Kinloch v ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI on Sat 14 May 2016 at 1pm
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club Lost 200 runs

Match report Forthill 2nd XI took to the road for their first game of 2016 with a visit to St Andrews to meet Kinloch. The Fife side were unlucky to be relegated from the Championship last season and are a strong and very experienced side; therefore a tough game was always on the cards for the Ferry side. And so it proved….!!!

For the first time in living memory a Sim is not at the helm of the Forfarshire third team this season. After a ten year attempt to gain control of this team, Clark finally succeeded at this year’s AGM after bribing all of his team members to vote for him by giving them each a quarter of Cola Cubes. He proudly led the team over the Tay Bridge and on to the field for the first time….and was happy to be Sim free at last……..or so he thought.

On inspection of the dressing room, he soon realised that there were no fewer than three Sims present to cast a shadow over his big day. Ex skipper David was there – and Clark now knew how David Moyes felt at Man Utd with Sir Alex Ferguson still hanging around like a bad smell. This was especially the case when David opened his kit bag after a winter of it hibernating in his boot. Bad smell or what! The other Sims were of the Brechin variety, young off spinner James and his father Ian who kindly stepped in at short notice. The quartet of Sims was avoided with Stevie now feeling he is above this level and confirming he is now a second team player by playing for the 2’s at Forthill. Stevie has changed his name by deed poll to Billy Big Shot Sim.

Three Walkers were also due to be in attendance, however a surprise was in store when only the Ted and Cammy varieties arrived at the ground, with Blair sadly struck down by a dose of that worst of illnesses – cricketitis. It is hoped that Blair will recover soon as he is a very promising and popular player and hopefully his cricketitis is only a minor case that he will get over quickly.

A senior debut was handed to Ross, who at the age of 12 kept wicket very well throughout and shows great promise for the future. Well done Ross! Interestingly, this meant there was an age gap of no less than 50 years between our youngest and oldest players on the day. The elder statesman shall remain nameless. Ted bowled well.

Kinloch batted first and in spite of a tight spell from 13 year Lewis who opened the bowling, the openers set a fine platform and on a decent wicket and good outfield a high score was on the cards. Ted kept things tight in an excellent 9 over spell; however the other bowlers found things tough and with a strong batting line up the Kinloch innings closed with a hefty 281 for 8 on the board. The Forthill lads all stuck to the task well.

Tea was taken and the first tilt at the 2016 Golden Urn award was in the hands of Kinloch. The home team politely sat back and let us make a first attack on the assembled nosh and their politeness was noted. A hefty quantity of sandwiches and rolls was on view; but for this year’s adjudicator there was too heavy a reliance on egg filled options for his liking. He did however report that the fare he did collect was very nice. There was a distinct lack of sweet treats up for grabs and the sweet toothed judge was a bit disappointed at this. A banana or two was there though – and a nice brew of tea and the option of orange squash was offered up for drinking. No ladies to pour the tea or do the dishes; however this has sadly become the norm. Kinloch teas have been lambasted in the past; however this was a nice, pleasant offer and a vast improvement on previous years. The adjudicator settled on a very respectful 64 out of 100 and this sets the 2016 mark for all other clubs – and indeed the home side who are also in the race for tea glory.

Well fed, James and Sim Sr. opened up. We were quickly two wickets down and that soon became three when the new skipper thought it wise to try and despatch the home team’s top bowler in to the Old Course car park…..only to miss the ball. Unfortunately another couple of wickets fell and a swift conclusion was on the cards; however Cammy batted well to keep things quiet. He found a great partner in young Lewis who also batted very well to keep the home attack at bay. Various bowling options were tried but they could not separate this pair; and whilst the home total was never under threat, it was fantastic to see these two young players bat so well. Cammy fell for a well-crafted 29 runs and from there the innings quickly subsided; however Lewis was unbeaten at the end.

So, a rather comprehensive gubbing was the outcome; however, there were positives to take from the game.
These included fine performances from some players – especially our two under 13 players on view….Lewis and Ross.

The off field highlight came in the form of the ex-skipper’s post batting outfit. Having been dismissed early – and also having to leave sharp for a big night out on the lash – Sim Sr. appeared from the changing rooms resplendent in black slacks, a violet long sleeved crimplene shirt, an indigo kipper tie……….and to top it off white gym shoes; this a result apparently of forgetting his black dress loafers. From a distance he could have been mistaken for either a fruity umpire or a reject from Lochee Park Bowling Club.

Thanks go to our travelling supporters in the form of the Girolami family. They were walking their dog and supporting the team well when unfortunately a candy floss carried on the wind from St Andrews sea front and landed on Mrs Girolami’s head. Should anyone see her this week, you now know how she got her pink hairdo.
Next week sees the Forthill 2nd XI at home on Sunday to the St Andrews University Staff squad. If it rains we are going to take them on at University Challenge in the ballroom.

Kinloch Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
for 8 wickets
281 (45.0 overs)
R Bowman ct  McConnachie b C Walker 61
Siveth b  AG Walker 73
V Khan b  AG Walker 10
Meerat Run out  7
P Wig ct  J Sim b C Walker 48
A Trivedi ct  D Sim b Robinson 16
Shahaib b  Sargeant 18
Krish ct  McConnachie b Robinson 6
Haseeb Not Out  7
R Dyer Not Out  7
M Hooper  

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Lewis Robinson9.0046223.005.11
James Sim9.004500.005.00
Cameron Walker9.0058229.006.44
Gordon Walker9.0228214.003.11
Morgan Sargeant9.0098198.0010.89

ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
for 10 wickets

(38.2 overs)
David Sim ct  & b Wig 2 1
James (jnr) Girolami Run out  0
Clark McConnachie b  Siveth 4
Cameron Walker b  Wig 29 2
James Sim ct  Kahan b Wig 0 1
Morgan Sargeant ct  Haseeb b Dyer 3
Lewis Robinson Not Out  12
Ross Bailey ct  Haseeb b Siveth 0
Gordon Walker ct  Saeed b Dyer 1
Ian Sim b  Dyer 0
A.N. Other  

Kinloch Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
P Wig4.011234.003.00
R Dyer8.25531.670.60
A Trivedi5.03300.000.60
M Hooper4.001400.003.50
R Bowman4.02300.000.75
V Kahan2.001100.005.50