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Stoneywood Dyce XI v ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI on Sat 20 Jun 2015 at 1pm
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club Lost 151 runs
Forfarshire third team made the long trek to Aberdeen Airport on Saturday to play Easy Jet United second eleven. First officer Sim Senior had been called away to run special mission training at the Top Gun Academy, so it was Captain Sim Junior who was back at the controls.
The squad were all checked in and left in perfect formation to head North in a three plane convoy with trainee pilots Clark and Gregg-Gavin at the controls of the accompanying aircraft; with Captain Sim stopping off at Brechin en route to collect additional man power for the exercise ahead. The squad arrived in time to see Easy Jet United in the middle of an extensive warm up which was at odds with the Forfarshire lads who decided to shake off their jet lag by having another packet each of complimentary peanuts. The Captain exchanged papers with his opposite number; and then told his troops that they had been invited to field first against the runaway league leaders. Given our limited bowling resources an afternoon of leather chasing was anticipated. Play commenced and a big jet flew overhead.
The home side have recruited a couple of overseas chaps to bolster their playing strength and it was with some relief that Craig bowled the South African opener who has scored lots of runs this season. Craig went on to take another couple of wickets in a fine nine over spell. Glenn also bowled well at the outset and things were well contained. Blair and James were the leg spin options on view and Blair was introduced first and had to bowl to the Australian visitor Mills who was a hitter of some power. He cleared the ropes a number of times on his way to a quick fire 73. Another big plane flew over and was narrowly missed by a cricket ball.
James bowled well throughout and took a wicket in his first over when young Squire (who played well for his 34 runs) hit one to square leg, where Clark was blown over by the back draft of a departing jet for Ibiza and when stumbling he managed to somehow catch the ball. Drinks were taken – small cans of diet Pepsi as served on aeroplanes – and the Captain was seen to remove his wicket keeping gear and was set to enter the fray as a bowler. A mixed series of deliveries were served up by him at first; one of which managed to induce the unsuspecting Mills to hit it to a fielder and he was (thankfully) gone. His departure allowed airport security to cancel their reconnaissance mission after reports of missiles heading in the direction of aircraft from the cricket pitch whilst he was batting.
Easy Jet were now in a little difficulty and with James bowling a very tidy spell and the captain continuing to offer a mixed and hard to predict array of deliveries we were still in the game. Unfortunately Rayner entered the fray and after a fairly scratchy start he hit his way to a fine 74 not out. He was very well supported by young Davidson (37 not out) who looked a player of real promise. This partnership unfortunately took the game away from Forfarshire 3’s and the home team finished on an above par 258 for 5. The innings folded and another plane flew over; this time it was a small two seater – perhaps a training flight.
Tea was taken in the main terminal building. The teams were heavily segregated with Easy Jet in the North Terminal and Forfarshire in the South Terminal. Music was playing which is rather unusual at cricket tea venues, but this pleased the Golden Urn adjudicator. The voice of a lady could also be heard and it was one of the female species who dispensed the fare; also rather unusual these days at cricket tea venues, but this also pleased the Golden Urn adjudicator. There were large amounts of sandwiches of differing types, a huge plate of spicy crisps and both juice and tea. The lady then asked if anyone would like a coffee. Adam ordered a skinny moccachocca with a double shot, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles and this was provided. Then a silver platter of cakes emerged..........with news that sausage rolls were also en route. Sure enough, a few minutes later the hot savoury items were produced by the bucket load and very tasty they were too. This was a tea to behold..........sandwiches, rolls, sausage rolls, cakes, tea, coffee, juice, music and a lady. The only reason marks could be deducted were for over segregation of players, hard backed chairs and the lack of order to the distribution of fare with cakes coming before savouries. But this is being over critical in an annoying bald Masterchef presenter sort of way; and this was indeed a very fine tea. The adjudicator settled on a season’s best 9 out of 10 and this puts Easy Jet United in the lead in the race for the Golden Urn 2015.
Suitably re-fuelled, the players returned to base camp to receive orders from Flight Lieutenant Sim and he ordered Blair and Gavin-Gregg to pad up and prepare to face the opening salvo from Easy Jet. A plane flew over; perhaps going to Holland. Gregg- Gavin- Frank was bowled by Kidd (5 for 26) early doors and Clark followed suit, plane spotting whilst simultaneously trying to despatch one over long on. Adam did likewise and the pursuit of 259 to win was looking rather forlorn as a red and green helicopter noisily took flight in the distance. Craig and Blair restored some order to proceedings; but Blair went and when Glenn rather quickly followed him back to base camp the game was all but over. A plane could be seen flying past overhead.
Craig went for a nice 18 and this left Commandant Chubbsy to take command. He marshalled proceedings well and received good support from Macaroni Junior in particular as they passed bonus point camp numbers one and two. The innings expired on 107 with the Captain undefeated on 42 - and he played with a panache and resistance befitting of a flying ace. So Easy Jet won comfortably in the end and will no doubt continue their voyage back to the Premier League. They have a good mix of youth and experience and especially if they can keep their overseas high flyers they will do well in future years.
The visitors stuck to the task throughout the game and under the overall circumstances they did OK.
Craig, James and Glenn bowled well and the Field Marshall, Craig and James Jr all batted well. Just as a big plane flew past, we put our luggage in the hold and the Captain cleared us all for take-off back to Forthill International and the convoy arrived back on schedule, if slightly jet lagged.
The Man of the Match Award was given to the Captain for his strategy planning, wicket keeping, 9 interesting overs and an unbeaten innings. He receives a year’s supply of in flight ready meals and a fold down tray courtesy of Easy Jet.
Next week the Forfarshire 3’s are back at home with a Sunday fixture against St Modans.
Last of all, everyone is reminded that this Saturday (27th June) sees the Annual Forfarshire Race Night with the first race at 7.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend this fun night.
Stoneywood Dyce XI Batting
for 5 wickets
258 (45.0 overs)
b McConnachie jnr
ct A hill b McConnachie jnr
ct McConnachie snr b J Sim
b McConnachie jnr
ct McConnachie snr b S Sim
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
for 10 wickets
James (jnr) Girolami
Stoneywood Dyce XI Bowling
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