Forfarshire Cricket Club - 2012 Archive

2012 Archive
news and photographs from earlier in the season

Under 18 Scottish Cup Finals

Forfarshire under 18s travelled to Stirling on Sunday for the Scottish Cup finals day following excellent wins over Arbroath, Aberdeenshire and Broomhall in the early rounds of the competition.

Bowling first against Kelso, Samir helped to settle early nerves by taking a caught and bowled chance with the total on 15 but the partnership of Henderson (53) and Grindall (25) then batted confidently against the Forfs attack and it took the introduction of Chris and Lachlan to slow the scoring rate – Lachlan taking the only other wicket to fall in the innings when Grindell picked out Marshall at wide long-on in a spell that returned 1 for 12 from 4 overs, while Chris conceded just 18 from his 4 overs, but still Kelso went on the set Forfarshire 141 to win in 20 overs.

Lachlan got the run chase off to a good start with 30 from 28 balls but when Christian, Craig M and Hogi fell quickly the remaining batsmen had much to do in the face of a climbing run-rate. Craig McC took on the accurate Kelso attack with 18 not out from 22 balls but Forfarshire finished 35 runs short on 105 for 6.
match report  
photo gallery

The Stirling ground having two pitches allowed a 3rd/4th play-off against Clydesdale to take place while the final was in play on the main pitch. The Forfs innings got off to a poor start with Christian and Hogi both out early however Lachlan (35 from 37 balls) again played a useful innings and in combination with 32 from 26 balls from Craig saw 59 added for the third wicket. 4 for 12 from Awan stemmed the runs and Forfarshire were bowled out for 96 inside of 20 overs.

Forfs hopes of 3rd place finish were blown away by a quickfire 62 not out from Clydesdale opener Hill who faced just 29 balls as Clydesdale raced to a 10 wicket win to bring a premature end to the 2012 season.  photo gallery
All the u15 and u18 squad members can look back at a great achievement in reaching the finals day of both national competitions. Well done to all.
u18 highlights

Junior Prizegiving - Season 2012

The Ferry Forfs end of season prizegiving took place at Forthill on Friday night with around 60 players and family present. The evening kicked off with Ted's general knowledge and sports quiz which entertained everyone before the main business of the evening took place.

Reporting on the Kwik Cricket season, Susan paid tribute to all members of the team who at times played through atrocious weather to complete 13 out of 15 planned matches. All participants were presented with certificates to mark their achievements throughout the year.

Samir managed the mini-hardball side and saw 9 matches completed from 14 attempts. The Alan Hill Memorial Tournament was a highlight of the season, Forfarshire finishing fourth with a very young squad which shows excellent promise for the future. Medals were presented to all team members in recognition of their performances this season.

Paul spoke enthusiastically of an under 13 season that saw a very creditable 8 wins from 10 games played, with a further 10 games cancelled due to weather. Performances with bat and ball have improved significantly from last season, and the future is looking bright for 2013. A great team spirit and hard work in practice were all evident this season, with individual performances reflecting this effort. Fraser and Callum R both recorded batting averages of over 40 while Callum G averaged 119 – but all were surpassed by Rory's 314 runs from 8 innings without being dismissed which including a maiden century. With the ball, the surprise winner of the bowling trophy was Callum G, whose 7 wickets for 35 runs edged out excellent bowling performances from Rory, James, Fraser and Scott.  u13 averages

Ted introduced the under 15 team to rousing applause following their excellent performance in the Scottish Cup where they lost in the final. The amount of senior cricket played by most of the squad has undoubtedly shown rewards for the squad. Christian finished as top scorer with 206 runs from 11 innings while Jack topped the batting overall with 176 runs at an average of 29. Bowling performance of the year was undoubtedly Jack's 8 for 4 in the Scottish Cup which saw him finish the season with a superb 19 wickets at 5.5 apiece.

Dick presented the final awards and acknowledged that several players had improved infinitely over the season and congratulated Andrew K, Fraser R and Callum G for their efforts ahead of awarding the Most Improved Player award to Morgan. Rory's performances for all sides saw him collect the Most Promising Player award while Samir was again rewarded for his effort in coaching and work around the club with the JR Auchinleck Trophy.

2012 Prizewinners
Under 13 Batting Trophy – Rory J
Under 13 Bowling Trophy – Callum G
Under 15 Batting Trophy – Jack H
Under 15 Bowling Trophy – Jack H
DB Sword Bat for Most Improved Player – Morgan S
John Adam Trophy for Most Promising Player – Rory J
Broughty Ferry Round Table Trophy - Scott C
JR Auchinleck Trophy for Merit – Samir H

Forthill 2nd XI Player of Year Awards 2012

Forthill 2nd XI's Player of the Year was announced at the annual end of season social night on Friday 31st August.

Clark collected the top prize in recognition of scoring over 400 runs at an average of 43. Junior Player of the Year was awarded to Christian after several excellent performances including 3 for 30 followed by 40 with the bat in the win over Perth Doo'cot 2nd XI.

Prior to the awards, a 'double wicket' competition was held and after a first round of largely social games, the competition hotted up through the semi-finals with the pairings of Scott & Finlay and Andrew & Kailas reaching the final – Scott and Finlay emerging as winners in an event that was enjoyed by all and is hoped to be repeated next year.

Simmy's end of season speech reflected on the many excellent performances from a number of different players that saw the team finish mid-table with 6 wins and 6 losses from the 12 games played.

The evening was rounded off with a curry from the Gulistan but not before Simmy received a newly created special award to mark his defeat to Clark in the club golf outing just a few days before!

Under 15s Reach Scottish Cup Final

Forfarshire's under 15 team reached the final of the Scottish Cup held at Stenhousemuir on Sunday, but despite a superior performance in the field defending a modest total of 59, Carlton collected the silverware in a nail-biting final.

