Lost by five wickets
Here we go again, more Saturday disappointment at the Abbey. Lingering hopes of closing the gap on Ross County were dashed as our visitors stuttered their way to victory in a low scoring affair. I look forward to the day when our team, full of good attacking batsmen, fires again on all cylinders.
The early loss of Nilesh brought debutant Abbas to the crease, and in a brief cameo proved he will be a great addition before holing out under the trees. Mayank followed before the ever-steady Ross was run out with the score on 46. One run later, Anjum was on his way back, but it did bring the one real batting performance of the innings to the wicket. Dave battled superbly for 39, including six boundaries, and was instrumental in getting the score into three figures, before the innings closed on 109.
In reply. Ross County tootled away at four an over until the first breakthrough, Carney, superbly caught by Dave off Anjum with the score on 20. All the time though, the extras were piling up, and were the main reason the score got to 39 before Hardwick was castled by Nilesh. Meanwhile, Blake was plodding away, and was joined by Sugden who really took the game away from Fort Augustus. Blake was finally out, LBW to Abbas for 12, with the score on 84, and Sugden followed 6 runs later for 30, but by then the damage had been done. Embleton fell to Abbas, but that was the last wicket to fall as RC hit the winning runs in the 23rd over. 36 extras were conceded in their total, we only got 12 off them. That imbalance certainly didn’t help the cause.