Summer thriller at Forthill

Forfarshire Batsman Craig Wallace
Forfarshire Batsman Craig Wallace

Forfarshire welcomed Arbroath United to Forthill on Saturday for a Scottish Cup tie and the large crowd witnessed a thrilling encounter.

Parker and Craig Wallace opened the batting for the Forfs, bringing the team up to 50 in the 13th over, with Parker leading the scoring and reaching his half-century from 63 balls. Craig Wallace too passed 50 from 82 balls and a century stand was reached.

A reverse sweep from Craig Wallace failed to clear the in-field with the total on 166, allowing F.Burnett to take a simple catch and get Arbroath on the scoreboard.

Parker reached a well-deserved century from 124 balls, but a flurry of wickets hindered progress once Parker, 130 and Colin-Thome, 24, departed. The Forfs conspired to lose a remarkable seven wickets in the last three overs of the innings.

A short delivery from Scoular caught McLean by surprise with the first ball of the second innings and Weed accepted a simple catch at square leg. Bartlett struggled, but as time passed he looked more assured and his half-century along with a 105-ball 90 from F.Burnett saw Arbroath recover from a shaky start.

At 224 for 4 with 7 overs remaining, Arbroath looked favourites for a comfortable win, but a fightback from ‘Shire started with Galloway dismissing Burnett through a sharp chance caught by Colin-Thome followed by Andy Wallace’s dismissal of Petrie when he failed to clear Scoular at mid-off. Peal then found the safe hands of Andy Cameron and in the next over Andy Wallace struck twice in two to leave Arbroath needing eight runs with one wicket remaining. The last over saw five needed which was secured with a boundary from the penultimate delivery.



M. Parker b McLean 130

C. Wallace c F. Burnett b Ramsay 69

S. Galloway c McLean b Ramsay 4

D. Colin-Thome c Pollard b Peal 23

S. Cameron ro 0

T. Weed st Petrie b McLean 4

A. Cameron ro 3

T. Scoular st Petrie b McLean 0

J. Ahmed ro 1

A. Wallace no 1

Did not bat - D. Sweeney.

Extras 20

Total 9 wickets, 50 overs 255


T. Scoular 13 2 53 2

D. Sweeney 5 0 33 0

A. Wallace 11.5 0 76 3

D. Colin-Thome 10 1 29 1

J. Ahmed 2 0 13 1

S. Galloway 8 0 41 2

Arbroath United

R. McLean c Weed b Scoular 0

B. Ford c A. Wallaceb Scoular 16

H. Bartlett c Galloway b Ahmed 54

F. Burnett c Colin-Thome b Galloway 90

C. Burnett lbw Colin-Thome 17

D. Spink no 40

M. Petrie c Scoular b A. Wallace 2

G. Peal c A. Cameron b Galloway 6

A. Pollard c C. Wallace b A. Wallace 0

E. Small lbw A. Wallace 0

C. Ramsay no 0

Extras 34

Total 9 wickets, 49.5 overs 259


A. Pollard 5 2 14 0

E. Small 2 0 15 0

C. Burnett 6 0 18 0

C. Ramsay 13 0 63 2

B. Ford 9 1 44 0

R. McLean 5 0 31 3

G. Peal 10 0 61 1

Result: Forfarshire lost by 1 wicket.