Earlier in the day, the young Forfs met a hard hitting Drumpellier side in the first semi-final and were set a target of 107 to win in a match reduced to 15 overs each due to ground conditions. Scott (2 for 14) and Rory (1 for 14) both returned to bowl tight overs towards the end of the Drumpellier innings that conceded just 6 runs between them to limit the scoring and keep the target within reach as Drumps finished 
on 106 for 4, Christian taking the other wicket to fall.

Hogi fell early in the run chase, but a second wicket partnership of 80 between Scott (51 retired) and Rory (18) that gathered momentum as it progressed saw the Forfs to within sight of victory before a flury of wickets left Forfarshire requiring 20 from the last four overs. A boundary from Christian eased the pressure but a sharp caught and bowled chance was accepted as he looked to hit out again. Paul similarly found the boundary and was dismissed next ball trying the same shot as the tension rose. With 12 needed from 3 overs, Cameron flicked a 4 through mid-wicket and along with a number of scampered singles the Forfs reached the final with 8 balls to spare in a great team effort having been set a stiff target.
semi-final photo gallery

A poor start to the final saw Forfarshire reduced to 25 for 5 after 13 overs, but a battling performance from the lower order more than doubled the total in the last 7 overs to see Carlton set 60 to win in a 20 over game, Cameron top scoring with 16 and Christian 14. Scott (2 for 5) and Rory (1 for 4) gave Forfarshire an ideal start by taking 3 early Carlton wickets. Tight bowling backed up by excellent fielding, tremendous enthusiasm and fighting spirit in the field saw the incoming Carlton batsmen find scoring difficult, and just as Carlton were starting to turn the game their way through a 4th wicket partnership of 26, Hogi (3 for 14) evened up the situation with three quick wickets – but unfortunately it proved just too late as Carlton secured victory in the 18th over.
final photo gallery

The Forfs battled hard all day against strong opposition and never gave up in the field or when batting and were a credit to club in both games. Thanks are due to all the Drumpellier and Carlton players for two great games and to the coaches of all sides without whose efforts early in the day no play would have been possible.
finals day highlights

Weekend Results
25th & 26th August

Forthill and Strathmore brought an end to the SPCU Premier Division season by contesting a closely fought match at Forthill on Saturday. Winker made a surprise return to bolster the Forthill bowling line-up and given the opportunity to open the bowling soon made an impact on the game with a wicket in his first over - Dennis taking a sharp chance at slip to dismiss Hewitson. In his second over Ellis was trapped in front and two overs later Hazel cut a short ball to Andy at point before two overs later McLaren was bowled in a spell that returned 4 for 23 in 6 overs as Strathie slumped to 38 for 4.

Glenn's 3 for 17 kept the pressure on the Strathmore batsmen while a quickfire 47 from Milne threatened to undo the Forthill advantage, but when Adees (2 for 16) was brought into the attack the Strathmore innings quickly folded on 103 all out.

A tense end to the game saw Forthill require 6 to win with only one wicket remaining, Dennis (32) having taken Forthill to the brink of victory before the winning runs were scored with 8 balls remaining.

Forfarshire's match at Grange Loan was reduced to 32 over per side and having been bowled out for 80 the rain returned with Grange on 52 for no wicket and forced play to be abandoned.

Forthill 2nd XI travelled to the picturesque Kinross House ground and hag reached 46 for 1 when heavy rain left the wicket unplayable and the match was abandoned. With an artificial wicket available, a 20 over friendly was hastily arranged but it too fell victim to the weather.
scorecard and match report

Weekend Results - 18th & 19th August

Forfarshire were the only senior team in action this weekend as Forthill’s trip to Stoneywood was cancelled due to a flooded outfield and Forthill 2nd XIs home tie against Norwood was cancelled due to a number of players being involved in the under 15 Scottish Cup finals - but that also fell foul to weather.

Conditions favoured the bowlers in the early part of Forfarshire’s visit to Goldenacre, but afterthe early loss of Craig, Howie (39 from 119 balls) and Matty stuck well to their task and took the score up to 56 for 1 in 18th over when Matty was caught behind. Howie’s dismissal in the 36th over with the total on 101 sparked a collapse that saw five wickets fall for sixteen runs to see Forfarshire reeling at 117 for 8. A bright 16 from Scott C lifted the total to 137 when the last wicket fell.

Heriots recovered from the wicket of Ross in the third over to reach the comfortable position of 89 for 1 after 27 overs when two wickets in an over for Jalees (2 for 29) brought the game back to life for the Forfs. Liam (2 for 24) struck in the next over as the Heriots run chase stuttered to 91 for 4. A second wicket for Liam saw Knox dismissed for 54 and with dangerman Farrell trapped in front by Howie in the next over, Forfs were back in the game at 107 for 6 however Weeraratna (18) staged a recovery for Heriots, and by the time he was bowled by Matty, just three runs were required, these being achieved in the 45th over.

Under 18s Reach Scottish Cup Finals Day

Forfarshire's under 18s won a closely contested match against Broomhall under 18's on Thursday night to reach the Scottish Cup Finals Day. This was due to take place on Sunday 26th August but due to many games being uncompleted, Cricket Scotland have delayed the finals until Sunday 9th September.

Forfarshire 103 for 6 (L Tosh 32, C Morrison 24)
Broomhall 94 for 7 (J Penman 45, S Hill 2-10, R Johnston 2-11)
match report

Weekend Results - 11th and 12th August

Forfarshire played host to Grange on Saturday and lost by eight wickets having set the visitors 188 to win. Forthill lost by eight wickets at Huntly and Forthill 2nd XI suffered at the hands of Coupar Angus to lose a high-scoring game by 100 runs. Sunday brought better fortune when Forthill won by seven wickets against the Caledonian Academy.

