Unfortunately due to the inclement weather through Friday night and Saturday morning, the first XI home fixture against Stoneywood Dyce was called off.
The decision proved to be the right one with the rain continuing to fall in Forfar through most of the afternoon.
As Lochside Park played host to the Small Club’s Cup Final on Sunday between Bon Accord from Aberdeen and Victoria from Glasgow, Strathie’s scheduled second XI home fixture against Montrose was switched to Links Park.
Montrose batted first, reaching the respectable total of 158 before losing their final wicket. Kenny Christie top scored with 62, with the home side’s 10 wickets being shared amongst all the Strathie bowlers, including an extremely economical brace for evergreen skipper Alan “Floyd” McKay.
In reply, Strathie fell agonisingly short of matching their opponents, losing their final wicket with 157 on the board. Strathie gave themselves a chance of returning west with 25 points in the bag, however, too many wickets lost in the middle of the innings cost them in the end.
On a positive note, teenager Kennedy Gibb made it in to the 60s before vacating the crease, while youngsters Paul Rennie and Lennon Sturrock so very nearly steered Strathie home with their 10th wicket stand. The other major contributor with the bat was Norman Green with 39.
Next weekend the first XI travel to play Perth Doo’cot while the second XI will enjoy a Sunday off.
This season’s six-a-side Factory Cup is scheduled to take place at Lochside Park on Saturday, August 31 with teams consisting of either six non-cricketers, or five non-cricketers and one cricketer.
Entry is free with £100 on offer to the team that lifts the trophy. Entry forms can be collected from the clubhouse or by contacting any committee member.