's opening pairing of Anderson and Edwards looked in little difficulty in the early stages of the run chase however with the total on 49, Anderson skied a delivery from Brendan that found Umair at square leg. Edwards made the most of an early chance and pushed on towards a century that was to lead Stirling to their first Championship win of the season. A wicket each for Andy and Aman was of little consolation as Forfs slumped to a seven wicket defeat.
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Forthill's match against St.Modans saw Howie hit a career best 136 and share a partnership of 202 with Jalees who hit a fine 59. The excellent start allowed the remaining Forthill batsmen to play with ease and the total raced along to 323 for 5 at the end of 45 overs, Gav finishing unbeaten on 45. In reply, mainstay of the St.Modans innings was professional Matthews whose 100 gave respectability to the visitors total, with the remaining batsmen offering little resistance to the Forthill attack as they were bowled out for 163, Howie taking 3 for 14 along with two wickets each for Andy and Elliot.

Union Park was unusually warm and sunny as Forthill XI batted first against Montrose. Andy and Steven got the day off to a comfortable start before Clark (62) joined Steven to take the total up to 143 in the 30th over when Clark looked to clear the ropes but was well caught by Christie. Adam made his intentions clear by hitting his first ball for four and his second for a straight six but with wickets tumbling at the other end, hopes of a high total started to disappear. Scott (27 not out) settled the innings and in a sparkling partnership with Adam added 59 in just six overs, Adam finishing with a timely 60 not out. 

The Montrose reply never gained the momentum needed to chase down the sizeable total, and with the home top three back in the pavilion by the time the total reached 25, Forthill XI always looked to be in command. Two wickets apiece for Glenn, Craig and Abdullah saw the visitors bowled out for 153 with only Petrie (29) and Galt (28) making significant contributions with the bat.  scorecard and match report

Weekend Results - 25th & 26th June

Forfarshire emerged unbeaten from the inaugural Murgitroyd T20 Festival at Falkland on Saturday, beating the hosts by six wickets in their first game and following that with a five wicket win over Freuchie. Back at Forthill, the second team overcame Mayfield by 121 runs to maintain their position at the top of the S&PCU division one table. 

Falkland reduced Forfarshire to 25 for 3 in the 7th over in pursuit of their total of 136 for 5, but an 87 run partnership between Ryan (55 not out from 35 balls) and Craig (42 from 32 balls) saw Forfarshire recover and reach their target with 11 balls remaining.  photo gallery

Freuchie got off to a flying start in the second game courtesy of some cultured hitting from Naeem (36 from 32 balls) and pro Mahsood - the later hitting 35 from 16 balls, with one over from Scott disappearing for twenty, before a miss-hit off Kevin saw Scott take high catch on the mid-wicket boundary. Tidy spells from Adees and Samir further put the brakes on the innings and the introduction of Tony (4 for 16) saw wickets tumble as the Freuchie faltered to 139 all out. Scott (35 from 36 balls) and Craig (30 from 27 balls) set up a Forfarshire win before a late blast from Ryan (32 not out from 19 balls) saw Forfarshire through to victory with eight balls remaining.  photo gallery

At Forthill, Gav (42) and Howie (30) put down the foundations for a substantial total against Mayfield before 57 from Scott and 38 from Elliot took the total up towards 200. A hard hit 29 from Dean late in the innings saw Forthill post a healthy 238 for 8. The Mayfield reply started well, but with the total on 78 in the 20th over, Ted enticed danger-man Ferguson (60) out of his ground allowing Butts to complete a stumping. The game changed dramatically from there, with the visitors losing eight wickets for sixteen runs, Howie taking 4 for 7 with Ted and Elliot each taking two wickets to see Forthill earn a comfortable 25 points.

Weekend Results - 18th & 19th June

Forfarshire travelled to Edinburgh to take on Carlton in what was billed as Saturday's match of the day, but after 12 overs of the Carlton innings, rain forced play to be abandoned in a match that had already been reduced to 30 overs per side. Forthill were without a fixture due to the withdrawal of Cupar from the Strathmore Union however a 2nds v 3rds match was arranged only for it to be abandoned at tea. On Sunday, Rossie Priory was declared playable and Forthill XI recorded a fine 56 run win.

