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ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI v St.Andrews University Staff on Sun 20 May 2018 at 1pm
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club Lost 8 wickets
Forfarshire 3rd XI welcomed St Andrews University Staff CC on SPCU League duty.
The home team were making their first Forthill appearance of the season. Upon entering the dressing room the players were surprised to see the walls adorned with framed action photographs of various first team players. Perhaps it is just a way of ensuring that the first team lads know which dressing room is the home one as they can't remember from week to week? Maybe it is some sort of temporary art gallery in homage to the soon to open V and A Museum?
Whatever the reason, it was agreed that photos of third team greatness will also be erected. These will include; but not be limited to.......Cammy building the world's biggest tower of sandwiches. Blair rolling a cigarette whilst putting on his pads. Clark putting the players to sleep with one of his Churchill style team talks (That is the great war leader and not the insurance company for younger readers...).
With the photographic shock over, the covers were wheeled off to uncover a fine batting track that had yielded in excess of 550 runs the previous day. Bowlers were openly crying as batsmen licked their lips. St Andrews called correctly and invited the home team to use the strip first. Let's go.
Cammy and Harry opened against some accurate visiting bowling and Harry was unfortunately victim to a lively delivery from Abbot. James came in and he and Cammy saw off the new ball and slowly got the scoreboard ticking along before Cammy fell. Craig joined James and the pair put on an excellent partnership that saw them both passing the 50 mark. This was at all times against some tidy visiting bowling. Craig was bowled for an excellent 69 runs and Joseph joined James. The pair kept accelerating before James fell for a very well compiled 61 runs. Lewis came in next; and the two youngsters played some excellent shots to boost the total. Joseph (37 not out) hit a number of boundaries in making his highest third team score to date.
A good total of 226 for 4 was posted at the end of the 45th over. On paper a hefty number; but old Forthill sages knew that on a fine wicket and with a very quick outfield it was far from a match winning score. St Andrews bowled well throughout.
Tea was taken in the confines of the old pool room and a fine feed was prepared by Dave who had clearly wintered well and been busy watching Great British Bake Off. The only soggy bottom in sight was that of Ted who had enjoyed eighteen pints and a kebab the previous evening. Sandwiches, savouries, rolls, pizza and biscuits adorned the table; with the highlight being the cake offering supplied by JS Bakery of Brechin in the form of a splendid lemon drizzle. Yum yum. The Golden Urn of previous years now rests permanently in Dave's bog at home with Forfarshire 3rd XI having won it three years on the trot. This season, tea is all about pride and upholding one of cricket's great traditions. And for some old people, probably the only real reason to turn up on a Sunday......
Suitably refreshed, Lewis and Liam shared the new ball and it fairly quickly became apparent that the target of 226 was highly achievable. We got a break when Craig ran out one of the openers with a direct hit; and then Joseph took a brilliant one handed catch to dismiss the other opener who had looked a fine player. This brought visiting captain Crooks to the crease and he regularly plunders runs in this division. Unfortunately an early chance to get rid of him was spilled.....and Crooks made us pay by going on to score a fine unbeaten 91 runs. He was very well supported by Fraser ( 71 not out) and in spite of various bowling changes and every effort being made in the field; the visitors ultimately coasted to an 8 wicket victory in the 41st over.
Well played St Andrews who are not defending league champions for no reason. The home team had plenty of good moments and performances and the young lads continue to improve which is the main thing.
This old reporter is absolutely delighted to record that a new and emerging young scribbler has come forward and will take over third team reporting duty from now on. I have enjoyed writing these musings over the years and have hopefully provided some good recipe tips along the way.
I wish my successor every success. All that is needed now is to find a captain......
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Batting
1nb 11w 3lb
for 4 wickets
ct & b Hey
ct Crook sb Abbott
ct Crooks b Hey
St.Andrews University Staff Bowling
St.Andrews University Staff Batting
8w 3b 3lb
for 2 wickets
217 (40.0 overs)
ct Laing b Robinson
ion8 Forfarshire Cricket Club 3rd XI Bowling
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