Forfarshire got off to a great start against Grange when Craig and Howie took the score to 57 without loss in the 15th over before Howie was bowled by Maiden. The quick dismissals of Matty and Lachlan saw the Forfs struggle at 67 for 3 and by the time Craig was fourth man out for a well constructed 34, the score had reached 80. Scott (54 from 62 balls) batted well with the lower order to recover some of the earlier damage and was unfortunate to be run out from a direct hit with three overs remaining. This left Dale (14 not out) to add 21 for the last wicket with Quinno as the Forfs finished on 187 for 9 after 50 overs.

Maiden (37 from 35 balls) played an attacking innings from the off, with Patel more reserved, and it was another direct hit run out that accounted for Maiden in the 10th over with the total on 49. From there on, Patel (53 from 103 balls) and McCallum (77 from 97 balls) both looked comfortable against the Forfs attack and reached their target in the 42nd over.  scorecard photo gallery

At Huntly, Forthill were bowled out for 87 with Rory being the pick of the batsmen. Huntly made light work of knocking off the runs although lost two wickets along the way.

A young Forthill 2nd XI travelled to Coupar Angus on Saturday and found the home batsmen in fine form. Neave hit a maiden century while the experience of Eddington (60) and Thorne (81) saw Forthill set a mammoth 302 to win. The Forthill reply saw the father and son pairing of Bryce and Christian both pass 50 before a run-out ended a promising partnership.  match report and scorecard 

Sunday brought the regional Caledonian Academy team to Forthill for an SPCU Premier Division match. Samir hit the stumps twice in the early overs and along with a wicket for Andy, saw the Academy struggle at 44 for 3. A third wicket for Samir, and a second slip catch for Dennis, made it 49 for 4, but from there on a partnership of 77 from Carnegie (49 not out) and Saeed (31) turned the fortunes of the Academy, and they headed for a total of 184 for 6 in 45 overs.

Tim and Adam opened the batting for Forthill, and the reply set off at pace – 34 coming from the first four overs, Adam hitting 23 from 9 balls before playing round a straight delivery from Chandu. Tim continued to take the attack to the bowlers and reached his 50 from 41 balls that included five 4s and three 6s, one of which smashing a bar window. Scott hit 18 from 10 deliveries before offering a catch to long-on, so it was left to Craig (46 not out from 44 balls) and Lachlan (38 not out from 52 balls) to see Forthill home.  scorecard

Under 18's Win by Four Wickets to Reach Cup Quarter-Finals

After five attempts to play at Mannofield were postponed due to rain, Forfarshire’s under 18s finally played their second round Scottish Cup tie at Forthill on Thursday night thanks to Aberdeenshire conceded home advantage.

Batting first, Hogi and Lachlan faced the strong opening attack of Proud and Martin and both fell trying to force the score along against accurate opening spells. Christian started confidently with a cover drive for four but was bowled by Chandu shortly after to leave the Forfs 30 for 3 after eight overs. Craig (46) and Rory (17 not out) produced a crucial fourth wicket partnership, Craig hitting an aggressive 46 with Rory providing excellent support to jointly add 61 in eight overs before Craig fell LBW to the returning Martin in the 16th over at 96 for 4. Marshall, Samir and Chris all hit valuable runs in the last few overs to see the score reach 110 for 6 at the end of 20 overs.

Aberdeenshire started the run chase well, but with the score on 47, Chris beat the defences of Chandu to start a change in fortunes. Proud (41) then drove hard at a delivery from Rory that flew high to Chris at short third man, and with the catch comfortably taken, Aberdeenshire were 63 for 2. Lachlan came into the attack and bowled four tidy overs that made scoring difficult for the new batsmen. Rory’s spell got even better with two wickets in his third over to all but seal victory with the visitors requiring 33 from the last four overs.

An excellent display with the ball and in the field saw the young Forfs safely through to the Quarter-Finals and an away trip to Broomhall, near Rosyth.

u18 Cup Draw

Weekend Results - 4th & 5th August

Forfarshire suffered a 130 run loss to Arbroath at Forthill on Saturday and at Lochlands, Forthill went down by nine wickets in the corresponding SPCU match. Sunday saw Forthill 2nd XI involved in a low scoring tussle with Kinloch at St.Andrews, the home side edging home by just one run while Forthill 3rd XI lost at Freuchie.

Arbroath won the toss and chose to bat first in conditions that were a mix of brilliant sunshine and mist. At 85 for 6, the Forfs had the upper hand – with Quinno taking 2 for 13 in his first spell of 8 overs – but a well paced century from pro Vithana (107 from 125 balls) along with 42 from 68 balls from McGill saw an eighth wicket partnership add 111 in 18 overs. Three wickets in an over for Scott (3 for 14) brought the innings to a rapid conclusion with 223 scored.

Forfarshire lost openers Brendan (15) and Howie (4) by the end of the fourth over before a brief recovery took the total to 47 when Matty was bowled for 15. Craig followed soon after and the steady procession of wickets the followed saw Forfarshire all out for 93 – with Dean becoming Ben McGill’s 300th National League wicket along the way.  scorecard

At Arbroath, 70 from Andy with good support from Lachlan (29) and Adam (27) saw Forthill up to 177 for 7 at tea. The Forthill bowlers found wickets hard to come by as Swann (66 not out), Cameron (48) and Salmond (37 not out) saw Arbroath home with 9 overs and 9 wickets in hand.

Forthill 2nd XI bowled well to dismiss Kinloch for 80 in St.Andrews on Sunday, Chris taking 4 for 23, Hogi 2 for 13 and Glenn 2 for 16. Forthill had reached the steady position of 43 for 3 when tea was taken but collapsed on resumption to see four runs needed for victory with the last pair at the wicket but unfortunately came up 1 run short.  scorecard and report

Weekend Results - 28th & 29th July

All three games that started over the weekend were abandoned due to rain.