Forfarshire asked Carlton to bat first at Grange Loan, and Watts wasted no time in finding the boundary from two short deliveries from Aman, but in the 5th over, Aman induced an over ambitious drive and Watts edged a delivery to Craig who took a low catch. At 18 for 1, Scotland's in-form batsman Preston Mommsen joined English and was kept quiet by an accurate spell from Quinno. In the 12th over, Mommsen attempted to hit over long-on but a miss-timed drive was skied over Andy's head at mid-on only for him to turn and chase down a great diving catch.  photo gallery

Early morning sunshine on Sunday saw the Rossie pitch dry sufficiently for Forthill XI's visit, and they took first use of the soft wicket. After the early loss of Scott, Clark (83) and Andy (29) added 100 for the third wicket in challenging batting conditions. Adam contributed a well made 33 including two hard hit sixes as Forthill XI headed for a total of 183 for 9 in 45 overs. In reply, a fiery spell form Adam, aided by the drying pitch, limited scoring opportunities for the home openers and A.Lynch was first to fall, caught behind with the total on 12. Glenn got just reward for his efforts when Saddler gave a catch to Scott at short mid-wicket in the next over. Two wickets in two balls by Andy, including M.McAlpine for 40, saw Forthill XI well on their way to victory. A tidy two over spell from Scott resulted in two wickets leaving Chris to pick up the last wicket and complete a well deserved win as Rossie were bowled out for 127.  scorecard and report

Weekend Results - 11th & 12th June

Saturday was a washout for Forfarshire and Forthill as the day-long rain cancelled both their matches, however Sunday's bright skies saw Forthill XI take on Glendelvine in pleasant conditions.

Andy and Steven scored freely in the opening overs as the total reached 40 after ten overs to give Forthill XI a good platform for a sizeable total, but from there the run rate then fell dramatically and only 25 runs were scored in the next ten overs. Andy fell for 16 while trying to accelerate the scoring and Adam was bowled by a decent yorker which saw Glenn join Simmy and they took the score up to 84 before Simmy tried one late cut too many and was bowled for 36. Glenn was shortly joined by Scott and they scored well in the latter stages of the innings before a communication lapse saw Glenn run out for 41. Scott was eventually bowled for 40 as Forthill XI headed for a final score off 199 for 7 in 45 overs.

The Glendelvine opening partnership of M.Yellowlees and R.Thompson was always going to be key to the game, and they showed how to run well between the wickets and picked up runs with little difficulty. With the total on 94 Samir plucked a catch out of the air to dismiss Yellowlees and later had Thompson caught by Andy for 85 to leave the visitors on 163 for 2 after 37 overs. Two further wickets set up a tense finish as Glendelvine required 28 from the last 5 overs with new men at the crease - but they eased over the winning line with four balls remaining.  scorecard  photo gallery 

Weekend Results - 4th & 5th June

Forfarshire maintained their top of the table position with a fine win over Watsonians at Myreside on Saturday, while back at Forthill the second team proved too strong for Norwood and completed a seven wicket win. Sunday saw Forthill XI overcome Arbroath United XI by seven wickets but Forfarshire came unstuck at East Kilbride.

Brendan struck twice early in the Watsonians innings to bring together the Saltires pairing of Flannigan and Chalmers who were initially well contained by tight bowling and excellent fielding – Andy bowling 9 overs mid-innings for 41 runs. Once set, both batsmen started to hit out and a sizeable total looked likely however Blackie accounted for Chalmers (66 from 95 balls) to end the 155 run partnership. Flannigan looked set for a century until Umair enticed him out of his ground and Craig completed the stumping to end his knock of 88 from 140 balls. Watsonians finished on 226 for 7 in 50 overs, Blackie finishing with three for 40.

Brendan (53 from 55 balls) and Matty (47 from 64 balls) gave Forfs the ideal start with an opening stand of 70 in 15 overs. Matty and Scott (22) took the score up to 127 before an over eager attempt at a quick single saw Scott run out, only for Matty to fall one run later. At 128 for 3, a partnership was needed from Craig and Aman, and they added 78 before Craig was trapped in front for a well made 40 from 64 balls with the total on 206. A flurry of wickets brought Watsonians back into the game as Forfs scrambled towards their target. Tim eased the pressure when he launched a huge six over mid-wicket in the 48th over and Forfarshire secured victory in the 49th over with 4 wickets in hand.  scorecard  photos  video

Sam made a welcome return to action at Forthill and an opening spell of 2 for 24 gave Forthill the upper hand early in their game against Norwood. Dennis kept up the good work with 3 for 19 as the visitors headed for 96 all out. Kevin (34) and Scott (28) batted with little difficulty to see Forthill well on their way to another 25 points to maintain their position at the head of the league table.  scorecard

Arbroath United XI found Adam in good form with the ball on Sunday, his five for 13 dominated the first innings as the visitors were bowled out for 101. Two wickets for Craig (2 for 31) and a wicket each for Chris and Samir wrapped up the innings. Forthill XI’s reply saw Simmy jnr bat through for 36 not out and along with 24 not out from Clark and a tidy 13 on debut from Christian saw the winning runs scored in the 20th over.  scorecard

Weekend Results - 28th May

Forfarshire maintained their 100% record in the SNCL with a convincing win over last seasons champions Grange at Forthill on Saturday. Forthill sat out the weekend following the withdrawal of Cupar from the S&PU while Forthill XI were left disappointed by the late call-off from Strathearn XI.

