Ducks galore as the lochside basks in glorious sunshine

ON recent weekends it hasn’t been weather for the ducks being out.

It was different on Saturday, with lochside basking in glorious sunshine, and plenty of ducks - of the cricketing kind - on show.

Strathmore Cricket Club’s first team were no match for Strathearn, despite the fact they were chasing a modest total of 16 for eight.

The visitors didn’t get off to the best of starts, losing both openers very early, to the bowling of Shaun Wilkie and Gary Hewitson.

But, from 14 for two they recovered somewhat, with S. Das (50) and J. Hill (38 not out) giving Strathearn something to bowl at.

Fraser Couston was Strathie’s best bowler, with three wickets for 20, with Shaun Wilkie claiming two wickets for 31.

The home side got off to a disastrous start in their run chase, being reduced to seven for three, with Fraser Couston, Gavin Sinclair and Matty Simpson all making the return walk to the pavilion with the sound of a quacking duck in their ears.

However, Gary Hewitson dug in and scored 20, while Shaen Wilkie hit 27.

Alas, that was about it, and there were futher ducks for Drew Orr and Graham Hewitson as Strathie crashed to 73 all out.

B. Ditchman took five wickets for 13 runs and J. Hill contributed with three for 20.

The sun was again baking down on Sunday, when Arbroath visited Strathie for a second eleven match, and this was a much more even contest.

Again, the bowlers had the upper hand, with Strathie toiling at 26 for four at one stage.

But Dougie Sayers hit 21 and Andy Sturrock 16 as the home side managed to get over the three-figure mark, eventually all out for 108.

But what should have been a straight-forward task for the visitors turned into a bit of a grind to the line.

Arbroath found themselves four down for just over 20 runs, and it took a knock of 43 from R. Polmer and a more telling patient contribution of 31 not out by D. Bridge to see the visitors through.

David Sneddon picked up three wickets for 17, with Shaun Wilkie and Stewart Lumsden each taking two for 16.

Cricket is thin on the ground at lochsdie this coming weekend.

The first team are at Kinross on the Saturday and there are no second team fixtures on the card.

However, the date for the re-arranged Factry Cup competition is drawing close.

Teams wishing to enter the six-a-side tournament to be played on Sunday, August 14, can obtain full details from the bar.