THE VERY heavy rain of the previous day left the wicket a little soft for Autoecosse Forthill’s home fixture with Strathmore in the SPCU Premier League at Forthill on Saturday.
Skipper Garden won the toss and inserted the visitors and a fine early spell from Sweeney, 4 for 19, on his first game back after surgery put the home team in the driving seat. Ellis, 36 and Stewart, 21 got Strathy back in the game but Scoular, 2 for 40, on debut, bowled with good pace and the visitors were again in trouble.
The experienced pair of Gourlay, 34, and Milne, 22, once again did a rebuilding job before both fell in quick succession and Garden, 2 for 7, wrapped up the tail to leave the visitors 157 all out at tea.
Batting conditions were far from ideal and the Strathmore bowlers also extracted movement in the air and off the pitch and Forthill soon found themselves in difficulty. This left Garden to show his class and he batted beautifully as he scored a chanceless century.
In spite of the best efforts of Strathmore’s Blackie, 3 for 28 and Stewart 2 for 38, Garden almost single handedly guided his side to victory, but received good late support from Scoular, 14, and Johnston, 13 not out. The winning runs were scored in the 41st over and Garden finished on a brilliant 104 not out.
This was a welcome first win of the season for the second team against a good Strathmore side which will likely finish in the upper reaches of the league this season.
M. Simpson lbw Sweeney 5
G.D. Hewitson c C. Garden b Sweeney 0
J. Ellis c G. Garden b Hogarth 36
S. Blackie c C. Robertson b Sweeney 0
M. Stewart c G. Garden b Scoular 21
G. McLaren b Scoular 5
C. Milne b Sweeney 22
M. Gourlay b G. Garden 34
J. Blackie c C. Garden b Ahmed 2
C. MacDonald c Hogarth b C. Garden 6
S. Lumsden no 2 Total 10 wickets, 40.2 overs 157
O M R W
S. Blackie 9 1 28 3
G.D. Hewitson 9 1 20 1
M. Stewart 9 2 38 2
C. Milne 9 1 25 0
S. Lumsden 2 0 17 0
C. MacDonald 2 0 18 0
J. Blackie 0.4 0 8 0
G. Garden no 104
J. Hogarth b S. Blackie 0
T. Weed c & b S. Blackie 9
C. Robertson c Ellis b Stewart 1
C. McConnachie b G.D. Hewitson 0
D. Sweeney c Ellis b S. Blackie 4
T. Scoular lbw Stewart 14
R. Johnston no 13
Did not bat: C. Garden, A. Ahmed, G. WalkerTotal 6 wickets 40.4 overs 159
O M R W
D. Sweeney 9 2 19 4
R. Johnston 4 0 25 0
J. Hogarth 7 0 30 1
T. Scoular 9 1 40 2 G. Walker 6 0 24 0
A. Ahmed 3 1 9 1
G. Garden 2.2 0 7 2
Result: Forthill won by four wickets.
Forfs v Arbroath United
Forfarshire under-13s got their season off to an entertaining start at Forthill last Wednesday night when they met Arbroath under-13s in a friendly. Played in very cold conditions, Arbroath scored 134 for 2 batting first, and the result was in the balance after 18 overs of the Forfarshire innings, at which point the Arbroath bowlers conjured up two excellent overs that conceded just three extras to restrict Forfarshire to 124 for 2.
Saturday, May 11, Kwik-Cricket – Forfarshire Under-10s v Arbroath Under-10s, 9.30 a.m. Cricket Scotland League – Forfarshire v West Lothian, 12 noon. S&PU Premier Division – Mannofield v Forthill, Mannofield, 1 p.m. S&PU Division One – St Modans v Forthill 2nd XI, Bluebellwood Park, Bannockburn, 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Murgitroyd 20/20 - Forfarshire v Stoneywood Dyce, 10.30 a.m. S&PU Division Three - Forthill 3rd XI v Gordonians XI, 2 p.m. Monday, May 13, Under-13 League – Forfarshire U13s v Strathmore U13s, 6.15 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, mPower Three Counties Cup - Dalnacraig v Forthill 2nd XI, Dalnacraig, 6.15 p.m. Thursday, May 16, Strathmore U15s v Forfarshire U15s, Lochside Park, 6.15 p.m. Friday, May 17, mPower 2 Counties Trophy – Forthill 3rd XI v Strathmore XI, 6.15 p.m. Mini-Hardball – Brechin Buccaneers U11s v Forfarshire U11s, Guthrie Park, 6.15 p.m.