Brendan forced Patel to play-on in the first over of the game and not to be outdone Aman picked up the wicket of Maiden in the second over, well caught by Ryan at slip to see the visitors 4 for 2 after two overs. Quinno accounted for pro McSkimming aided by a leaping catch from Aman at mid-on before a slight recovery saw Moffat and McCallum take the total to 75 when Moffat found the safe hands of Elliot at point. Two quick wickets for Andy saw the scoreline read 83 for 6 and when McCallum picked out Umair on the mid-wicket boundary for 38, then end looked in sight, but an effective rear-guard action from Davidson (45) saw two valuable late partnerships take Grange up to 166. A rain break in the first innings saw Forfarshire set a target of 165 in 48 overs.

Ryan got the innings off to a quick start with consecutive boundaries before a further onslaught off Davidson’s second over saw two fours and a six scored as the total raced to 26 after 4 overs. A sharp catch by McSkimming at slip accounted for Ryan (29 from 20 balls) with the total on 66, but the momentum was maintained by Brendan who passed 50 in 41 balls before being stumped for a fine 62. Scott played fluently as the scoreboard raced along but when three further wickets fell, a more cautious approach was adopted as the Forfs stumbled to 132 for 5. Tony provided the experience needed to settle the situation and see Forfs home without further loss, Scott finishing with an excellent 43 not out. scorecard photo gallery

Weekend Results - 21st & 22nd May

Forfarshire arrived in Ayr on Saturday at the same time as heavy rain, so no play was possible, but Forthill overcame Breadalbane at home in quick time to dodge the approaching rain. Forthill XI visited Alloa on Sunday to play Clackmannan XI and lost by four wickets.

The blustery conditions at Forthill saw the home bowlers take time to find their line, but once on target, the mainly young Breadalbane side offered little resistance – with only patient opener M.Bax (37) and the elder J.Bax (37) spending any time at the crease. A wicket each for Ted, Elliot, Dennis and Jalees paved the way for Callum to clean up the lower order and return figures of 4 for 7 in 3.4 overs.

The early finish to the first innings saw the captains agree to play fifteen overs before tea, but when Howie and Steven despatched the first two overs for 22 and 17 respectively, it became clear they might not be needed. With one eye on the approaching rain, Steven fell for 15 while trying to push the score along as did Gav for 14. Howie passed 50 after 7 overs in the middle and fell for 58 by which time the result was in no doubt. scorecard photo gallery

Forthill XI travelled to Alloa on Sunday for their first league encounter with Clackmannan XI. Batting first on an artificial wicket, Forthill XI were reduced to 18 for 3 after 8 overs but Adam (67 from 87 balls) and Clark (40 from 60 balls) added 76 for the fourth wicket to rescue the situation as Forthill XI headed for a total of 158. Clacks opener Sultan hit 45 from just 28 balls including five 6s and two 4s. When he was caught behind off Scott, Forthill XI fought back into the game with Glenn, Craig and Scott all claiming two wickets, but the early onslaught gave Clackmannan the advantage and crossed the winning line in the 37th over. scorecard and report

Weekend Results - 14th & 15th May

Forthill witnessed one of the finest SNCL innings in recent years when Drumpellier pro Kulatunga hit 124 from 89 balls in pursuit of Forfarshire's D/L adjusted total of 283, but Forfarshire fought back to claim the points. In Perth, Forthill overcame Northern by 50 runs, while Forthill XI were once again idle due to the opposition being unable to field a team.

Forfarshire chose to bat first against Drumpellier and both Brendan (40 from 35 balls) and Ryan (38 from 50 balls) looked in good form as the score raced along to 82 without loss in the 14th over but both fell to good catches in the space of five balls to change the look of the scoreboard. Matty (38 from 54 balls) and Craig took the score up to 154 for 4 in the 30th over before Aman and Scott came together and accelerated the scoring rate and a total off 300+ looked possible until rain forced the abandonment of the Forfarshire innings, Scott finishing on 65 not out from 67 balls and Aman 51 not out from 52 balls in a total of 263 for 4 in 46 overs.

Drumpellier lost both openers early in their response but pro Kulatunga dominated the scoring and passed 50 from 59 balls as the total reached 102 for 2 in 20 overs. When the next 30 balls bowled to Kulatunga saw 74 runs scored, an unlikely victory looked possible but Ryan forced a mis-timed drive to be skied, Tony took an excellent high catch at mid-off to end an innings that included four consecutive sixes off Blackie along with twelve 4s and eight 6s. Several more good catches saw off the Drumps middle order and Forfarshire completed a 36 run victory.
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Forthill started confidently against Northern at Doo'cot Park with Howie (31) and Steven (27) taking the total up towards 50 before Tim (37) and Scott (27) batted well mid-innings allowing Dean to push the total past 200 in the closing overs with a useful 39 not out. Four wickets from Dale (4 for 19) saw Forthill dominate the early stages of the second innings as Northern were reduced to 70 for 6. Late runs from Sangster (54) and Ragu (31) bolstered the home total before being bowled out for 167, Callum taking 3 for 46. scorecard

Murgitroyd 20/20 First Round Result

Forfarshire have won through to the second round of the Murgitroyd 20/20 knockout, and a home tie against Dunfermline.