At Mannofield on Saturday, Forfarshire looked to have the upper hand with Aberdeenshire 35 for 3 after 15 overs when heavy rain left the ground unplayable.  scorecard

At Forthill, Mannofield hit 244 in 45 overs, Lewis top-scoring with 86 with Christian (3 for 26) and Adees (3 for 45) the pick of the bowlers. In reply, Buts led the way with 45 not out as Forthill reached 110 for 7 in the 37th over when rain forced an early end to the day’s play.  scorecard

Sunday saw St.Modans visit Forthill, and only more rain saw the visitors leave with their 100% record remain intact. St.Modan’s prolific run scorer Matthews was undone by Hogi and almost immediately after that, Glenn claimed three wickets for no runs in the first three overs of his spell while Christian took two wickets for two runs in his first two overs to see St.Modans slump to 61 for 8 after 21 overs. A useful 19 from Belly saw the total creep up to 95 when the last wicket fell. Forthill 2nd XI had reached 62 for 1 in 15 overs when rain stopped play and forced an end to the game, much to the frustration of the home side.  match report and scorecard

Weekend Results - 21st & 22nd July

Forfarshire lost in the last over to Watsonians at Forthill on Saturday but there was better news for Forthill 2nd XI when they visited Doo’Cot Park with a mainly youthful team that put in a sterling performance to win by 5 wickets. Forthill’s visit to Gordonians was cancelled due to ground conditions. On Sunday, Forfarshire lost by three wickets to Aberdeenshire at Mannofield in the Quarter-Finals of the Cricket Scotland Trophy.

Forfarshire lost Brendan early against Watsonians, but Howie (37 from 50 balls) and Aman (30 from 70 balls) took the score up to 73 before Howie was bowled by S Chalmers. Three further wickets accounted for Aman, Matty and Tony before stand-in skipper Scott (55 from 55 balls) and Dean (20 from 34 balls) added 40 for the 6th wicket to see the scoreboard read 146 for 6 in the 39th over. When Scott was caught by pro Symes in the 47th over, Forfs had reached 183 before Blackie and Dale took the total up to 198 for 9 after 50 overs.

In reply, 71 not out from E Chalmers proved to be the match-winning innings for Watsonians, but not without a fight from the Forfs. At 114 for 2, two wickets apiece for Brendan and Howie in the space of three overs saw a mid-innings collapse and at 126 for 6 the game was evenly poised, but the Watsonians tail batted well with Chalmers to win by two wickets with four balls remaining.

Two wickets in two balls for Christian (3 for 30) and a wicket first ball from Morgan (2 for 20) gave Forthill a good start in the field at Doo’cot Park, and along with two wickets for Craig (2 for 41) the home side were bowled out for 169. In reply, Clark made good in-roads into the target with 46 but a composed 40 from Christian saw Forthill within sight of victory before 24 not out Bryce took Forthill across the winning line.  scorecard and report

Forfarshire batted first at Mannofield and a second wicket partnership of 76 between Matthew (86 from 131 balls) and Scott (30 from 68 balls) laid the foundation for Forfarshire to reach 181 when they were all out in the last over.

Aberdeenshire looked in a comfortable position at 61 for no wicket after 18 overs but when Ted came into the attack and held onto a caught and bowled chance to dismiss Tomlinson the game started to turn. Two further wickets for Ted (3 for 17) in the following three overs saw the scoreline change to 78 for 3 and a further three quick wickets for Scott (3 for 29) saw Aberdeen sit on 112 for 6 after 35 overs – but a 38 not out from Martin was enough to see Aberdeenshire home with three wickets and 14 balls remaining.

scorecard  photo gallery  video

Weekend Results - Saturday 30th June

Forfarshire lost in the last over of a rain affected Scottish Cup match at Stenhousemuir on Saturday while Forthill and Forthill 2nd XI matches against DHSFP and Dalnacraig fell victim to rain.

Forfarshire made a good start at The Tryst and had reached 36 for 1 in the 7th over when a short break for rain reduced the match to 47 overs per side, but after just another 7 balls, play was halted for three hours which saw the match shortened further to 25 overs per side. Batting become more difficult on resumption, and Forfarshire crept up to 102 for 9 with only Aman (30) making a significant contribution.

The Duckworth Lewis method calculated that Stenhousemuir required 114 to win and a steady 33 not out from pro Jappie, in addition to 37 from opener Nagel saw Stenhousemuir to within sight of victory - but with 22 needed from the last 3 overs, the game hung in the balance, however the home side crossed the line with 5 balls to spare thanks to a quick 18 from Arfat.  video

Gordon Potts Memorial 20/20
Sunday saw the fifth playing of this annual event and another hugely successful afternoon and evening was enjoyed by all. A report on events can be found here

Ferry Forfs u15s Through to Cup Finals Day

A magnificent bowling performance from the Ferry Forfs u15s set up a quarter final win over Huntly on Wednesday 20th June to see the young Forfs win through to the u15 Finals Day to feature alongside Drumpellier, Prestwick and Carlton or Grange.

The ongoing wet weather has cancelled the finals day on Sunday 15th July.
A new date and venue will be announced shortly

The Ferry Forfs made the long journey to Huntly after four previous attempts had been postponed and re-arranged due to rain. The Forfs won the toss and asked Huntly to bat on a wet, but playable wicket. Huntly started brightly with 22 off as many balls untill Hogi caught and bowled dangerman Squire for 13. 
The introduction of Rory into the attack brought a flurry of wickets - Rory taking 5 wickets for only 2 runs - and with 2 wickets each for Christian and Marshall, - Huntly were bowled out for 40 in 13 overs. 

The Forfarshire coaches decided to give the lower order batsmen a go, but this backfired spectacularly - giving both near heart failure when the Forfs slumped to 14 for 5 in 7 overs but a captains knock from Scott (23 not out) saw the remaining runs scored with ease, to the relief of the players and coaches.

