DIGGING DEEP FOR CUP WIN

ANOTHER mixed bag of weekend weather and another mixed bag of results for Strathmore Cricket Club.

Saturday was a bit of a wash-out as a band of rain knocked out any hopes of first team action at Meigle.

However, the sun shone on Sunday as Strathie headed to Kinross for a Scottish Cricket Union Trophy, returning with a well-deserved victory.

It was hard work, but the visitors were up to the task.

Batting first, Strathmore lost a couple of early wickets, before Norman Milton, aided by Matty Simpson, got things back on track.

Milton went on to hit nine fours and a six in a score of 62, with Simpson, back in the fray, contributing 21.

Strathie were eventually all out for 162, a score Kinross, for a long time, looked likely to surpass.

The home team got off to a cracking start, with J. J. Ross (74) and C. Watson (24) looking as if they had the measure of the bowling.

But Strathie bowlers, aided by some astute fielding, knuckled down, and Kinross started to wobble.

Indeed, requiring just 15 runs from ten overs with six wickets in hand they should have strolled to victory - but they didn’t.

Strathie restricted them to just 13 runs from 9.4 overs and secured their place in the next round of the competition by the narrowest of margins.

All the bowlers did their bit, with Sean Wilkie claiming two for 29 and Andy Cooper taking two for four.

Meanwhile, the second team struggled on a fine wicket at lochside on Sunday, and were well and truly stuffed.

Dundee High School FP made 168 for six, and that was always going to be more than enough.

Craig McDonald took two for 39 and Andy Sturrock chipped in with two for 46.

In reply, very few of the top order batsmen chipped in at all!

Indeed, had it not been for tail-end men Andy Sturrock (17 not out) and Craig McDonald (15) Strathie wouldn’t have got anywhere near their 70 all out final tally.

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), Strathmore were due to entertain Arbroath in a Murgitroyd Trophy match at lochside that same evening.

This Saturday, the first team head for Mannofield on Saturday, while Sunday sees the seconds at Clackmannan.