Strathie edged out in nail-biter

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AT last a full weekend of cricket down at the lochside, with mixed fortunes for the home sides in action.

The first team entertained Mannofield on the fine Saturday afternoon, and were edged out in a real nail-biter, Mannofield hitting a four with the second last ball of their innings to claim victory.

Batting first, Strathie got off to a bad start, losing two wickets with just five runs on the board.

But Nigel Hazel and Mike Gourlay stuck around for a while, to edge the score along on a day when fours were hard to come by.

Nigel eventually departed on 26, but Gourlay went on to score 55.

The spectators were treated to two big hits by Steve Blackie, one towering six ending up in the Lochside Road car park!

Blackie was going well until he holed out on 18. Chris Milne contributed 29 to the end total of 154 all out.

I. Plender was the best of the Mannofield bowlers with four for 16, backed up by F. Proud (three for 28).

In reply, the visitors made a sound start and looked to be purring along quite tidily until Strathie turned the screw and made things tough.

A. Innes hit 58 and there was 34 from I. Plender and 33 from M. Hayes, as Mannofield edged their way to the Strathie total, a rare four with the second last ball of the innings getting them home.

The second team didn’t have a good day at all, heading for Dalnacraig with a patched-up team, which included a few ‘seasoned campaigners’.

Batting first, they struggled to get going and were bundled out for sixty, with M. Ancell taking three for 22 and A. Saeed two for 20.

It should have been a cruise for Dalnaraig and, in truth it was, although they lost four wickets in getting past the sixty-mark.

Ian Cran took two for 14 and Andy Sturrock two for 23.

The seconds were in much better fettle on the Sunday, getting the better of Almond Valley on another fine autumn afternoon at the lochside.

Gary Hewitson carried his bat to a fine knock of seventy as the home side posted a total of 148 all out.

D. Cuthill took three wickets for 27, with A. McKenzie taking two for nine.

In reply, Almond Valley struggled to get going and were all out for 95.

Shaun Wilkie took three wickets for eight runs, Craig McDonald pitching in with two for 15 and Chris Milne also taking a brace for 14.

This coming Saturday, Strathie firsts head for Mannofield to face Huntly in the semi-final of the Three Counties Cup, with a 1 pm start.

On Sunday, the second team are at home to Rossie Priory.