Huntly u15 40 all out  (Rory 5 for 2, Christian 2 for 10, Marshall 2 for 2)
Forfs u15 41 for 5  (
Scott 23 not out)

Weekend Results - 14th & 15th July

It was a rare occasion that saw three games completed over the weekend of 14th and 15th July – Forfarshire made a winning visit to Ayr in the Scottish Cup, Forthill lost to Perth Doo’cot at Forthill and Forthill 3rd XI recorded a second league win on their visit to Montrose. Forthill 2nd XI v Breadalbane on Sunday was conceded by Breadalbane.

Forfarshire’s visit to Ayr in the last of the Scottish Cup group matches saw the Forfs get off to a flying start with Brendan hitting a quick 43 before Matthew (56), Scott (43) and Jalees (33) all combining well to post 225 for 7. In reply, Ayr were bowled out for 186, Brendan taking 4 for 31. This win sees Forfarshire finish in second place of group D to qualify for the quarter finals of the Cricket Scotland Trophy and an away tie with Aberdeenshire this coming Sunday, 22nd July. 

At Forthill, Perth Doo’cot got off to a good start with Ferguson (52) and Wilson (31) taking the score past 100 for the loss of one wicket. Sam returned to action and took 4 for 50 to help restrict Doo'cot to 193 all out. Forthill made steady progress in the run chase, with Howie (73) and Lachlan (20) taking the score past 100 but three quick wickets for Wilson (3 for 19) brought Doo’cot back into the game and the remaining Forthill wickets fell quickly to see Forthill all out 21 runs short of target.  scorecard

Forthill 3rd XI collected a well deserved 25 points at Union Park, Montrose on Sunday when they successfully defended a modest 99.

Rory and Christian both hit 26 on a ground where boundaries were hard to find due to the long grass. Hogi and Kailas bowled accurate opening spells before Blair trapped dangerman Christie LBW for the first of his three wickets. Three wickets in two overs for Fraser along with two for Rory saw the young Forfs closing in on a second league win, but the experienced Thorogood punished any wayward delivery and looked set to swing the game back in favour of the home side, but Connor claimed the match-winning wicket when a miss-timed pull found the safe hands of Fraser at mid-on.

Weekend Results - 23rd & 24th June

Forthill lost a closely contested match against Stoneywood-Dyce at Forthill on Saturday and were the only side in action after Forfarshire’s visit to Stoneywood was cancelled due to rain. On Sunday, Forthill 2nd XI were comfortable winners over Kinross, but Forthill 3rd XI lost at Falkland by 85 runs.

Batting first, Forthill lost the wickets of Quinno, Lachlan and Stephen early but a sizeable partnership between Howie (86) and Callum (31) recovered the innings to see Forthill reach 190 for 5 after 45 overs. In response Stoneywood made steady progress towards their target but Howie’s 3 for 38 saw the game head towards the last over, Stoneywood securing the win with one ball and two wickets remaining.

On Sunday, Forthill 2nd XI’s bowlers made Kinross work hard for their runs, and at the end of 45 overs had been restricted to 113 for 8. Top performers were Andy (3 for 18) and Chris (3 for 22) with a wicket apiece for Craig and Glenn.

Despite the early loss of Simmy jnr, Forthill looked on top of the run chase throughout, and Clark’s 51 along with 27 from Bryce saw Forthill 2nd XI on their way to collect 25 points.
match report & scorecard  video

Weekend Results - 9th June

Forthill took full points from Perth Doo’cot on Saturday in a game that saw a remarkable turnaround while Forfarshire and Forthill 2nd XI both posted losses.

Batting first against Doo’cot Park, three wickets for Patterson (3 for 16) helped reduce Forthill to 72 for 7 but Adam (48) and Samir (25) added 64 for the eighth wicket to restore respectability to the total as Forthill headed for 151 all out. Quinno made a rare appearance in the second team following recovery from a back injury, and after Samir removed dangerman Ferguson who offered no shot to a delivery that nipped back into his off stump, Q got into action with a nine over spell that saw seven wickets, including a hat-trick, taken for just 4 runs – and only two runs from the bat - as Perth were bowled out for 51.  scorecard

Back at Forthill, Forfarshire beat the bat regularly but were left frustrated as Heriots openers D.Ross (57) and K Allen (26) took the score to 81 before Tony held a chance off the bowling of Blackie. Dale removed Allen LBW in his first over and followed that with more of the same in his third when Adams was trapped in front. Overseas duo Farrell and Kneebone both edged behind shortly after, before a fifth wicket for Dale saw Weeraratna out bowled. Dale finished with excellent figures of 5 for 37 from nine overs. Ashraf (57 from 51 balls) led a Heriots fightback in the later stages of the innings, and with 37 runs coming from the last four overs, Heriots recovered well to finish on 228 for 8 having been 148 for 7.

Brendan (53 from 44 balls) and Aman (33 from 53 balls) gave Forfs an ideal start with an opening partnership of 88 but three wickets changed the nature of the game as Forfs reached 136 for 3 after twenty four overs. 20 from Dean kept hopes of a home win alive, but with wickets falling regularly, Forfs were eventually bowled out for 193 in the 44th over.  scorecard

Forthill 2nd XI travelled to Bluebellwood Park, Bannockburn, to take on St.Modans and took first use of the soft wicket. Hogi batted well for 45, and along with 31 from Glenn saw 140 for 8 scored against a tricky home attack. Matthews (74) once again top-scored for the home side before offering a catch to Simmy jnr off the bowling of Abdulah, but it was too late to halt the run chase and the game concluded in the twenty ninth over.  scorecard and report

Weekend Results - 2nd & 3rd June

Forfarshire and Forthill both suffered defeats on Saturday, but Forthill 2nd XI won a high scoring encounter with Perth Doo'cot XI at Forthill on Sunday.

At Raeburn Place, a patient 85 from Maiden along with 33 not out from Holmes saw Grange score steadily throughout the innings before a late burst from Davidson (14 not out) in the final over saw Grange post 245 for 7 – slightly more than had looked likely at several stages of the innings.

