With all this great weather we have had recently the Buccaneers squads have been playing plenty of cricket. The seniors having had a heavy defeat at Meigle the previous week came storming back to win against Gordonians at Guthrie Park on Sunday. As for the juniors, there has been success in both the Kwiks and the under-15 teams.
Captain Barker hasn’t had it easy over the past two weeks trying to get 11 players on the pitch for the Buccaneers. Due to work and holidays he has had to ask for juniors to step up to play with differing outcomes in the two matches.
Meigle away; poor fielding let the home team somehow muster 243 runs with 1 batsman racking up 141 being dropped no fewer than 6 times. With the team feeling dejected there was little doubt that the target was in any danger and the Brechin team ran out 100+ short.
Gordonians home; on a sun-drenched Guthrie Park the Buccs entertained their Aberdeen opponents and the famous saying “What a difference a week makes” could not have been more appropriate. Losing the toss and asked to bat the home team were in big trouble with half the team out and not even 50 on the board, however, Wiggy Robertson and Jake Harrison put on 30 valuable runs for the eighth wicket. A target of 114 didn’t seem enough for a depleted Buccs attack to defend but Bryan Thomson with an awesome spell of four for seven off of eight overs had the Gordonian team in turmoil and even though they crept close to the target Jake Harrison finished off their chase still needing 30 to win by sending their captains middle stump hurtling towards the Co-op car park. A great effort in the field by every player with not one dropped catch in the whole match and another 25 points in the bag!
A strong under-15 team was too good for a young but talented Dundee High School team but it turned out closer than it should have been. Batting first the lads dug in and again Dec Bisset came to the fore with an unbeaten 30 to make it three on the trot. A target of 106 was way too much and the Buccs at last achieved a win with steady bowling from Dec, Jake and Kuren.
Last Wednesday the Buccs entertained a Forthill team that had trounced the Brechin team in Dundee in June but this was to be a different match. Being short of players the Buccs went into this match with 10 this included one from Forthill but what a match it turned out to be. Having batted first and only setting a target of 61 the Brechin boys went out knowing that a win was unlikely however a brave decision to open the bowling attack with Markie Johnstone who, coming out from behind the stumps for the first time in six years, spun out four of the top five batsmen only letting 15 runs away. This was backed up with Dec Bisset taking a couple and Kuren finishing off the innings giving the Buccs an exciting seven run win.
Finally the young Kwiks got their season off with a double header at Guthrie Park against their Dundee High School counterparts.
Game one was a close encounter with the home team throwing it away by losing wickets in the last over however they more than made up for it in the second match when they came out convincing winners.
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