Heriots FP v ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 1st XI on Sun 11 May 2014 at 12noon
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club Won 58 runs

Match report The Third Man’s Eye – Heriots vs Forfs

After the disappointment of having our home fixture versus Aberdeenshire fall victim to the weather, the team feasted on some excessive portions at the Gulistan on Saturday, the ideal preparation for a big cup game the following day, and one that has been requested as a weekly event by some invaluable club members (Simmy Jnr).. As a result there were a number of stops on the road down to Edinburgh on the Sunday, but whites still in tact we arrived on time, although even Liam S would have been proud of most of the boxer shorts.

And so it was we returned to the same pitch that had brought that unfortunate result 2 weeks previous. It gave us a great opportunity to make amends and to make a statement for the rest of the season. The Skipper managed to win the toss again (Or so he claims) and this time elected to bat first. Off to a flyer and, kindly aided by their pro who had been the key to our downfall in the previous match, we were on twelve runs before a legitimate ball had been bowled. The pink ball proving to be difficult to manoeuvre in the first few overs. Craig and Hoggy got us off to another solid start, until Hoggy holed out to square leg. Clearly disappointed, the players did not have the pleasure of Matthew’s company for the rest of the innings. There are a number of rumours as to where he disappeared to for 2 hours, but the players came to the conclusion that Matthew, feeling he missed out on the Guli the night before, disappeared for his own 5 course meal at the Indian around the corner.

As a couple of wickets fell around him, Craig continued to look comfortable and passed his second 50 in 2 games, before a lapse in concentration resulted in him chipping to mid off trying to push a single. AB classically chipped in with a valuable 29 and Umair typically hung around with the lower order with a well timed 37, helping the team scramble up to 198, eventually all out in the 49th over. Overall there was a lot more intent shown by all with the bat, and although too many wickets fell at times, signs were encouraging that people can contribute to scoring all the way down the order.

And so for the first time this season we set about defending a total. Although AB didn’t quite have the same impact with the pink ball as he did with the red at this venue, he was very economical throughout and picked up one wicket. The pro initially struggled with his length and suffered as the opening bat tried to make a statement of intent. However Aaron had the last laugh as the batsman chopped on. With a bit of help from the field (cough cough, no one in particular..) then the pro would have ended up with a 3 for. As it was he would have to settle for 2 wickets and a very active day in the field, the captain making him run the full length of the outfield to keep him interested.

As is becoming the norm this year, left hand seamer replaced left hand seamer and Goughy was characteristically economical also. With the run rate required edging upwards, Umi was introduced onto the pitch made for his bowling, and was quickly causing havoc with sharp turn and bounce, encouraged by a wicket keeper that wasn’t playing statues behind the stumps off his bowling! (It must be said that Callum G kept exceptionally well for a boy of his age, and did not look out of place in the slightest) Umi also found the benefits of having one of the best fielding teams in the league, AB taking 2 very sharp catches in short cover.

Scampi carried on the tight bowling and Hoggy carried on the sharp catching, but it was to be Umi’s day. Obviously particularly spurred on by the pre-game preparation the night before, his 37 runs were vital, and his eventual 5 wickets proved the difference as Heriots were all out for 140. This performance earned him the Third (Man’s) Eye Man of the Match. As for the team, it was another exceptional performance with the ball and in the field (with one “minor” exception) which again provides a lot of encouraging signs for the next few games. In particular, the performance showed real character to go back to Golden Acre after what had happened in the previous game and get a result. Again another performance to build upon and lets hope this winning thing becomes a habit.

It should be noted that there is no training this week as the writer has band practice where he features heavily in the percussion group performing the symbols.. It’s hard to pick out a pink ball from the sky OK…..

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 1st XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
26nb 2b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(48.1 overs)
Matthew Parker ct Ross b Hearn 15 45 38 2 39.47 1
Craig Wallace ct Brown b Watt 63 112 79 7 79.75 1
Aaron Lilly ct Watt b Farrell 0 10 8 0 1
Aman Bailwal b Hearn 29 44 44 2 65.91 2
Scott Cameron lbw Watt 5 16 14 35.71 1
Umair Mohammed b Worth 37 56 61 2 1 60.66
Liam Gough b Worth 11 21 21 2 52.38
Dean Fearn b Worth 0 6 5 0
Andrew Wallace ct Cummine b Worth 8 5 4 2 200
Callum Garden st Papworth b Worth 1 6 5 20.0
Samir Hill Not Out  0 7 11 0

Heriots FP Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
U Jooste5.002900.005.80
H Durani5.012700.005.40
J Hearn13.0054227.004.15
C Farrell7.0221121.003.00
R Worth12.0342221.003.50
M Watt6.102254.403.57

Heriots FP Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 10 wickets
140 (39.5 overs)
D Ross b Lilley 21
U Jooste ct Wallace b Bailwal 5
M Papworth lbw Lilley 0
C Farrell b Mohammed 20
I Worth ct Bailwal b Mohammed 372
R Cummine ct Bailwal b Mohammed 2
J Hearn lbw Cameron 16
R Brown ct Cameron b Mohammed 3
M Watt ct Parker b Cameron 4
A Anderson Not Out  0
H Durani ct Lilley b Mohammed 4

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Aman Bailwal7.0113113.001.86
Aaron Lilly7.0054227.007.71
Liam Gough7.011400.002.00
Umair Mohammed12.523256.402.49
Scott Cameron6.001929.503.17

  • Umpire :
    S Scotland & I Ramage
  • Scorer :
    J Ryan