Forfarshire's reply saw Brendan out early when he offered a simple catch to Patel at mid-off from the bowling of Routray. Matthew (21) and Craig (42) batted comfortably before Routray claimed a second wicket when Matthew was bowled. The Forfs runs chase faltered further when Scott offered a catch to point without scoring to see the score sit on 44 for 3. Aman followed soon after, caught and bowled by Routray for the fourth of his five wickets. Tony offered some resistance along with Craig, but with the partnership sitting on 20, Tony was trapped in front by Maiden. A bright spot in the innings came when Scott scored a fluent 18, to add to his earlier two wickets, but it was all in vane as Forfs slumped to 139 all out.  scorecard  photo gallery

Howie and Buts gave Forthill a steady start against Huntly before Dean top-scored with 65 to see Forthill reach 202 for 8 after 50 overs. Thje visitors passed 100 without loss before Ted (2 for 40) removed Variath for 64 and Thomson for 44 but 41 not out from Howard was sufficient to see Huntly through to a comfortable win in the 41st over.

On Sunday, the third team welcomed Perth Doo'cot 2nd 
XI for their first showing at Forthill and won a high scoring contest. Clark (71) and Andy (62) shared a century partnership for the second wicket, but it was a blistering 75 not out from Adam that saw Forthill 2nd XI race to 285 for 3 at the end of 45 overs. After tight opening spells from Christian and Jack, Forthill looked in command but 54 from Le Roux and 49 from Taylor saw Perth score well mid-innings however the return of Jack (4 for 26) stemmed the run scoring and along with two wickets apiece for Chris and Andy saw Forthill 2nd XI through to a fine victory.
match report & scorecard

Weekend Results - 26th & 27th May

Forfarshire overcame Arbroath in dramatic fashion at Lochlands on Saturday when Arbroath were bowled out for 50 chasing Forfarshire’s 221, but it was a different story in the equivalent Strathmore Union match at Forthill, where Arbroath United chased down 222 to win. Forthill 2nd XI raced to 285 for 8 at Dawson Park against Norwood thanks to a hard hit 102 from Adam which set up a Forthill victory.

Brendan (23) and Matthew (16) gave Forfarshire a solid start at Lochlands before both fell to Small, but it was a third wicket partnership of 110 between Craig (66 from 83 balls) and Scott (53 from 68 balls) that saw Forfarshire look set for a 250-plus total with both batting comfortably against the home attack. The departure of Scott, bowled by Small, changed the tone of the innings and from a dominant position Forfarshire lost wickets quickly, eight wickets falling for 59 runs as the Forfs were bowled out for 221 – some way short of what had looked likely.

Aman trapped McGill LBW in the first over of the Arbroath innings, but Reisima and Vithana appeared in control until six overs later Reisima looked to play Aman through mid-wicket but was bowled and Arbroath were 20 for 2. Matty responded by bowling Ritchie for a duck and in the next over Vithana saw his bails fly when Aman deceived him in the air. C Burnett followed soon after to give Aman his fourth wicket and from there Blackie brought a swift end to the game with three wickets in two overs as Arbroath stumbled to 50 all out, Aman taking 4 for 19 and Blackie 3 for 3.  scorecard  photo gallery

At Forthill, Howie (77) and Tim (57) gave Forthill a useful start but two wickets for Fleming kept the run-scoring in check and with a number of single figure scores from the Forthill middle order, it took 31 from Gavin to see Forthill up to 222 all out at the end of 45 overs. Two early wickets for Samir saw the visitors 8 for 2 after three overs but a match winning partnership between Swan (89) and Edwards (70 not out) saw Arbroath recover from 40 for 3 to win by 6 wickets with 8 overs remaining.

Forthill 2nd XI took on Norwood, and Adam found the visiting attack to his liking and despatched the bowling all round Dawson Park finding the boundary 14 times during an innings of 102, and with support from Clark (36) and Glenn (33) Forthill 2nd XI recorded 285 for 8 after 45 overs. Three wickets each for Andy (3 for 22) and Morgan (3 for 5) gave Norwood no hope of chasing down the required total and along with 2 for 29 for Hogi, saw Norwood all out for 122.  scorecard and match report

First Win for 4th Team
On Sunday, Forthill 3rd XI celebrated a maiden victory when they won against Freuchie XI by 3 wickets. Batting first, Fraser took 2for 19 as Freuchie were bowled out for 135 and followed that with 51 as the young Forfs reached their target for the loss of 7 wickets.

20/20 Century in Murgitroyd Win

Forfarshire progressed to round 2 of the Murgitroyd 20/20 Knockout after a convincing 99 run win over Freuchie on Thursday 24th May.

Batting first, Tim and Craig propelled the Forfs to 155 in the 14th over before Tim was stumped for 52 from 33 balls. Craig's onslaught continued and with a number of inventive shots all finding the boundary he reached 100 from only 52 balls and was eventually out LBW for 121 from 62 balls. For Freuchie, Scott Gourlay top-scored with 35 while Blackie tied down the innings with 3 for 9.  scorecard  photo gallery

Arbroath under 13 v Ferry Forfs under 13 on Wednesday 23rd May

The 'Ferry Forfs' under 13s batted first on a wonderfully warm and sunny evening at Lochlands, and both Rory and Callum retired after chanceless innings of 30 in good time. Fraser (26) and Michael (16no) helped guide the score to a very respectable 128.

The Forfs bowling was much tighter than in the previous encounter at Lochlands and constant pressure meant Arbroath were restricted to a just under four an over in the first 13 overs.  Fraser bowled a good line and length, two of his three wickets knocking back the middle stump. All the boys contributed well in the field, turning a number of 'certain' boundaries into singles.

The highlight of the innings was the three catches taken by Rory at short extra cover; two full length dives to complete brilliant one handed takes and the third that would have removed his head had he not pouched the chance to end the Arbroath innings.

Well done to all the under 13s.

