The cricket season got off to a confident start for the Brechin Buccaneer’s senior cricket team at an overcast Meigle Park last Sunday.
Although only nine fit players were available, Brechin entered the match with a positive attitude and this transferred onto the park with devastating results.
Losing the toss and being asked to bat, Captain Barker and Aaron Walker found themselves trying to rescue the innings after the two openers went cheaply.
In the final game of last season, these two put on a 100+ partnership and they continued this form with a controlled 50 plus, until Walker went out for a steady 25, with Rico Lubbe joining his skipper.
It wasn’t long though before Barker was given out to a dubious leg before wicket, two runs short of what would have been a well-deserved 50. With some big hitting from Lubbe, Brechin reached a competitive 134 all out. However another 20 runs would have been a score that the team should have posted.
It was when the Buccaneers went out to field that the team spirit came together with some fine bowling and sharpness in the field that had the home team scrambling for any sort of run.
Figures of three for 14 from Bryan Thomson, three for 15 for Lubbe and three for two from Gareth Galt, with the addition of a fine run out from the skipper, had the home in disarray, and bowled out for less than 50.
A spokesperson for the club said: “The man of the match choice was a tough decision, but Rico Lubbe just shaded it for his all-round performance with bat, ball and in the field.”