MATCH REPORT: Senior Cup – Ross County (Away)

Lost by four wickets

Well, what an amazing game of Cricket that was. How on earth did we lose it? There were so many twists and turns to the plot, one could point to several different reasons, but losing on the very last ball was a real killer.

Jim won the toss and elected to bat. Despite losing Ross (3) with the score on 31, the top order fired spectacularly. Anjum (42), Nilesh (31), Os (51) and debutant Ruhul (36), rushed the score along to 180/4 after 19 overs. Graeme Carney then made crucial bowling changes, taking pace off the ball by introducing Renato Belli and Chris Blake to the attack. The runs dried up dramatically as wickets fell in another quick procession, and the score slumped to 188/9 before Ronan and Brandon closed out the innings at 197/9. The last 11 overs yielded just 17 runs. Belli finished with 3/11 off 6, and Blake 2/5 off 5.

By contrast, Ross County struggled early in their reply. Scott (8) was soon a victim, caught Anjum bowled Ronan, but Carney and Hardwick took the score to 72 before Os took a smart catch to dismiss Carney off Anjums’ bowling. Embleton and Morgan fell quicky to Ross as they slumped to 73/4 after 17 overs.. From then on though, Hardwick and Sugden turned the game on its head, putting on 57 in 6 overs before Hardwick was caught behind by Jim off Os for 45. The breakthrough only brought Chris Blake to the crease however, and he and Sugden got Ross C to within 4 runs of the target with 3 balls left. Blake (31) holed out to Ross off Ruhuls bowling, but hopes were dashed as Sugden (41 n.o.) hit the winning runs off the last ball.

Frustratingly, extras, particularly wides, made a crucial difference. In total Ross County bowled only 15, while FA contributed 39 to the Ross County total.

On a positive note, the top order was once again in spectacular form, and the contribution by our young lads in the field was brilliant. Overall though, that was a game that should have been won. How frustrating.

MATCH REPORT: Reserve T20 Bash

Won two – Progress to the final

Sunday at the Abbey, and the day was cool, breezy and overcast. As the day went on, the sun came out and so did the midges. Against Ross County (again), a new opening partnership of Os and Mayank pushed the score along to seventy-eight before Os was caught two short of a fifty.

A flurry of wickets was halted as Mayank and Harshal put on a useful sixteen run stand to steady things. Then Ross joined Mayank, and rushed the score to one hundred and fifty-four before Mayank was out for a superb fifty-five, caught and bowled by that old fox Renato Belli. So close to carrying his bat. Innings closed on 163/7

In reply, Ross C never really kept up with the run rate, and tight bowling by everyone restricted the visitors to 125/6, thirty-nine runs short. Two wickets apiece for Os and Ronan, one each for Kevin and Ross, but all the bowling was economical. A very good win.

Our second game was against Skye and Lochalsh, who had just inflicted another defeat on Ross County. Step forward young Mr Blakey, who demolished the dangerous opening pair of Angus Robins Senior and Paul Curtis, so often real thorns in our side. Two further wickets followed for Ronan who finished with four for fifteen, a really great spell of bowling. Prashant had his best spell of bowling for the club so far, and finished with one for nine. A rear guard thirty-four not out from Duncan, partnered by Wides (twenty) took Skye to 108/8.

Ross and Mayank opened and put on 12 before Ross was smartly caught behind by Curtis. Dave batted comfortably before being stumped for sixteen and the score on forty-four. At this time FA were a bit behind the run rate, and the nerves were jangling a bit on the side-lines. However, Mayank and Os were comfortable. Pacing their partnership well, they accelerated as required to win the game with one and a half overs to spare, Mayank not out twenty-eight, and Os unbeaten on thirty-eight. Another really convincing all round performance by the team.

Ronan finished the day with six wickets, Mayank with 83 runs. A close call for “Player of the Day”.

MATCH REPORT: Senior League – Elgin (Away)

Won by six wickets

Never mind Chicago being known as the “Windy City”, Elgin City on Saturday was extremely breezy to say the least. However, the conditions only helped to underline how impressive the Fort Augustus performance was.

Elgin won the toss, elected to bat and got off to a fast start as bowlers struggled with the conditions. fifty-one was on the board in no time before Wimble was wombled by Ross and Os.

Woodall and Quillan continued at five an over before the latter was superbly bowled by Nilesh for a boundary laden forty-six. Ewan Fairgrieve joined Woodall and slowly but surely, the brakes were put on the run rate. The pair did put on seventy-eight, but when Fairgrieve was 0n forty, he was well caught by Ronan for Ross’ second wicket.

As the run rate dried up even more, Fairgrieve senior was caught and bowled by Nilesh, and Skilbeck was run out, before Elgins’ innings closed on 186/5. Despite the conditions, the bowling was extremely disciplined and only seven wides and no balls were conceded, a very encouraging statistic.

In reply, Ross and Nilesh put on twenty-seven in no time before Nilesh was caught during a no ball riddled over from Chalmers, probably surprised by a legitimate delivery!

Charlie T (fifteen) was the next to go with score on fifty-five, caught by the tallest fielder in the Highlands. A foot either side and it would probably have been a boundary. When Ross was dismissed for a solid twenty-eight, and the score on sixty-seven, Anjum was joined in the middle by Os, and this pair effortlessly and entertainingly took the game away from Elgin.

A boundary blitz helped the pair put on one hundred and fifteen before Os (forty-one) fell to yet another Fairgrieve. It was left to DJ to dismiss his first and only ball to the backward square boundary for the winning runs, with Anjum finishing on a superb sixty-seven not out. Fort Augustus won by six wickets with more than seven overs to spare. A really tremendous performance despite very hostile conditions. Well played chaps.

Notable Mentions – Batting

Fort Augustus

A. Anjum – 67 (Not Out)

O. Crasto – 41

R. Lavin – 28

Elgin

T. Woodall – 60 (Not Out)

R. Quillian – 46

E. Fairgrieve – 40

Notable Mentions – Bowling

Fort Augustus

N. Pote – 2/26 (8 overs)

R. Lavin – 2/33 (8 overs)

A. Anjum – 0/25 (8 overs)

Elgin

A. Duncan – 2/32 (8 overs)

A. Longstaff – 0/20 (5 overs)

R. Chalmers – 1/28 (5 overs)