Match Report: T20 Finals – Elgin and Buckie

Reserve T20 Semi-final v Elgin CC
Played at Cooper Park, Elgin on Sunday 18 July 2021

Finals day at Elgin and first up, the hosts, with the winners going through to a final against reigning champions Buckie.

Elgin won the toss and, batting first quickly lost their openers with Anjum and Blakey bowling well. Mackenzie and Luxton also bowled to a tight line and by the halfway mark Elgin were 53-4. Fairgrieve hit a quick 27 including 20 from one over before late wickets saw Elgin close on 130-9

In reply FACC had reached 44 before Lavin was first out for 15. Wickets tumbled until, at 52-5 Mackenzie joined Josh Ryder for his first innings with the club. Josh hit a useful 19 and the stand was worth 59 before he was out. Osh reached his 50 with the winning hit and Fort had won by 3 wickets with 18 balls to spare.

Batting:

  • O. Mackenzie 52
  • A. Anjum 25
  • J. Ryder Jnr 19
  • R. Lavin 15

Bowling:

  • C. Luxton 3-28
  • R. Blakey 2-18
  • O. Mackenzie 2-20
Reserve T20 Final v Buckie CC
Played at Cooper Park, Elgin on Sunday 18 July 2021

Buckie won the toss and chose to bat, getting off to a flier with boundaries and wides. From 26 after 2 overs, FACC fought back with a good catch from Jalal dismissing Ali. Ballantyne hit long and hard and added 59 with Wilson before the latter was well caught by Pote. Shakeel and Ballantyne then clubbed 73 at ten per over before Pote took two late wickets. Buckie had scored 180-5 with Ballantyne 63 not out.

FACC would have to be at their best to win and losing Ash for 2 and Charlie for 4 was not part of the game plan! Once again Mackenzie dominated the bowling adding 44 with Ross Lavin before he and Nilesh Pote took the total to 91. FACC were now up with the asking rate but three quick wickets, two of them to outstanding boundary catches, reduced us to 100-6. Josh, Kev and Dave all reached double figures, but it wasn’t quite enough and we finished on 144-9. Fraser (3-19) was the pick of the Buckie bowling.

So, a great effort from all the guys but on the day Buckie had a little more control and held some memorable catches. And congratulations to Osh for top-scoring in both innings. What a terrific debut…

Batting:

  • O. Mackenzie 32
  • R. Lavin 29
  • N. Pote 16
  • J. Ryder (Jnr) 12
  • K. O’Meara 10
  • D. Peers 10

Bowling:

  • N. Pote 3-25
  • D. Peers 1-27
  • R. Lavin 1-28

Next game is the re-arranged Cup tie away to Nairn County CC on Saturday 24 July; success will see us play Forres CC at home on Sunday 25 July. Many thanks to all those who have potentially given up their weekend to play cricket…

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