Forfarshire 186 for 8 (C Wallace 36, R Cannon 35, B Ford 31, S Boyer 3 for 28)
Meigle 99 all out (
R Laing 44, S Galloway 3 for 6)

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Weekend Results - 7th & 8th May

Saturday’s gam
es were both abandoned after the first innings due to heavy rain while Sunday’s third team match never started due to Almond Valley being unable to raise a team.

Forfarshire were asked to bat first against Stoneywood-Dyce at Peoples Park and lost their top order quickly to reach 49 for 4 after 14 overs. Aman and Craig set about re-building the innings and successfully punished any loose deliveries and a 200+ total again looked possible. However when they had added 76, Craig fell for 35 to an innocuous delivery from Leask followed soon after by Aman for 45, the innings slowed again. Two more quick wickets saw the Forfs struggling on 143 for 7 after 40 overs but valuable additions of 23 from Umair and 22 not out from Blackie saw Forfarshire finish on 197 for 9 in 50 overs before rain halted play for the day.
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At Forthill, overnight downpours left the square flooded but play started around 2pm for a 40 over game against Rossie Priory. Forthill batted first and Gav was the mainstay of the Forthill innings with 63. Finbar’s first outing of the year was cut short when he was run out for 22 in a useful partnership with Gav and along with 21 from Steven saw Forthill bowled out for 171 in 39 overs as the rain set in.

Weekend Results - 30th April / 1st May

Forfarshire and Forthill got their league seasons off to winning starts on Saturday, Forfarshire getting the better of Heriots by 6 wickets and Forthill comprehensive winners at Coupar Angus - Gavin hitting a maiden century in the 156 run victory. On Sunday, Forthill XI chased down Strathmore’s total of 234 to win by 4 wickets.

Brendan got his Forfarshire career off to an ideal start with a wicket second ball to dismiss the dangerous Knox, but it was a another 21 overs before the next wicket fell as the Heriots pairing of Kent (64) and Lockhart-Kraus (49) took advantage of some early season wayward bowling from the home attack. The bowling improved in the later stages of the innings and Heriots failed to capitalize on their good start with the last 20 overs seeing only 87 runs scored for the loss of 8 wickets.

Brendan and Ryan got the run chase off to a good start with a number of confident strokes and early boundaries saw the scoreboard moving along quickly. Brendan passed 50 at a run-a-ball before falling for 59 that included 10 fours and a glorious straight six in an opening stand of 103 with Ryan (75 from 92 balls). Going into the last 20 overs, Forfarshire required 80 and it was left to Umair (51 not out from 74 balls) and Aman (24 not out from 27 balls) to complete the job. scorecard

At Coupar Angus, Forthill chose to bat first and that decision looked a good one as Howie (33) and Scott (21) put on 50 for the first wicket before Howie was unfortunate to pick out square leg. Batting at three, Gav looked untroubled by the Coupar Angus bowling and slow outfield and passed 50 with ease. The runs continued to flow as he went on the record a fine maiden century in tricky batting conditions that saw Forthill post a competitive 236 for 6. In reply, Coupar Angus were bowled out for 80, Dennis leading the way with 4 wickets. scorecard and match report

Forthill XI travelled to Lochside Park on Sunday and were set 235 to win. This was reached with the loss of 6 wickets, Clark top-scoring with 79 and Andy C reaching another well-deserved half century. scorecard and match report

League Action Starts at Forthill

Forthill XI were the first of the club teams in league action, when they took on Dalnacraig at Forthill on Sunday - the visitors taking the points in a well contested match.

Set 234 to win, Scott hit his highest score in senior cricket with an excellent 84 and combined well with Adam (34), Andrew (20) and Kevin (17) to see Forthill XI reach 150 for 3 after 30 overs and set up tense finish. As wickets started to fall in a final push for victory, the required rate crept up and with five overs remaining, 51 were needed. This proved just too many, and Forthill XI finished on a creditable 227 for 8. scorecard

On Saturday, Forfarshire's friendly against Stoneywood-Dyce was abandoned due to heavy rain with Forfarshire sitting on 128 for 6 in the 28th over.

Dinner Raises £3000

The 2011 Sportsmans Dinner raised a total of £3000 for clubs funds and was attended by 160 members and guests.

The MC for the evening Tom Dymock is pictured with Chic and speakers Andy Goram and Frank Robb.

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