Stoneywood Dyce Cricket Club - SPCU vs DHSFPs on 16th July, 2016

Despite the best efforts of BEAR Scotland and the City Council to make the ground inaccessible due to roadworks, everyone managed to turn up pretty much on time and we got going with only a 15 minute delay.

The captain lost the toss and DHSFPs elected to bat first. Chris took the first wicket with the score on 8 and Connor then took the first of his 4 catches, this one a skier off his own bowling. Runs were coming pretty quickly but a heavy rain shower that took us off for about an hour allowed both teams to regroup. The change bowlers, Thomas and the captain kept things a bit tighter after the restart and Thomas completed a very good 9 over spell.

By this time, George had come on to bowl and soon took his first wicket courtesy of another great catch by Connor. Eddie took the 4th wicket with a catch off his own bowling and Chris and Connor both took one more wicket each, Connor catching both, as Dundee finished on 312-6.

It was going to be a tough chase but Eddie and Connor got us off to a good start and after 10 overs, we were ahead of where Dundee were at a comparative stage. However Eddie was adjudged LBW for 26, Connor fell for 40 and despite George, Thomas and Scot all striking boundaries, we fell 186 short, though we did manage to secure a second batting point before the captain ran himself out.

Perhaps not a surprising result, though we stuck at it in the field and generally did the best we could. Special mention to Martin who resumed wicketkeeping duties and didn’t let through any byes. Thanks to Gerry and Martin Ingram for stepping in at short notice to ensure we had a full team.

Dundee HSFPs 312-6 (L Russell 111no, B Ramalingan 76; C Arnold 2-44, C Garrard 2-64; C Arnold 4 catches)

2s 126 (C Arnold 40, E Steinson 26; D Milne 5-28, B Ramalingan 3-39)

SDCC Player of the Match: Connor – batted, bowled and fielded better than anyone else.

Highlight of the Match: Scot Reid smashing a 4 between 1st and 2nd slip and George’s first senior wicket.