ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI v Kinross on Sun 03 Aug 2014 at 1pm
Match was Abandoned

Match report After a week of glorious sunshine, the weather changed at just the wrong time for Saturday afternoon cricketers across Scotland and monsoons meant every game across the country was washed out. The Forthill 2nd XI mob were lucky in having a Sunday fixture this week and with the wicket covered and a drying sun replacing the rain; human nature did its job and the Forthill ground was declared playable ahead of the visit of Kinross-shire CC.

The skipper was absent due to attending yet another outdoor eating extravaganza at Wallace Mansions. This time, the event was restricted to the older generation of that family so Sim Jr was available to lead the troops. On days such as these, with the wicket having been covered for 48 hours, heat in the air, dampness under the covers and some possible showers forecast for later in the day; skippers can only hope and pray that they win the toss and then insert the opposition on a bowler friendly wicket - and control the game later in the event of our old friends Duckworth and Lewis taking a hand.

Sim Jr entered the dressing room and advised that we were batting first. Not really thinking the question was even necessary, the skipper was asked to confirm that he had lost the toss. When he happily confirmed he had actually won the toss but had decided to bat; gasps of shock were heard across the room at the decision taken by the acting skipper. The elder statesman amongst the home group almost collapsed with shock and had to have a bite of a Snickers bar to revive himself. He couldn’t even bring himself to offer the acting skipper a bit.

The skipper then also made wholesale changes to the previous week’s batting line up and middle order expert Adam was asked to open with Andrew. It quickly became apparent that the ball was darting about and was not coming on to the bat as well as normal. Andy hit a caught and bowled chance back to the bowler which he thankfully spilled, but in doing so he deflected it on to the stumps and Adam was unfortunately run out whilst backing up. Clark joined Andy and they avoided further mishap until Ross (of the James variety) came on and Andy was adjudged LBW. Specialist opener Christian came in at number four; and Clark was next to go having been beaten by a quicker delivery from Ross (James again). For the record and to save some repetition, John was on holiday. The skipper came in at number five and patted the ball back nicely and Christian fell next. The skipper continued to pat the ball back nicely before unfurling from nowhere a highly surprising mid wicket slog which was comfortably pouched in the outfield and he departed for an uninspiring (if lengthy) 2.

Fraser got out next ball and Cammy (last week’s run scoring hero at number 6) came in at number 8 and avoided the hat trick. With runs slow, the bowling good and wickets tumbling - the using up of overs and securing of 100 runs was the first order of the day. Glenn fell and Craig (last week’s opener) came in at number 9 and he and Cammy put on a nice partnership which took us past three figures. The second Ross on view (of the Peter variety) who normally plies his trade at a much higher level these days, bowled eight overs to continue the good bowling and the innings folded when Samir was comprehensively bowled by the impressive Culley ( the Kinross opening bowler that is and not to be confused with our groundsman). The innings closed on 112 all out.

Kinross took advantage of the good bowling conditions and Forthill struggled throughout. Full credit goes to the Kinross lads.

Overhead conditions were looking a little gloomy as tea was taken, with the umpire making frequent dashes to the window to check on the conditions. There was a decent array of sandwiches, pizza and mini sausages, well supplemented by some nice cakes and biscuits. Tea was marred when Cammy decided that the size of plates normally made available was insufficient for his needs; and he secured the use of a large dinner plate, which he proceeded to bombard with a huge amount of food. The helping he gave himself fell into the ludicrously greedy category and this lead to him being told off by the tea adjudicator who doesn’t like to witness greed like this........and also doesn’t like to miss out on his weekly Mr Kiplings Mini Roll. The miracle was that young Master Walker actually managed to single handedly eat this whole plateful!! This feat had to be seen to be believed. A quick call to the Guinness Book of Records revealed that the biggest cricket tea ever eaten was by Mike Gatting at Lords in 1987 when he ate a small pig in 35 minutes. We will contact Wallace Vets to see if we can get on the small pig donor list; and if we secure one then Cammy has agreed to take on Gatting’s record.