Success for Under 15s - Hogi Takes 8!
The Ferry Forfs u15 team won their national knockout match against Perth Doo’cot u15s on Monday and now play Kinross u15 at The North Inch on Friday night. Man of the match was Hogi who batted through the first innings for 48 not out and followed that up with 8 wickets for 4 runs when Perth came to bat. After a wicket in each of his first two overs and two in his third, Hogi hit the stumps four times in five balls to see the team through to the next round.

Ferry Forfs u15  121 for 6  (Jack 48 not out, Christian 28)
Perth Doo’cot u15  56 all out  (Jack 8 for 4, Finlay 1 for 2)

Weekend Results - 19th & 20th May

Forfarshire were on top at several stages of their CSL match against Aberdeenshire at Forthill on Saturday but suffered an 18 run defeat. Forthill, however, took the points from Mannofield in the corresponding Strathmore Union fixture, while Forthill 2nd XI fell to Rossie Priory by six wickets. On Sunday, Forthill 3rd XI lost to Falkland XI by 6 wickets.

Aman struck two early blows for Forfarshire as openers MacRae and Innes returned to the pavilion inside of five overs. Brendan was next to strike, with pro Cooray trapped in front in the tenth over with 23 on the board. An injury to Quinno saw Tim into the attack early, and after a change of ends, Tomlinson played no shot to a delivery that took his off stump. Reid (33 from 64 balls) and Martin (7 from 26 balls) added 34 for the fifth wicket before Tony took a catch off the bowling of Blackie to end the first meaningful partnership of the innings. Aman collected the crucial wicket of Reid in his second spell before Blackie defeated overseas amateur Singh to reduce the visitors to 92 for 7. A captain's innings of 34 not out from Buchan marshalled Aberdeenshire up to 175 for 9 at the end of 50 overs.

Forfarshire's reply started at pace, with 50 scored in the tenth over as Matthew (36 from 55 balls) and Brendan (32 from 30 balls) scored freely until he introduction of Cooray saw both dismissed in quick succession. Scott followed soon after with the total on 86 for 3. Aman (15 from 11 balls) and Tony (9 from 13 balls) both got starts but the badly needed partnership never came as Forfarshire struggled to 125 for 5. Craig was adjudged LBW for 22 with 39 runs still required but after Tim was stumped, the introduction of McKenna brought a rapid end to the Forfarshire innings with wickets in consecutive deliveries.  scorecard    photo gallery

Hat-trick for Adees Secures Win for Forthill
The second team match was moved to Kellands Park, Inverurie, due to vandalism of the Mannofield square over the winter, and the recent heavy rain saw a soft wicket and slow outfield make for a low scoring game. Lachlan top-scored with 44 as Forthill crawled to 117 for 7 in 45 overs, but it proved a winning total as Mannofield were bowled out for 110 – Ted and Dale combining to see danger-man Smith out stumped to turn the game Forthill's way before Adees cleaned up the Mannofield lower order with 4 wickets for 10 runs including a hat-trick. 

Ground conditions at Rossie Priory were best described as soft, but with both teams keen to play, the match went ahead. Forthill 2nd XI crept up to 95 in challenging conditions with Clark and Bryce again top-scorers. The home side reached their target with the loss of 4 wickets.  match report

Falkland XI were visitors to Forthill on Sunday and creditable batting from Rory (66 not out) and Christian (41) saw Forthill 3rd XI record 137 for 4 after 40 overs. Falkland wasted little time in securing victory, but lost three wickets along the way, Chris taking 2 for 3 from 8 overs.

Weekend Results - 12th & 13th May

Forfarshire faced another idle Saturday after Myreside was flooded forcing the early cancellation of their opening CSL match against Watsonians. Gordonians visit to Forthill went ahead on a damp wicket with Gordonians winning a low scoring games by 5 wickets. Sunday saw Kinloch hit a mammoth winning total of 291 against Forthill 2nd XI while the fourth XI missed out on a trip to St.Modans due to rain.

The early loss of Howie, followed by the unfortunate run out of Lachlan brought Elliot (23) and Scott (15) together in the seventh over, and they stayed together for ten overs before Elliot was caught for 23 with the total on 55. Dennis attempted to hit overseas amateur Mahoney over the top but was caught at mid-off at the third attempt, and was followed shortly after by Scott who played round a delivery from pro Cowell with the total on 56 for 4. Wickets continued to fall steadily, with only Glenn (12 not out) resisting the visiting attack in challenging conditions. Forthill were all out for 88 in the 38th over.

Gordonians looked to be heading for a comfortable victory on reaching 26 for 1, but a three wicket collapse put interest back into the game as the visitors fell to 37 for 4 with Howie (3 for 24) causing the visitors some difficulty on the slow wicket. In the end, the New Zealand duo of Cowell and Mahoney saw Gordonians through to victory in the 25th over.
scorecard  photo gallery

A second consecutive league century for Shakir (127 not out) along with 59 from Karthik helped Kinloch amass 291 at Forthill on Sunday. Craig topped the bowling with 2 for 54 along with a wicket each for Chris, Scott and Christian. Facing an uphill challenge, Clark (66) looked comfortable against the visiting attack but a sharp caught and bowled was held by Shakir to end his innings. Abdullah (32 not out) offered late resistance but ran out of partners as Forthill 2nd XI headed for 168 all out.  scorecard

Weekend Results - 5th & 6th May

Forfarshire finally got their competitive season underway at Forthill on Saturday and wasted little time in overcoming Ayr in a Scottish Cup tie. Forthill went down to DHSFP by 2 wickets at Dalnacraig in a game that either side could have won. Sunday saw Forthill 2nd XI lose to Dalnacraig by 49 runs while the fourth team's match at Montrose was cancelled due to heavy rain.

