THE Strathmore Cricket Club first team’s frustrating start to the 2012 season continues.
The league match at Huntly on Saturday failed to beat the weather, with the club from the north struggling to get wickets cut this season.
Then, on Sunday, the opening round of the Murgitroyd Trophy at Dunfermline resulted in another heavy defeat – with the batsmen, once again, struggling at the crease.
The twenty/twenty game in Fife saw Dunfermline bat first and post a total of 133 for six, with B. Wilkinson 35 not out and M. Service hitting 34.
In reply, Strathie got off to a disastrous start, losing two wickets without a run on the board.
The misery continued as they slumped to nine for four and 13 for seven, before Norman Milton, with 29, halted the slide to a degree.
Alas, Strathie were all out for 49.
With a home league match against Mannofield coming up this Saturday, the task for the men from lochside doesn’t get any easier Fingers are crossed that the batsmen can find their form and that the first team can get a win under the belt.
The second team are showing them how it is done, winning for a second successive weekend.
They entertained Perth Doocot on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
The visitors had first lease of the wicket and were bundled out for 119, with Alan McKay picking up four wickets for ten runs and Craig McDonald chipping in with three for 25.
In reply, Jimmy Ellis was the home star with the bat, being unbeaten on 54 with some mighty blows as Strathie reached their winning target for the loss of six wickets.
This Sunday, the second team are away to Glendelvine.