Tea was given a good 7 out of 10 by the adjudicator but with limited opportunities remaining; St Andrews University Staff remain in pole position to take the 2014 Golden Urn, As the last crumb was disappearing from the assembled plates, the heavens opened and a shower of very heavy proportions descended on the ground. The cover pushing on party was scrambled very quickly; however it was decided that for future events such as this a fireman type pole would be erected adjacent to the dressing room entrance that can be slid down from an open tea room window to save further vital seconds. The covers were on and the rain was pouring down in torrents. However, it soon disappeared and was remarkably replaced by clear skies. The home team knew that this hefty shower could cause problems to the ground conditions and a quick visit to the middle showed some puddles and damp pitches across the square. The visiting batsmen, unaware of this likelihood padded up and started walking out to take guard, in spite of there being a soggy pitch.....and no fielders!

Umpire Brown of the SPCU was on duty for the day and was better informed in the rulemaking department than the two young skippers. Whilst some mopping up duties were being performed, he told us that the allotted start time for innings number two had passed. It soon became apparent that the square would not be dry in sufficient time to allow a safe and prompt enough start and the umpire declared the match abandoned. As ever in these circumstances, one will never know what the match outcome would have been. Certainly, the home bowlers were looking forward to bowling on a wicket that would still undoubtedly have offered them some assistance. On the other hand, Kinross would I am sure have been confident of chasing the 113 runs required for victory.

I guess we will never know and the upshot of the day was that no points were gained or lost by either team..... The Man of the Match Award of a Monopoly set courtesy of Toys R Us was given to Sim Jr and he now has even more Get Out of Jail free cards to play when required.

On to other club news, and in the absence of any cricket, it is reported that some of the first team played golf over the weekend and young master Gough seemed to particularly enjoy the trip around the Aberdeen Course on Saturday where he apparently picked up a couple of amazing birdies on his way to a career best score. Well done Liam. Their visit to Barry on Sunday was less memorable by all accounts with the Scotland v Australia grudge match ending all square. The upshot of no cricket means that the first team remain in second bottom spot with three games to go. Hopefully they will get back into action at home to Grange on Saturday and ahead of the T20 Finals Day in Poloc on Sunday. A reminder that the club will be running a bus to the Finals Day and everyone is welcome. Full details are elsewhere on the club website. The second team also had an aborted trip to Stoneywood Dyce on Saturday, although at least some play was possible. Highlight of the day was apparently a synchronised ball recovery routine by the Walker Twins whilst leaping a fence into the adjacent airfield.

Next weekend sees a visit to Perth Do’ocot on league duty for Forthill 2nd XI. Very disappointing team news is that Sim Junior is going to a Monopoly Convention in Glasgow next weekend and will be unavailable for selection. Sim Sr will be back in his usual spot.

With only a few games left in the season, it is Rossie Priory who stay in pole position in the SPCU First Division on 89%, with Forthill 2nd XI on 83% and Kinloch on 76%. With Forthill still having to play both Rossie and Kinloch it should be a good end to the long as it stops raining!

On one final note, congratulations go out to three of our junior members who are representing the club at international level this week. Scott has been selected for the Scotland Under 17 team for two 50 over games and a T20 fixture against the Netherlands this week in Edinburgh; and then again for a similar programme of fixtures in Ireland the following week. Good luck to Scott on his very well deserved recognition. Callum and Rory are both playing for Scotland Under 15’s in the European Championship event in Rugby this week and good luck and congratulations go to them as well.

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(44.0 overs)
Andrew Cameron lbw J Ross 15
Adam Hill Run out  3
Clark McConnachie b J Ross 28
Christian Robertson ct ? b Weir 10
Steven Sim ct ? b Weir 2
Fraser Ross ct ? b Weir 9
Glenn Carnegie ct ? b P Ross 2
Cameron Walker Not Out  22
Craig McConnachie ct ? b P Ross 12
Morgan Sargeant b Cully 0
Samir Hill b Cully 1

Kinross Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
F Cully9.0321210.502.33
J Sail5.012000.004.00
J McCran4.01600.001.50
J Ross9.04723.500.78
S Weir9.022839.333.11
P Ross8.0124212.003.00

Kinross Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 0 wickets
0 (0.0 overs)

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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