An under-strength Ayr side got off to a useful start with openers Smith (39) and A.McElnea (25) taking the total to 64 before Samir picked up his first Scottish Cup wicket in the 17th over. The introduction of Blackie and Jalees put a strangle hold on the visitors scoring rate, with their combined 20 overs conceding just 45 runs. Aman (4 for 37) returned to the attack and the visitors struggled to 157 for 7 after 46 overs before a late charge from S.McElnea and Leck saw them up to 194 for 8 in 50 overs.

Tim was promoted to open the batting with Brendan, but a mis-judged leave saw his innings end with just one run on the board. From then on, Brendan (104 not out) and Craig (78 not out) produced a faultless display of batting that saw Forfarshire race to a 9 wicket win in the 27thover.  scorecard  video

Forthill took first use of a soft and slow Dalnacraig wicket and reached 164 for 9 in 45 overs thanks to a patient 67 from Howie, 33 from Adam and 21 from Dennis. High School's reply started well but a fightback from Forthill saw the scoreboard swing from 90 for 2 to 104 for 7 thanks to a great 5-wicket haul by Adees. The hard-hitting Zeed cleared the ropes five times to take the game away from Forthill with 4 overs remaining.  scorecard

Dalnacraig brought a strong team to Forthill on Sunday, and 93 from K.Ancell along with 39 from R.Horne saw a useful total of 200 scored. Gav (26) and Scott put on 39 for the first wicket to give the run chase a good start, and further good work followed from Adam (22) and Clark (22) but when both fell in consecutive overs, the chase fell away and Forthill 2nd XI ended 49 runs short of their target.  match report


Weekend Results - 28th/29th April
Forthill got their season off to a winning start on Saturday (28th April) with an 80-run victory over Meigle at Forthill, while in Aberfeldy, Forthill 2nd XI lost by 5 wickets to Breadalbane despite a spirited performance. Forfarshire's Scottish Cup match against Freuchie fell victim to last week's rain. Forthill 3rd XI made their debut against St.Modans XI at Forthill on Sunday, and were involved in a last over thiller – St.Modans sneaking home with just one ball to spare.

Forthill batted first on a soft wicket, and the steady Meigle opening attack of Leese and Morrison were rewarded with an early wicket apiece. Scott G (64) and Scott C (13) took the total up to 100 before both fell in quick succession before a restrained 24 not out from Callum along with good support from Hogi saw Forthill up to 150 before the last wicket fell. At 40 for 2, Meigle were making good progress in their run chase but the introduction of Dennis had an immediate effect and a flurry of wickets saw Meigle collapse to 70 all out, Dennis taking 4 for 12.  scorecard  photo gallery

In Aberfeldy, Forthill 2nd XI were inserted on a very soft Victoria Park wicket and the combined efforts of Bryce (41), Scott (31), Clark (27no) and Glenn (26) saw 168 for 6 scored in 45 overs which was thought above average given the conditions. The talented batting of Wimberley (77) took the game away from Forthill 2nd XI but his innings was halted when Blair trapped him LBW for the first of his two wickets. A wicket apiece for Glenn, Christian and Craig completed the Forthill rewards, and Breadalbane won by 5wickets - but with just 3 overs to spare. Read more of the day's events here: match report

Forthill 3rd XI chose to bat first, and posted a creditable 172 with Callum (35), Abdullah (27) and Andy (25) the top-scorers. St.Modans reached 83 for no loss when a miss-judged single saw Finlay's pick-up and throw effect a run-out that sparked two further quick wickets to leave St.Modans 89 for 3 after 24 overs. The young Forfs stuck to their task well in bitterly cold conditions and economical spells from Callum, Scott and Rory set up a thrilling finish with 14 required from twelve balls which St.Modans achieved with one ball to spare.  scorecard

Season Opener at Arbroath - Sunday 15th April

Forfarshire made the short journey to Arbroath on Sunday to get the 2012 season started and lost a well contested friendly by 3 wickets with 11 balls remaining.

Batting first in cold conditions, Forfarshire were bowled out for 141 in the 38th over with Craig (41 from 60 balls) and Dean (23 from 43 balls) sharing a useful 5th wicket partnership of 53.

At 78 for 6 after 25 overs, Forfarshire looked to have the upper hand over Arbroath, but with opening bat McLean still at the wicket and the Forfs bowlers contributing 21 wides to the scoreline, Arbroath reached their target in the 39th over, McLean finishing on 75 not out.  photo gallery

Early Season Fixtures

The 2012 season gets underway on Saturday 14th April when Forfarshire take on Stoneywood-Dyce in a friendly at Forthill, followed by a trip to Arbroath the next day. The first competitive action is on Saturday 21st April when the re-vamped Scottish Cup format sees Stenhousemuir visit Forthill. Forthill's return to the S&PU Premier division starts on Saturday 28th April with a visit from Meigle while Forthill 2nd XI start with a friendly at Strathmore on Sunday 22nd April. The first outing for the new 4th XI takes place on Sunday 29th April when Forthill 3rd XI play host to St.Modans. 
Saturday 14th April  -  Forfarshire v Stoneywood-Dyce, friendly at Forthill, 1pm
Sunday 15th April  -  Forfarshire v Arbroath, friendly at Lochlands, 12noon
Saturday 21st April  -  Forfarshire v Stenhousemuir, Scottish Cup at Forthill, 12noon
Sunday 22nd April  -  Forfarshire v Falkland, friendly at Forthill, 1pm
Sunday 22nd April  -  Forthill 2nd XI v Strathmore XI, friendly at Lochside Park, 1pm
Saturday 28th April  -  Forfarshire v Freuchie, Scottish Cup at Freuchie, 12noon
Saturday 28th April  -  Forthill v Meigle, S&PU Premier at Forthill, 1pm
Saturday 28th April  -  Forthill 2nd XI v Breadalbane, S&PU div.1 at Aberfeldy, 1pm
Sunday 29th April  -  Forthill 3rd XI v St.Modans, S&PU div.3 at Forthill, 1pm