FORFARSHIRE V FREUCHIE
Freuchie won the toss at Forthill on Saturday and chose to bat but the lively opening attack of Sweeney and Scoular gave ‘Shire a great start.
In their Cricket Scotland League match they claimed two wickets in only the first seven balls of the innings.
A second wicket for Scoular came when Gourlay, after hitting three boundaries, edged behind with the total on 36. A. Wallace found the edge of Black’s bat with the total on 61 and the catch found the safe hands of Sweeney in the gulley.
Scoular leapt far to his left to hold a caught and bowled chance to dismiss Khalil without further addition to the score and with his next ball bowled Forrester to make it 61 for 6 and saw him finish with 4 for 38.
A second wicket for A. Wallace saw Freuchie slump further to 67 for 7 but an eighth wicket partnership of 62 between Trivedi (54) and Kelly (23) frustrated Forfarshire as the visitors recovered well from the early wickets.
Trivedi and Christie (24 not out) added a further 45 for the ninth wicket before Galloway trapped Trivedi lbw as the Freuchie innings closed on 179 for 9 after 50 overs.
The Forfarshire response got off to an unconvincing start, and at 64 for 4 after 20 overs there was much to do when Cameron joined Weed in the middle. Between them they batted cautiously and the total reached 100 after 29 overs but Weed fell for 28, bowled by Birrell, to end a 66-run partnership leaving Forfs with 50 to get from the last 12 overs, with 5 wickets in hand.
Ahmed fell lbw to give Freuchie hope of an upset, but Scoular (21 not out) batted comfortably alongside Cameron whose 62 not out held the innings together and saw Forfarshire through to a hard earned victory.
R. Birrell c Parker b Scoular 1
S. Birrell b Sweeney 5
F. Black c Sweeney b A. Wallace 19
S. Gourlay c C. Wallace b Scoular 12
K. Khalil c & b Scoular 12
R. Annepu b A. Wallace 6
B. Forrester b Scoular 0
L. Kelly c Weed b Ahmed 23
A. Trivedi lbw Galloway 54
G. Christie no 24
M. Jackson no 1
Total nine wickets, 50 overs 179
O M R W
S. Gourlay 13 1 34 1
F. Black 10 1 49 2
S. Birrell 13 1 29 3
G. Christie 7 0 37 0
K. Khalil 2 0 13 0
A. Trivedi 1.4 0 9 0
M. Parker c R. Birrell b Black 5
C. Wallace c Jackson b Black 24
S. Galloway c R. Birrell b Black 2
D. Colin-Thome c B;ack b S. Birrell 18
S. Cameron no 62
T. Weed b S. Birrell 28
J. Ahmed lbw S. Birrell 0
T. Scoular no 21
Did not bat - A. Wallace, D. Sweeney, L. Sweeney.
Total six wickets, 46.4 overs 180
O M R W
T. Scoular 13 0 38 4
D. Sweeney 5 0 28 1
A. Wallace 10 4 26 2
S. Cameron 5 0 26 0
L. Sweeney 10 0 31 0
J. Ahmed 4 1 11 1
S. Galloway 3 0 16 1
Result: Forfarshire won by 4 wickets.